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Dive Review of Fish n' Fins-Ocean Hunter 3/Fish 'n Fins/Landmark Marina hotel in

December, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Scott Katz, AZ, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4618
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cocos Island, Belize, PNG, Mexico, Florida, Red Sea, Galapagos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
Water Temp
82   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth,No deco diving, Buddy system enforced  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
I have been to Palau six times over the years (first visit in 1986!). I
love Palau; it is by far the most diverse dive destination I have been to.
This trip, in between new jobs, we took our time and booked 2 weeks in
Palau, a week of land based diving with Fish n Fins dive center packaged
with accommodation at next door Landmark Marina hotel, followed by a 7 days
dive cruise aboard Ocean Hunter 3 liveaboard.
In the past we have used different dive operators in Palau but in 2001 we
dove with Fish n Fins and stayed with them ever since.  When I sent Fish
n Fins an email years ago asking about the difference between them and the
other dive shops in town, owner Tova Harel answered my email that when you
arrive at our dive shop you will see my husband Navot or me greeting you to
make sure that everything is OK, same when you return from diving. That
was true! On every single day, owners greeted and talked with each of us
making sure we had a good day or asking if we need anything else. 
Before we boarded Ocean Hunter 3, owners asked us to contact them directly
if anyone needed anything special. They even gave us their private cell
phone numbers in any case. In todays commercialized mass tourism, it was
heartwarming to be in a place where you have a genuine feeling that staff
and owners want you to feel at home.
Landmark Marina hotel: For years it was a rundown hotel next door to Fish
n Fins. Couple of years ago it was renovated into Palaus first boutique
hotel. Nice rooms, clean and friendly service. Restaurant is OK but we have
preferred to dine out at Dragon Tei (Japanese), Taj (Indian), Elilai (Thai)
and the Barracuda (seafood) next door. Good food selection for a small
Fish n Fins dive center- We felt at home the minute we stepped into the
shop, Fish n Fins train their own guides and they stay with them for many
years. It was a great feeling to be greeted by Silas, Tim and other
familiar faces from previous visits. Palauan dive guides are the best we
have ever had, knowledgeable and friendly (that goes beyond diving: taxi
drivers, post office, stores and basically everyone we met). We did 2 dives
per day only because we were going on Ocean Hunter 3, some of the divers on
our boat did an extra dive each day. Boats are comfortable (according to
dive guides they are designed and built by Fish n Fins); best feature on
Fish n Fins boats compare to our previous experience in Palau, is that
divers sit facing forward and not sideways. Gear-room is very well
ventilated and allows gear to dry completely overnight.
Ocean Hunter 3- We have done 4 liveaboard trips in other destinations but
this one is our first liveaboard experience in Palau. This was a
re-discovery of diving in Palau for us after years of land based diving. 
Boat is new and spacious. Our accommodation was in a deluxe cabin at lower
deck. Cabin has 2 beds (double on bottom and single on top). Toilet and
shower are bigger than any liveaboard we have been on. Dining Room sits 16
divers comfortably with all meals served on a center buffet table. Spacious
Lounge with soft sofas and entertainment facilities attracted many of us
after dives.
I cannot write good enough reviews about the crew aboard Ocean Hunter 3!
Captain Ken is a 12 years veteran with Ocean Hunter boats and knows his way
around; Arlee the chef pampered us with great food through our journey,
just too much good food. A nice addition is a professional espresso machine
onboard, what a treat for coffer lovers like us. 
Dive masters  Six and Ed run tight and safe operation with usually 4 dives
per day and a night dive if you are into such activity. Our friends loved
the hot Jacuzzi on sun deck after night diving but we stayed dry with a
glass of wine
And by the way how was the diving? Great and diverse, we dove in December
which is the month of Manta Rays in Palau, we were not disappointed. Make a
wish list of what you want to see underwater while diving, you will
probably check mark every single entry on your page.
Divers, who return to this underwater paradise, can only admire the
extensive environmental protection work that Palau governments have done
there over the years.
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