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.