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Dive Review of Fish 'n Fins Ocean Hunter III in

January, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Max Weinmann, MA, USA
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
GBR, Fiji, Sea of Cortez, New Guinea,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
85   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Safety was always the key with all the dive guides. They were not
intrusive, but watchful and helpful.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
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    
5 stars   
5 stars    
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
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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