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Dive Review of Fish 'n Fins Ocean Hunter III in

Fish 'n Fins Ocean Hunter III: "A great week on the Ocean Hunter lll", Nov, 2014,

by Dave Helms, IN, US ( 1 report). Report 8073.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Belize, Bonaire, Curacao, Cozumel, Egypt, Komodo, Manado, Fiji, Maldives, Turks and Caicos, Florida, Texas, Australia, Philippines, St Kitts, Caymans, Puerto Rico, Revillogigedos, Sea of Cortez, Thailand, Roatan.
Closest Airport Palau Getting There Chicago-Narita-Incheon-Koror

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 83 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions very few restrictions were made. The DM would give depth/time recommendations, but no one checked computers. We were treated as adults.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Plenty of camera storage space. Crew very good with cameras. Big rinse tanks and we were told repeatedly not ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
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Beginners 3 stars
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Comments Palau is not an easy place to get to. Normally there are 5 flights to get there from Chicago. We cut that down to 3, but it actually took longer that way; something like 32 hours. Still, it is an ordeal that wears you out. I would recommend flying in a day ahead to acclimate and rest up.

I did have a gripe right off the bat. We wasted a LOT of time at the dock waiting to board the boat. After 32 hours of travelling, I could have been sleeping instead of spending 2 hours sitting in the heat waiting to board the boat. It was just as bad getting off the boat at the end of the trip. I felt a lot of that paperwork could have been completed via mail or the internet prior to arrival.

At first glance, the Ocean Hunter lll looks a bit like a squat tugboat. Gone are the sleek lines of most liveaboard dive boats. However, one quickly sees that the Ocean hunter lll is a very solidly built boat. All the doors close solidly and there are no squeaks, rattles, creaky floors, etc that one commonly sees on liveaboard boats. I didn't see the rusty areas one normally sees on boats, either. All the trim is clean and painted or polished. The dining area is open and most importantly it is air conditioned. The lounge is quite nice and had comfy co ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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