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Dive Review of Ocean Hunter Palau/Landmark Marina Hotel in

March, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Emerson, MN, US
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Report Number 6481
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caymans, Belize, Galapagos, Komodo, Raja Ampat, Lembeh, Solomons, Fiji,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving 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
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  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
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 $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
My college daughter and I spent a week aboard the Ocean Hunter.  We flew
one stop from Minneapolis to Palau with a 2 hour layover in Tokyo.  It
doesn't get any easier than that.  The only negative is that flights are
only a couple of times a week.  We stay a couple of nights at the Landmark
Marina hotel which is only a 5 minute walk to the OH 3 departure point at
FishNFinss shop.

The service on the boat was outstanding through the week.  Meals were well
prepared and were nicely varied from one day to the next.  Everyone
genuinely wanted to help us and make our stay enjoyable which they did.  I
have a big UW camera which can be tough to push through strong currents and
they went out of their way to make it pleasant for me and my daughter (who
is small and needed some help on occasion).

The big name dives all delivered.  We saw incredible schools of fish and
Blue Corner and the adjacent dive sites.  The clarity was great and the
gray sharks patrolled a few meters in front of us.  We saw multiple mantas
at German Channel, including one that decided to envelope me in totality. 

We had a great dive at the Yellow Wall in Peliliu where each March,
thousands of sea bream snappers aggregate into the largest cloud of fish I
have every seen under waiter (w/ nearly 500 dives to compare).  If you are
here at this time of year, make sure you check it out.  We also saw lots of
good sized turtles, often several on a dive.

The weather was also great except for one day.  We had bright sun and flat
seas, even in exposed areas.

The only negative were the crowds of boats and people at some of the major
sites.  Even getting there @ 7AM didn't beat them to the spot.  But other
than that, nothing bad to say.  My special thanks to Mike at ReefRainforest
who put this altogether for me and the team on the Ocean Hunter 3.
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