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
The Indo Siren crew welcome on board a happy group of English divers all ready for their Flores – Raja Ampat liveaboard diving holidays! Most of them were repeat guests to they felt at hom straight away!
On our first day at Flores, the dive trip started with a black sand wall dive at Tanjung Gedong . Ordinate ghost pipe fish, ribbon eel and a good variation of nudibranchs were some encounters of our check dive. After cruising for 2 hours, the Indo Siren reached Serbete, a small Island with stunning walls around. The dives there were full of grey reef sharks, white tip sharks, turtles and stunning corals.
Another beautiful day in our pacific paradise as we prepare for more adventures on the high seas surrounding the 333-islands which make-up Fiji. Shortly after boarding, the Fiji Siren was away towards our first dive site and a chance for many to experience their first taste of Fijian diving at its finest. A favorite shake-down location of recent has been Amazing Maze, a nice gentle shallow dive with a good array of critters from nudibranch and scorpion fish to octopus and schooling barracuda as well as ample gorgonian sea fans, anemone and a mixture of soft and hard coral plus of course a maze of tunnels and passages giving the site its name.
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Bula once again divers!! For this cruise we had some super special return guest aboard with us for our 10-day trek around the Lomaiviti and up to Taveuni. We started our liveaboard dive trip in the Bligh Waters of Fiji.
The Indo Siren was ready for the last liveaboard dive trip in Komodo of the season!. After a quick orientation there was plenty of time to settle and start chatting. We had many old Siren Fleet friends as well as a Sonja and Charly who were celebrating their honeymoon with us!
Ni Sa Bula and welcome to another week of fabulous diving aboard the S/Y Fiji Siren. This week we had a very mixed group of divers from all over the world, some close and some far. We had a couple from the extended Siren Fleet family (Chris & Helen) joining us on their 4th Siren cruise and a few others doing their second journeys and even a couple joining for their first ever Siren trip. We had English, French, German, Dutch, Polish, Danish and American.
Grey reef sharks gracefully negotiating their way amongst what must have literally been a smorgasbord for them
The Fiji Siren crew was very happy to welcome back ‘photo pro’ Mr Douglas Hoffman who was on-board conducting another underwater photography workshop throughout the cruise as well as a bunch of repeat guests! To start our subsurface proceedings it was a quick hop over to our neighboring island, Nananu-I-Ra, where we got straight into the swing of things with a nice easy shake-down dive at Amazing Maze among myriads of swim-through adorned with beautiful gorgonian sea fans and of course no dive in Fiji would ever be complete without thousands upon thousands of colourful anthias.
The Indo Siren welcomed on board a group from Equator diving. So it was really nice to say hello again. On the first day we had plenty of time to get settled and sorted.
The first day of diving we started in Bima Bay with Unusual Suspects where our guest had already some great encounters: Wonderpus, seahorses, rhinopias, harlequin shrimp and much more were our encounters. During lunch, the liveaboard dive trip continued to Sandeang, where we started with Black Sand and its colourful reefs.