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Dive Review of Ocean Hunter II in

December, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Cres Van Keulen, CA, USA
Report Number 2914
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Yap, Thailand, Fiji, Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, Mexico & Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
120 ft depth,signal guide at 1000 PSI, safety stop at 500 PSI. Excellent
briefings before every dive and very attentive dive guides made for a very
safe environment.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
We did not have any photographers aboard but it appears to be an excellent
set up with lots of table space, electrical outlets and rinse tanks.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
It was 30 hours door-to-door from San Francisco and I would do it all over
again in a minute. I used United frequent flier miles to Guam via Osaka
Japan, then purchased Guam-Yap-Palau-Yap-Guam ticket from Cindy Harris of
Micronesian Divers Assn. Because MDA is Guam-based, they can sell the very
expensive Continental Micronesia tickets at a discount when packaged with
liveaboard, hotel, etc. In Palau, spent 1 night at the clean but very basic
West Plaza Desekel Hotel. Felt sorry for another guest checking in at the
same time who was booked there for a week while diving on a day boat. If
staying more than 1-2 days, you'll probably be much happier at the Palau
Pacific Resort (only one with beach) or the Carolines Resort. When
returning I will stay an extra 2-3 days to tour topside, re-visit jellyfish
lake (wow!) and kayak the mangrove swamp, etc. New road being built around
Babeldaob will really open the area up - maybe too much. The Rock islands
of Palau are stunning and I have few complaints about the Oceanhunter II.
Would like to charter the smaller Ocean Hunter I with a few friends.
Couples should consider upgrading to the upstairs suite with its own
balcony but watch out - it was double-booked when I was there and the boat
owner's cousin from the Phillipines got it over my friends the Navy doctors
from Okinawa. Only 5 of us onboard for our 10 day tour so it was very
relaxed and we got lots of attention including fresh sashimi every night
once they learned that we loved it. For an unforgettable souvenir the docs
and I split the cost to hire a videographer who went diving with us for a
day, then mailed the DVD to us. Cap't Mike from MN, divemasters Clayton,
Gabby & Eddy, Arley the singing cook, and crew Richard were all great.
We saw so many sharks, after a few days it was ho-hum, another shark...Most
dives were VERY fishey with great coral, walls, caverns, and tons of
healthy micro life. December weather was sublime - low 80s, occasional rain
showers, very comfortable. A very pricey trip, but well work it. (See
separate review of Yap.)
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