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
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 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)
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 – not included and varies by carrier and cabin class. Doug and Heidi will share their flight information once it has been purchased (Q2 2022).
In Country Hotel – We advise you to arrive in Palau a day early (or longer as your body dictates) so that you can board the vessel well rested and less jetlagged. The hotel we will choose will be one recommended by the vessel. As time gets closer we advise the name of the hotel and price. Current Hotel Recommendation List. We will book this for you. Please send your airfare to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Briefing for Sunset or Night dive
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.