1. How far is the departure point from Koror Airport
Transfers to the Sams Tours Palau, from where your Palau Siren cruise departs, take approximately 40 minutes. Guests will be met at the airport by our free transfer and brought to the departure point where our western cruise director will meet you. Guests spending additional time in Palau ahead of their cruise will be collected from their hotels at a pre-arranged time. Cruise departure is 4pm.
2. What should I bring with me to Palau?
We recommend our guests bring as little luggage as possible for their liveaboard safari. Light clothing and a sweater for cooler evenings would be sufficient. A laundry service is offered on board, whilst t-shirts may be purchased in the yacht boutique. We provide shower gel in cabins and deck bathrooms, however guests are advised to bring their own personal toiletries. The Palau Siren has a full compliment of basic medical supplies that is available for guest use free of charge, however any prescription medication should be brought with you.
3. What dive experience level is recommended for Palau Liveaboard trips?
Whilst most dives are suitable for divers of all levels, beginners may find some dives challenging and prefer to skip the dive. Currents are to be expected at sites including Blue Corner and Ulong Channel. your cruise director and dive team will be on hand to advise so you may decided whether the dive is suitable for you. We recommened having advanced experience or taking your PADI course whilst onboard to maximise your enjoyment from the trip.
4. Is it possible to take a dive course whilst on board Palau Siren?
Yes. Our cruise director is a PADI dive instructor and can offer Advanced Open Water and diver speciality courses. Pre-booking is essential to ensure the instructor and necessary training materials are on board for your trip. It is not suitable to make entry level courses on our Palau Siren itineraries.
5. Are a reef hook and/or surface marker buoy (SMB) necessary items of equipment and can you provide them on board?
It is recommended that each buddy team dive with a SMB in order to signal to the dive tenders you are ready to surface. Some boat traffic is to be expected in busier areas however it is not necessary to drift with your SMB for the entire dive time. SMBs are provided free of charge. Reef hooks are a strongly recommended item and will maximise your enjoyment of dives such as Blue Corner and Siaes Corner.
6. What tanks are available for guest use?
12l aluminium tanks are standard aboard Palau Siren. We have 4 x 15l tanks available for guest use free of charge; pre-booking is recommended to ensure the tank is available for you. Each tank is suitable for both DIN and International regulators with no need for separate adapter.
7. What kind of food is served on board the Palau Siren?
Each meal is served buffet style in the rear deck dining area. Hot breakfast and eggs to cooked to order starts the day, lunches offer at least 2 choices of chicken, fish or red meat with salads and vegetable accompaniement. Evening meals consist of 3 courses:soup; entree; dessert. A choice of 2-3 entrees and a selection of side dishes are available with some evenings following a theme such as Indonesian or Italian night. Each trip offers a freshly prepared BBQ evening. Fresh fruit, snacks and cookies are available throughout the day.
8. What refreshments are available on board?
A wide selection of carbonated soft drinks (coke, coke light, sprite, tonic, soda) and fruit juices are available. Guests simply help themselves to items from our fridges. Freshly brewed coffee, black and herbal teas and hot chocolate are also available free of charge. Palauan lager is available on draft and guests may help themselves at no cost. Wines and spirits are also available and additional charges apply.
9. Do you have Internet facilities on board & what is the mobile phone coverage?
Palau Siren now offers high speed wifi satellite internet access for all guests. We have three packages available and you can save now by pre-booking your packages before even leaving for your trip. Click here
for more details and package prices.
10. How may I pay on board for marine park fees, merchandise and services?
Any park fees, merchandise, services and alcoholic beverages purchased on board should be settled at the end of your cruise. All prices are in US$. Credit card payments are also accepted however a fee of 3.5% will be levied to your final bill.
11. What is the custom regarding tipping the staff and crew?
Tipping is a matter of personal choice and is not obligatory on any Siren Fleet yacht. However if you feel our crew have made your holiday extra special then a gratuity is always appreciated and is shared equally amongst the on board crew. An envelope will be provided at the end of your cruise should you wish to show your appreciation. We regret we are unable to accept gratuities by credit card.