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Dive Review of Fish 'n Fins Ocean Hunter III in

January, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Michael R Hess, PA, US (1 report)
Report Number 6425
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
British Virgin Islands, Honduras, St. Marten, Turks and Caicos, Hawaii,
Australia, Palau
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
84   to 88    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We typically did t go below 100 ft. Unless a cavern or something required
it but only then briefly.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
1 stars   
5 stars    
My overall trip was poorly planned and I ended up choosing Fish n Fins
based mainly on my arrival time and the draw of a small group of divers. 
The ocean Hunter 1 is actually the Liveaboard I selected.  Ocean Hunter III
looked like a much bigger and more comfortable ship with plenty of space
and luxury but I was interested priamarily in diving.  And that's what I
got.  OH 3 also takes larger groups of divers.  With ocean Hunter 1 I ended
up being one of only four divers.  We did a ten day package whisk was a
nice extension over the traditional 7 day trips.  It allowed for more dives
and island tours etc.  I ended up doing so many dives my ears finally
started to give way to the pressure and water.  Towards the end of the trip
I didn't opt to dive every site offered and got to relax a little.  For
pure diving experience I think the Ocean hunter 1 is by far the best option
for live aboards in Palau.  The quarters were a little cramped but we
didn't spend too much time below deck so it didn't matter.  The dive sites
were excellent and the crew was great.  Very friendly and hard working. 
The food was of great variety, quality and quantity.  There were always
healthy and glutenous options to choose from.  The crew always did their
best to accommodate any special requests but there was very little to ask
since everything we needed was provided.  Considering all the things you
look for when diving Palau, good food, lodging, skilled and competent dive
guides, easy access to the sites, and my favorite, small dive groups, I
firmly believe Fish n Fins Ocean Hunter is the way to go and when I return
in a year I'll be signing up to do it again.  Best dive experience of my
life, but this is Palau and that's what I came here for.
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