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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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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Palau full moon spawning live aboard dive trip

It’s the 10th December, and the Unique Dive Expeditions team board the Palau Siren ready and eager to guide our last Full Moon Unique Dive Expedition trip of 2016. I remember sitting down two years ago with a tide chart, calendar and my data, looking at all the possible options when we were picking our unique trips for the following years. Our aim around November and December time was always to double up with the Bohar snapper spawning in the mornings and feeding Manta trains in the southern lagoon in the late afternoon. Some years this is early November and some years it can be mid December. The peak timing for anywhere between 10 and 15 mantas feeding and
potentially mating is normally for a two week period so trying to work this out two years in advance can be a gamble at times and I guess you could say this trip we hit the jackpot.

AUTHOR BY RICHARD BARNDEN

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The Palau Siren is back!

The Palau Siren is back!!! And back with a vengeance – what amazing dives we got to share with our guests from Germany, Switzerland, England, South Africa, Australia and USA! Thanks in large part to the half-moon phase, we started our trip out with the local dives – checking out some WWII wrecks and the amazing Chandelier Cave.

 

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Incredible underwater action this week in Palau with the Palau Siren Liveaboard

Incredible underwater action this week in Palau with the Palau Siren Liveaboard

The Palau Siren Luxury Liveaboard welcomed on board divers from the United States, Netherlands and Canada. We embarked everyone in the afternoon and after the boat briefing, we helped everyone to set up their dive gear for the next day. Later on, we did our usual muster station drill and introduced all the Palau Siren crew to our guests.

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