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Dive Review of Ocean Hunter in

March, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Lisa Vignerot, VA, USA
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Report Number 1666
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
NC, Saba, St. Maartin, Cyprus
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, surge, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
76   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
There was a designated dry table for the camera's and a fresh water tank
designated for cameras
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
Do 10 Days!

We used 180k Delta FF miles to go from DCA-JFK-NRT (w/3day
stopoff)-GUM-ROR. We spent a night at the Carolines resort before checking
onto the Ocean Hunter.  At the airport when we arrived, we were greeted by
Zenia from the Carolines Resort with a lei and a smile and were whisked off
in their van to the resort. In the morning, we were brought breakfast to
our bungalow and I had the Spanish omelet, fruit, and juice. It was
honestly the best omelet I had in my life.  After breakfast, Fish n Fins
came and picked us up to take us to Ocean Hunter.  We got to the boat, got
unloaded, and met the other folks that were on our cruise.  

There were a total of 5 guests: One couple was from France (300+ dives),
one gentleman who was from Germany with a camera named Susan (500+ dives),
and us (Americans with about 40 dives). We started off with a 5-minute
motor to our check out dive to the Helmet Wreck. The wreck had a lot to
see, but had low visibility and sat at about 60+ feet.  After we got out,
Lunch was served and we went to our next dive site. Total dives: 27. Number
of dives directly off the boat: 25 (both night dives were done off the
skiff). I dove in a 2.5mm full wetsuit, but by the 3rd dive in, had to put
on the 2.5 shorty vest. I was still a tiny bit cold most of my late day
dives, so next trip- I am bringing the 5mm full. Crew was awesome- they
help you on and off the boat, handed you a warm towel, and all you have to
do is back up to the load platform to take off/put on your gear and jump in
the water- not having to do skiffs like the other liveaboards were a big
time bonus!  Hot showers were provided on the rear deck to rinse off
between dives.  We dove Nitrox and the mix ranged from 31.8 to 32.1- over
28 dives, that is pretty darn good. After every dive, we had something to
eat and drink.  Arlies cooking was fabulous- it was like eating in a
different restaurant each day- one day Italian, next day Indian. They claim
its low fat, but Im not sure about that- I gained five pounds on the
trip- darn you Arlie! The boat was in good shape- its an older sailboat,
so dont expect it to be a spanking new Carnival cruise line boat- it is
functional, clean, plenty of hot water, air conditioning was good, and
space was adequate for 8 people and their gear.  There were three cabins-
two up front that shared a bathroom, and a stateroom in the back with
its own bathroom and shower. Crew had their own area. We opted for the
stateroom and were quite happy with our decision. My only negative
comment is that they could update the mattresses or add another layer of
foam- they were boat mattresses and not the best- a good memory foam pad
would have solved the problem. Our guide was Gabby and he was fabulous- he
let us do our own thing, yet kept an eye on us when we wanted.  We dove all
the primo sites including Blue Corner, Pelilue Express, and Big Drop off,
and managed to get New Drop Off and Blue Corner in a few times. My biggest
gripe was I didnt sign up for the 10-day cruise- big mistake! The crew
went above and beyond the call of duty the entire cruise, and even taking
the skiff into town when we needed Sudafed for our ears. At the end of the
cruise, they even hosed off and cleaned all our gear- they did a great job
and took extra time rinsing out the BCs to make sure all the salt was off
of them. I feel like we couldnt have done a better job cleaning our stuff
as they did. I cant wait to go back, and I will go with Ocean Hunter
without a thought.  We did visit Ocean Hunter II and boy what a boat that
is- very good setup, brand new, but it carries 12 divers, and I like the
small number of the Ocean Hunter I, so I will stay with Ocean Hunter 1 for
our next cruise. We got into the port at 5pm on Tuesday, and had dinner and
hung out on the dock. The next day, we got up, had breakfast, and got our
stuff packed up and left about 9:30am.  

After 8 million hours in the air, I was glad to be home. Even as jetlagged
as I am writing this, I cant wait to go back. I cant wait to see the big
Napoleon at Blue Corner again, and say hello to the sharks at Pelilue Cut
while riding rip your mask off current.  

Will I go through the trouble to use my miles? Absolutely
Will I do Carolines Resort again- Absolutely- no better place on the island
to stay, including PPR! 
Will I do Ocean Hunter again- you bet your buns I will!  
Will I spend more time tooling around Palau- yes- I feel I should have
spent AT LEAST 4 days on land so I could have done the waterfalls, jungle
exploration, yap money quarry, and the WWII sites.  But hey, got to leave
something to do the next time I come!
Final summary- Stay at the Carolines, and do the Ocean Hunter or Ocean
Hunter 2.  All the other live-aboards make you use the skiff for all the
dives and it eats time from diving.  Bigger boats means more people on the
dive site too.  And above all- go business class- it is the ONLY way to fly
when you are dealing with that many hours in the air
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