The Philippine Siren was ready for a very special liveaboard dive trip in the Southern Visayas! A 10-days snorkeling organised by Lee Goldman, marine biologist and writer of the books: ‘Snorkeler’s Guide to Marine Life of the Philippines’ and ‘Marine Life and Natural History of the Coral Triangle’. Joel Simon and his organisation ‘Sea for yourself’ brought along some more happy snorkelers and we had the boat filled. We were super exited to get into the water with them and maybe pick up some more shallow water knowledge and appreciate the beautiful Philippines underwater life from a different angle.
The Indo Siren liveaboard dive trip in Raja Ampat started in the Dampier Strait. Around the island of Mioscon and at Blue Magic, we found loads of hunting fish like wahoo, giant trevally and dog tooth tuna attacking schools of yellow snapper and neon fusiliers as well as wobbegong shark and oceanic manta on our very first day! At Sardine Reef and Cape Kri, we had schools of great barracuda, blue fin trevally, giant trevally and red tooth triggerfish.
From pilot whales to dolphins jumping, this week the Fiji Siren had it all roaming out on the oceans. We started the week with dives out to Vatulaca Reef. After the standard shake down dive we dropped into Dream Maker. The top region of the site is covered in golden yellow soft corals and the deep end can have some strong currents making it a nice home for reef sharks and barracuda. During the dive there was a few sharks swimming about and a small school of barracuda but a real highlight was towards the end up amongst the yellow coral when three spotted eagle rays circled before swimming off into the deep. As the day followed we managed more sighting of reef sharks and small schooling fish along with abundances of soft coral all over the place.
‘Bula vinaka and a very big welcome on-board Fiji Siren, this will be your home for the next 7-nights and we are your Fijian family’ – that’s the way I like to begin every cruise! For this charter we had a very leisurely start, slow casual fun briefings, lots of time spent setting-up new dive equipment and cameras, getting strobes sorted, generally chatting to each other and making new friends. For this cruise we were also fortunate enough to have Mig Wehrle, GM Aqualung Southeast Asia with us, who was officially on his honeymoon with his beautiful wife Meike, however brought along lots of new Aqualung toys and equipment for everyone to try out and for many of us to put on our ‘wish list’.
After steaming all night over calm seas, the Indo Siren arrived at the far South East of Raja Ampat. The area of Daram is noted for brilliant soft coral life and gentle sloping ridges that give way to steep drop-offs into the blue. Walls of fish surround stunning coral atolls where drivers gently drift in the sunlight. Some of our guests were even treated to an amazingly beautiful six meter wide Oceanic Manta on only the second dive! “I think it’s going to be a good trip!”
The Indo Siren welcomed on board a group of 16 guests of mixed nationalities for their next liveaboard diving cruise in Raja Ampat! After a quick orientation, the captain moved north to Dampier Strait.
First day of diving we started in Mioskon with crystal clear water and literally a fish soup of, fusiliers, yellow snappers, wobbegong sharks, pigmy seahorses in great visibilities and outstanding coral reefs.
The Indo Siren crew was ready to start another great liveaboard dive trip in Raja Ampat! The diving cruise started in the Sagof area of Raja Ampat to the East of Misool. After a smooth night sailing we arrived at Two Tree Rock rested and ready for our first day of diving. About halfway through our first dive, we started to hear telltale clicks and clacks that experienced divers know can mean only one thing: Dolphins. All eyes turn to look out to the blue as we are treated to an amazingly rare site! Three playful adult dolphins came swooping in chasing breakfast and our photographers were lucky to fire off a few quick shots! This was a good sign for the trip!
The Philippine Siren welcomed on board 16 happy and smiling guests from 6 different countries for this New Year’s liveaboard dive trip in the Southern Visayas. Just before we wanted to set off for our first destination: Talisay Tree. The beautiful wall with Gorgonians and soft corals were a nice habitat for the usual suspects: tomato anemonefish, false clown anemonefish – and many other kinds of anemonefish, common lionfish, schooling fusiliers, red tooth triggerfish, rabbit fish, trevally, trumpetfish, anthias, dogface pufferfish, blackstriped angelfish, three spot angelfish and a huge zebra moray and ringed pipefish. It was not a bad dive at all for a check dive!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!!!! Once again we find ourselves wondering where the time went and how did we end up here so fast. We have had some great times with all of our guests on board the Fiji Siren and ALL the crew wish everyone the best for their own year to come.
Bula All! The Fiji Siren welcomed on board a group of happy divers all very exicted to start their liveaboard dive trip in Fiji! The weather forecasts were looking impeccable so we shot off first thing to go and enjoy a dive out to Amazing Maze to get us started. This was a great start with the site covered in soft corals and many of the swim through having big sea fans over the entrances and the inner walls littered with coral. We decided to stay out in Vatulaca Reef for the evening and dive this area once more to enjoy the pleasingly light currents and abundance of colourful corals.