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Dive Review of Ocean Hunter Palau/Ocean Hunter III in

March, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Delores Hammer, NC, US (1 report)
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
81   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
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  
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  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
1 stars   
5 stars    
Ocean Hunter III,  March 2010, Delores Hammer (
Newton, NC, Experience: over 500 dives.  Vis.: 30-80 feet. Water: 81-84 F,
seas calm, but rough between Pelilieu and Jellyfish Lake.  This was my
second trip to Palau, which is my favorite dive destination in the world. 
Every dive is a wow, and the Ocean Hunter III was the perfect liveaboard
to experience these awesome dives.  On my previous visit to Palau in 2006,
I was a guest on another well-regarded liveaboard, but the Ocean Hunter III
is clearly superior.  From the well maintained and comfortable ship, to the
knowledgeable and attentive staff, to the bountiful, delicious, and varied
food, to the excellent camera station, Ocean Hunter III is a world-class
dive liveaboard, second only, in my opinion, to the Four Seasons Explorer
in the Maldives.  The owners, Tova and Navot, showed great attention to
detail and went out of their way to make sure that every guest was
comfortable and satisfied.  Their dive shop, Fishn Fins, which also
provides land based diving, is extremely well stocked, and the staff there
could not have been more welcoming  and organized when we checked in. They
were equally efficient upon our departure.  I was there during the Fishn
Fins sponsored Shark Week, where world renowned shark experts lectured and
presented power point programs, all free to the public.  Tova and Navot are
very environmentally conscious and seek to educate others on the importance
of the shark population to Palau.  There is a great area at Fishn Fins for
such presentations, and free refreshments were provided.  Also, this
occurred at the end of our week of diving, and Tova and Navot even arranged
for us to have free transportation back to our hotel, Palau Pacific Resort,
after the shark presentation.

	During our week on the Ocean Hunter III, we saw almost every fish
imaginable and lots of them.  We saw two giant cuttlefish, and one of them
was depositing her eggs at Ngedbus Coral Gardens. Everywhere the coral was
healthy, and at times, the current was ripping.  At Blue Hole we saw a rare
African pompano, free swimming eels, sweet lips, and lots of sharks and
snapper.  Luckily, there was no current when we were at Blue Hole, but I
have been there before when I had to hold onto my mask. At Peleliu Cut, I
saw lots of sharks, trigger fish, trevally, fusiliers, turtles, and a giant
jellyfish.  The coral is so beautiful and healthy on every dive that it is
overwhelming. We saw mantas at a cleaning station and one at German
Channel. We could not dive Peleliu Express because the current was going in
the wrong direction, so we dove Yellow Wall instead.  Mandarin Lake lived
up to its name, and we had the best sightings of the elusive, colorful
mandarin fish that I have ever seen.  Ulong Channel was full of nesting
yellow margin trigger fish.  I cant wait to experience Palau again aboard
Ocean Hunter III. 
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