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Dive Review of Palau Siren in
Micronesia/Palau

Palau Siren: "Palau Siren Adventure", May, 2016,

by Frederick Michael Maisch, MI, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 9341.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments My friend Neil Coulton and I had planned for months to try out liveaboard diving for the first time in Palau. We researched our options and concluded that the Palau Siren had all the necessities with good to excellent reviews. We were not disappointed! Palau is one of the top dive destinations in the world, and visiting famous sites like German Channel, Blue Corner, Ulong Channel, and New Dropoff represents an unforgettable experience. I took the 13 hour direct flight from Detroit to Seoul and then 5 hours to Palau (First Class recommended). We arrived @ 1:30 AM local time and stayed at a basic bed and shower hotel until the afternoon when we were picked up for a short drive to the boat. The ship looked majestic in the harbor and very impressive on board. The staff is personable and professional so we turned over our shoes and did not see them again until disembarkation a week later. The Siren's moto is "Built by divers for divers". Every aspect is dedicated to making the experience seamless. The ship was recently completely refitted and the entire ship gleamed. Best of all the air conditioning worked great! Nice for sleeping and escaping heat and humidity. The first night we spent time on the gear up deck with each diver having their own station. After the unpacking we had a wonderful meal,(all the meals were wonderful)and we did the obligatory meet and greet. The crew and guests were from all corners of the globe and English is the default language. The dives were from 2 skiffs for 16 divers and crew and the visibility was excellent. Corals were healthy and abundant and more critters than you can imagine. Bring a reef hook and surface markers as the currents can get strong and several locations are drift dives. I would recommend at least 100 dives before taking this on, but it is an unparalleled underwater experience. As many as 5 dives per day are available with as many as 4 night dives. There are opportunities for side trips to Jellyfish Lake and World War II battle sites that I believe were worth the visit for their historical significance.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cayman and Key Largo
Closest Airport Palau International ROR Getting There from several countries

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 83-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 65-90 Ft/ 20-27 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions groups were encouraged to stay together especially on drift and hook in dives, but everything else was normal dive safty recomendations.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Absolutly take a camera!! SO much to see record.
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