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Dive Review of Fish 'n Fins Ocean Hunter III in
Micronesia/Palau

August, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by Steven Rosenfeld, CA, US (2 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Cocos Island, Galapagos, Mexico, Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, rainy, cloudy  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
25   to 150    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Limit of 1 hour dive, depth limit of nitrox  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
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Comments
The boat had a large table for cameras.  There was also a large fresh water
tank for cameras ...
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Food
5 stars
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Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

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Beginners
3 stars   
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Comments  
This was my second trip to Palau.  I was there 20 years ago and took the
day boats out.  Being 20 years older I decided to go by liveaboard.

The Oceanhunter III is a 96 foot vessel that is in excellent condition. 
The boat holds up to 16 divers in 8 cabins.  There are 6 standard and
deluxe cabins and 2 master cabins.  Each cabin has its own restroom.  I
found the ...
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By Graham at Sep 03, 2013 07:08 EST  
Steven I'm going to Palau in 5 weeks, on sister ship Ocean Hunter 1. I
expect we'll dive a very similar itinerary to you, with Blue Corner etc.
Did you dive any unexpectedly good sites that you would particularly
recommend? Were the sites crowded or quiet with other dive boats? Small
point - did your mobile phone work?
By oceanstevenr at Sep 03, 2013 21:41 EST  
Hello Graham.  We dove Blue corner 3 times.  There were up to 7 boats there
at one time.  The secret is being on a live aboard and being the first boat
there.  We also dove some blue holes which were beautiful.  I'm sure you
will dive jellyfish lake, make it the first dive of the day and beat the
crowds.  Much of our diving during the week was dependent on the weather
and the currents.  Mobile phone did not work.  Have a great time, Steve
By charlier at Nov 09, 2013 23:45 EST  
Hi Steven. My wife and I live in Singapore, so we have easy access to many
great dive sites. We are considering the same LOB. What the experience
level for the divers on your trip?  Do you think the your experience at
Blue Corner with second other boats affected your underwater experience?
How crowded are the other sites? Or should we venture to the Solomon
Islands that have less people pressure? Thanks, Charlie
By oceanstevenr at Nov 10, 2013 14:43 EST  
Hi Charles.  As I said we were on a live aboard so we could be the first on
any site we liked.  Blue corner is the most popular site.  The conditions
were very different on each dive.  The more current the more fish life. 
There are plenty of other site to dive and the boats work around each
other.  Our boat had different levels of experience.  Most of the dives
were easy.  The dives are done in a group with a dive guide in the lead and
 a dive guide in the rear.  Hope this information helps.
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