Liveaboard Diving in Palau During a Spawning Event
Hop aboard a luxury liveaboard and dive Palau's world-class sites, witnessing the mesmerising spectacle that is bumphead parrotfish spawning as well as 'blackwater' diving - a night dive like no other.
Itinerary at a Glance:
- Dive some of the best sites in the world
- Witness the bumphead parrotfish or red snapper spawning event
- See juvenile fish, squid and all sorts of other animals that are attracted to bright lights on a 'blackwater' night dive
- See pristine coral reefs and plentiful marine life including lots of large pelagics
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Day 1: International Flight
Today it's the start of your holiday! You will fly overnight to Koror via Hong Kong and Manila.
Day 2: Arrival into Manila and Flight on to Palau
Your flight from Hong Kong will arrive into Manila in the evening and your onward flight to Koror will depart later that evening.
Day 3: Arrival in Palau
You will arrive into Koror in the very early hours of the morning. Once you have passed through customs you will be met by your driver and privately transferred to your hotel to spend the rest of the night.
Spend the day shaking off your jet-lag, whether snoozing on the beautiful white sand beach, snorkelling in the lagoon or kneading any knots out in the spa.
In the early afternoon you will be transferred to the port to board your home for the next ten nights. While you settle in, the boat will cruise to your first stop where you will have your first glimpse into the watery world as you test your equipment.
Days 4-5: Diving in the Ulong Channel
It's time for a full immersion into the watery world as you spend the next two days diving around the Ulong Channel.
Located on the west side of Palau, some of the well-known sites you will have a chance to dive include the following: Ulong Island, Siaes Corner, Siaes Tunnel, Shark City, Sand Bar, Malakal harbour and the Tashio, Iro Maru, Chuyo Maru and Jake Seaplane wrecks. The waters of Palau are truly world-class, and each dive will see you descend into a whirlpool of colour with beautiful hard and soft coral displays and a flurry of marine life, including several species of shark and other pelagics, as well as vibrant macro life such as frog fish and alien-like nudibranch.
Day 6: Bumphead Parrotfish or Red Snapper Spawning Dives
Depending on whether you are travelling around the new or full moon, today you will witness a rare, bucket list worthy extravaganza: the bumphead parrotfish or red snapper spawning event.
During new moon dives it's possible to see huge aggregations of large parrotfish loudly headbutting each other, competing for mating rights and rushing through the water with clouds of gametes streaming behind them.
Diving on a full moon will mean seeing thousands of red snappers changing colour until it is time to spawn, at which point they all suddenly rush together in a frenzy of activity, filling the water with eggs and sperm while being chased by sharks. Needless to say, this is an incredible once-in-a-lifetime spectacle. Not to be missed.
Days 7-8: Diving Around Peleliu Island
You will spend the next two days diving around Peleliu Island. An exhilarating mix of drift dives, dramatic drop-offs and bountiful marine life, there will never be a dull day diving here.
Some of the best sites include Peleliu Cut, Turtle Cove, Barnum's Wall, Peleliu Wall, Ngedebus Corner, Orange Beach, White Beach and South Dock. On each dive you will encounter plenty of pelagic species such as sharks, jacks, barracudas, rainbow runners, snappers, tuna and sweetlips, as well as tiny nudibranchs and turtles.
Day 9: Diving Around Peleliu Island and ‘Blackwater’ Diving
To ensure you don't miss any of the sites, spend another day diving around Peleliu Island.
In the evening, enjoy one of the most spectacular and unique night dives, encountering alien species like never before; a light suspended in the water from the back of the boat attracts an amazing array of marine life, ranging from several species of post-larval fish to cephalopods including squid, jellyfish and more, much of it smaller than your fingernail.
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Days 10-11: Diving the Ngemelis
The last few days of the trip will be spent diving around Ngemelis island.
The marine life around the Ngemelis is fantastic with huge schools of large pelagics present across the sites including sharks, king and Spanish mackerel, tuna, trevally and mantas as well as turtles, shoals of colourful reef fish and abundant macro life. While you are here you will have a chance to enjoy dives at some of the most famous sites including Blue Corner, Blue Holes, The German Channel, Virgin Blue Holes and Dexter's Wall.
Day 12: Diving the Ngemelis – Blue Corner
Today is dedicated to the most famous dive site in Palau: Blue Corner.
Blue Corner is iconic in diving folklore as one of the world's greatest dives with seasoned divers coming back year after year. Originally a fishing spot, the site is washed by powerful currents which bring with them big animals (read: sharks, sharks and more sharks). With generally excellent visibility in season, you have a great chance of seeing large numbers of sharks (we did tell you), barracuda, mackerel, tuna and giant trevally, all out in the blue.
Day 13: Return to Manila
Sadly it is now the end of the trip in Palau. You will be transferred to the airport in good time for your flight to Manila, where you will spend the night before you fly back to the UK.
Day 14: Return to the UK
You will take an early morning flight from Manila to London via Hong Kong. The flight will take around 17 hours, arriving into London in the afternoon.
Emily C, Eleanor and Jacqui are our experts for this itinerary and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.