Sharks, sharks and more sharks

Sharks, sharks and more sharks…

The Palau Siren was starting her week with some wreck diving including the biggest wreck in Micronesia: the 139 m Amatsu Maru where some great critters was waiting for us: lion fish, fusiliers, sweetlips, some colorful nudibranchs, turtles, among others. Chandelier Cave was also on our schedule for today. We continued our way towards Ngemelis area where the next dive was German Wall, covered with soft coral and fans. As we descended, many sharks and turtles were seen as well as some bumphead parrotfish and a spearing mantis shrimp. On the way back to Palau Siren, a few lucky guests spotted a Manta Ray cruising through German Channel.

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Palau Pelagic Action

Palau Pelagic Action…

Our newest group aboard the Palau Siren was a lively bunch of doctors from the U.S. eager to get going we set up equipment and toured the liveaboard settling in for the evening and the first of Andri’s delicious dinners. Early morning started with a check dive on the Haf Adai Wreck, a small wreck in Malakal harbor. The second dive was planned around Ulong Island so we pulled up anchor and cruised over to Ulong Channel which was our day’s highlight ; a good strong current and plenty of reef shark action had the divers coming up saying “it was the best” “lets do that again”…

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Sharks, Mantas, Big Fish and Mandarins

Sharks, Mantas, Big Fish & Mandarins…

Our small group of guests arrived onto the Palau Siren ready for the diving ahead, which got underway the next morning with a check dive on the Haf Adai Wreck, a wreck of a small fishing boat in Malakal Harbor, the second dive was planned around Ulong so we pulled up anchor cruised over to the channel where we saw reef sharks, Napoleon wrasse and giant clams, whilst our afternoon and night dives at Sandy Channel brought yet more sharks but also nudibranchs, flatworms and a cuttlefish.

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What if you see a Bull shark while diving?

What if you see a Bull shark while diving?

On this 10 day charter trip, the crew was excited to welcome our German guests from Spirosub. The first diving day started with a check dive on the Haf Adai Wreck, a small sheltered wreck in Malakal area where our guests enjoyed the presence of Lion fish, Starry Pufferfish, fuseliers, sweetlips as well as crinoid shrimps and blue dragon nudibranchs. Then the Palau Siren pulled up anchor and moved towards Ulong Island to do the second dive in Sandy Paradise. The visibility was good and the marine life amazing: Leaf scorpionfish, grey and white tip reef sharks, school of barracudas, black and humpback snappers, white banded and cleaner shrimps, among other critters.

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Shark-tastic Palau

Shark-tastic Palau…

The second group from Y-Kiki Divers arrived onto the Palau Siren and as they had been diving already in Yap the equipment set up and check dive were quickly completed. Knowing this group was experienced and ready we cruised over to Ulong Island to dive Sandy Paradise, followed by Siaes Tunnel and Ulong Channel where the we felt the true Palau current bringing with it grey reef and white tip sharks and huge schools of midnight snapper.

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Perth Scuba in Palau

Perth Scuba in Palau…

Our guests from Australia arrived for their 10-night trip on Palau Siren, most opted for setting the equipment up right away and then enjoyed the rest of the evening chilling out on the yacht. The first diving day started on Sandy Paradise so we pulled up anchor and moved towards Ulong Island. The visability was good and the amount of marine life amazing as usual, our guests seem to be lucky because on this check dive they were treated to their first manta along with the schools of reef sharks, snapper and barracuda.

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Wrecks, Sharks, Critters & Currents

Wrecks, sharks, critters and currents…

Y Kiki DiversJoining the Palau Siren for this trip we welcomed aboard 15 Amercans from Y Kiki Divers. After boarding and a check dive at the Haf Adai wreck we lifted anchor and cruise over to Ulong Island seeing grey reef sharks in the channel. The next morning we made an unforgettable dive at Sandy Paradise, immediately surrounded by a school of barracuda, but it was the thousands of bump head parrotfish spawning all around us that made it super special. All the action brought in the sharks and a massive school of scad being hunted by Giant Trevally. Next up was a short hook in at Siaes Corner, where the strong current brought in about 20 sharks. That night we headed to Ulong Corner then had some awesome food prepared by our chef Andri.

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Palau Surprises

Palau Surprises…

 MG 7740Our group from Schoener Tauchen in Germany boarded the Palau Siren eager to get diving right away! We started off at the Haf Adai wreck finding numerous awesome nudis, then proceeded on to Chandelier Cave it being low tide there was fantastic light in the formations and plenty of room to explore. The Iro Maru wreck was our last dive of the day with 25M+ viz the photographers were delighted, then it was time to move on from Malakal Harbour over to Ulong Island and the anticipated shark dives the following day.

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Shark Week in Palau

Shark Week in Palau…

silver tipsIts day one of another 10 day trip with an almost all American group and one kiwi. The group was excited to hear that they had arived just intime for the bumphead spawning at Sandy Paradise! We headed out for a very memorable check dive, as we enterd the water you couldn’t help but notice an almost milky haze in the vizibility. As we drifted along the reef and sand the schools of baracuda circling around us stopped the group in our tracks. The grey reef sharks were patrolling the sand in numbers I have never seen before at this site. Finally thousands of bumphead parotfish joined us for the rest of our dive. Shooting up in groups of 5-7 fish at a time releasing sperm and eggs all around us, it was a pretty amazing sight and a superb start for this Palau adventure!

reef-sharksWe awoke to sunny skies and calm seas on day two and made our way out to Shark City for dive one. The site was covered in fish and turtles and lets not forget some pretty strong current. Toward the end of the dive two of the guest joined me for a drift into the blue in search of somthing big. Armed with my plastic bottle and a few rocks I coaxed a very large bull shark up from the deep. Siaes Corner was next on the list. While on the wall we had the usual grey reefs and white tips when all of a sudden Leo start banging on his tank, he points in my directing with a excited motion, I turn around and find myself face to face with a 3 metre scalloped hammerhead! AWESOME!

mantas-in-german-channelDay three and four were a blend of awesome and fantastic dives. We had the sharks and manta rays at German Channel, loads of schooling fish and even more sharks at Blue Corner. And yet again more sharks and numerous turtles as well as a leopord shark at New Drop Off. But the highlight of the two days was the dive on Barnum’s Wall. With grey reefs all around it felt like a normal dive…untill a rather large Silver Tip came darting out of the blue right at me! Being mine and most of the guest first encouter with this awesome animal my heart started racing. After about a minute my heart rate finally went back to normal just in time for a second silver tip to join the group. Over the next couple of days the group wanted to do nothing but dive dive dive at Blue Corner and German Channel. Over and over again we were surounded by fish, hungry hunting sharks and some very beautiful mantas, I could do dives like this every day and still be in awe everytime.

Thanks to all from the GotMuck group who joined the Palau Siren – we look forward to seeing you all again for another Shark- filled adventure!

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Surprises in Palau

A Few Surprises in Palau…

snapper_palauIts day one of another 10 day trip and our divers from Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Spain are ready to get in the water. We made it a wreck day and started bright and early, heading out to the Teshio Maru and Jake sea plane for an easy check out dive. Iro maru was dive two followed by a night dive in to the past with a dive on the Helmut wreck. The next morning we woke up to early pulled anchor on the Palau Siren and headed to Ulong Island for dive one in Ulong Channel. We had a nice and easy drift over the coral garden accompanied by grey reef sharks and schooling fish, a perfect way to start the day. Siaes Tunnel & Corner were next on our agenda for the day followed by a critter filled night dive on the Sand Bar.

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