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Dive Review of Fish 'n Fins Ocean Hunter III in

November, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Dave Helms, IN, US (1 report)
"A great week on the Ocean Hunter lll"
Report Number 8073
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Belize, Bonaire, Curacao, Cozumel, Egypt, Komodo, Manado, Fiji,
Maldives, Turks and Caicos, Florida, Texas, Australia, Philippines, St
Kitts, Caymans, Puerto Rico, Revillogigedos, Sea of Cortez, Thailand,
Closest Airport
Getting There

Dive Conditions

Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
very few restrictions were made.  The DM would give depth/time
recommendations, but no one checked computers.  We were treated as adults. 
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
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  5 stars
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Boat Facilities
5 stars
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Plenty of camera storage space.  Crew very good with cameras.  Big rinse
tanks and we were told repeatedly not ...
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5 stars
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Palau is not an easy place to get to.  Normally there are 5 flights to get
there from Chicago.  We cut that down to 3, but it actually took longer
that way; something like 32 hours.  Still, it is an ordeal that wears you
out. I would recommend flying in a day ahead to acclimate and rest up. 

I did have a gripe right off the bat. We wasted a LOT of time at the dock
waiting to board the boat.  After 32 hours of travelling, I could have been
sleeping instead of spending 2 hours sitting in the heat waiting to board
the boat.  It was just as bad getting off the boat at the end of the trip. 
I felt a lot of that paperwork could have been completed via mail or the
internet prior to arrival.

At first glance, the Ocean Hunter lll looks a bit like a squat tugboat. 
Gone are the sleek lines of most liveaboard dive boats.  However, one
quickly sees that the Ocean hunter lll is a very solidly built boat.  All
the doors close solidly and there are no squeaks, rattles, creaky floors,
etc that one commonly sees on liveaboard boats.  I didn't see the rusty
areas one normally sees on boats, either.  All the trim is clean and
painted or polished.   The dining area is open and most importantly it is
air conditioned.  The lounge is quite nice and had comfy co
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