Diving Palau – A Peaceful Paradise
Diving Palau – A Peaceful Paradise
Late afternoon, our new guests met and boarded the Palau Siren, by the end of the briefings everyone had bonded, like they have known each other a long time and we were ready to start our 7-night liveaboard adventure around the dive sites of Palau. The Helmet wreck called to us in the morning, where after the usual sightings of signal gobies and shrimps, we were amazed by a large crocodile flathead. After a second dive on Chuyo Maru we had the highlight of the day in Chandelier Cave and a beautiful swim out, lights out only guided by the halo of the exit. I was happy to find our “leafy crab” on Sam’s Wall once again and a beautiful octopus popped out of his hole to say hello just before we made our ascent. The Peleliu documentary rounded off the day for some, chatting or sleeping for others after a full busy day of diving.
The sun was up as we made our way to Short Drop Off, where four divers went along the reef while the others opted in to scrutinize the seven nautilus. An issue with our anchor delayed our departure from the Malakal Harbour but as there are several wrecks close by we were able to amend our plan opting to dive the Teshio Maru, a large cargo ship, then Jake’s sea plane before cruising off to Ulong Island. The beautiful Harlequin shrimps fascinated everyone in Siaes Tunnel and the first shark and turtle of the trip were spotted, followed by an adrenaline-fueled night dive with many sharks at Ulong Corner. An intense day of diving for sure!
Ulong Channel gave a slow current at the beginning of the dive allowing us to gradually make our way inside until the lettuce corals and the giant clams. Sandy Paradise then provided cruising sharks, schools of barracudas and big eye jacks. When we came back for lunch the sails were up, the blue of the sail competing with the ones from the sky and the sea. The sharks and Napoleon wrasse were programmed for the afternoon dive, along with a changing current. Night dive in Big Drop Off with a swimming moray, a very curious cornet fish almost touching us.
A drift dive at New Drop Off made us all fully awake, starting the day off well with sharks in the blue, turtles on the plateau and school of barracuda. German Channel was gentle with hardly any current, some sharks passing by whilst a school of barracudas hung out next to the cleaning station. We rounded off the day with a night dive in Muchacha, a garden of all kinds of corals. Blue Holes gave magic light in the cave followed by a gentle swim along the wall towards Blue Corner to meet Pedro the Napoleon wrasse and end up the safety stop with a shark passing by. Then after a delicious breakfast freshly prepared in front of our eyes by Andre and Serge, we went for a turtle dive at Dexter’s Wall, a grey reef shark also came along to check us out closely. In the afternoon, the group divided in 2, some going for a land tour on Peleliu, the others diving in Orange Beach. The most adventurous went for a twilight dive at Blue Corner, where the current changed direction three times during the dive, which is the magic of half moon.
Our final day of the cruise started with snorkeling activities at Jellyfish Lake and a little rejuvenating tour in Milky Way, the minerals in the water supposedly make you look twenty years younger…we’ll have to check with Alka. Two of our guests unfortunately had to leave the yacht early, meanwhile the rest of us returned to Blue Corner by popular request. Pedro and Haba the Napoleon were there, stealing the attention from the sharks… And the last dive was voted Blue Corner as well, where one group saw a leopard shark crossing the plateau. Another superb end to our Palau Siren adventure for this time around. See you all again soon!