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Dive Review of Fish 'n Fins Ocean Hunter III in

Fish 'n Fins Ocean Hunter III, Jan, 2012,

by Michael R Hess, PA, US ( 1 report). Report 6425.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments My overall trip was poorly planned and I ended up choosing Fish n Fins based mainly on my arrival time and the draw of a small group of divers. The ocean Hunter 1 is actually the Liveaboard I selected. Ocean Hunter III looked like a much bigger and more comfortable ship with plenty of space and luxury but I was interested priamarily in diving. And that's what I got. OH 3 also takes larger groups of divers. With ocean Hunter 1 I ended up being one of only four divers. We did a ten day package whisk was a nice extension over the traditional 7 day trips. It allowed for more dives and island tours etc. I ended up doing so many dives my ears finally started to give way to the pressure and water. Towards the end of the trip I didn't opt to dive every site offered and got to relax a little. For pure diving experience I think the Ocean hunter 1 is by far the best option for live aboards in Palau. The quarters were a little cramped but we didn't spend too much time below deck so it didn't matter. The dive sites were excellent and the crew was great. Very friendly and hard working. The food was of great variety, quality and quantity. There were always healthy and glutenous options to choose from. The crew always did their best to accommodate any special requests but there was very little to ask since everything we needed was provided. Considering all the things you look for when diving Palau, good food, lodging, skilled and competent dive guides, easy access to the sites, and my favorite, small dive groups, I firmly believe Fish n Fins Ocean Hunter is the way to go and when I return in a year I'll be signing up to do it again. Best dive experience of my life, but this is Palau and that's what I came here for.
Websites Fish 'n Fins Ocean Hunter III   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving British Virgin Islands, Honduras, St. Marten, Turks and Caicos, Hawaii, Australia, Palau
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 84-88°F / 29-31°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions We typically did t go below 100 ft. Unless a cavern or something required it but only then briefly.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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