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Dive Review of Ocean Hunter II in
Micronesia/Palau

Ocean Hunter II, Jul, 2004,

by William Zaggle, CO, USA . Report 1125.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Turks, Caymans, Bonaire, Grenada, California, Australia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 90 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth was suggested. Because of drift dives, time was limited so the boat could collect all the divers at the same time. However, divers could could surface early if needed so most divers stayed to 700psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Unbelievable!!! 12 Large 24x24, Covered, padded, semidry shelves with 12, 110v and 12, 220v plugs for chargers. Warm DRY towels ready for persons and gear after each dive. Large rinse tank at dive platform. Very Nice high speed PC and huge monitor in common area for reviewing photos. Printer available. This is the best setup I have EVER seen for serious photographers. I had both still and video cameras with lights. Almost every one of our 14 divers had camera equipment. We had plenty of space and extra left over.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The only thing I wish I had known before leaving home was that they were not booked for the following week!!! This boat was our replacement after the Palau Agressor had a mishap with a container ship and was put out of commission the week before we were scheduled. Nervous as to what we were settling for, we were more than pleased with the result. Cabins were spacious, comfortable, clean and well equipped with their own toilet, sink and shower. (Ok, maybe a little more hot water if your the last one in but it was never COLD). Lots of AC plugs and a small desk in each cabin with dimmable lights no less! Top deck had lounge chairs. Master cabin had it's own private deck and TV/VCR/Refrigerator. Food was a new resturant each night. With four meals and five dives a day, all we did was eat and dive. Service was 5-star. Nitrox, Air available with Tri-mix on the way. This boat was built from the ground up as a live aboard, serious dive operation. I think we found a hidden treasure in the Ocean Hunter II.
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