New moon spawning 7 nights

Requirements: PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent, minimum 30 logged dives, comfortable in currents

itinerary-duration

Duration

7 nights

itinerary-skill

Skill level

Advanced

New moon spawning 7 nights

Overview

Clear Water
Crystal clear water
Abundant Marinelife
Abundant marine life
Great Visibility
Dive breath-taking drop-offs
Pristine Corals
Stunning reef systems
Stunning Topography
Tropical beaches

Our 7-night New Moon Spawning itinerary on SY Palau Siren offers guests something truly extraordinary. 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.

Dates & Prices

What's included:
Obligatory surcharges:

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 even the occasional hammerhead. 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.

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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
  • Dinner
Detailed itinerary

*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.

Accommodation

9.6

Rated excellent

Nitrox

Surcharge

Wifi

Not available

Equipment

Surcharge

Tech friendly

No

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 or twins and 2 cabins are flexible double/twin and offer individually controlled air conditioning and ensuite bathrooms with hot water.

Extras

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
  • On-board extras
  • Equipment
  • Nitrox, Rebreather & Cylinder
  • Diver Training
Taxes & Surcharges
Per person
Palau Island marine park fees (10 nights)*
US$ 270
Palau Island marine park fees (7 nights)*
US$ 200

* Can be paid in advance with your cruise invoice

Soft drinks
Free
Tea & Coffee
Free
Beer
Surcharge
Wine (per bottle)
Prices vary*
Spirits (per shot)
US$6
Cocktails (per glass)
US$8
Laundry (per item)
US$0.75
Massage (per hour)
US$25
Merchandise
Prices vary
Kayaking (subject to availability)
Free

*High price due to local tax.

Equipment
per day:
7 nights
10 nights
Full set
US$ 30
US$ 180
US$ 270
BCD
US$ 12
US$ 72
US$ 108
Regulators
US$ 12
US$ 72
US$ 108
Mask
US$ 5
US$ 30
US$ 45
Snorkel
Free
Free
Free
Fins
US$ 5
US$ 30
US$ 45
Boots
US$ 5
US$ 30
US$ 45
3mm Wetsuit (Shorty)
US$ 10
US$ 60
US$ 90
Dive Computer
US$ 6
US$ 36
US$ 54
U/W Torch/Flash light
US$ 6
US$ 36
US$ 54
Surface Safety Kit
$5

*Must be pre-booked to ensure availability and correct sizes etc are on board.

Equipment
Purchase price
Reef hook
US$ 20
Price
Nitrox
US$20 per day (packages available)
Rebreather Supplies
Oxygen per litre
US$0.07
Sofnolime – 20kg tub
US$290
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 Courses
Cost:
PADI EANx- Nitrox
$225
PADI Deep Diver Specialty
$325
PADI Advanced Open Water
$400
Other PADI Specialties
Please enquire*

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).

*A range of other speciality courses are available. Please enquire with our travel team for more information, prices and to pre-book any course
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Customer Reviews

Some of the great things our customers have said about our liveaboard in Palau

World class diving from a floating hotel.
World class diving from a floating hotel.
Palau Siren, November 2019
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Spectacular diving with hundreds of fish species. Many large attractions (sharks, rays, turtles, etc). Very comfortable liveaboard with extraordinary food!
Amazing!
Amazing!
Palau Siren, May 2019
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The entire crew team, the service and the experience was great, they all do an amazing job in each of their areas and everything is well organized.
Great experience
Great experience
Palau Siren, March 2019
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They do an amazing job of making sure you are taken care of, and they are extremely knowledgeable about all of the different types of wildlife underwater . Great experience, I highly recommend.
Perfect trip
Perfect trip
Palau Siren, January 2019
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Perfect diving within Palau. Unfortunately only less diving in the Peleliu area. would be nice if diving would have been extended there. Also it would be good to make a standard of minimum 100 dives experience prior to the trip.
Trip of a life time
Trip of a life time
Palau Siren, Sept 2018
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Blown away by our experience on this liveaboard. The diving has been incredible but the way the Palau Siren is run and the staff on board has taken out trip to another level. If you want a trip in the hands of a professionally run liveaboard with first class customer service and incredible food this is the one. Thank you
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