Palau Siren - Palau LiveaboardInquiry
The 40 metre Palau Siren luxury liveaboard offers year-round diving trips in Palau.
Built with the same specifications as her sister yachts, Philippine Siren and Indo Siren, the cabins are fixed double or twin bed arrangements, however there is the flexibility with 2 of the cabins which can be converted from twin to double to suit the needs of the guests.
The dining area is very spacious offering a great setting for all your meals.
The dive deck is perhaps the most spacious and comfortable you would have experienced with designated areas for charging and preparation of your camera and video equipment.
Palau Siren, as all Siren Fleet liveaboard yachts, truly sets out to be the pros choice for underwater photography and videography.
Palau Siren caters for up to 16 guests ensuring abundant space for all divers in 8 large air-conditioned cabins each with their own personal audio-visual entertainment system and ensuite bathrooms with hot water through central heating system, overbed reading lights and individual controls for your air-conditioning unit are provided for your convenience, as well as several cupboards for clothing and personal items, an in-cupboard safety box and a hairdryer.
Onboard Palau Siren there are 2 dive skiffs and this means the groups can be split dependant on experience level and site preference.
Dives are led by the 3 western instructors and groups are typically no more than 6:1 divers to guide ratio, 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.
Why you should choose Palau Siren:
Attentive personal service, Fantastic food, 1:1 staff to guest ratio, Land visits included, onboard Masseuse, long term experienced crew and small dive groups.
A unique type of boat to the area and dedicated spawning trips that are not to be missed and the perfect boat for photographers.
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Palau Siren - schedule
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Palau Siren - prices and what's included
Prices are per person per trip and in USD based on 2 persons sharing a cabin.
Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the time of year, destination and the length of the trip and sometimes special offers are available.
The trip price includes :
Return transfers between the nearest domestic airport and the vessel on embarkation and disembarkation days only,
Full board accommodation (based on shared occupancy),
Drinking water, tea, coffee, juices and soft drinks,
Up to 4 dives a day,
Single 11 Litre (80 cu ft) DIN/INT cylinder with air fills, weight belt and weights.
The trip price does not include :
Airfare (international and domestic),
Hotel stays/day rooms,
Crew and dive guide gratuities,
Marine Park & Port Fees.($200 for 7 nights and $270 for 10 nights - Subject to change)
Standard Booking and Cancellation Terms and Conditions.
Booking deposit: 30% of your invoice total is required within 7 days of booking to confirm your booking.
Final payment of 70% is due to 90 days prior to the departure date to complete your invoice payment.
Individual bookings made less than 90 days before the departure date will be payable in full upon booking to confirm your booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.
20% - within 7 days of booking - non-refundable
50% 180 days prior to departure - non-refundable
30% balance 90 days before departure - non-refundable
Palau Siren - cabins
Palau Siren accomodates 16 divers in 8 large air-conditioned cabins.
Palau Siren - itineraries
Getting to Palau : updated 28June 2022
As United airlines are still the only main airline into Koror right now, options are limited but they are becoming less so.
Clients from North America can drop in 5 times a week with United via Guam.
Flights from Europe and Australasia can drop in via Manila on Friday only at the moment but this is set to increase to twice a week from August as Tuesday flights are added.
Palau Islands, Micronesia Itinerary (7-10 nights)
The following is a sample itinerary of dive sites we may visit during your liveaboard cruise with the Palau Siren.
We wish to show you the very best diving possible, however, a number of factors determine which route the yacht takes and which dive sites we visit.
Weather, tides, currents and the number of other dive vessels at a particular site all play a part in the Cruise Director’s decision of where the Palau Siren is heading to.
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 specific dive site in good time.
The safety of our guests on board is paramount and we always do our best to offer 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. A typical diving day is scheduled 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
Generally, guests depart on a late evening flight on the day of disembarkation; therefore, we are able to schedule 3 dives on your final dive day. To remain on the safe side, we kindly request our guests to check their own flight times and ensure that they leave a minimum of 24 hours between their final dive and their flight home. Guests are welcome to suggest preferred dive sites to the Cruise Director. He/she will be happy to accommodate guests’ wishes, providing it is possible and the schedule allows for it.
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 groupers just to name a few. Keep your eyes open, seeing just about anything is possible on this dive!
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 among the usual suspects. 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.
Southwest of Ulong Island, a wall dive where currents attract many large pelagic fish 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. Shallower, huge lettuce corals host colourful anthias and Moorish idols. Bump head parrotfish are regularly seen here and you might see eagle rays cruising the reef wall.
This shallow sloping reef featuring garden eels and sting rays is also the place where hundreds of thousands of bump head parrot fish are known to congregate for spawning; this stunning spectacle may only be witnessed at certain times of the month during the right moon phase. Night dives on this site reveal many interesting species including pleurobranchs.
Chandelier Cave is a gorgeous cave system, containing five separate chambers with stalactites and stalagmites thus creating a ‘chandelier’ effect. The opening to the cave is wide and provides plenty of natural light; however, the inner section is quite dark and a torch is necessary. Keep an eye on your buddy and stay near your dive guide.
On her way to seek refuge from the American attacks, the Tehsio Maru was bombed and strafed by a passing US fighter north of the Malakal harbor, during “Operation Desecrate One” on March 30th 1944.
This Japanese army cargo ship now rests in 24m (80ft) of water on her starboard side. She measures 100m (330ft) in length and is one of the best dive wrecks in Palau.
This Japanese oil supply ship, sunk during ‘Operation Desecrate’, lays upright in 20m (75ft) of clear blue water. Descend via the mooring line to the bow and the 5 1⁄2 gun mount, which is covered in black coral trees; then explore this coral encrusted wreckage. Schools of batfish and large groupers hover above the wreck.
Located just west of Malakal Island, this is a medium sized Japanese coastal freighter that was also 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 you can see the remains of the ship’s brass compass and telegraph. The Chuyo is also host to a variety of crustaceans, mollusks, lionfish and well- camouflaged stone fish.
Jake Sea Plane
Jake 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 mollusks 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 spotted and Napoleon wrasses are sometimes 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.
just along the reef from Blue Corner, is a large cavern with four “blue holes” at the top allowing natural light to enter from above. These rays of light make diving in the cavern a unique and amazing experience. White tip sharks 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, whereas 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.
The 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 manta rays which feed on plankton and visit the cleaning stations. 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 exiting 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.
is a site 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 pelagic species, such as sharks, jacks, barracuda, rainbow runners, snappers, tuna and sweetlips. Reef hooks are a must for this dive!
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. Occasionally, a leopard shark or ray will make an appearance.
is 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.
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.
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.
is a soft drift dive along a colorful coral garden. Among the boulders, divers can encounter nurse sharks, turtles, scorpion fish, crocodile fish and nudibranchs. Divers may also come across WWII remains, such as bullets and shells.
is a coral garden with soft corals and boulders. Giant clams, turtles, bump head parrotfish and other reef favourites will be seen swimming.
is a beautiful reef wall where divers can find parrotfish, surgeonfish as well as whitetip reef sharks cruising.
Rock Islands Tour
During the cruise guests can take a speedboat tour through the Rock Islands, stopping at the world famous Jellyfish Lake and “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 activity during your liveaboard safari.
Peleliu Island WWII Land Excursion (additional charges apply)
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 organize this tour for you.
Palau Siren - specs
Expansive shaded diving deck area, with individual stations and personal storage drawers.
For your convenience each guest is provided with a numbered deck towel and more towels are available upon request
Air-conditioned lounge with cocktail bar, sofas, 42 inch flatscreen & movie network and library of books & games
Covered outdoor dining and refreshment area. All meals are served buffet style and guest may help themselves throughout the day to all soft drinks & snacks that are available
Enriched Air Nitrox is available for all certified Nitrox divers.
If you are not a certified Nitrox diver all our instructors can certainly teach you the Enriched Air Diver Specialty during your liveaboard trip
Upper level sun-deck with 8 cushioned loungers with side-table feature for your drink / book (un-shaded)
2 high-powered dive tenders accompany the S/Y Palau Siren. Allowing for diving in small groups with our 3 western dive instructors
Laundry Service - our housekeeper will launder your clothes and return to you the same day (0.50 euro per item)
Massage Service - available for 3 hours daily* for 25 Euro/ hour
Yacht Boutique, which includes a range of Siren Fleet clothing, reef hooks and nudi-pointers
Kayaks, for guest use FREE of charge
*Excepting arrival and departure days
Indoor & outdoor workstations for the preparation and maintenance of cameras and equipment
Large storage drawers for your peripheral items
Numerous charging points, adapters available (sockets are 2-pin European style)
- Large rinse tanks with fresh water solely for camera and video equipment.
Palau Siren liveaboard has been designed and constructed to the highest standards. She is equipped with the latest safety features including Automated Life Rafts, Life Jackets, Fire Extinguishers, Smoke Alarms, Emergency Long Distance Radio, Satellite Phones and EPIRB.
Each crew member of the S/Y Palau Siren has received extensive training in all aspects of safety, emergency management and evacuation procedures. Our crew keep their skills fresh and up to date with regular practice drills. The dive team are all emergency medical responders and on board you will find a fully stocked medical box for treating minor ailments and injuries, along with a full supply of medical grade oxygen and DAN Oxygen provider kits.
Upon boarding, guests will be requested to try out life jackets and briefed on emergency procedures by our cruise director. We also offer the optional use of the Nautilus Lifeline, which can be used by divers to contact the yacht in the unlikely event they surface separated from their group.
This is the only live aboard we have been on where we were actually shown where our lifejackets are AND had a proper “muster drill” where we had to each get our lifejackets and go to the area where we would go in an actual emergency with our lifejackets. Never felt anything but safe on this trip.” Ann Mecklem, Palau Siren.
All guests should ensure they have adequate dive and travel insurance from a reputable supplier such as DAN - Divers alert network.
Palau Siren - diving
Palau liveaboard diving is consistently chosen as one of the world's premiere diving destinations by several international diving publications, Palau features enchanting topside topography as well as breathtaking underwater landscapes. Experience big fish action at the Blue corner and New drop off. Shafts of light cutting through deep shadows create a near-religious experience at the Blue holes, German channel, Chandelier cave, Pelieu, Siaes tunnel, Ulong channel, Wrecks and many more Palau offers some of the most unique holiday possibilities: its natural beauty and untouched wilderness, intact culture, remoteness and stability combine to offer a fantastic destination for adventure seekers.
The spectacular walls along the barrier reef, including such favorites as Blue Corner, Ulong Channel, Big drop-off and many other sensational offer dive sites yet to be charted. You can expect mostly wall and drift diving with visibility ranging from 20m / 70 feet to 50m / 150 feet depending on prevailing conditions. All our boats are liveaboards for people enthusiastic or serious about their diving but also welcome snorkellers and non-divers who will have their own separate itinerary.
It is located between Guam, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea. Palau is a 400-mile long archipelago, which hosts one of the world's most unique phenomena - " Rock Island". These mushroom like islets are uninhabited and located in a large lagoon that has a vast concentration of corals, fish and other marine life. White sand beaches, lush jungle and remote waterfalls are just among the highlights of Palau.
The islands of Micronesia are scattered over three million square miles of the North Pacific. Palau is the Pacific’s newest nation, a Mecca for divers and home of the exquisite Jellyfish Lake. The Republic of Palau lies east of the Philippines and comprises of some 350 islands. They are grouped in six clusters stretching to 400miles from North to South, Kayangel Atoll to Tobi Islands.
Palau is world renowned as an unsurpassed dive destination that also offers the sublime Rock Islands, dramatic waterfalls, pristine white sand beaches and some of the most intriguing native flora and fauna found anywhere in the Pacific Ocean. Explore the beauty of Palau with the Big Blue explorer.
Palau has been described as one of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World, with 700 species of coral and 1,200 species of identified fish. Palau provides some of the best diving to be found in Micronesia and ideally is suited for advanced divers.
The spectacular walls along the barrier reef, including such favorites as Blue Corner, Ulong Channel, Big drop-off and many other sensational offer dive sites yet to be charted. You can expect mostly wall and drift diving with visibility ranging from 20m / 70 feet to 50m / 150 feet depending on prevailing conditions.
Diving Palau by liveaboard brings you to the far flung dive sites along with some of the most renowned sites of this tiny island chain. The S/Y Palau Siren was constructed, like her sister ships, by the Worldwide Dive and Sail’s team of master yacht builders in Sulawesi, Indonesia. All the small touches and comfort of our Siren Fleet liveaboard yachts have been included, coupled with new design features and interior decoration to reflect the style of the Palauans.
Enriched Air Nitrox is available for all certified Nirox divers. If you are not a certified Nitrox diver all our instructors can certainly teach you the Enriched Air Diver Specialty during your liveaboard trip.
Diving in Palau affords the avid diver the opportunity to explore the nation’s varied and spectacular dive sites. Laying between the Philippine Sea and northern Pacific Ocean, these limestone islands surrounded by crystal clear cobalt blue water are home to a dazzling array of marine life. Divers travelling to Palau can expect to see a variety of reef sharks, huge schools of jacks and barracuda, manta and eagle rays, Napoleon wrasse and batfish coupled with many critters and impressive corals. Drift divesare the norm and there are plenty of wrecks to visit and of course no liveaboard dive safari would be complete without a visit to the now-famous “Jelly Fish Lake”.
Palau Siren cruises between wrecks and caves in Malakal Harbour, Ulong Island, German Channel, Ngemelis Island and Peleliu Island before returning to Koror. Our itineraries provide a mix of wreck diving, drift diving and night dives. Reef sharks can be seen in abundance, along with manta rays, stunning coral reefs and huge sea fans. A variety of smaller creatures can also be seen during our liveaboard diving trips.
Palau Siren - faqs
Getting to Palau
We recommend that you arrive one night prior to the boat’s departure date, though we remain flexible if this is not possible. Continental Micronesia, a branch of Continental Airlines, holds flights to Palau via Guam (daily) or Manila (Wednesdays and Saturdays). Guam can be reached from Hawaii, Western USA, Australia, Seoul and Tokyo. Manila is a major hub serviced by flights from Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, amongst others. However, check up-to-date fares and schedules on //www.continental.com/. Also be sure to check the up-to-date baggage restrictions and requirements for your flight. Occasional direct flights to Palau are available from Taipei. We recommend that you make reservations ahead of time as well as purchase travel insurance in case of last-minutecancellations. We can assist with a special rate for a return flight from Manila to Palau (Manila - Palau - Manila) of $575; the regular rate is $760.
U.S. citizens must show proof of U.S. citizenship (birth certificate or passport). Non-U.S. citizens must show passport. There is a free 30-day visa issued upon arrival.
At the Palau airport, you will be picked up by your hotel or the boat representative and transported to the boat dependant on when you arrive.
Bring very casual and lightweight clothing. Quick-dry material or light cotton works well, with maybe one long-sleeved shirt or sweater for chilly nights. We also recommend a waterproof jacket or windbreaker. On the island, dress is very casual, though beachwear in town is inappropriate. We recommend bringing hats,sunscreen and sunglasses.
Palauan and Englishare both official languages. Both are widely spoken.
The U.S. dollar is used throughout Palau. Credit cards are widely accepted. Traveler’s Checks in U.S. dollars can also be widely used as cash or exchanged. There are quite a few 24-hour ATMs in banks on the main road in Koror. Bank of Hawaii and Bank of Guam are represented.
24-hour electricity comes in 110 and 220/240 volts, with standard U.S. outlets for two/three prong plugs.
There is no malaria. We recommend drinking bottled water. The hospital on Palau is the Belau National Hospital, located in Koror. There are also two private clinics. There is a hyperbaric chamber at the Belau National Hospital.
Palau, Japan and Korea are 9 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time, in London), Palau = GMT + 9. Central Europe (Geneva, Berlin, Paris) = GMT +1. Eastern Europe = GMT + 2. Moscow = GMT + 3. China, Singapore = GMT + 8. Sydney, Guam = GMT + 10. US Pacific Time = GMT - 8. US Mountain Time = GMT - 7. US Central Standard Time = GMT - 6. US Eastern Time = GMT - 5. (Note: US times advance one hour on summer time, April to October).
Year round our climate is pretty uniform, at an average of 82 degrees F (27 C). Average humidity: 82 %. Rainfall, at 150 inches/year, can occur throughout the year. Though sometimes it rains more during July through October, this “rainy season” doesn’t have a definitive start or end, and the weather is always changing and unpredictable. However, it is always dive-worthy, we have never had to cancel a dive trip!
Upon leaving Palau, there is a departure tax of $20 and $30 Green fee.
Accommodations in Palau range from budget motels to very upscale resorts.
The US Dollar is the official currency of Palau. The majority of established hotels, shops and restaurants accept major credit cards or travelers cheques. Occasionally smaller, family-run business will only accept cash. There are several US operated banks and plenty of ATMs so cash is readily accessible, however the rate of exchange is very poor and guests would be advised to change money prior to arrival in Palau.
Weather and Water Temperature
Palau is 7 degrees north of the equator and enjoys a warm tropical climate year round. Temperatures average 27°C (82°F) and as a tropical island Palau is subject to rainfall throughout the year though more frequently between July and October. Diving is excellent year around though the peak season is considered to be November through May.
The warm tropical waters of Palau are pleasant throughout the year averaging 27°C (82 °F). Most guests will find a 3mm shortie or even a skin suit is appropriate, though if you feel the cold easily you may wish to opt for a 3-5mm long suit.
General and Diving Health
Health care is readily available in Palau. The Belau National Hospital is a professionally staffed hospital with an experienced barotraumas team. Follow normal precautions with food whilst travelling to prevent stomach upsets and be sure to drink bottled water only. On board Palau Siren you will find a fully stocked first aid kit, AED and medical grade O2. Basic supplies will be made available to you, if you require medication please ask your cruise director. For diving related emergencies there is a recompression chamber in Koror. Speedboat evacuation from the boat would be necessary thus diving specific insurance is a must on any liveaboard dive trip.
Language and Religion
Palauan and English are the official languages of the Republic of Palau, though you may hear Tagalog, Japanese and Mandarin too. The population is predominantly Christian and there is approximately 10% of the population adhering to traditional Palauan customs. We recommend our guests are respectful and wear suitable attire when making island tours or visiting religious buildings.
What dive experience level is recommended for Palau Liveaboard trips?
Whilst most dives are suitable for divers of all levels, beginners may find some dives challenging and prefer to skip the dive. Currents are to be expected at sites including Blue Corner and Ulong Channel. your cruise director and dive team will be on hand to advise so you may decided whether the dive is suitable for you. We recommened having advanced experience or taking your PADI course whilst onboard to maximise your enjoyment from the trip.
Are a reef hook and/or surface marker buoy (SMB) necessary items of equipment and can you provide them on board?
It is recommended that each buddy team dive with a SMB in order to signal to the dive tenders you are ready to surface. Some boat traffic is to be expected in busier areas however it is not necessary to drift with your SMB for the entire dive time. SMBs are provided free of charge. Reef hooks are a strongly recommended item and will maximise your enjoyment of dives such as Blue Corner and Siaes Corner. Reef hooks are currently not available for purchase on board so guests are advised to purchase ahead of their trip.