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Dive Review of Ocean Hunter I in

Ocean Hunter I, Aug, 2004,

by Bob & Doris Schaffer, CA, USA (Contributor Contributor 14 reports). Report 1260.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We hit bad weather and couldn't get to many dive sites and visibility was affected. Runs to the dive sites we could get to were long and difficult but this may have been attributed to the weather. Managed to dive Blue Corner three times and it's still one of the best dives we've ever experienced. Ocean Hunter I carries only six divers. Because a trip costs about $500 more per person than other liveaboards, our expectations were high, but we were rather disappointed. Boat looks a bit run-down and is in need of cleaning and maintenance. Bed was extremely hard and uncomfortable (which could be easily rectified with a foam pad). Towels were changed only once in 7 days. We felt "nickled and dimed" with the charges for soft drinks, beer and wine--and wine was exhorbitantly expensive at $30 and $40 per bottle. Other quality liveaboards include all drinks in the cost and we would have expected such because of the higher per person cost of this trip (and the fact that so little alcohol is consumed on a dive boat). And the major discomfort--the toilet, which sits up too high off the floor! On the plus side, the food was plentiful and quite good. Because the boat is so small, there were only 3 crew members--a captain, a divemaster and a cook. All three were very pleasant and competent young men and most accommodating. This was our fourth trip to Palau and our 28th liveaboard trip and while we intend to return to Palau, we'll probably choose another boat next time.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean; PNG; Solomons; Cocos; Red Sea; Mexico; California; Micronesia; Australia; Maldives
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 20-40 Ft/ 6-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The space for UPWs is very small, but it's only a six-passenger boat. Fortunately on this trip, there were only two of us using cameras, so it didn't become a problem. Crew was very accommodating in assisting the UPWs with their cameras and equipment.
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