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Dive Review of Fish 'n Fins Ocean Hunter III in

November, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Harvey S. Cohen, NJ, US
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Report Number 5794
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Coral Sea, Caribbean, Red Sea, New Jersey, Florida.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
86   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions, but on most dives the tender chases instead of mooring, so
a diver who loses sight of the divemasters had to shoot his/her own SMB to
get picked up. The crew doesn't seem to mind if you do this on a few dives.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
  Since dive gear stays on the tender, there is lots of dry room for photo
gear. Nicely laid out tables, lots of charging sockets. Big separate rinse
tank kept full of clean water. Compressed air.
  2 PCs in lounge.
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  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
  Palau diving is awesome, and Ocean Hunter III / Fish'N'Fins provided
wonderful service and accommodations. The boat is very thoughtfully
designed and in pristine condition. Everything works well, and with a full
load of 16 divers plus crew it never feels crowded.
  I've been on 7 other liveaboards, but this was my first with all tender
diving. Surprisingly, it was more convenient than diving directly from the
mothership. One easy, level step took me from the dive deck to the tender,
which was quite spacious with a full load. BC/reg/tank was kept assembled
on the tender all week, along with fins and mask. For each dive, I donned
my suit and stepped onto the tender. A crew member put the Nitrox analyzer
on my tank while I recorded the reading. After a 5-10 minute ride, we
moored. A crew member lifted my gear to my seat; I slipped it on and
backrolled off the side. For recovery, the tender came close and let me
grab a granny line. At the ladder, I passed up my fins and climbed an easy
three steps. A crew member took my gear and handed me a fresh face towel.
Back on the boat, two warm showers, two warm hoses and a dunk tank on the
dive deck allowed me to rinse body and suit immediately. Also on the dive
deck was a big dry towel for me after each dive. It was all so easy that I
almost felt guilty.
  All dives had leader and chaser divemasters. The leader often pointed out
interesting critters and wrote the name on his magnetic slate. More than
half the dives were walls, with current from very mild to very strong. On
several dives we hooked in with reefhooks and watched an astonishing
quantity and variety of big and small creatures. On one reefhook dive, a
beautiful spotted eagle ray hung in the current right next to me for ten
minutes, while schools of fish, cruising sharks, giant napolean wrasses,
etc., swam in front of us.
  Another highlight was the manta cleaning station, where one manta after
another soared in and hovered for cleaning while we watched from
  Food was excellent in variety, quality, and attractiveness.
  The entire operation is incredibly skilled, efficient, and friendly. They
just couldn't seem to do enough for us.
  Finally, I must note that the admirable owners of Fish'N'Fins contribute
a great deal of their own expertise, time, and money to conservation of
ocean resources.
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