Crystal clear water
Abundant marine life
Dive breath-taking drop-offs
Stunning reef systems
Our Special New Moon Spawning itinerary on SY Palau Siren offers guests something truly exceptional. Divers joining these cruises will have a chance to witness one of the most spectacular natural events on earth; the spawning aggregations of the bumphead parrotfish (bolbomeotpon muricatum) that occur at new moon and the red snapper (lutjanus bohar) at full moon lunar cycles.
Maps & Itinerary
During our New Moon Spawning special itinerary, thousands of bumphead parrotfish gather together in one area at one particular time each month. Building up to a spectacular showdown, males begin their display of dominance, attempting to attract as many mating partners as possible. As females continue to gather, the school spills out into the blue where the tension erupts into a climatic mating dance.
During full moon, red snappers aggregate to show their own similar spawning spectacle full of energy and excitement. Not surprisingly, these events also attract the biggest predators in Palau such as oceanic blacktip sharks, grey reef sharks and on rare occasions even hammerheads. Watch how they hunt actively within the large school of spawning fish. It is something only a select few people ever get to witness and you can now be one of them.
In addition to these special spawning dives, you will have 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 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.
During the period of the cruise when the spawning occurs, your Cruise Director will give a number of presentations about these unique dives. These informative talks will cover everything from the ecology of these events to the best way to photograph them. For the diving, the group will be split into two teams of eight divers to witness these spectacular events, thereby maximising the experience and ensuring that we only observe, not interfere with, this spectacular behaviour.
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.
On a typical day we offer up to 4 day dives; 3 day dives and a fourth sunset or night dive. 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 possible
*The itinerary above is an example only and is subject to change depending on local regulations, guests’ experience, flight schedules, weather and logistics and is at the Captain’s discretion. Adverse weather can affect the New Moon Spawning special itinerary which includes several overnight sailings.
Launched in April 2011, the 40m S/Y 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 Palau 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 per week ensures that there is ample space to relax. The 8 cabins are doubles, twins and 2 cabins are flexible double/twin and offer individually controlled air conditioning and ensuite bathrooms with hot water.
Master Liveaboards offers a range of services to make your stay on board even more enjoyable. Rental equipment, Marine Park & Port fees, and courses can now be pre-booked and pre-paid at the time of booking.
Taxes & Surcharges
Palau Island marine park fees (10 nights)*
Palau Island marine park fees (7 nights)*
* Can be paid in advance with your cruise invoice
Tea & Coffee
Wine (per bottle)
Spirits (per shot)
Cocktails (per glass)
Laundry (per item)
Massage (per hour)
Kayaking (subject to availability)
*High price due to local tax.
3mm Wetsuit (Shorty)
U/W Torch/Flash light
Surface Safety Kit
*Must be pre-booked to ensure availability and correct sizes etc are on board.
Oxygen per litre
Sofnolime – 20kg tub
CCR cylinder set – 3L or 2L cylinders
US$12 per day
On-board pricing is liable to change without notice. Though we try to keep documentation as up to date as possible, please be aware that, although it is unlikely, prices may be different on your cruise.
PADI EANx- Nitrox
PADI Deep Diver Specialty
PADI Advanced Open Water
Other PADI Specialties
Courses are subject to availability and must be pre-booked to ensure an instructor is available.
Please note that the course prices listed above include the required manual and PADI certification card (PIC).
Do you have questions about Palau?
We’ve tried to include a lot information on our website. You may find, however, that you have additional questions about our liveaboard in Palau, the New moon spawning or just general information about booking with Master Liveaboards. Via the following link you can find answers to some commonly asked questions. Should you have other questions or queries, please contact our reservations team who will be pleased to assist you.
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