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S/Y PALAU SIREN

The 40 metre S/Y Palau Siren luxury liveaboard Built on the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi and launched in July 2012, she has the same specifications as her sister, the S/Y Philippine Siren. The cabins are either fixed double or twin bed, however we offer flexibility with 2 cabins which can be converted from twin to double to suit the needs of our guests. The outdoor dining area is very comfortable offering a great setting for all your meals. The dive deck is perhaps the most spacious and comfortable you would have experienced. Offering designated areas for charging and preparation of your camera and video equipment, the S/Y Indo Siren truly sets out to be the pros choice for underwater photography and videography.

 SPECIFICATIONS

SAMPLE ITINERARY

SCHEDULES 2015

SCHEDULES 2016

SCHEDULES 2017

DIVE SITES

S/Y PALAU SIREN DECK PLAN

Deck Plan of The SY Palau Siren Liveabaord showing lower accomodation deck and the upper deck

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Built: 2012

Length: 40 metres

Breadth: 9.7 metres

Draft: 3 metres

Construction Material: Ironwood

Engines: Marinized Nissan RH-10    Mitsubishi 6D-22

Max Speed: 9 knots

Generators: 3 x Yanmar

Water Storage: 16 tonnes

ONBOARD SAFETY

First Aid

Emergency Responders

Emergency Oxygen

Life Jackets

Life Rafts

Life Rings

Radios

EPIRB

Fire Fighting Equipment

Smoke Detectors

THE CREW

Captain: 1

Engineer: 1

Chefs: 2

Deck Hands 1

Tender Drivers 2

Housekeeper: 1

Host: 1

Dive Team: 3

ACCOMMODATION

Guests: 16

Twin Cabins: 6*

Double Cabins: 2

En-suite

Air-Conditioning

Wall Fan

Entertainment System

Personal Safe

Towels

Bathrobe

Hairdryer

Amenities: Shower Gel

*2 twin cabins can be adapted to double bed cabins if required.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

Full Board: FOC

Fresh Coffee:FOC

Black & Herbal Teas FOC

Carbonated Soft Drinks FOC

Fruit Juices: FOC

Beer: FOC

Wines & Spirits

Electrolyte powders:  FOC

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES

Kayaks FOC

Massage

DIVING FACILITIES

Scuba Equipment Rental:  FOC*

12l & 15l tanks aluminium valve Fittings DIN & International

Nitrox Bank System: FOC

Compressors: 2 x MCH13

NOT Tec Diving Friendly

Rebreather Friendly

Rebreather Rental

Surface Marker Buoys FOC

Nautilus Lifeline

Tenders: 2

Dive Courses:   AOW, EANx

*Aqua Lung BCD, Regulator, 3mm wetsuit, mask & fins available FOC. Additional charges apply for computer & torch rental.

COMMUNAL AREAS

Indoor Lounge

Outdoor Dining Area

Sundeck (un-shaded)

Cushioned Loungers 8

Outdoor Shaded Area

Personal Item Storage

Camera Table

Charging Station

Adapter Plugs European

DIVE DECK

Personal Storage

Camera Rinse Tanks

Camera Table

Fresh Water

Deck Towel

Deck Heads: 2

BACK TO TOP

PALAU ISLANDS

The following is a sample itinerary of dive sites we may visit during your liveaboard safari with the Siren Fleet in Palau. We wish to show you the very best diving possible but a  number of factors can determine where we visit. Weather, tides, currents and how busy a site is with other dive vessels all play a part in the Cruise Director’s decision of which route the yacht takes. This itinerary involves some long distance travel. Whilst we attempt to ensure the number of dives we have scheduled is fulfilled, bad weather can hinder the yacht’s ability to reach a specified dive site in good time. The safety of all on board is paramount and we always do our best in offering diving at alternate locations should we be unable to visit those sites listed below.

Your 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.

 

Ulong Island

Ulong Channel is often considered the best dive in Palau! This exhilarating drift dive has it all; hard & soft coral encrusted walls, schools of sharks and other pelagic action, a beautiful stand of lettuce coral as you drift through the channel, giant clams and plenty of grouper just to name a few. Keep your eyes open, seeing just about anything is possible on this dive!

Siaes Corner, Schools of grey reef sharks, jacks and barracuda can be seen off the corner’s edge while butterfly fish, Moorish idols, anthias and fusiliers are abundant throughout the

reef. Hawksbill and green sea turtles are also found feeding here.

Siaes Tunnel offers divers an awesome experience as they dive through a large naturally lit tunnel. Cup corals, soft corals, reef fish and invertebrates inhabit the walls and ceilings of the tunnel. Near the bottom dart fish, long nose hawk fish, gobies and frog fish can be found. White tip reef sharks sleep on the bottom near the tunnel’s exit, while big eye trevally circle around.

Shark City Southwest of Ulong Island, a wall dive where currents attract many large pelagics from grey reef sharks to the occasional sighting of a bull shark or hammerhead. The wall drops to 50m (150ft) and is dotted with gorgonian fans whilst in the shallow waters huge lettuce corals host colourful anthias and Moorish idols. Bumphead parrotfish are regularly seen here and eagle rays are known to cruise the reef wall.

Sand Bar a shallow sloping reef with garden eels and sting rays, is also the place where hundred upon thousands of bumphead parrot fish have been known to congregate for spawning; this stunning spectacle may only be witnessed at certain times of the month during the right moon phase. Night diving here turns up many interesting species including pleurobranchs.

 

Malakal Harbour

Chandelier Cave is a fantastic cave system made up of five separate chambers with stalactites and stalagmites creating a ‘chandelier’ effect. The opening is wide and provides plenty of natural light however moving through to the inner section a torch is necessary. Stay close to your dive guide!

Teshio Maru was sunk north of the harbour as it tried to escape the inner lagoon on March 30, 1944 during “Operation Desecrate”. The Teshio - a Japanese army cargo ship – now lays in 25m (80ft) of water on her starboard side. She is 100m (330ft) in length and one of the best wreck dives in Palau.

Iro Maru This Japanese oil supply ship, sunk during ‘Operation Desecrate’, lays upright in 20m (75ft) of clear blue water. Descend the mooring line to the bow and gun mount then explore this coral encrusted wreckage. Schools of batfish hover above the wreckage and large groupers are also to be seen.

Sam’s Wall Just outside Sam’s Tours Palau Dive Centre, the wall and jetty provide an excellent habitat for the smaller critters such as pipefish, spiny devilfish, juvenile batfish and a wide variety of crustaceans. Dive at sunset to see the “fat” mandarin fish mating spectacle. Chuyo Maru located just west of Malakal Island, is a medium sized Japanese coastal freighter that was sunk during World War II. She lies upright on the seabed at a depth of 40m (120ft) with her deck at 30m (90ft). The guns on her stern deck are clearly visible and  inside the bridge is what remains of the ship’s brass compass. The Chuyo is also host to a variety of crustaceans, molluscs, lionfish and well camouflaged stone fish.

Jake Sea Plane was a reconnaissance float plane that is believed to have crashed during take-off. The plane is still in one piece and makes for amazing photographs. There is little current and visibility is usually very good. Numerous molluscs have made their home here and we frequently see octopus, cuttlefish and nudibranchs, whilst the surrounding patch reef provides shelter for many juvenile reef fish.

 

Ngemelis Island & the German Channel

Blue Corner is the most famous dive site in Palau and has been voted #1 dive site of the world! Known for its strong currents, as well as consistent and abundant shark action, World class diving does not get much better than Blue Corner! Each dive here is action packed where anything can happen! Schools of snapper, barracuda & jacks are regularly seen and Napoleon wrasse can be very inquisitive, coming close to divers for a perfect photo opportunity! Reef hooks are needed for this dive. Smaller creatures including pipefish & leaf fish can be found in the channels.

Blue Holes just along the reef from Blue Corner, is a large cavern with four “blue holes” at the top allowing natural light in from above. These rays of light make diving in the cavern a unique and amazing experience. White tips can be seen on the sandy bottom and there are numerous critters including dart fish and the flaming scallop lining the cavern walls.

New Drop Off is located south of Blue Corner on a shallow plateau. The walls are filled with a medley of colourful reef fish including butterfly fish, angel fish, wrasse and triggers. Soft corals, large anemones and sea fans cover the wall while grey reef sharks cruise the blue water. Large Spanish mackerel commonly cruise on by with the sharks and turtles amble about feeding on the soft corals.

Big Drop Off is one of Palau’s most famous wall dives. This vertical wall is covered with colourful soft corals, sponges, smaller reef fish and sea fans. Sharks patrol along the reef edge but this is also a fantastic site to see filefish, longnose hawk fish, fairy basslets and schools of surgeon fish, parrot fish and angel fish. Turtles are often found feeding along the wall as well.

German Channel was created during the German occupation (1899 – 1914) to enable easier transportation of the phosphates they were mining. Today the mouth of the channel is best known for encounters with mantas which feed on plankton and visit the cleaning station bommies. White tip & black tip sharks can also be seen along with schools of snapper. We will visit this site several times during your trip.

Virgin Blue Holes just south of Blue Corner, offers divers swim throughs and caverns to explore, before exciting onto the reef wall.

Dexter’s Wall is a wonderful wall dive filled with soft corals, sea fans, nudibranchs, anemones and sea turtles. The area is well known for leopard shark sightings but also teeming with groupers, snappers, sweetlips and other reef fish.

 

Peleliu Island

Peleliu Cut is where we can experience some of the strongest currents of our trip due to converging ocean currents that flow around the archipelago. The cut is full of life; we will see plenty of pelagics, sharks, jacks, barracuda, rainbow runners, snappers, tuna and sweetlips. Reef hooks are a must for this dive!

Turtle Cove begins by plunging into a small blue hole on top of the shallow reef. Upon exiting at the bottom divers drift through schools of surgeonfish, butterfly fish and red-tooth triggerfish. Large schools of black snapper enjoy coming right up to divers along the wall. The plateau at near the end of the dive is filled with beautiful anemones, reef fish, sharks and turtles to finish off the dive. On occasion a leopard shark or ray will cruise by for all to see.

Barnum’s Wall a favourite spot for a night dive. Turtles, groupers, sweetlips and a variety of sharks can all be seen here as well as a myriad of nudibranchs, flatworms, sea whips and crinoids.

Peleliu Wall covered with black corals & large sea fans allows for an easy drift dive whilst observing reef sharks, jacks & barracuda. On occasion bull sharks and tiger sharks have been seen here.

Ngedebus Corner features dense populations of sea fans, soft corals and sea whips. Grey reef sharks patrol the corner while butterfly fish and fusiliers congregate near the wall’s cuts. The shallow coral garden is where turtles and scorpion fish are commonly seen.

Orange Beach is a soft drift dive along a colorful coral garden. Among the boulders, divers can find nurse sharks, turtles, scorpionfish, crocodilefish and nudibranchs. Divers will also find WWII remains such as bullets and shells.

White Beach is a coral garden with soft corals and boulders. Giant clams, turtles, bumphead parrotfish will be seen swimming.

South Dock is a beautiful reef wall where divers can find parrotfish, surgeonfish as well as whitetip reef sharks cruising.

 

Jelly Fish Lake Snorkelling

Jellyfish Lake, one of approximately 70 inland marine lakes found throughout Palau. Here the golden jellyfish (Mastigias) have adapted over time to shed their stinging cells allowing for this one-of-a-kind experience with them. The jellyfish follow the sun each day using the sunlight to help algae produce sugars which it in turn shares with the host. The trail leading to the lake is not too long but is a little steep so make sure to wear your booties.

 

Rock Islands Tour

During your cruise guests can take a speedboat tour through the Rock Islands, stopping at “the Arch” for the classic photo opportunity. You can also see islands shaped like an elephant or whale or just relax and enjoy the beauty of these Palauan islands. For those taking a 10-night trip we also have the option of diving at the following locations:-

Ngaremlengui Island

Devil’s Playground a sloping wall with a drop off. The wall is filled with beautiful soft corals, sea whips and sea fans. Nurse sharks often are found under the coral boulders above the drop off while crocodile fish, turtles and eagle rays are also common. Reef fish dot the landscape to complement this dive.

West Passage is a channel with a reef top sloping to vertical walls that run through the barrier reef. The drift along this wall is amazing due to the large amounts of nutrients flowing through the channel. It is filled with large gorgonian, corals, sea whips, crinoids and anemones. Grey and white tip reef sharks move through the channel along with grouper, snappers and sweetlips.

Devilfish City the steep drop off provides a place to hang in the blue to watch for manta rays, which are abundant in the area between January & April. Large pelagic sharks and schools of barracuda are also seen here whilst the reef wall provides stunning colour and a wide variety of smaller fish species including hawkfish, unicorn fish, leafy scorpionfish & anemone fish.

Sunken Bridge is an impressive coral formation where large pelagic species can be seen. From mantas to silvertips this dive always has some surprises.

 

Optional activities during your liveaboard safari (additional charges apply)

Nautilus Dive at Turtle Cove Living at approximately 600m depth the Nautilus is a creature not commonly seen during diving, however if guests would like we can arrange for a dive with the Nautilus – which involves baiting and bringing the Nautilus to diveable depths using a trap. Pre-booking is required & price dependent on time of booking.

Peleliu Island WWII Land Excursion A local tour guide will escort you around the historic remnants of WWII battles which took place on the island. The tour is approximately 2 hours in duration. Please ask your cruise director to arrange for you.

PHILIPPINES AND PALAU COMBINATION

The following is a sample itinerary of dive sites we may visit during your liveaboard safari with the Siren Fleet in the Philippines and Palau. We wish to show you the very best diving possible but a number of factors can determine where we visit. Weather, tides, currents and how busy a site is with other dive vessels all play a part in the Cruise Director’s decision of which route the yacht takes. This itinerary involves some long distance travel. Whilst we attempt to ensure the number of dives we have scheduled is fulfilled, bad weather can hinder the yacht’s ability to reach a specified dive site in good time. The safety of all on board is paramount and we always do our best in offering diving at alternate locations should we be unable to visit those sites listed below.

Your 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

For your final day aboard the S/Y Philippine Siren we schedule 2 morning dives to allow plenty of time for off-gassing before disembarkation and your onward flight to Palau. Due to late flight time out of Palau we are able to schedule up to 4 dives on your final dive day aboard the S/Y Palau Siren. 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.

 

Moalboal, Cebu

Kasai Wall – is where we see many turtles – both hawksbill and green turtles are attracted to the reef here.

Dolphin House Reef – the shallow reef top hosts pipefish and many varieties of nudibranchs. Along the slope we see bannerfish and trevallies, trigger fish and snappers. Turtles are another common sighting.

 Tongo Point yellow tail barracuda, shrimp fish hovering in schools, and schools of big mouth mackerel make for an interesting dive. Add crocodile fish, scorpion fish, sea snakes & turtles for an awesome dive site.

Turtle Bay makes for an awesome night dive with juvenile pinate batfish, white snout pipefish, soft coral crabs and so many species of nudibranch- far too many to list!

Serena House Reef a superb spot for a sunset dive to see mandarin fish mating.

 

Pescador Island

The tiny offshore island of Pescador attracts large schools of sardines, just seeing the wall of fish is spectacular in itself but these sardines have also been known to bring some larger friends with them! Fortunate divers have been lucky enough to see whale sharks and thresher sharks here. Other large pelagics include dog tooth tuna, potato groupers & yellow-tail barracuda. Oceanic triggerfish, midnight snappers and blue-lined fusiliers as well as  trumpet fish, box fish, turtles, angle fish and batfish are commonly seen. The walls   themselves are adorned with gorgonian fans, soft and hard corals provide the perfect places for white-eyed morays to lurk.

 

Sumilon Island

Sumilon Island is where black tip and white tip reefs sharks are known to frequent the waters. The sanctuaries also support numerous fish species and healthy coral growth. Sightings of tuna, batfish, trevally & unicorn fish are common and there is also a wide variety of crustaceans. We typically make two dives here before crossing the strait to Balicasag Island or moving to Pescador Island.

Dependent on our guests’ wishes we offer the option to substitute dives for whale shark snorkelling at Oslob, subject to additional fees payable at destination.

 

Apo Island

Apo Island Marine Reserve is one of most successful marine sanctuaries to be established in the Philippines. Night diving is unfortunately not permitted however a sunset dive at The Chapel provides a superb opportunity to watch mandarin fish mating. The order of dives will be based on the currents and conditions of the day choosing from:-

 Coconut Point An often fast paced drift brings divers over the sloping coral reef wall. Giant trevally, humphead parrotfish and marbled groupers are seen off the reef along with schools of banner fish. Turtles cruise effortlessly in the currents and nembrotha nudibranchs can be seen munching on tunicates.

Rock Point West Just beyond the chapel opposite the marine park warden’s office, Rock Point offers some of the most stunning hard corals to be found in the region. The steep reef walls support numerous colourful reef species – pyramid butterfly fish and red-toothed trigger fish are here in their hundreds, frogfish, cuttlefish, banded sea snakes and hawksbill turtles are amongst the common sightings. Boluarte Marbled groupers, batfish & snowflake morays are to be expected, perhaps attracted by the hot bubbles emerging from the dark sand from the active volcano.

 

Dauin, Negros

Your Cruise Director will choose sites based on where the most interesting critters are being seen, these sites include:

The Cars Between 25-30m (80-100ft) lie 2 Volkswagen sunk as an artificial reef and attracting schools of lionfish. Nudibranchs, porcelain crabs & ghost pipe fish are amongst the many weird and wonderful creatures found at this site.

Dauin North The sanctuary just to the left of The Cars, offers a shallow sloping reef, however it is the sand patches to the right of the sanctuary that really capture our attention. Seahorses, minute frogfish, ghost pipefish, flying gurnards, waspfish, devil scorpionfish, pipefish and octopus are all to be found scurrying over the sand. The sand itself appears to move as hundreds of skeleton shrimp bounce their way across. Tiny pygmy pipehorses can also be seen on the shallow shelf during a safety stop – expect to spend a long dive here!

Ginama- An A typical dark sand dive with small out-croppings in which to hunt for octopus, frog fish and scorpion fish, with the occasional turtle cruising by.

Ceres provides a mix of marine life from schools of snapper, banner fish and fusiliers to  tiny bubble coral shrimp and squat lobsters. An assortment of anemone fish can be seen including spine cheek and skunk varieties. Demon stingers and smashing mantis shrimp can be seen scurrying along the bottom and robust ghost pipefish can be spotted bobbing about. Atlantis Sanctuary offers a dark sandy slope with a collection of sunken tyres that provide an artificial reef in which seahorses and pipefish, moray eels, lion fish and

 

nudibranchs can all be found.

San Miguel another critter wonderland! Painted frogfish, varieties of ghost pipefish, cockatoo waspfish and flambouyant cuttlefish are just a few of the most commonly seen species. With occasion we see up to 4 flambouyants in one dive!! During night dives coconut octopus can be seen creeping about with their shells and bobtail squid quickly scurry under the sand.

 

Balicasag Island

The small island of Balicasag, just off the tip of Panglao, is characterised for its many turtles, coral gardens and steep walls which provide overhangs, cracks & crevices in which to search for a variety of marine species.

Sanctuary a steep coral wall covered in soft corals and gorgonian fans. A great place to find frogfish & leaf fish and as you end the dive you can be surrounded by schooling jacks in the shallows.

Divers Heaven/ Cathedral – two dives in one along this stunning wall complete with crags and overhangs. Sponges, sea fans, soft corals and cup corals provide a haven for many tiny critters such as warty frogfish and porcelain crabs. Also seen are schools of pyramid butterfly fish and banner fish, titan triggerfish moray eel and clown anemones.

Rico's Wall, makes for an interesting dive with shallow swim throughs and gaps in the craggy wall, at sunset turtles can be spotted coming into the reef to rest.

Black Forest, once famed for its black coral is where we encounter schools of jacks, meanwhile leaf fish are often seen resting on the rough coral ledges. Turtles are a common sight in the shallow sea grass garden- a perfect place for your safety stop.

 

Cabilao Island

There are several interesting wall and coral garden dives around the island of Cabilao and we choose from the following:-

Cambiquiz; a fantastic spot with a gentle sloping reef and sandy bottom to 20m – soft corals and seapens can be found dotted over the sand; also a great site for sightings of bent stick pipefish and Pegasus seamoths.

Paradise Wall provides a gentle drift along a fantastic coral reef with schooling fish and plenty of macro life in the shallow water, including odd shaped plakobranks and leaf fish.

 Lighthouse Sloping walls full of sponges and gorgonian fans. This is a great place to look for pygmy seahorses and to dive with large green turtles. Also being seen are giant frogfish which can be spotted resting on sponges and numerous cowries hiding amidst the stunning hard coral garden.

Talisay Tree- Pygmy seahorses hang on the huge gorgonian fans that adorn the steep wall. In the shallow coral gardens robust ghost pipe fish attempt to blend in, whilst bubble head shrimps and orangutan crabs are often seen resting on bubble anemones.

South Point offers you the opportunity to look for white tip reef sharks that hang out in the caverns within the steep coral wall. Huge tube sponges support giant frogfish, whilst leaf fish and many scorpion fish can be found resting in the crevices.

 

Olango Island & Mactan

Talima Reef wall has soft and whip corals where small critters like to hide. The wreckage of a banca can also be found along the sandy reef shelf – a great place to find grouper and sweetlips; whilst jacks and batfish school above you.

Shangri-la House Reef - The topography is diverse with a wreck, white sand a mini wall, sea grasses and plenty of healthy coral. Schooling fish can be seen and a few treats such as, giant clam, jacks, and batfish put in an appearance.

 

Ulong Island

Ulong Channel is often considered the best dive in Palau! This exhilarating drift dive has it all; hard & soft coral encrusted walls, schools of sharks and other pelagic action, a beautiful stand of lettuce coral as you drift through the channel, giant clams and plenty of grouper just to name a few. Keep your eyes open, seeing just about anything is possible on this dive!

Siaes Corner, Schools of grey reef sharks, jacks and barracuda can be seen off the corner’s edge while butterfly fish, Moorish idols, anthias and fusiliers are abundant throughout the reef. Hawksbill and green sea turtles are also found feeding here.

Siaes Tunnel offers divers an awesome experience as they dive through a large naturally lit tunnel. Cup corals, soft corals, reef fish and invertebrates inhabit the walls and ceilings of the tunnel. Near the bottom dart fish, long nose hawk fish, gobies and frog fish can be found. White tip reef sharks sleep on the bottom near the tunnel’s exit, while big eye trevally circle around.

Shark City Southwest of Ulong Island, a wall dive where currents attract many large pelagics from grey reef sharks to the occasional sighting of a bull shark or hammerhead.

The wall drops to 50m (150ft) and is dotted with gorgonian fans whilst in the shallow waters huge lettuce corals host colourful anthias and Moorish idols. Bumphead parrotfish are regularly seen here and eagle rays are known to cruise the reef wall.

Sand Bar a shallow sloping reef with garden eels and sting rays, is also the place where hundred upon thousands of bumphead parrot fish have been known to congregate for spawning; this stunning spectacle may only be witnessed at certain times of the month during the right moon phase. Night diving here turns up many interesting species including pleurobranchs.

 

Malakal Harbour

Chandelier Cave is a fantastic cave system made up of five separate chambers with stalactites and stalagmites creating a ‘chandelier’ effect. The opening is wide and provides plenty of natural light however moving through to the inner section a torch is necessary. Stay close to your dive guide!

Teshio Maru was sunk north of the harbour as it tried to escape the inner lagoon on March 30, 1944 during “Operation Desecrate”. The Teshio - a Japanese army cargo ship – now lays in 25m (80ft) of water on her starboard side. She is 100m (330ft) in length and one of the best wreck dives in Palau.

Iro Maru This Japanese oil supply ship, sunk during ‘Operation Desecrate’, lays upright in 20m (75ft) of clear blue water. Descend the mooring line to the bow and gun mount then explore this coral encrusted wreckage. Schools of batfish hover above the wreckage and large groupers are also to be seen.

Sam’s Wall Just outside Sam’s Tours Palau Dive Centre, the wall and jetty provide an excellent habitat for the smaller critters such as pipefish, spiny devilfish, juvenile batfish and a wide variety of crustaceans. Dive at sunset to see the “fat” mandarin fish mating spectacle.

Chuyo Maru located just west of Malakal Island, is a medium sized Japanese coastal freighter that was sunk during World War II. She lies upright on the seabed at a depth of 40m (120ft) with her deck at 30m (90ft). The guns on her stern deck are clearly visible and inside the bridge is what remains of the ship’s brass compass. The Chuyo is also host to a variety of crustaceans, molluscs, lionfish and well camouflaged stone fish.

Jake Sea Plane was a reconnaissance float plane that is believed to have crashed during take-off. The plane is still in one piece and makes for amazing photographs. There is little current and visibility is usually very good. Numerous molluscs have made their home here and we frequently see octopus, cuttlefish and nudibranchs, whilst the surrounding patch reef provides shelter for many juvenile reef fish.

 

Ngemelis Island & the German Channel

Blue Corner is the most famous dive site in Palau and has been voted #1 dive site of the world! Known for its strong currents, as well as consistent and abundant shark action, World class diving does not get much better than Blue Corner! Each dive here is action packed where anything can happen! Schools of snapper, barracuda & jacks are regularly seen and Napoleon wrasse can be very inquisitive, coming close to divers for a perfect photo opportunity! Reef hooks are needed for this dive. Smaller creatures including pipefish & leaf fish can be found in the channels.

Blue Holes just along the reef from Blue Corner, is a large cavern with four “blue holes” at the top allowing natural light in from above. These rays of light make diving in the cavern a unique and amazing experience. White tips can be seen on the sandy bottom and there are numerous critters including dart fish and the flaming scallop lining the cavern walls.

New Drop Off is located south of Blue Corner on a shallow plateau. The walls are filled with a medley of colourful reef fish including butterfly fish, angel fish, wrasse and triggers. Soft corals, large anemones and sea fans cover the wall while grey reef sharks cruise the blue water. Large Spanish mackerel commonly cruise on by with the sharks and turtles amble about feeding on the soft corals.

Big Drop Off is one of Palau’s most famous wall dives. This vertical wall is covered with colourful soft corals, sponges, smaller reef fish and sea fans. Sharks patrol along the reef edge but this is also a fantastic site to see filefish, longnose hawk fish, fairy basslets and schools of surgeon fish, parrot fish and angel fish. Turtles are often found feeding along the wall as well.

German Channel was created during the German occupation (1899 – 1914) to enable easier transportation of the phosphates they were mining. Today the mouth of the channel is best known for encounters with mantas which feed on plankton and visit the cleaning station bommies. White tip & black tip sharks can also be seen along with schools of snapper. We will visit this site several times during your trip.

Virgin Blue Holes just south of Blue Corner, offers divers swim throughs and caverns to explore, before exciting onto the reef wall

Ngebus Corner features dense populations of sea fans, soft corals and sea whips. Grey reef sharks patrol the corner while butterfly fish and fusiliers congregate near the wall’s cuts. The shallow coral garden is where turtles and scorpion fish are commonly seen.

Dexter’s Wall is a wonderful wall dive filled with soft corals, sea fans, nudibranchs, anemones and sea turtles. The area is well known for leopard shark sightings but also teeming with groupers, snappers, sweetlips and other reef fish.

 

Peleliu Island

Peleliu Cut is where we can experience some of the strongest currents of our trip due to converging ocean currents that flow around the archipelago. The cut is full of life; we will see plenty of pelagics, sharks, jacks, barracuda, rainbow runners, snappers, tuna and sweetlips. Reef hooks are a must for this dive!

Turtle Cove begins by plunging into a small blue hole on top of the shallow reef. Upon exiting at the bottom divers drift through schools of surgeonfish, butterfly fish and red-tooth triggerfish. Large schools of black snapper enjoy coming right up to divers along the wall. The plateau at near the end of the dive is filled with beautiful anemones, reef fish, sharks and turtles to finish off the dive. On occasion a leopard shark or ray will cruise by for all to see.

Barnum’s Wall a favourite spot for a night dive. Turtles, groupers, sweetlips and a variety of sharks can all be seen here as well as a myriad of nudibranchs, flatworms, sea whips and crinoids.

Peleliu Wall covered with black corals & large sea fans allows for an easy drift dive whilst observing reef sharks, jacks & barracuda. On occasion bull sharks and tiger sharks have been seen here.

 

Jelly Fish Lake Snorkelling

Jellyfish Lake, one of approximately 70 inland marine lakes found throughout Palau. Here the golden jellyfish (Mastigias) have adapted over time to shed their stinging cells allowing for this one-of-a-kind experience with them. The jellyfish follow the sun each day using the sunlight to help algae produce sugars which it in turn shares with the host. The trail leading to the lake is not too long but is a little steep so make sure to wear your booties.

 

Rock Islands Tour

During your cruise guests can take a speedboat tour through the Rock Islands, stopping at “the Arch” for the classic photo opportunity. You can also see islands shaped like an elephant or whale or just relax and enjoy the beauty of these Palauan islands.

 

Optional activities during the Palau portion of your liveaboard safari

(additional charges apply)

 

Nautilus Dive at Short Drop Off  Living at approximately 600m depth the Nautilus is a creature not commonly seen during diving, however if guests would like we can arrange for a dive with the Nautilus – which involves baiting and bringing the Nautilus to diveable depths using a trap. Pre-booking is required & price dependent on time of booking.

 Peleliu Island WWII Land Excursion A local tour guide will escort you around the historic remnants of WWII battles which took place on the island. The tour is approximately 2 hours in duration. Please ask your cruise director to arrange for you.

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23-Nov-15 03-Dec-15 Palau Islands 10 nights Alex Mustard Photography Workshop USD 5,530 Full
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PALAU DIVE SITES

PALAU DIVE SITE INFORMATION

Ulong Channel is often considered the best dive in Palau! This exhilarating drift dive has it all; hard & soft coral encrusted walls, schools of sharks and other pelagic action, a beautiful stand of lettuce coral as you drift through the channel, giant clams and plenty of grouper just to name a few. Keep your eyes open, seeing just about anything is possible on this dive!

 

Siaes Tunnel, Ulong offers divers an awesome experience as they dive through a large naturally lit tunnel. Cup corals, soft corals, reef fish and invertebrates inhabit the walls and ceilings of the tunnel. Near the bottom dart fish, long nose hawk fish, gobies and frog fish can be found. White tip reef sharks sleep on the bottom near the tunnel’s exit, while big eye trevally circle around.

 

Iro Wreck A Japanese oil supply ship - sunk during World War II by American forces - lies upright in just 20m/65ft of clear blue water close to the harbour of Koror. The bow is encrusted with corals and the gun mounted there is clearly visible as you descend the mooring line. Large groupers are commonly seen whilst schools of batfish hover above.

 

Sam’s Wall, Malakal Harbour Just outside Sam’s Tours Palau Dive Centre, the wall and jetty provide an excellent habitat for the smaller critters such as pipefish, spiny devilfish, juvenile batfish and a wide variety of crustaceans. Dive at sunset to see the “fat” mandarin fish mating spectacle.

 

Blue Holes PalauBlue Holes / Blue Corner, Ngemelis Island A "big" site and perhaps the most famous dive site in Palau, Blue Corner has steep sheer walls and an abundance of fish life. Strong currents bring plenty of blacktip, whitetip and grey reef sharks, schools of jacks and huge Napoleon wrasse. Turtles and colourful reef fish are seen also in the coral gardens and smaller creatures such as leaf fish can also be found here. The most shark action occurs is between 15m/50ft and 25m/80ft at the corner. Use of reef hooks is advised for the best chance to enjoy the show.

 

Turtle Cove, Ngemelis Island begins by plunging into a small blue hole on top of the shallow reef. Upon exiting at the bottom divers drift through schools of surgeonfish, butterfly fish and red-tooth triggerfish. Large schools of black snapper enjoy coming right up to divers along the wall. The plateau at near the end of the dive is filled with beautiful anemones, reef fish, sharks and turtles to finish off the dive. On occasion a leopard shark or ray will cruise by for all to see.

 

German Channel Formed in the 1900s when German miners blasted a straight waterway through the coral to transport their phosphates, this site is now famed for its appeal to manta rays that are common visitors to the coral bommies at just 15m/ 50ft. The channel is over 1km long and allows for fabulous drift dives and despite the blasting, the coral bommies attract plenty of fish species.

 

Jelly Fish Lake PalauJellyfish Lake one of approximately 70 inland marine lakes found throughout Palau. Here the golden jellyfish (Mastigias) have adapted over time to shed their stinging cells allowing for this one-of-a-kind experience with them. The jellyfish follow the sun each day using the sunlight to help algae produce sugars which it in turn shares with the host. The trail leading to the lake is not too long but is a little steep so make sure to wear your booties

 

Peleliu Cut, Peleliu Island A fast paced drift dive is often experienced at the southern tip of Peleliu Island. Different shark species along with tuna, barracuda, sweetlips and rainbow runners, schools of jacks and snappers make this an exhilarating and very "fishy" dive. The vertical walls drop to around 30m/100ft and are covered with tube corals and sponges attracting colourful butterfly and angel fish as well as green and hawksbill turtles.

 

Nautilus Diver palauNautilus may be seen at Short Drop Off, however they live in depths of 600m and special arrangements will need to be made for viewing

PALAU DIVE SITE MAPS

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