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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Diving in Tubbataha is breathtaking!

The Philippine Siren welcomed on board a brand new groups of divers ready for their liveaboard dive trip in Tubbataha. After a quick talk from the Tubbataha management Office about Park rules and regulations, we lifted the anchor and sailed away to Tubbataha for another amazing dive trip. We commence the day’s diving in Malayan Wreck, southwest of the North Atoll. Not only was it nice and comfortable diving, there were sightings if interesting marine life all over the dive site, namely: school of blackfin barracuda, surgeonfish, Randall’s fusiliers, oceanic triggerfish and midnight snappers. Likewise, a ‘train’ of mature grey reef sharks were swimming against the current and a bunch of baby grey reef sharks were also present; whitetip sharks circling around a cleaning station; hawksbill turtle undisturbed and munching away on corals. Second dive we also dived in Malayan Wreck but entry was a little bit closer to the corner.

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You name it, we find it!

The Palau Siren crew was ready to welcome a brand new group of enthusiastic divers.  Their diving adventure began with the Imperial Japanese Navy oiler and supply ship Iro Maru, bombed during operation Desecrate One on March 30th 1944 she sank after burning for three days.  Running 143 meters in length Iro is a treat for divers with over 70 years of coral growth and plenty of marine life now calling her home.  After a relaxing dive we returned to our home for the week and enjoyed the view of the Rock Island as we ate lunch and cruised to our next anchorage near 2 Dog Beach in the Ulong area.

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