Explore a little-known wreck destination.
Join this very special liveaboard cruise through the stunning archipelago of Palau in Micronesia, a dive destination well-known for its wildlife and deep walls. But not many people know that below the surface lies a World War II wreck diving paradise.
A Wreck Diving Paradise
- 36 Japanese vessels, plus aircraft
- Wreck diving workshop with Michael Wolhardt
- Steep walls with abundant fish life
- Manta Rays and Reef Sharks
- Stunning archipelago
- Luxury stay on Palau Siren
Wrecked in Palau
During World War II Truk Lagoon was the Empire of Japan’s main base in the Pacific theatre. However, what is less known is that before and during ‘Operation Hailstone’ in February 1944, which resulted in the wreck diving mecca that is now Truk, some 200 plus vessels were evacuated to Palau.
Only six weeks later the American Navy launched ‘Operation Desecrate One’ on Palau, to destroy as much of the remaining Japanese fleet as possible. Over 2 days in March, more than 36 vessels, along with several aircraft, were sent to the watery depths of the lagoon, and now you have the chance to see them as part of this special itinerary.
During this adventure, we will explore many of these wrecks and whilst on 10-night trips you will also explore the deeper walls of the outer lagoon.
The majority of shipwrecks and regular dives within this itinerary are deemed suitable for recreational divers and offer varying depths for multi-level profiles. Some sites do however lie beyond, or have interesting features deeper than the recognized recreational diving depth limit of 40m (130ft). As such they maybe more suited to divers with deep diver or technical diving qualifications.
The Republic of Palau is Micronesia's western most island chain. The tightly clustered Palau archipelago consists of over 200 islands covering a distance of around 200 km. Palau is the home to one of the world's unique phenomena, the Rock Islands.
With over 20 years of diving experience, 15 of which have been focused on advanced diving on wrecks. Michael has spent his professional career introducing divers to wreck and technical diving and in 2003, founded the niche training agency SwedTech in order to develop safer diving practices. Needless to say, he has lots to share. Joining Michael on a wreck diving trip adds flavor to the experience and a new dimension to the wreck diving. “My goal is for everyone to appreciate and understand what a fantastic trip through time wreck diving offers with the right tools and knowledge.”
As well as sharing his knowledge of the wrecks and the history of the site, Michael will also run a wreck diving workshop during the trip, developing the following techniques:
- Proper use of line handling and reeling
- Manoeuvring and swim techniques
- Equipment configuration
- How to navigate and find the “good” parts of the wreck
- Dive planning
Liveaboard Vessel - Palau Siren
The S/Y Palau Siren is a luxury liveaboard which was launched in July 2012. Surprisingly spacious, she has everything that divers need for diving in remote destinations. Purpose designed, she has designated areas for charging and preparation of your camera and video equipment, making the Palau Siren the pros choice for underwater photography and videography, to comfortable cabins and communal areas for chilling after a day of diving. Built by divers for divers, this liveaboard welcomes just 16 guests, ensuring abundant space for all, regardless of equipment.