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Palau Spawning trips in 2016 and 2017
Palau has the perfect underwater conditions for the propagation of underwater species, with lakes and lagoons that provide places for juveniles to safely mature far away from the bigger predators. This is why many species come in large numbers to Palau to breed and spawn. Imagine yourself in the middle of a reef surrounded by thousands of fish displaying just in front of you in an overwhelming coordinated spawning ceremony. Something truly marvelous, extraordinary and unique to witness! Which diver wouldn’t want to live that?
Depending on the moon phase, several species of fish aggregate and spawn while others don’t. This is likely to leave enough space for all and to not mix with each other (creating new species!? ;-P).
Thus, during the Palau Siren Full Moon trips, your guests will experience tens of thousands of Red Snappers rising up from the deep to start their mating maneuvers while changing their colors from red to white.
Whilst during the new moons trips your guests will witness hundreds of Bumphead Parrotfish, aggregating to start their noisy climatic mating dance!
Which one is more incredible to witness? This is for your guests to compare but for sure, both underwater behaviors bring you a high level of adrenalin and a totally unforgettable experience! Not only because of the huge aggregations themselves, but also because of what they also attract; bull sharks and oceanic blacktip sharks ready to hunt in the large school of fish!
During both trips, night dive lovers will also have some memories to take home! Blackwater night dives, miles away from the shallow water of the reefs are where divers can watch one of the largest migrations on earth, as all manner of weird and wonderful creatures from the depths head closer to the surface to feed. From post larval fish to Cephalopods, many smaller than your finger nail, these amazing dives present some of weirdest creatures you are ever likely to see without a submarine.
To help understand what they will witness during the dives, Paul and Richard will also deliver a number of presentations aboard the Palau Siren about these unique dives. These talks will cover the ecology of these events and how to photograph them.
"I would also like to give a big thank you to Richard and Paul for their fascinating talks and the red snapper spawning dives which were marvelous!" Stephen John Barlow, Palau April 2015
For this once in a lifetime experience, consider the following dates:
Full Moon Expeditions:
• 11th - 18th November 2016 (good for plenty of Mantas too!)
• 10th - 17th December 2016
New Moon Expeditions:
• 4th - 11th March 2016 (good for Seabream Sailfin Snappers too!)
• 31st March - 7th April 2016 (good for Seabream Sailfin Snappers too!)
• 25th June - 5th July 2016 (good for Groupers too!)
>>> In 2017
Full Moon Expeditions:
• 5 - 15 February 2017
• 7 - 17 May 2017 ( good for plenty of Mantas too!)
• 12 - 22 November 2017
New Moon Expedition:
• 15 - 25 July 2017