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Dive Review of Ocean Hunter I in

August, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Bob & Doris Schaffer, CA, USA
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Report Number 1260
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean; PNG; Solomons; Cocos; Red Sea; Mexico; California; Micronesia;
Australia; Maldives
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy, cloudy  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The space for UPWs is very small, but it's only a six-passenger boat. 
Fortunately on this trip, there were only two of us using cameras, so it
didn't become a problem. Crew was very accommodating in assisting the UPWs
with their cameras and equipment.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
We hit bad weather and couldn't get to many dive sites and visibility was
affected.  Runs to the dive sites we could get to were long and difficult
but this may have been attributed to the weather. Managed to dive Blue
Corner three times and it's still one of the best dives we've ever
experienced. Ocean Hunter I carries only six divers.  Because a trip costs
about $500 more per person than other liveaboards, our expectations were 
high, but we were rather disappointed.  Boat looks a bit run-down and is in
need of cleaning and maintenance.  Bed was extremely hard and uncomfortable
(which could be easily rectified with a foam pad). Towels were changed only
once in 7 days. We felt "nickled and dimed" with the charges for
soft drinks, beer and wine--and wine was exhorbitantly expensive at $30 and
$40 per bottle.  Other quality liveaboards include all drinks in the cost
and we would have expected such because of the higher per person cost of
this trip (and the fact that so little alcohol is consumed on a dive boat).
And the major discomfort--the toilet, which sits up too high off the floor!
 On the plus side, the food was plentiful and quite good. Because the boat
is so small, there were only 3 crew members--a captain, a divemaster and a
cook. All three were very pleasant and competent young men and most
accommodating.  This was our fourth trip to Palau and our 28th liveaboard
trip and while we intend to return to Palau, we'll probably choose another
boat next time.
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