Dive Trip Calendar
Palau New Moon Spawning Trip
We last dived Palau in 2012 and most rainbow divers will agree that it was among the top dive destinations we have ever done, perhaps the top destination in S.E. Asia. Teeming with marine life; exhilarating drift dives; inspiring hard & soft coral encrusted walls; plus schools of sharks and other pelagic action. Now on top of all this we add a new and even more exciting twist...
At certain times per year, during Full Moon and New Moon, you have the chance to witness a spectacular natural event: the spawning aggregations of the Bumphead Parrotfish (Bolbomeotpon Muricatum). During this trip you will witness hundreds of Bumphead Parrotfish aggregating to start their noisy climatic mating dance! With loud bangs male Bumpheads bump their heads together like buffaloes to gain superiority over females with colour changes taking place as the fish prepare to spawn – it is not a surprise they have oversized foreheads! From the deep, rising from the sandy bottom to the surface like a firework display, the fish release their gametes into the water column over and over again. A truly unique spectacle!
For this special trip Palau Siren team up with Unique Dive Expeditions (UDE) to offer you the exceptional experience of blackwater diving. Blackwater diving is a unique night dive which will take you miles offshore where you will hang, suspended from a 18 meter tether, over a thousand meter deep water to watch the open ocean and pelagic animals drift by. Imagine rolling off the boat in the pitch black of night many miles away from the shallow reefs. Here we will be able 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.
For your interest and understanding, Unique Dive Expeditions (UDE) will deliver a number of presentations about the super special Spawning and Blackwater dives. These talks will cover everything from the ecology of these events to how to best photograph them. You will be split into 2 teams of 8 with UDE taking only 8 divers to these remarkable events each day, thereby maximising the experience and ensuring that we only observe, not interfere with, this spectacular behaviour. Please note, however, that these dives are only for the experienced diver (min. 50 logged dives) as there can often be very strong currents at the sites where the action is happening.
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About the Palau Siren
The 40 metre S/Y Palau Siren was launched in 2012. The cabins are either fixed double or twin bed, however 2 cabins can be converted from twin to double to suit our needs. As well as being a very beautiful ship, she is also very spacious with larger than average cabins, lovely large dining area and dive deck (see pictures opposite).
How to Get to Palau
Embarkation & Disembarkation