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Palau October Trip Blog: Bull Sharks, Blue Marlin and Mantas.

Great live aboard dive trip in Palau.

Top 5 dive sites: 

Ulong Channel

Ulong Channel , Palau

  • Drift dive
  • Current: Medium
  • Sharks, schooling trevallies, giant clams, schools of snappers, bumphead wrasse , marble ray, baby grey reef sharks, eagle rays and jacks.

Blue Corner

Shark in Palau

  • Wall and reef dive
  • Current:  Mild
  • Sharks, manta, blue marlin, schooling barracudas, trevallies, Napoleon wrasse, turtles and dogtooth tuna.

Turtle Cove

Diver with a turtle in Palau.

  • Reef Dive
  • Current: Medium
  • Soft corals, turtles, bull shark, schooling snappers, squids, whip coral shrimp, flatworms and grey reef sharks.

Siae’s Tunnel & Corner

Diver in Siaes Tunnel, Palau

  • Cavern and reef
  • Curent: Mild
  • Nudibranch, hammerhead shark, dart fish, grey reef sharks, silver tip sharks, dog tooth tuna, ghost pipefish, longnose hawkfish, Collins angle fish and peacock grouper.

Peleliu Express

School of fish in Palau

  • Reef dive
  • Current: Mild
  • Grey reef sharks, schooling barracudas, trevallies, bull shark and mobula ray..

Customers Feedback

• “The crew definitely made the trip a world class experience. I would say their service really made this vacation special and they all really did a great job keeping the cruise going and everything running smoothly. Kailey was an excellent dive master and instructor. I’ve had some great course instructors in the past and she was still much better them. Great thanks to Ulu who did an awesome job driving the skiff around the islands to the dive site. I really enjoyed the post dive rides back to the Palau Siren through the little passageways between the islands. Ann also did an excellent job taking care of us before and after the dive with Estrella.” Vincent Lee
• “Each and everyone was so enthusiastic and lovely, it was an absolutely amazing experience!!”Nicola Joanne Vogel
• “Thanks again for the 1st class experience.” Russell Whawell

Thank you for this great trip!

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Komodo September Dive Report:

Great live aboard dive trip in Komodo.

Top 5 dive sites: 

Crystal Rock

School of fish in Komodo

  • Reef Dive
  • Current: Strong
  • Trevallies, moray eels, batfish, ribbon eels, pygmy seahorses, turtles, orangutan crab, sweetlips, tunas, lion fish, eagle rays, Napoleon wrasse, banded sea snake, mantas, mobulas, bamboo sharks, black tip sharks, octopus and black snappers.

Batu Bolong

Cuttlefish in Komodo

  • Reef dive
  • Current: Strong
  • Mantas, grey reef sharks, giant trevallies, white tip sharks, nudibranch, octopus, barracudas, giant sweet lips, anthias, turtles, fusiliers, Napoleon wrasse and banded sea snake.

Pink Beach

Coconut octpus in Komodo

  • Reef Dive
  • Current: Nong
  • Turtle, frogfish, cat sharks, flambloyant cuttlefish, ornate pipefish, cuttlefish, octopus, nudibranch, leaf fish, Ambon scorpion fish, coconut octopus and mimic octopus.

K2

Frogfish in Komodo

  • Reef Dive
  • Current: Medium
  • Mushroom coral pipefish, fusiliers, mantas, sharks, marble rays, ribbon eels, pipefish, shrimps, nudibranch, pooping sea cucumbers, frogfish, leaf scorpion fish and moray eels.

Coral Garden

Moray eel in Komodo

  • Reef Dive
  • Curent: Small
  • Mobula rays, octopus, nudibranch, morey eels, boxer crab, bamboo shark, bobtail squid, jelly fish, stargazor and flounder.

Customers Feedback

• “Everybody seemed to work very hard and everthing was a team effort. Each doing his own tasks and helping with all other tasks. Even the captains helped out. Everyone was friendly, full of smiles and nothing was too much trouble. Diving was amazing.” Karen Brown
• “All the staff have been brilliant . Their attention has been fantastic thank you to every single member of staff they have made this trip exceptional!”Kay Stevenson
• “We were treated like royalty! Rooms made beautifully. Wine for return guests. Dive tenders fast and super efficient team in the dive deck. Diving ran like clockwork!
Thank you Team Siren” Janelle Warner

Thank you for this great trip!

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Komodo August Second Dive Report: Mantas, Sharks And Beautiful Macro!

Great live aboard dive trip in Komodo.

Top 5 dive areas: 

The Estuary:

Corals in Komodo

• Reef Dive
• Current: Mild
• Pygmy cuttlefish, peacock flounder, bentistick pipefish and nudibranch.

Gili Banta:

The Indo Siren in Komodo

 

• Reef dives
• Current: Mild
• Sharks, eels, tuna, lionfish, manta ray, mobulas, mantas, nudibranch, crabs and crocodile fish.

Gili Lawa Laut:

Mantas in Komodo

• Drift Dives
• Current: Medium
• Mantas, grey sharks, giant trevally whitetip reef sharks, giant sweetlips, fusiliers, oriental sweetlips, Spanish mackerel, whitetip sharks, grey reef sharks, turtle and tunas.

Current City:

 

Mantas in Komodo

• Reef Dives
• Current: Medium
• Mantas, Napoleon wrasse, turtles, eel, trevallies, dolphins, sharks, bumphead parrotfish, snappers, sweetlips and fusiliers.

Padar Bay:

School of fish in Komodo

• Reef and night Dives
• Current: Mild
• Frogfish, nudibranch, anthias, fusiliers, surgeonfish, sharks, cat shark, shrimps, crabs stonefish, octopus, eels, bamboo sharks.

Customers Feedback

• “Great service! The guys worked tirelessly to make diving easy!” Nigel Baker
• “Best service in my diving experience!” Maria Fernanda Carrera Compean
• “The crew is phenomenal with excellent support.” Michael Barnhardt

Thank you for this great trip!

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Philippines August Dive Report: Turtles, Octopus And Millions Of Fish!

Great live aboard dive trip in Southern Visayas.

Moalboal:

Frogfish in the Philippines

 

  • Reef dive 
  • Current: Mild
  • Giant frogfish, yellow boxfish, trumpetfish, zillion anthias, damsels and chromis, different kinds of fusiliers (blue and yellow, rudy’s, randall’s), glassfish, ringed pipefish, titan triggerfish, dogface puffer, bearded scorpionfish, big school of sardines, green sea turtles, small school of big-eye trevally, leaf scorpionfish , hawksbill turtle, day octopus, tiny coconut octopus, tropical bottletail squid, cuttlefish and gorgeous dramatic wall covered in different colors of soft corals.

Apo Island:

Anemones fish in the Philippines

  • Reef dive
  • Current: Mild
  • Titan triggerfish, pufferfish, schooling bannerfish, zillion anthias and damsels, many different fusiliers, surgeonfish and parrotfish, longfin and circular spadefish, red snapper, blacktail and red snapper, singular bannerfish, yellow boxfish, anemone fish, school of blackspine unicornfish, juvenile striped sweetlips, devil scorpionfish, school of big-eye barracuda, juvenile striped sweetlips, orangespine unicornfish, bluestreak goby, oriental sweetlips,  longface emperor hunting together with bluefin trevally and black banded sea krait, circular and pinnate spadefish, sweetlips, moorish idols, massive day octopus, banded sea snake,  sea snake, porcelain crab, hawksbill turtles,  beautiful dive sites with lots of color (crinoids, soft corals and hard corals).

Dauin:

Flamboyant cuttlefish in Philippines

  • Muck dive
  • Current: None
  • Ambon scorpionfish, ornate ghostpipefish, painted frogfish, warty frogfish, freckled frogfish, finger dragonet, flounders and soles, orange-banded pipefish, japanese night shrimps, rough box crab, skeleton shrimps, flamboyant cuttlefish and tropical bottletail squid.

Panglao:

Moray eel

  • Reef dive
  • Current: Mild
  • Zillion purple anthias, grey and yellow damsel, chromis, giant frogfish, fusiliers, parrotfish, two-spot snapper, schooling bannerfish, pyramid butterflyfish, lionfish, reptilian snake eel, two-eyed coralfish,  flounder, bluespine unicornfish, orange-spotted trevally, rainbow runner, longfin spadefish, false clown and spinecheek anemonefish, school of long-jawed mackerel, brown-marbled grouper, juvenile midnight snapper, leopard wrasse, white-eyed moray eel, mimic filefish, tiny coconut octopus, reef squid and  soft coral spawning, .

Cabilao:

Pygmy seahorse in the Philippines

  • Reef dive 
  • Current: Mild
  • Giant frogfish, long-jawed mackerel,anthias and damsels, anemonefish, denise pygmy seahorse, lots of fusiliers, blue trevally, circular spadefish, many different kinds of parrotfish, schooling bannerfish, pyramid butterflyfish, two-spot snapper, orangutan crab, green sea turtles, hairy squat lobster, beautiful dive sites with lots of colorful soft corals, sea fans and leather corals.

Customers Feedback

• “The staff were incredible and made the trip one to remember. Thank you” Rachel Bracken
• “Crew was very accommodating to our particular requirements. Great job by them. Lovely cabins. Superb food .” Dawson Courneya
• “The crew are all great and helpful. Diving experience was wonderful.
We eat so well everyday. Boy the chef is a genious!” Keren Hsiang

Thank you for this great trip!

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Komodo August Dive Report: Mantas, Sharks And Macro!

Great live aboard dive trip in Komodo.

The Unusual Suspects:

Painted frogfish in Komodo

  • Muck dive
  • Current: None
  • Rigid shrimp fish, pipefish, frogfish, gunnard, crabs, painted frogfish, juvenile bannerfish and nudibranch. 

Gili Lawa Derat Bay:

cococnut crab

  • Night dive
  • Current: None
  • Frogfish, long arm and coconut octopus, crocodile fish, flounder, hermit crabs and Spanish dancers.

Tatawa Kecil:

Manta in Komodo

  • Reef dive
  • Current: Medium
  • Mantas, eagle ray, sharks, turtles, anthias, spawning barrel sponges, turtles, batfish, oriental sweet lips, wrasse, pregnant shark and Maldives sponge snail.

Batu Bolong:

Turtle on coral in Komodo

  • Reef dive
  • Current: Medium
  • Napoleon wrasse, turtles, snowflake moray eels, trevally, juvenile white tip reef shark and nudibranch.

Pink Beach:

Crocodile fish in Komodo

  • Night dive 
  • Current: None
  • Frogfish, squid, cuttlefish, crocodile fish, flounder, juvenile lionfish, pipefish, bobtail squid, coconut octopus, emperor shrimp, decorator crabs and tropical squid.

Customers Feedback

• “It was an epic week! Thank you all!” Alexander Benjamin Brake Whitley-Wilson
• “Absolutely loved it. The diving and dive/boat crew were the highlight of the trip.” Pearl Verma
• “Tristan and Laura were excellent!” David Oblisk

Thank you for this great trip!

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Philippines July Dive Report: Macro, Turtles, Thresher Sharks And Beautiful corals!

Great live aboard dive trip in the Southern Visayas and Malapascua.

Top 5 dives of this month trips

Cabilao:

Porcelain crab

  • Reef dives
  • Current: Mild
  • Green sea turtles, porcelain crab, schools of barracudas, decorator crab, coconut octopus, barramundi, giant frogfish, school of big eye barracudas, fusiliers, mackerels, marble groupers.

Balicasag

Turtle

  • Reef dives
  • Current: Mild
  • School of mackerel and big eye trevallies, octopus, green sea turtles, peacock mantis shrimp, sergeant damsel

Apo island

Octopus

  • Reef dives
  • Current: Mild
  • Schools of big eye trevallies, longface emperor, yellowlip sea snakes, surgeon fish, octopus.

Dauin

Cuttlefish

  • Muck diving
  • Current: None
  • Frogfish, ghost pipefish, blue spotted stingray, devil scorpionfish, coconut octopus, painted frogfish, juvenile lionfish, stargazer, barracudas, porcelain crabs, green turtles, peacock mantis shrimp, cuttlefish and bottletail squids.

Malapascua

Thresher shark in Malapascua

  • Reef and cleaning station dives
  • Current: Mild
  • Thresher sharks, cuttlefish, blue ring octopus, mantis shrimp, coral cat sharks, painted frogfish, white tip reef sharks, blue and yellow fusiliers,

Customers Feedback

• “The crew has been very attentive of each detail for everyone. Thank you.” Anonymous from France
• “The crew are all very enthusiastic, and especially the dive masters, they all have great energy” Anonymous from China
• “The wonderful crew made the experience. Chrissie was a fantastic cruise director.” Anonymous from Australia

Thank you for this great trip!

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Palau July Dive Report: Sharks, mantas and the skeleton of a turtle!

Great live aboard dive trip in Palau full of underwater action! 

Top 5 dives of this month trips

Ulong:

Barracudas in Palau

  • Reef and drift dive 
  • Current: Incoming
  • Sharks, barracudas, barracudas and eagle rays

German Channel:

Mantas in German Channel

  • Cleaning station
  • Current: Mild
  • Sharks and mantas

Dexter’s Wall:

The skeleton of a turtle

  • Cavern
  • Current: Mild
  • A sketelon of a turtle

Siaes Corner:

A shark in Palau

  • Drift dive
  • Current: Mild
  • Sting rays, sharks and turtles

Helmet wreck:

Helmet wreck - Palau

  • Wreck
  • Current: None
  • Grey reef sharks, barracudas, Napoleon wrasse and nudibranch

Customers Feedback

“Nothing but class!” Shane Lees

“There is nothing that I could fault. This is my first time on a liveaboard and I have found the crew and facilities to be of a very high standard. Would defiantly recommend the Siren to others!” Tracy Lees

“The crew and staff made my first trip to Palau unforgettable experience, there detail to attention was second to none, I will recommend anyone interested in diving Palau to book with Siren” Paul Battersby

Thank you for this great trip!

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Palau January Dive Report: sharks, rays, macro and wrecks!

Sunshine and smiles greeted our 13 guests from around the world as they boarded the Palau Siren on the last day of the year. After everyone settled in and had dinner many people stayed up late in to the night chatting and getting to know each other until it was that special time. At midnight we rang in the New Year with a champagne toast with new friends in an exciting destination. Shortly thereafter everyone said their good nights and made their way to bed.

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A perfect liveaboard dive cruise in Tubbataha!

The Philippine Siren crew got ready for another amazing liveaboard dive trip to Tubbataha Reefs. Reaching the Park, we started the day diving at Malayan Wreck twice, located at the Northwest tip of the North Atoll. School of big-eye trevally was seen at the reef margin, grey reef and white sharks were present swimming along the wall, Different schools of reef fishes were also enjoying the current such as: fusiliers, surgeonfish, pyramid butterflyfish, as well as yellowtail and blacktail barracuda. One the second dive, while cruising the gorgonian-filled wall, an unexpected friend showed up –Mr. Scalloped Hammerhead Shark. He gave us quite a show by swimming in circles several times before moving ahead into the blue-ness of the ocean. Everybody was thrilled and excited seeing our old friend. Next on the diving schedule was Gorgonian Wall.

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