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


Palau – Liveaboard – SOLD OUT!!!

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; $2500 per person deposit to reserve booking.

$9900 – 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 – If your flight scheduling in and out of Palau necessitates a short  hotel stay there are several hotel options in Koror.  The hotel below is what Heidi and Doug have reserved if you want to do the same feel free:

March 9 – The Palau Hotel (http://www.palauhotel.net/),  If you are flying in late and just need a room this is the place.  Fancy resort, no.  Near the beach, no.  But the dive boat will pick us up there on March 10!  Shuttle service is available from the airport to the hotel upon arrival.  Book your room through Expedia.  Heidi and Doug got a $98.54 rate, taxes and fees included, for the night in a Deluxe room.

March 20 – Heidi and Doug have an all-day but not overnight wait in Koror on March 20.  If you too are in this situation there are a couple hotels / resorts that have days passes.  The boat operator can help us arrange a day pass while we are there.

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.