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Live-Aboard: Palau Siren
Experiencing the underwater action of Micronesia from the Palau Siren may ruin you for all other dive trips.
Need to Know
>>When to Go: Palau’s diving is good year-round; June to November is rainy season and January to May sees the biggest crowds.
>>Dive Conditions: Water temps average in the low 80s year-round, so a 3 mm wetsuit is adequate for most divers. visibility can vary from 30 to 100 feet and beyond, depending on the location of the dive site, weather and tides.
>>Getting There: Airlift to isolated Palau is limited from the West, so the traditional Micronesia route of Honolulu-Guam-Palau on United airlines (united.com) is the best choice for american divers wanting the most direct path.
>>Logistics: The Palau Siren crew handles airport transfers. If an overnight stay is needed (consider it to acclimate before you begin diving), the swank Palau Pacific resort (palauppr.com) offers guests luxury oceanfront accommodations on a white-sand beach with restaurants and a spa.
>>Operator: The Palau Siren (sirenfleet.com), in partnership with Sam’s Tours (samstours.com), offers seven- and 10-night itineraries for up to 16 guests in eight staterooms with air conditioning and private baths. Diving is from two 30-foot fiberglass pangas, and photographers will find two dry camera tables with charging outlets.
>>Price Tag: Cruises, including nitrox fills, meals, beer and more, start at $3,317 for the seven-night itinerary and $4,547 for 10 nights (per person, double occupancy).