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, but it is in the diving facilities where the Palau Siren shines. Not many liveaboards would provide you with scuba equipment, a safety sausage and nitrox free of charge. 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.
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. Jellyfish Lake is temporarily closed until the population rejuvenates.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, local beers, dives, airport transfers to and from the boat, experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max number of 6 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers, use of essential scuba equipment for the duration of the trip, surface marker device.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Dive insurance, marine park and port fees: 7 nights US$ 200, 10 nights US$ 270 per person. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card: 3,5% extra fee).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks (other than local draft beer), torches US$ 6 per day, dive computer US$ 6 per day, wireless internet access (200 Mb usage (minimum package): US$ 50). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Lying 1,450 km southwest of Guam and 640 km south of Yap, Palau is the most western island of Micronesia, which is to the east of the Philippines and north of New Guinea. You will most likely fly into Koror International airport on board China Air, United Airlines, Continental or Delta. There are direct flights to Koror from Manila, Cairns, Guam and Taipei. Arrival/Boarding/Departure: 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 for 7 and 10 night cruises is 18:00 hrs, for 6 night cruises it is 01:40 hrs. The boat returns to port on the morning of the last day with disembarkation at 10:00 hrs (or 16:00 for 6 night cruises). The last dive of the trip will depend on the 18 hours before flying after diving rule.
Non-diver rate: None. Non-divers will receive one free massage per day (except on first and last day) and one bottle of wine (to be consumed on the trip).
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 100% of the published price and receive a complimentary massage and one bottle of wine (to be consumed on the trip). Marine park, port fees, taxes and any fuel surcharge will be paid by the operator.
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). The whole boat charter price below is the equivalent of paying for 14 guests and 2 additional persons can join the cruise free of charge.
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
Cabinet and shelves
Space for luggage
Round 2-pin mains outlet 110 & 220 Volts - 24 hours per day
Complimentary 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.
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, beer, fruit, water, snacks and biscuits are provided free of charge.
Wine 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.