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At a glance...
- Cruises the islands of Palau
- Cabins have ensuite bathrooms, TV, DVD & music player
- Massage service
- Large boat
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SY Palau Siren is an elegant wooden-hulled Phinisi schooner cruising around the very best dive sites of Palau. Most safari trips are of 7 or 10 nights' duration. This 40m long liveaboard comfortably accommodates 16 divers who are well looked after by the crew of 12. As you would expect from the excellent Siren fleet, there is plenty of space and comfort on board and a high service level.
You can choose to relax in the air-conditioned saloon which comes equipped with full audio-visual entertainment system, a library of marine and general interest books and board games. Meals can be enjoyed in the saloon or, more commonly, in the open-air dining area where you can enjoy the fine cuisine against the spectacular backdrop of the iconic verdant islands of Palau.
Cabins all have ensuite bathrooms, plus TV, DVD & music player. Additional facilities include a laundry service, massage service, on board boutique and sea kayaks. Add to that the numerous camera workstations inside and out, large storage drawers and large camera rinse tanks and you can see why this is a popular boat among regular divers and photographers alike.
So if you are looking for a Palau liveaboard safari which ticks all the boxes, Palau Siren could be the one for you.
Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...
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Notes: It is also possible to combine a week on the Philippines Siren with a week on the Palau Siren. Ask us for more details.
Dive experience: It is recommended to have at least 50 logged dives and an advanced license to join these Palau liveaboard trips.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, dives, airport transfers to and from the boat, experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max number of 6 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment, dive insurance, marine park and port fees: 7 nights US$ 200, 10 nights US$ 270 per person. With effect from 11th May 2022, a fuel surcharge of USD 15 per person per night will apply to all cruises (payable in advance).Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card: 3,5% extra fee).
Optional extras: Nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers, alcoholic drinks, torches US$ 5 per day, dive computer US$ 5 per day. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: SY Palau Siren departs from Koror. When you arrive at Koror airport you will be met by a representative from your hotel or, if not overnighting, by a representative of Sam's Tours Palau. You will transferred to your hotel or the boat. If you are staying at a hotel in Koror, your transfer to the liveaboard is included and pick-up will be 1.5 hrs before the departure time. Embarkation is 6 pm, but the boat only departs the harbour after breakfast on day 2.
The boat returns to port in the evening of the last full day, with disembarkation at 10 am. The last dive of the trip will depend on the 18 hours before flying after diving rule. For more information see our Palau travel information section.
Non-diver rate: 10% discount.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 80% of the published price for their own cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 7 guests and 1 extra person can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 8 guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 14 guests and 2 additional persons can join the cruise free of charge.
Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
The SY Palau Siren has 8 Standard cabins: 4 twin bed cabins, 2 with double beds and 2 with a double bed and a single bed. All cabins are on the lower deck and have en-suite private bathrooms. Guests are advised to bring their own adaptors.
All the liveaboard cabins have:
- Toilet, hot water shower and hand basin
- Toiletries, towels & bathrobes
- Personal TV, DVD & music player
- Bedside reading lights
- Safety box
- Cabinet and shelves
- Space for luggage
- Round 2-pin mains outlet 110 & 220 Volts - 24 hours per day
- Fire warning and fire extinguishers
No. of toilets / showers - 10 / 10 - hot water
Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The crew of 12 comprise:
- Tour leader / Dive Instructor
- 2 Divemasters
- 2 Cooks
- Maid / Masseuse
- 3 Deck hands
Enriched air nitrox - 2 motorised dive dinghies - Dive platform with hot water showers, toilets, camera table and rinse tanks - Air-conditioned saloon with bar, TV, DVD video & music - Movie and book library, fish ID books, diving magazines and games - Open air social and dining area - Sundeck with sun chairs - Massage service - Laundry service - Boutique - Sea canoe - Water dispenser.
Menu, Cuisine Type...
You will dine in an open air dining area on the main deck so meal times will be set in the open, balmy air and against the ever-changing Pacific island backdrop of Palau. Each day you will enjoy a light pre-breakfast prior to the first dive with main meals following dives 1, 2 and 4. Snacks are available during the day. The menu consists of a great variety of dishes and can be described as a blend of western and Asian cuisine.
- Asian and international meals; 4 different dishes per sitting.
- Buffet style dining with waitress help in the main deck open-air dining area.
- Pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between.
- Coffee, tea, soft drinks, fruit, water, snacks and biscuits are provided free of charge.
- Wine, beer and spirits are available for purchase.
- All dietary needs can be catered for - please advise us of special requirements in advance.
- The dining service begins with dinner and snacks on the first evening of the cruise.
- Built in year 2012
- Size - 40m x 9.7m
- Top speed - 9 knots
- Cruising speed - 7.5 knots
- 500 HP Nissan engine
- 3 Yanmar generators
- 2 x MCH dive tank compressors
- 12l aluminium tanks with DIN & Int. fittings
- Enriched air nitrox system
- Electricity 110V/220V - 24 hours per day
- Water capacity - 13,000 litres
- Watermaker - 13,000 litres per day
- Fuel capacity - 18,000 litres
Navigation, Safety Features...
- 2 life rafts (for 25 passengers each)
- 2 x 115 HP Yamaha motorised dinghies
- SSB and VHF radios
- Furuno Global positioning system (GPS)
- Furuno Radar
- Furuno Sounder
- Satellite & mobile telephones
- Searchlight and horn
- Bilge pump alarm
- Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
- Advanced medic first aid box
- Emergency oxygen - 25,000 litres
- 35 life jackets throughout
- Fire alarms and extinguishers throughout
"Pros: Lovely spacious rooms. Nice to sit outside for all meals. Nice vegetarian food (nice but not amazing). Good space on dive boat. Dive gear stays on the dive boat so we're not carrying it around.
Cons: Was made to share a room even though there were spare rooms available (boat only had 7 guests). I expected a single room where possible given increased risk of covid. We were lucky no one had covid but had I got it from my roommate whilst other rooms were empty I would have been very upset. Vegetarian side dish was always tofu. The tofu was always delicious (I happen to love tofu) but it would have been nice for there to be more variety with the vegetarian protein option, eg beans, chickpeas, quinoa.
" - Kelda Bindel
, New Zealand, 4 September 2022 ...