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.
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.
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.
For this Palau liveaboard dive trip, the crew welcomed on board an international mix of divers coming from the UK, Australia, US, Indonesia and Russia. We boarded Palau Siren from Malakal harbor during a beautiful sunset. After they got to know their new home for the next 7 nights, we unpacked and set up their dive gear for the first dive the next morning.
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.
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.
Palau Northern Expedition, Full Moon Spawning and Blackwaters, what else? By Richard Barnden
The weather forecast looked amazing as the luxury liveaboard Palau Siren headed north for a ten day full moon Twin Spot Snapper spawning expedition. Almost dead calm sea’s enabled our divers to head north for a couple of days at the beginning of this cruise to check out a few relatively unknown dive sites. Brits, Poles, and Germans made up the mainly European guest list with an Australian and Canadian to complete the group, ready to witness a few secret’s about Palau diving.
The first day warm up started with the Teshio Maru, a Classic World War II cargo ship out on the west side, typically great visibility and nice super structure area with simple swim through penetration, before we continued on to West Passage. An incoming current brought along a nice sized school of Big Eye Jacks while Grey Reef Sharks patrolled the plateau and schools of reef fish lined the sloping walls. Turtles cruised by casually on both sides and beautiful soft corals hung down from the crevices in the walls.
Incredible Palau liveaboard trip with our friends from Equator Diving
For our group trip to Palau we were joined by an international mix of divers coming from the UK, Australia, US, Canada, Germany, Poland and Indonesia. We boarded Palau Siren from Malakal harbour during a beautiful sunset ready to set sail on our 10 night trip around Palau’s islands. The crew on the boat quickly served everyone a refreshing drink then without waiting any longer we unpacked and set up our dive gear for the first dive the next morning.
A Unique Spawning Adventure in Palau!!
Talks and planning had been going on for some time now and the first of five exclusive trips in 2015 were finally about to begin. Things looked promising for our first New Moon expedition, with Bumphead parrotfish spawning to look forward to, as we boarded the Palau Siren to greet our guests. British, Americans, Europeans, Canadians and a couple from China were the lucky adventurists about to embark on a week-long itinerary designed around spawning and blackwater dives, a one of it’s kind itinerary for Palau liveaboards!!!
There was, however; one element of the equation which only mother nature herself can take care of, the weather. Luckily for us she blew from a northerly to north easterly direction which, although a hindrance, was still workable and people’s spirits were still high, even when the week’s forecast was read out.