March 10-20, 2023 – Palau, Micronesia – Palau Siren Liveaboard


Palau – Liveaboard

Dates: March 10-20, 2023 (10 nights on the vessel; not including travel days)

Location: Palau, Micronesia

Vessel: S/Y Palau Siren

Trip Leaders: Doug Jones and Heidi Erickson

The Location:

With intriguing blue holes, spectacular drop-offs, caverns, caves and channels, Palau is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most thrilling dive destinations.  Diving in Palau should be at the top of everyone’s dive to do list!

Awaiting you in Palau are more than 1400 species of fish, 500 species of healthy coral and large pelagics. Whale sharks, eagle rays, turtles, reef sharks and hammerhead are a few examples of the astonishing spectrum of marine life this Micronesian archipelago has to offer.

 

The Vessel:

The Palau Siren is a 130-foot handcrafted ironwood and teak liveaboard built for divers.  The vessel welcomes a maximum of 16 guests in 8 cabins with individually controlled air conditioning and in-suite bathrooms with hot water.  The covered outdoor dining area provides a great setting for all your meals and the spacious air-conditioned saloon offers a cocktail bar, comfortable seating and a large flat screen TV.  The vessel has 2 high-bottom skiffs for maneuvering to dive sites, a nitrox compressor, equipment rental, kayaks, laundry and massage services.

Logistics and Itinerary:

Arrival airport: Koror Airport (ROR)

Departure airport: Koror Airport (ROR)

Airport and local hotels transfers to and from S/Y Palau Siren are included.

March 10, 2023, Board S/Y Palau Siren

March 20, 2023, Depart Palau Siren for Airport (or local hotel)

Pricing:

Premium Double Cabin $5500 per person; $500 per person deposit to reserve booking.

$9075 – Single Rate Cabin

If you are traveling solo and desire a roommate, we will endeavor to find a roommate for you but if there is not a roommate available you will need to pay the single Rate.

Flight Suggestion:

Heidi and Doug’s flight information is:

March 7, 2023 UA 2229  7:32 am Departs Houston (IAH)

3 connections

Denver, CO, US (DEN)
Tokyo, JP (NRT)
Guam, GU, US (GUM)
March 9, 2023 UA157 8:40 pm Arrival Koror, PW (ROR)

March 21, 2023 UA 158 2:15 am Departs Koror, PW (ROR)
3 Connections
Guam, GU, US (GUM)
Honolulu, HI, US (HNL)
San Francisco, CA, US (SFO)
March 21, 2023 UA 2357 1:40 pm Arrival Houston, TX, US (IAH)

In Country Hotel – 2023 hotel rates are currently not available.  We will likely suggest that you book the Palau Central Hotel (https://palaucentral.com/) for any nights you spend in Palau before boarding the Palau Siren (Heidi and Doug will be there one night).  The Palau Siren will also suggest a short stay hotel for us for the 16 hours between disembarking from the boat and leaving the country.  This suggestion will likely be the Palau Central Hotel but we will learn more as time gets closer.

Please send your Flight Information to:  barbie@gigglinmarlin.com.

 

Trip Description and Details:

Departing from Koror, the S/Y Palau Siren will spend 10 days diving a selection of sites including German Channel, New Drop Off, Ulong Channel and Blue Corner. The order in which we dive is based upon the currents, weather conditions and moon phase as we wish to bring you to the best sites at the optimum time to dive them.

In Malakal Harbour we dive the Iro Maruwreck and Chandelier Cave. Whilst at Ulong divers can expect a speedy drift along the reefs with schools of snappers and trevally at dive site such as Ulong Channel and Siaes Corner. Divers can enjoy the spectacle of spawning bumphead parrotfish and grey reef sharks are known to breed here with many juveniles often be spotted amongst the groups.  There is the opportunity to visit the furthermost island dive sites to the north at Badeldaob Island, however this will be based on conditions at the time of trip departure.

The Cruise Director will schedule up to 4 dives per day; 3 day dives and either a sunset or a night dive. The diving day has a typical schedule as follows:

Light Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1

Full Breakfast, relaxation followed by briefing

Dive 2 Lunch, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 3

Snack

Briefing for Sunset or Night dive

Dinner

Typically guests have a late evening flight on the day of disembarkation and we can therefore schedule 4 dives for your final dive day. However, we request guests check their own flight times and ensure they leave a minimum of 18 hours between their final dive and their flight home. The Cruise Director is happy to listen to requests from guests to visit or remain at certain sites and providing it is possible and the schedule allows, then guest’s requests are respected.

Marine Life: Schools of grey reef and white tip sharks congregate at Blue Holes / Blue Corner. German Channel is the place for manta ray action at the cleaning stations. Several mantas may be seen here as divers rest on the bottom to watch the display or swim in the shallows as the mantas approach. At Peleliu Island schools of snapper congregate to spawn near “the Cut” meanwhile lucky divers may meet bull sharks, silver tips and black tip reef sharks.

Weather permitting one to two land excursions will be planned.  One will be the world famous jellyfish lake!

Aboard the Palau Siren we have 2 dive tenders and can split groups depending on experience level and site preference. Dives are led by our 3 western instructors and groups are typically no more than 6:1, though you may prefer to dive just with your buddy – the choice is yours! Many of the channels have strong currents and reef hooks are an essential piece of diving equipment, however diving in Palau is suitable for all levels of experience.

South Africa-Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town – Dec 2023-Jan 2024


South Africa Safari and Apex Predator Diving 14 day Vacation

Monday, December 27, 2022 to Jan 13, 2023 (includes travel dates)

Kruger National Park – 4 days – 2 1/2 days of safari tours with Guides, 2 – 4×4 Game Drives, Sundowner Drive, Year’s Eve Celebration in the Safari!

Flight from Johannesburg to Durban (southern coastal town).

Accommodations in Belvedere Estates

Dolphin Coast of Kwazulu Natal – 1 day

Diving Aliwal Shoal – 2 days – 3 dives and 1 Bait Dive: hundreds of Raggie Tooth Sharks, Oceanic Black Tip Sharks, Tiger Sharks. Mako Sharks, and Dolphins

Protea Banks Diving – 3 days – 5 Dives and 1 Bait Dive:  Hammerhead Sharks, Bull Sharks, Guitar Sharks and large rays

Flight from Durban to Cape Town

Cape Town – 4 days

Simons Town  – Cape Fur Seal & 7 Gilled Cow Shark Dives

Cape Town Tour including Robben Island Tour, , Red Bus City Tour, Table Mountain Cable Car, wine tasting

Gansbaai – Caged Great White Shark Diving!

Meals Included:  12 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners

Activities planned for Non Divers too!

These are 2020 rates, so the new rates will be a little higher.

$5600 pp Diver Rate, based on double occupancy (prices are subject to fluctuate due to their currency)-

$4587 pp Non Diver, based on double occupancy (prices are subject to fluctuate due to their currency)

$1288 pp Single Supplement Add On (prices are subject to fluctuate due to their currency)

20 spaces available

$500.00 Deposit to reserve your spot!

 

Activity Package:

2 – 4×4 Game Drive in Kruger National Park

Sundowner Drive

Morning Guided Bush Walk

Protea Banks Baited Dive

Aliwal Shoal Batied Dive

Robben Island Tour

Deal Dive & 7 Gilled Cow Shark Dive

Red Bus City Tour

Table Mountain Cable Car

Great White Cage Dive

 

Not Included:

Airfare into Johannesburg and out of Cape Town

Nitrox

Some of the meals and extra excursions

 

November 18-25th 2023 – Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands

Cayman Brac Beach Resort in Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands

Stay at the beautiful Cayman Brac Beach Resort!  Cayman Brac is known for its beautiful reefs (which are protected) and exciting wreck dives (including the MV Captain Keith Tibbetts wreck!).  There are also plenty of hiking trails and caves for those who wish to spend some of their time out of the water!  Weather permitting, one day will be diving on the Bloody Bay Wall on Little Cayman!

Cayman Brac Beach Resort was virtually rebuilt after being nearly destroyed by Hurricane Paloma in 2008. Another major renovation was completed in December 2015 which included updates to all 40 rooms, installation of a gigantic free-form pool, and opening of a 2-story bar whose top deck is perfect for catching sunsets.

November 18-25th 2023

Leaders: Doug Jones & Heidi Erickson

$1995 pp for Diver Double Occupancy Beach View

$2400 pp for Diver Single Occupancy Beach View

$1947 pp for Diver Triple Occupancy Beach View

$1924 pp for Diver Quad Occupancy Beach View

Non-Divers deduct $250 in room category

$200 Drink Package (3 drinks per day)

Included in the package: Airport Transfers, all meals, Wifi, welcome rum punch, cocktail reception, hotel, taxes, fees & gratuities, 6 days of 2 tank boat dives, 5 days of 1 tank afternoon dives, and Nitrox

Not Included:  both flights:  Flights, Dive Tips, Alcohol on the resort (pay by the drink) or $200 for 3 drinks a day package.

$500.00 deposit to hold your spot!

Wakatobi, Indonesia – 2023

October 2023 (Fri to Mon)- Wakatobi

Trip Leaders:  Mathis & Shannon Weatherall

Fly Houston to Bali and stay 1 night then take a charter flight to Wakatobi for 10 days / 9 nights / 8 days of diving.

Package Includes: accommodations, diving – 2 options, meals and diving package at Wakatobi resort,

Not Included: Airfare, Bali Hotel night(s) (or additional nights depending on your flights from Houston), alcohol, marine park fees, tips and Round Trip Charter Flight from Bali to Wakatobi.

Option to add:  2-3 days in Bali on either end of the trip staying at a Southern Beach Resort – Monkey Reserve, Volcano, Balinese Dance, Lu ac Coffee Tour.  Let me know if you are interested.

prices may change since we are moving the trip to 2022

$ 5880 pp – Palm Bungalow Diver in Double Occupancy (we have 2 rooms, 4 spaces)

$ 6880 pp – Ocean Bungalow Diver in Double Occupancy (we have 3 rooms, 6 spaces)

$ 9330 pp – Two Bedroom Villa Diver in Double Occupancy (we have 1 room, 2 spaces)

Repeat Customer Discount available!!

Non-divers are welcome also, reduce either room category by $300 pp.

$500.00 deposit to reserve your spot!

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Trip Cancellation Fee – Minimum of a $100 (depending on  the trip date and date of cancellation)