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Tardy Trip Report - Palau Siren, March 23-30

Discussion in 'The Pacific Islands' started by Scubagolf, May 31, 2013.

  1. Scubagolf

    Scubagolf ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Sacramento, California, USA
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    This was supposed to be a two destination report for a two week trip with our LDS to Palau and Yap.

    The good news is we spent the first week on the Palau Siren and had a fantastic week of sailing and diving. The Siren is truly a first class live-aboard. Everything from the cabins to the food to, of course, the DIVING was top drawer. The crew was fantastic. We DEFINITELY recommend the Palau Siren, and we will no doubt do another week at a different destination on another Siren.

    The bad news is we flew to the Manta Ray Bay Hotel on Yap for the second week, and on the second day my wife misstepped coming down from dinner on stairs and broke her ankle. End of Trip...for the two of us. DAN stepped up big time and flew us back the next day on DAN's nickel. We also had trip interruption insurance.

    Below is a photo of the Palau Siren and the digital dive log for our week provided by DM Megan.


    Palau Siren.jpg

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    [TD]Palau Siren
    March 23rd - March 30th, 2013[/TD]
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    [TABLE]
    [TR]
    [TD]#[/TD]
    [TD]Date[/TD]
    [TD]Location[/TD]
    [TD]Site name[/TD]
    [TD]Vis[/TD]
    [TD]Current[/TD]
    [TD]Marine life[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]1[/TD]
    [TD]24 Mar[/TD]
    [TD]Malakal Harbor[/TD]
    [TD]Haf Adai (Wreck)[/TD]
    [TD]10 m[/TD]
    [TD]None[/TD]
    [TD]Crinoid shrimps, boxer shrimps, flabellinas (serpent pteraeolidia), crown of thorns, banded pipefish[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]2[/TD]
    [TD]24 Mar[/TD]
    [TD]Ulong Island[/TD]
    [TD]Siaes Tunnel[/TD]
    [TD]12 m[/TD]
    [TD]None[/TD]
    [TD]Hawksbill & green turtles, jacks, giant moray, warty nudibranchs, bumphead parrotfish[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]3[/TD]
    [TD]24 Mar[/TD]
    [TD]Ulong Island[/TD]
    [TD]Ulong Channel[/TD]
    [TD]12 m[/TD]
    [TD]Mild[/TD]
    [TD]Giant clams, grey Reef Sharks, White Tip Reef Sharks, Huge lettuce coral formations, Regal Angelfish, black snapper, Yellow Margin Triggerfish, Napoleon Wrasse, Titan Triggerfish, flatworm, moorish idols, batfish, serene neon slug[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]4[/TD]
    [TD]24 Mar[/TD]
    [TD]Ulong Island[/TD]
    [TD]Sandy Bar
    Night Dive[/TD]
    [TD]12 m[/TD]
    [TD]Mild[/TD]
    [TD]Juvenile Warty Frogfish, Chevron Barracuda, Walking Feather Stars, Warty Sea Slugs, tiny nudi, juvenile midnight snapper (b/w american flag fish), huge marble shrimp[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]5[/TD]
    [TD]25 Mar[/TD]
    [TD]Ulong Island[/TD]
    [TD]Shark City[/TD]
    [TD]20 m[/TD]
    [TD]Mild[/TD]
    [TD]Grey Reef Sharks, White Tip Reef Sharks, huge schools of: yellowfin & blackfin Barracuda, giant trevally, humpback, Midnight & black snappers, lunar & striped fusiliers, red tooth triggerfish. Hawksbill turtle, bumphead parrotfish, napoleons, spawning orangeband surgeonfish[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]6[/TD]
    [TD]25 Mar[/TD]
    [TD]Ulong Island[/TD]
    [TD]Siaes Corner[/TD]
    [TD]15 m[/TD]
    [TD]Mild[/TD]
    [TD]Grey Reef Sharks (many juvenile!!), white tips, dogtooth tuna, Midnight Snappers, blackfin barracuda, bumphead parrotfish, Napoleon Wrasse, Titan Triggerfish, map pufferfish, pyramid butterflyfish[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]7[/TD]
    [TD]25 Mar[/TD]
    [TD]Ngemelis Island/2 Dog Beach Mooring[/TD]
    [TD]German Channel[/TD]
    [TD]12m[/TD]
    [TD]Mild[/TD]
    [TD]MANTAS!!!! Grey reefs, blue trevally, huge school of longnose unicornfish, massive baitball[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]8[/TD]
    [TD]25 Mar[/TD]
    [TD]Ngemelis Island/2 Dog Beach Mooring[/TD]
    [TD]Big Drop Off (Night Dive)[/TD]
    [TD]20 m[/TD]
    [TD]Mild[/TD]
    [TD]White Tip Reef Shark, grouper, coral & decorator crabs, flatworms, leaf fish, banded boxer shrimp, spearing mantis shrimp, swimming/hunting giant moray[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]9[/TD]
    [TD]26 Mar[/TD]
    [TD]Ngemelis Island/2 Dog Beach Mooring[/TD]
    [TD]Blue Corner[/TD]
    [TD]20 m[/TD]
    [TD]Mild[/TD]
    [TD] Harlequin Sweetlips, Yellowfin & great Barracuda, Schooling Jacks, Hawksbill Turtle, Anemone Fish w/eggs, Flame Anthias, Grey Reef Sharks, Whitetip Reef Sharks, Bumphead parrotfish, pink & brown leaf scorpionfish, dogtooth tunas, napoleons – curious & hunting w/giant trevally, garden eels, giant moray, Vlaming’s doctorfish[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]#[/TD]
    [TD]Date[/TD]
    [TD]Location[/TD]
    [TD]Site name[/TD]
    [TD]Vis[/TD]
    [TD]Current[/TD]
    [TD]Marine life[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]26 Mar[/TD]
    [TD]Rock Islands[/TD]
    [TD]Jellyfish Lake[/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]Jellyfish (Mestigias papua etpisoni) , Cardinal fish, White anemone (eating Jellies), sardines[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]10[/TD]
    [TD]26 Mar[/TD]
    [TD]Ngemelis Island/2 Dog Beach Mooring[/TD]
    [TD]New Drop Off[/TD]
    [TD]10 m[/TD]
    [TD]Mild[/TD]
    [TD]Whitecap shrimpgoby, remora (sharksucker)! White tips, grey reefs, farting yellowfin barracuda, spawning black snapper, napoleons, bumphead parrotfish, turtles, starry flatworm[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]11[/TD]
    [TD]26 Mar[/TD]
    [TD]Outer Mooring / German Channel[/TD]
    [TD]Barnum’s Wall (Night Dive)[/TD]
    [TD]10 m[/TD]
    [TD]Mild[/TD]
    [TD]Banded boxer shrimp, marble shrimp, crabs[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]12[/TD]
    [TD]27 Mar[/TD]
    [TD]Outer Mooring / German Channel[/TD]
    [TD]Blue Holes >Blue Corner[/TD]
    [TD]20 m[/TD]
    [TD]Mild[/TD]
    [TD]Juvenile hawksbill turtle, Green Turtle, Pink Anemone Fish, Clarks Anemone Fish, Grey Reef Sharks, crinoid commensal shrimp, Disco Clams, Schooling Jacks, White Tip Reef Sharkshunting w/Giant Trevally, Napoleon Wrasse, vlaming’s doctorfish, humpback snappers[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]13[/TD]
    [TD]27 Mar[/TD]
    [TD]Outer Mooring / German Channel[/TD]
    [TD]Virgin Blue Hole[/TD]
    [TD]20 m[/TD]
    [TD]Mild[/TD]
    [TD]Leopard shark w/juvenile giant trevally!!! Turtle, pyramid Butterfly Fish, ‘much-desired flabellina’ (Flabelline exoptata), warty nudi[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]14[/TD]
    [TD]27 Mar[/TD]
    [TD]Outer Mooring / German Channel[/TD]
    [TD]Turtle Cove[/TD]
    [TD]20 m[/TD]
    [TD]None[/TD]
    [TD]Nembrotha cristata nudibranchs, elegant squat lobsters in crinoid, disco clams in cavern, black snappers, giant & blue trevally, pyramid butterflyfish, red tooth triggerfish, sea pearls[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]15[/TD]
    [TD]27 Mar[/TD]
    [TD]Outer Mooring / German Channel[/TD]
    [TD]German Channel[/TD]
    [TD]15 m[/TD]
    [TD]None[/TD]
    [TD]Mantas!! Hunting grey reefs & white tips w/giant & blue trevally, massive dogtooth tuna, school of jacks, cuttlefish, peacock mantis shrimp[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]16[/TD]
    [TD]28 Mar[/TD]
    [TD]Peleliu[/TD]
    [TD]Peleliu Cut[/TD]
    [TD]20 m[/TD]
    [TD]Strong[/TD]
    [TD]Schooling Bumphead Parrotfish, Grey reef sharks, white tip reef sharks, black & midnight snapper, red tooth triggerfish[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]17[/TD]
    [TD]28 Mar[/TD]
    [TD]Peleliu[/TD]
    [TD]Orange Beach[/TD]
    [TD]10 m[/TD]
    [TD]Mild[/TD]
    [TD]Dogtooth Tuna, Barracudas, Grey Reef Shark, Midnight Snapper, Schooling Jacks, Schooling Black Snapper[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]28 Mar[/TD]
    [TD]Peleliu Island[/TD]
    [TD]Peleliu Land Tour[/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]1000 Man Cave,Japanase Machine Gun Post, WWII Museum, Peleliu Airfield, Orange Beach & 81st Infantry Memorial, Japanese & American Tanks & Anti-Boat Gun on hill, LBT4- Armored Landing Craft, LBTa4- Landing craft w/ Flame Thrower, Sniper Caves, Japanese Power Plant & Headquarters, Japanese Bunker.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]18[/TD]
    [TD]28 Mar[/TD]
    [TD]Outer Mooring / German Channel[/TD]
    [TD]German Channel[/TD]
    [TD]10m[/TD]
    [TD]None[/TD]
    [TD]Manta!! Whitetip Reef Shark, Dogtooth Tuna, mystery nudi/flatworm, grand pleurobranchus, elegant squat lobsters in crinoids, sea cucumbers[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]19[/TD]
    [TD]29 Mar[/TD]
    [TD]Rock Islands[/TD]
    [TD]Iro Maru Wreck[/TD]
    [TD]10 m[/TD]
    [TD]None[/TD]
    [TD]Cuttlefish, chromodoris & flabellina nudibranchs, juvenile giant trevally[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]20[/TD]
    [TD]29 Mar[/TD]
    [TD]Malakal Harbor[/TD]
    [TD]Short Drop-Off[/TD]
    [TD]10m[/TD]
    [TD]None[/TD]
    [TD]Nautilus, Cuttlefish, Crocodilefish, Grey Reef Shark, White Tip Reef Shark, School of Oriental Sweetlips[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]#[/TD]
    [TD]Date[/TD]
    [TD]Location[/TD]
    [TD]Site name[/TD]
    [TD]Vis[/TD]
    [TD]Current[/TD]
    [TD]Marine life[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]21[/TD]
    [TD]29 Mar[/TD]
    [TD]Malakal Harbor[/TD]
    [TD]Chandelier Cave[/TD]
    [TD]10 m[/TD]
    [TD]None[/TD]
    [TD]Limestone cave with stalactites and four air pockets, squirrelfish. Aaaand...on our way out we saw the light at the end of the tunnel J[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]22[/TD]
    [TD]29 Mar[/TD]
    [TD]Malakal Harbor[/TD]
    [TD]Sam’s Wall[/TD]
    [TD]7m[/TD]
    [TD]None[/TD]
    [TD]Ringed & Banded Pipefish, Mandarinfish mating, Shrimps, decorator crab, decorator urchin, bristle-tailed filefish, nudibranch[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
     
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2013
  2. kneptoon

    kneptoon Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Glendale, CA USA
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    Great report thanks much for sharing.
     
  3. Worldwide Dive and Sail

    Worldwide Dive and Sail ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    Hi ScubaGolf

    Thanks for your great comments on the Palau Siren, we are thrilled you and your group had a wonderful time on board and in Palau. But very sorry to learn that your wife broke her ankle in Yap- we trust she is well mended and you are both safe & well now.

    With best wishes from all at the Siren Fleet
     
  4. soundfield

    soundfield Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Colorado
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    Thanks for the helpful input and information; it's very much appreciated. The Siren it is, wow am I looking forward to this "bucket list" trip of a lifetime! Tick-Tock....
     
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  5. nudisusie

    nudisusie Barracuda

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Spain
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    I went in 2012 and the trip was fabulous so i'm sure you won't regret your decision. Just saw on their facebook page that there's 10% discount for trips until 31st Dec 2015 too ;-)
     

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