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Dive Review of Fish N Fins/Ocean Hunter III in

June, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Greg, AZ, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4230
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Fiji, Florida, Cozumel, Mexico, Hawaii, So California, Arizona,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
0   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
to some degree, depth, own profile  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
I was on the same boat, (Ocean Hunter III) at the same time as Mr. Sieck,
but apparently some of us had a whole different experience! Three of us
(Myself, wife, and 21 yo daughter) along with another couple had been
scheduled on OH I when a generator failure caused the 5 of us to be
transfered to OH III, which apparently only had 3 divers scheduled. This
occured just 4 days before the start of our trip. Our trip on OH I was
scheduled 21-28-June, the OH III was scheduled 22-29-June. We were out
diving 1 day earlier than Mr. Sieck, thus likely the reason he felt he
missed two dives.  We knew his step son had missed a flight due to the
airlines, but didn't know anything about arrangements that had been made to
bring him to the boat. 
About the boat/crew/dive operation:
While not a "new" boat, it is new to the OH fleet, having just
been completely refurbished, and placed in service within the past few
months. Everything was as near new as possible. The 3 of us had 2 rooms,
located in the lower section of the boat. It certainly wasn't the
presidential suite at the Waldorf-Astoria, but roomy, our bathroom wasn't
like the one described. It's a liveaboard, but we found it very
comfortable. Each of our two rooms had a single bed above a double bed, a
desk, private bathroom with sink, shower, toilet. White robes were placed
in each room, each room was cleaned up each day. Power adaptors were in our
rooms to recharge batteries, use of blow dryers, etc. The only problem my
wife and I had with our room was a battle at what temp to set the
individual a/c at. (I like it on "stun", she likes it much
warmer).  I never went to the upper level to see the other rooms. In that
we were able to do 4-5 dives each day, including doing a night dive each
night, I didn't have a whole lot of time spent in the room.
The lounge was very nice and comfortable, large screen tv, dvd player,
several books and movies. Overstuffed large sofas allowed for very
comfortable seating. Meals were served in a nice comfortable dining room,
buffet style. A large camera table was located on the stern, after each
dive a warm towel was available. 
The crew was ever present, with only 8 divers (capacity is 16 divers) if
you needed so much as a tablespoon, a crew member was standing there to
oblige you almost immediately. 
I am 6' 250 pounds, I don't miss many meals. I didn't miss any on this
trip, as I thought the food was very, very good, I certainly would not call
it "greasy". Arlee (the head chef) took very great pride in the
food he served! Yes there were fried eggs, bacon, sausage for breakfast,
but one also had the choice of bagels, sweet rolls, fruit, cereals, poached
eggs, toast.. Each day was a different nationality "Theme" day.
One day was American, one Japanese, Italian, Mexican and so on. Some of the
meals were made with red meat, which we know has a higher fat content than
fish or chicken, but I still wouldn't call any of the meals
"greasy". There may have been a bit more chicken served than
normal, due to the fact that while I love to see fish in the ocean, other
than 2 kinds of fish, I don't like eating them. We made this request known
to Fish N Fins, and they obliged us. When ever they served a fish dish,
they had a plate of chicken available for me and my daughter, not just a
couple of pieces. Each dinner started with a homemade soup. Each dinner had
a large fresh green salad, vegtables, sometimes fruit, and the main course.
Each dinner was followed by a homemade desert. They would keep it ready for
you until after the night dive, if you wished.  The spaghetti and lasagna
were very good! Each afternoon a fresh fruit smoothie was served.
As mentioned by both Mr. Sieck and myself, the crew couldn't have been more
accomodating or helpful. They did everything they could to ensure we had a
very enjoyable dive vacation. Most days we did 5 dives (including a night
dive each night) some days (ex; land tour on Pelielu) we only did 4 dives.
Chase boat transfered divers to dive site. I logged 30 dives that week. 
Yes, a couple dives (Pelielu Cut) looked ragged, but we were not there to
see the coral, as we were there to see the sharks, which, decided to be
somewhere else that dive. On dive site, named "Shark City", we
jokingly renamed "No Shark City". That's part of diving. However,
on several other dive sites, we saw plenty of sharks, and other critters as
advertised. Nearly all the sites were brimming with beautiful corals, lots
of sharks, turtles, napoleon wrasse, and on and on. While this is not in
any way to demean Mr. Sieck, he was battling a severe ear blockage all
week, and was unable to do much diving. I don't think he was able to make
even 5 dives, due to his illness. I certainly can understand his huge
disappointment, as I would have felt the same had I flown nearly halfway
around the world, spent a good piece of money to go on a dive trip and not
be able to dive. We all felt bad for him, and know he was indeed
disappointed and upset by this stroke of bad luck.
I have had the opportunity to dive on a few liveaboards in my
time,(certainly not as many as Mr. Sieck) and I certainly would rate Ocean
Hunter III as one of the best! 
No, I am not related to anybody at Fish N Fins, not employed, nor an
investor :-)  I apparently just had a much different experience than he

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