Crystal clear water
Abundant marine life
Dive breath-taking drop-offs
Stunning reef systems
Palau Siren's 7 night Full moon spawning liveaboard itinerary offers some truly extraordinary diving experiences. In addition to Palau's stunning dive sites and abundant marine life, guests joining these special itineraries will have a chance to witness one of the most spectacular natural events on earth; the spawning aggregations of the red snapper (lutjanus bohar) at full moon lunar cycles.
Dates & Prices
*Goods & Services Tax applies to payments made on board for equipment rental, nitrox, courses, alcohol, laundry and merchandise.
Maps & Itinerary
During full moon lunar phases in Palau, thousands of red snappers aggregate for a spawning spectacle that is full of energy and excitement. This event attracts the biggest predators in Palau which come to hunt within the large school of spawning fish; something only a select few people ever get to witness, and you can be one of them. Around the time when the new moon spawning occurs during the liveaboard itinerary your Cruise Director will give a number of informative presentations about the unique aspects of the spawning dives.
Please note that these dives are only for the experienced diver as there can often be very strong currents at the sites where the action is happening.
Diving on these itineraries is mostly within the Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a day at Peleliu. The islands have narrow channels and current flows that change with the tides making navigation around some parts of the lagoon more ideally suited to the skiff tenders. Additionally, Palau Siren and all other liveaboards in Palau are mandated to use specific mooring areas and anchorage points scattered around the Rock Islands, meaning that cruising within the lagoon and around the islands is minimal. Dive groups are dropped off and picked up at the dives sites by the skiffs with transfer between the main vessel and most dive locations usually taking 5-15 minutes depending on where Palau Siren is anchored.
In addition to the spawning dives, on some itineraries we offer the opportunity to experience ‘Blackwater’ diving in Palau. Imagine rolling off the boat in the pitch black of night, sometimes many miles away from the shallow water of the reefs, to watch all manner of weird and wonderful creatures ascend from the depths towards the surface to feed.
On a typical day we offer a total of up to 4 dives; 3 day dives and a sunrise, sunset or night dive depending on spawning times. The diving day is scheduled as follows:
- Light Breakfast followed by a briefing and Dive 1
- Full Breakfast, relaxation period, briefing and Dive 2
- Lunch, relaxation period, briefing and Dive 3
- Snack relaxation period, briefing and Dive 4
*Where land tours are offered, only 3 dives will be possible
*The itinerary and dive sites indicated above are an example only and subject to change at the Captain’s and Cruise Director’s discretion depending on weather and logistics, guests’ experience, flight schedules and local regulations. Adverse weather can affect the Full Moon Spawning diving itinerary and the vessel’s ability to reach a specific location. The sites, and order in which they are visited, vary from one trip to the next, depending upon conditions, with each cruise being specifically tailored to give you the best experiences possible.
Launched in April 2011, the 40m Palau Siren was built on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi and is handcrafted from ironwood and teak (traditional to the area). You will find no other diving liveaboard as beautiful in Palauan waters and, being built by divers for divers, you can be rest assured that every need has been thought of and addressed.
Welcoming a maximum of 16 guests on each trip ensures that there is ample space to relax before, during and after diving. The 8 stylish cabins provide a choice of double or twin bed configurations; 2 cabins are flexible twins which can be converted to doubles. All cabins offer individually controlled air- conditioning and ensuite bathrooms with hot water .
Master Liveaboards offers a range of services to make your 7 night liveaboard diving holiday even more enjoyable. Permits and fees, Equipment rental, Nitrox and diving courses can be pre-booked and pre-paid at the time of booking your liveaboard trip. For our rebreather and technical diver guests, please send us your gas and equipment requests as early as possible.
Taxes & Surcharges
Palau Island park fees and permits (7 nights)
Palau Island park fees and permits (10 nights)
Spawning itinerary fees (included in cruise price)
15 USD* per night
10% Palau Goods and Services Tax:
GST applies to payments made on board Palau Siren for equipment rental, nitrox and other miscellaneous items.
*All surcharges, including marine, park and port fees, are subject to change at any time, and without notice. The applicable Palau Islands marine park and permit fees will be added to your onboard extras to be paid on the boat before disembarkation.
PLEASE NOTE: Palau State Permits are valid for a maximum of 10 days; guests taking part in activities in Palau before or after their liveaboard may need to purchase additional permits if the total duration of their time in Palau exceeds 10 days.
Full equipment set*
Wetsuit (3mm shorty)
UW Torch/ Flashlight
13 Litre (AL100) cylinder
Additional 11 Litre cylinder
11 Litre (AL80) manifolded twin cylinders
7 Litre (AL50) side-mount / bailout cylinder
*Full equipment set does not include dive computer or torch. If required these must be requested separately.
All equipment must be pre-booked to ensure availability and correct sizes, etc. are on board.
Nitrox – 7 nights
Nitrox – 10 nights
Oxygen per litre*
Sofnolime – 20kg tub*
2L or 3L CCR cylinder set
12 USD per diving day
*Due to limited availability and unusually high shipping times it is highly recommended that oxygen and Sofnolime requests be made as far in advance as possible, preferably at the time of confirming your liveaboard holiday.
On-board pricing is subject to change without notice. While we try to keep all information as up to date as possible, please be aware that, although it is unlikely, prices may be different on your cruise.
PADI Advanced Open Water
PADI Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx)
PADI Deep Diver Speciality
Other PADI Specialities
Please note that the course prices listed above do not include course materials or certification registration. You can register for online learning for PADI Advanced Open Water and PADI EANx (Nitrox) here. For all other courses, please speak to our reservations team.
*A range of other speciality courses are available, on request. Please contact our reservations team for more information, prices and to pre-book any course.
Courses are subject to availability and must be pre-booked to ensure an instructor is available.
Beer (draught, per glass)
Spirits (single shot)
Cocktails (per glass)
Wine (per bottle)
Champagne (per bottle)
Wi-Fi internet (10 GB)
Laundry (per item)
Massage (per hour)
Palau Siren merchandise
Kayaking (subject to availability)
Please Note: On-board pricing is subject to change without notice. While we try to keep all information as up to date as possible please be aware that, although it is unlikely, prices may be different on your cruise.
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