We are in the process of returning from 2+ weeks in Palau. We spent one week on the Ocean Hunter III and another week diving with Fish N Fins from land (more on that later).Ocean Hunter III
- We had scheduled this trip so far in advance, that we were initially scheduled for 10 days on the Ocean Hunter II. When this got 'decommissioned" for research, we were only able to get a 7 day trip during our already scheduled vacation time slot on the OH III. Fish N Fins took good care of making this transition as painless as possible. Regarding the OH III - we LOVED this boat. Its new with great facilities (we had Master Stateroom
and the crew were just superb. Perfectly picked for their jobs. Retrospectively, I will say that we were in fact glad it turned into a 7 day trip - 5 dives a day is work. Wake-up call at 6:30, first dive at 7am, and the rest of the day is dive, eat, dive, eat, dive, eat, dive, eat, sleep, repeat. There was a nice mix of wrecks, currents, caves, swim thrus, jellyfish lake, mandarin fish - really everything. Of course you can't predict phases of the moon and where the mantas and sharks will be, but if a dive didn't work out, they did their best to get you back there. We did the Blue Corner three times before we really hit it with any kind of current. But, hey, that's diving - you never know - its part of the charm.Fish N Fins
- We can't say enough about the 'land-based' crew either. We dove with them for 4 days afterwards - the boat rides were alot longer, but it is relaxing to be on their fast boats zipping through the Rock Islands before the day starts and at the end of the day. And they promptly took care of all problems (real or otherwise!) that cropped up in a very calm, cheerful manner and arranged transport promptly at the end of the day to get us back to our room.Misc Recommendations
- Make sure you eat at the Taj restaurant - we are from the San Francisco Bay area and this is the best Indian food I have ever had. Yes, its pricey by Palauen standards, but they take very good care of you. We ate there 4 days straight. On our first night there we stayed at Carolines (unfortunately for one short night), but we really liked the place. They bring breakfast to your bungalow and you eat on a hillside overlooking the Rock Islands. For the majority of the time we stayed at the Palau Plantation and really liked this place. It was a short 10 min walk to town for dinner each night. We would recommend both places without reservation.