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

Fish 'n Fins Ocean Hunter III, Jan, 2010,

by Max Weinmann, MA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 5324.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving GBR, Fiji, Sea of Cortez, New Guinea,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 85 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 80 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Safety was always the key with all the dive guides. They were not intrusive, but watchful and helpful.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 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 5 stars
UW Photo Comments The photographer is catered for extremely well. Large area on board to manage all aspects of camera care and maintenance. Crew very well practiced on handling and caring for cameras on ingress and egress from boats.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Flying back to Palau fills us all with great anticipation of superlative diving. Big animals, pristine reef, sun filled days and the inevitable desire to never leave. After 3 weeks, all of those anticipatory expectations were not only met, but exceeded.
the nature of the diving in Palau has been covered quite extensively ; suffice it to say that it is a dream for all divers to get there. The Bornovski's will do everything in their power to have those dreams fulfilled : and beyond.
But there is more than mere diving going on in Palau as attested to by the recent declaration of Palau as the first shark sanctuary area at the UN.
While Palau is serviced by an array of operators it is Fish N Fins who have struggled unrelentingly to make inroads on both a local and international level regarding the issues of marine conservation. From their efforts, the Micronesian Shark Foundation has emerged, as well as educational programs for local schools regarding the benefits of shark preservation and a systematic attempt to debunk the myths of the shark as an insatiable aggressor and man eater. Further, they have established relationships internationally to commence the monitoring of the shark population, their behavior, migratory habits and seasonal changes by tagging and radio monitoring.
These activities demonstrate more than a mere commercial interest in the tourist industry. It is evidence of a firm commitment to both Palau's future and the environment which are inextricably connected.
I mention these issues because as divers we inevitably benefit from such foresight and commitment and inherit the legacy of such efforts every time we dive.
In selecting which dive operation to frequent, it may be of interest to consider these facts.
Of course Fish N Fins has a superlative operation. Their dive boats are pristine and well maintained. The dive guides are attentive, and Tova and Navot Bornovski are gracious and accommodating to all their guests making every effort to ensure that no detail is overlooked. They are well aware that people travel a great distance to fulfill a long held dream of diving in Palau and they are determined not to disappoint them. A last dive to Blue Corner? Let's do it. A night dive ? You're not too tired?, then let's see what we can do!
Everyone is well aware of what Palau has to offer.
Thanks to Tova and Navot Bornovski of Fish N Fins, that marine heritage is much more secure and waiting there for all of us.
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