By Leticia Sanchis
After a full 4-month refit in Cebu under the watchful eye of the Worldwide Dive and Sail team, the Palau Siren will be back in action in February 2016!
If you would like to be hooked in at Blue Corner, drifting in Ulong Channel or experiencing some fantastic manta dives in German Channel, please contact the Siren Fleet reservations team.
Worldwide Dive and Sail is very excited to have the Palau Siren plying the Rock Islands of Palau once again. They have been working on some very special trips with Paul Collins and Richard Barnden of Sam’s Tours Unique Expeditions, to offer you some exciting and exceptional trips in 2016 and 2017. Be prepared to have some truly unique diving experiences with the Palau Siren!
Palau Spawning trips
Palau has the perfect underwater conditions for the propagation of underwater species, with lakes and lagoons that provide places for juveniles to safely mature far away from the bigger predators. This is why many species come in large numbers to Palau to breed and spawn. Imagine yourself in the middle of a reef surrounded by thousands of fish displaying just in front of you in a perfectly coordinated spawning ceremony. Something truly marvelous, extraordinary and unique to witness.
Depending on the moon phase, several species of fish aggregate and spawn while others don’t. Thus, during the Palau Siren Full Moon trips, you will experience tens of thousands of Red Snappers rising up from the deep to start their mating maneuvers while changing their colors from red to white. While during the new moon trips you will witness hundreds of Bumphead Parrotfish aggregating to start their noisy mating dance.
Which one is more incredible to witness? This is for you to compare but for sure, both underwater behaviors bring you a high level of adrenalin and a totally unforgettable experience. Not only because of the huge aggregations themselves, but also because of what they attract; bull sharks and oceanic blacktip sharks show up ready to hunt in the large schools of fish.
During both trips, night dive lovers will also have some memories to take home. Blackwater night dives miles away from the shallow water of the reefs are where divers can watch one of the largest migrations on earth, as all manner of weird and wonderful creatures from the depths head closer to the surface to feed. From post larval fish to cephalopods, many smaller than your finger nail, these amazing dives present some of weirdest creatures you are ever likely to see without a submarine.
To help you to understand what you will witness during the dives, Paul and Richard will also deliver a number of presentations aboard the Palau Siren about these unique dives. These talks will cover the ecology of these events and how to photograph them.
For the chance to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience, contact the reservations team for further details and ask about the following dates:
Full Moon Expeditions:
• 11th - 18th November 2016 (good for plenty of Mantas too!)
• 10th - 17th December 2016
New Moon Expeditions:
• 4th - 11th March 2016 (good for Seabream Sailfin Snappers too!)
• 31st March - 7th April 2016 (good for Seabream Sailfin Snappers too!)
• 25th June - 5th July 2016 (good for Groupers too!)
Full Moon Expeditions:
• 5 - 15 February 2017
• 7 - 17 May 2017 (good for plenty of Mantas too!)
• 12 - 22 November 2017
New Moon Expedition:
• 15 - 25 July 2017
Palau Wreck trips
If what increases your adrenaline is to explore WWII wrecks in the deep, then you are going to love what Worldwide Dive and Sail has prepared for you this upcoming season in Palau!
Known for its manta rays, grey reef sharks, big schools of fish and its Jellyfish Lake, Palau hides under its pristine waters some of the most incredible, and almost unknown, WWII Japanese wrecks. Only six weeks after the more famous attack on Truk Lagoon, the American Navy launched “Operation Desecrate One” on Palau. The aim was to destroy what remained of the Japanese fleet that escaped from Truk. Over two days, more than 36 Japanese vessels, as well as sundry aircraft, were sent to the watery depths of the lagoon.
Very few of these wrecks have been dived regularly and those that have are normally dived only from outside by visitors to Palau. Worldwide Dive and Sail has created, in conjunction with Unique Dive Expeditions, a special itinerary that will offer you guided dives on the best wrecks in the area, complete with wreck penetration for those that are trained. Both Richard and Paul are rebreather divers and so can accommodate long dive times, including decompression. Prior to each dive there will be an in-depth briefing for all, which will include a detailed site map with entries/exits, points of interest, hazardous objects and special considerations for the dive to enable you to plan appropriately. S/Y Palau Siren provides support for deep, technical and rebreather diving for your convenience.
Dive deeper into history with the Palau Siren and Sam’s Tour Unique Dive Expeditions! Contact us today and ask about the following dates:
• 03 June - 13 June 2016
• 16 February - 23 February 2017
• 26 July - 01 August 2017
Website – www.sirenfleet.com