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Dive Review of Ocean Hunter Palau/Ocean Hunter III in

Ocean Hunter Palau/Ocean Hunter III, Mar, 2010,

by Delores Hammer, NC, US ( 1 report). Report 5928.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Ocean Hunter III, March 2010, Delores Hammer ( Newton, NC, Experience: over 500 dives. Vis.: 30-80 feet. Water: 81-84 F, seas calm, but rough between Pelilieu and Jellyfish Lake. This was my second trip to Palau, which is my favorite dive destination in the world. Every dive is a “wow”, and the Ocean Hunter III was the perfect liveaboard to experience these awesome dives. On my previous visit to Palau in 2006, I was a guest on another well-regarded liveaboard, but the Ocean Hunter III is clearly superior. From the well maintained and comfortable ship, to the knowledgeable and attentive staff, to the bountiful, delicious, and varied food, to the excellent camera station, Ocean Hunter III is a world-class dive liveaboard, second only, in my opinion, to the Four Seasons Explorer in the Maldives. The owners, Tova and Navot, showed great attention to detail and went out of their way to make sure that every guest was comfortable and satisfied. Their dive shop, Fish’n Fins, which also provides land based diving, is extremely well stocked, and the staff there could not have been more welcoming and organized when we checked in. They were equally efficient upon our departure. I was there during the Fish’n Fins sponsored Shark Week, where world renowned shark experts lectured and presented power point programs, all free to the public. Tova and Navot are very environmentally conscious and seek to educate others on the importance of the shark population to Palau. There is a great area at Fish’n Fins for such presentations, and free refreshments were provided. Also, this occurred at the end of our week of diving, and Tova and Navot even arranged for us to have free transportation back to our hotel, Palau Pacific Resort, after the shark presentation.

During our week on the Ocean Hunter III, we saw almost every fish imaginable and lots of them. We saw two giant cuttlefish, and one of them was depositing her eggs at Ngedbus Coral Gardens. Everywhere the coral was healthy, and at times, the current was ripping. At Blue Hole we saw a rare African pompano, free swimming eels, sweet lips, and lots of sharks and snapper. Luckily, there was no current when we were at Blue Hole, but I have been there before when I had to hold onto my mask. At Peleliu Cut, I saw lots of sharks, trigger fish, trevally, fusiliers, turtles, and a giant jellyfish. The coral is so beautiful and healthy on every dive that it is overwhelming. We saw mantas at a cleaning station and one at German Channel. We could not dive Peleliu Express because the current was going in the wrong direction, so we dove Yellow Wall instead. Mandarin Lake lived up to its name, and we had the best sightings of the elusive, colorful mandarin fish that I have ever seen. Ulong Channel was full of nesting yellow margin trigger fish. I can’t wait to experience Palau again aboard Ocean Hunter III.
Websites Ocean Hunter Palau   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 81-84°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-80 Ft/ 9-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
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 5 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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