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Palau New Moon Spawning Trip

Date: 1 November 2021 to 08 November 2021
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Palau Micronesia
New Moon (Bumphead Parrotfish) Spawning Special itinerary
Including Blackwater Diving
A unique experience!  A unique spectacle!

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!

‘Blackwater’ diving
For Night Dive lovers and those not yet convinced

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.

Other Trip highlights:

German Channel
Once dived never forgotten!  The channel is over 1km long and allows for fabulous drift dives and despite the WWII damage, the coral bommies attract plenty of fish species.
Ulong Channel
Often considered the best dive in Palau! This exhilarating drift dive has it all; hard & soft coral encrusted walls, schools of sharks and other pelagic action.
Blue Corner
Steep sheer walls and an abundance of fish life. Strong currents bring plenty of blacktip, whitetip and grey reef sharks, schools of jacks and huge Napoleon wrasse.
Malakal Harbor
The harbor wall and jetty provide an excellent habitat for the smaller critters such as pipefish, spiny devilfish, juvenile batfish and a wide variety of crustaceans. 
Iro Maru Wreck
A Japanese oil supply ship sunk during World War II lies upright in just 20m of clear blue water close to the harbor of Koror.
Peleliu Island
A fast paced drift dive often different shark species can be seen along with tuna, barracuda, sweetlips and rainbow runners
Jellyfish Lake
Snorkelling Excursion or alternatives to be arranged

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).

Deck and Cabin Layouts are here 

Palau Micronesia
New Moon (Bumphead Parrotfish) Spawning Special itinerary
01-08 November 2021
USD 4,050 per person in twin or double share cabins

Price Includes:-
Spawning Special Itinerary Fee - you will see this online as an additional cost of USD240 but for Rainbow Scuba it is included in the above price.  Also included is full set equipment hire; NITROX; all meals and drinks; local beer; local transfers

Not Included:-
International & domestic flights; Marine Park, Port Fees & Taxes (Prices vary); Torch and Dive Computer rental (6 USD / day)

How to Get to Palau
(1) Direct Flights from Manila, Philippines and Taipei, Taiwan
(2) Transit Via Guam and Hawaii.  Non USA citizens will need to apply for an ESTA under the Visa Waiver Program or acquire a USA visa. IMPORTANT: From 1 April 2016, all travellers wishing to enter the US under the Visa Waiver Program(VWP) will need to hold a passport with an integrated chip (an ePassport).

Visa Information
Visas are not required for some nationalities visiting Palau for periods of up to 30 days. To find out if you need a visa to enter Palau, please check with the Palau embassy/consulate 

Embarkation & Disembarkation
Embarkation is at 18.00 at Sam’s Tours Palau, Koror Disembarkation is at 10.00 at Sam’s Tours Palau, Koror

 Palau Siren

spawning Bumphead Parrotfish

Siren dinning area 

Siren Dive Deck

twin cabin

saloon

 

lets eat

dolphins on the surface again

smooth as silk

 

 

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