Ocean Hunter III

 

Destination: Palau

Palau Archipelago (7-10 Nights) | From $499++/night

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The boat represents 25 years of knowledge in the liveaboard industry and was designed by divers, for divers. Ocean Hunter offers luxury accommodations for scuba diving excursions around the reefs of Palau, plus special trips to places such as Yap.

 

Location

Divers fly into Koror, where they will be picked up by their hotel. Transfer will be provided to the dive vessel on the first day of the itinerary.

 

Dive Overview

Palau offers epic diving along a breathtaking archipelago with a variety of diverse sites including WWII wrecks, stunning wildlife, and Palau's famed Jellyfish Lake.

[See: Palau Dive Travel Guide]

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Accommodations

Types of Cabins, Amenities and Photos

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Ocean Hunter III Accommodation Overview

16 guests are accommodated in 2 Standard cabins (Cabins 2 & 5: one queen size bed, one single), 4 Deluxe cabins (Cabins 3, 4, 6 & 9: one king size bed, one single) and 2 upper deck Master Staterooms (one king size bed, one single).

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Ocean Hunter III Cabin Details

Specially designed to Mega Yachts standards; the Master State Rooms boast a large living space, extra large double bed, private TV, DVD and minibar, computer/toilette table and a sofa/bed. Large and spacious bathroom with ensuite shower and Microphor Toilet head providing silent and reliable operation. Large storage space and closets. Separately controlled A/C. 110/220 volts outlets.

The 4 deluxe cabins contain a large living space with king size double bed with single bunk above. The ensuite bathroom holds a shower, basin and a Microphor toilet head providing silent and reliable operation. Large storage space and closets. Separately controlled Air Conditioning and 110/220 volt outlets.

The 2 standard cabins on Ocean Hunter contain a queen size double bed along with a single bunk. As always there is a private ensuite bathroom with shower, basin, and toilet. Large storage space and closets, separately controlled Air Conditioning and 110/220 volt outlets.

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General Facilities

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Ocean Hunter III Diner Ocean Hunter III Lounge

The Dining Area & Lounge

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The Camera Room & Chaseboat

 

Ocean Hunter III Boat Features

  • AC
  • Private bathrooms
  • Comfortable salon
  • Entertainment center
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sundeck
  • Large dining room

 

Ocean Hunter III Dive Facilities

  • Spacious and efficient dive deck
  • Individual storage bins
  • Camera and photo station
  • Nitrox
  • Rental Gear

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Food & Drinks Aboard Ocean Hunter III

Ocean Hunter owner and renowned chef and cookery writer Tova Har-el has developed a delicious gourmet menu. She has not only had extensive experience as a chef, but specifically as a liveaboard chef! As a dedicated diver herself who knows the importance of low-fat, fiber-rich meals, Tova designed the menu with international cuisines such as Palauan, Italian, Mediterranean, French and Japanese (with fresh sashimi and sushi), and with a bit of her own style as well. She has worked extensively with our cook Arlee. Ocean Hunter III also offers a full bar and refrigerator of drinks for guests. Mineral water is always free, however, we must charge $1.50 for soft drinks and $3.00 for beer.

 

Food aboard Ocean Hunter III

 

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Ocean Hunter III Liveaboard Deck Plan

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Schedule, Rates & Availability

Ocean Hunter III Schedule & Rates

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Prices are in USD, per person and do not include taxes, diving permits and government fees.

[See also: Inclusions & Exclusions]

 

Inclusions

  • Accommodation on board
  • Diving according to the trip’s itinerary
  • 3 gourmet meals a day
  • Hot and cold drinks
  • Snacks (sunrise, morning, afternoon and late night)
  • Transportation to and from the boat
  • Weights, weight belt, and scuba tanks

 

Exclusions

  • Diving Permits & Government Fees:
  • Koror State Diving Permit including Jellyfish Lake - $100 for 10 days
  • Koror State Diving Permit excluding Jellyfish Lake - $50 for 10 days
  • Peleliu Diving Permit - $30 for 10 days
  • Airport Departure Tax and Green fee - $50
  • Nitrox: Per Tank - $10.50 / Unlimited Use (7-day trip) - $199 / Unlimited Use (10-day trip) - $285
  • Onboard Drinks (Filtered Water, Tea, and Coffee are all free of charge): Soft Drinks, Bottled Mineral Water, Beer, Spirits, Wine (per bottle)

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RATES & AVAILABILITY

For more information on other departure dates, rates, and on availability email us at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at +1-310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!

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Dive Information & Destinations

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Dive Overview

Ocean Hunter III will be traveling to all the usual spots and more! Not only will you be diving all the world-famous spots of Palau such as the fabled Blue Corner, but we'll also be taking her further afield. At the moment we have trips planned to the Southwest Islands of Palau / Northern Papua New Guinea, Yap and the Outer Islands of Yap, The Northern Marianas and more. These virtually undived reefs are in pristine condition and represent a once-in-a-lifetime diving experience.  

 

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7-Day Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1 - We will pick you up from your hotel at 12:30PM. You can get your gear ready and have lunch on board.

    2:30PM: First dive on Helmet Wreck (WWII Japanese ship which is easy to dive and you can check your gear and weights)

    4:00-4:30PM- Ocean Hunter III will cross the lagoon to German Channel

    4:30PM- Second dive at German Channel or Big Drop Off.

    7PM Night dive

    Dinner (can be moved before night dive at customer request on any day)

    Days 2, 3, 4 - Wake up at 6:00-6:30AM with coffee, tea, and sweet rolls. The diving on these days will be at some of the following dive sites: German Channel, Big Drop Off, New Drop Off, Blue Holes, German wall, Barnum wall, Blue Corner, Virgin blue hole, Turtle Cove, Ngedebus coral gardens, Ngedebus wall, Fairyland, etc..

    7AM First dive

    8:30AM- Full breakfast

    10:00AM- Second dive

    12 noon- Lunch

    1:00 PM- Third dive

    4:00 PM- Fourth dive

    7PM - Night dive

    Dinner

    Day 5 - Ocean Hunter III moves to the Peleliu area and we dive at the following dive sites: Peleliu Wall, Peleliu Corner, Peleliu Coral Garden, Orange Wall, Peleliu Expressway, White Beach, Yellow Wall, Peleliu Cut, etc. For those who are interested, we can offer a land tour on the island of Peleliu which was a major battlefield during WWII.

    7AM First dive

    8:30AM- Full breakfast

    10:00AM- Second dive

    12 noon- Lunch

    1:00 PM- Third dive

    4:00 PM- Fourth dive

    7PM - Night dive

    Dinner

    Day 6 - Return to Ngemelis area for another dive and then make our way to Jellyfish Lake (snorkeling and hiking) and then to on Ulong.

    Places that we dive there are Ulong Channel, Siaes Tunnel, Siaes Corner and Shark City.

    7AM First dive

    8:30AM- Full breakfast

    10:00AM- Second dive

    12 noon- Lunch

    1:00-1:30PM- Third dive

    4:00 PM- Fourth dive

    7PM - Night dive

    Dinner

    Day 7 - A dive in the Ulong area and then as we approach Koror, a shipwreck dive (Iro or Chuyo Maru) and then Chandelier Cave. If time permits we can also offer a trip to Mandarinfish Lake. Arrive at the dock in the late afternoon. Guests can rinse their gear and start packing.

    7AM First dive

    8:30AM- Full breakfast

    10:00AM- Second dive

    12 noon- Lunch

    1:00PM- Third dive

    4:00 PM- Fourth dive

    7PM - Night dive

    Dinner

    Day 8 - Guests have breakfast at 7:00 AM and disembark Ocean Hunter III at 8:00 AM. We provide the transportation to the hotel or the airport.

 

10-Day Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1 - We will pick you up from your hotel at 10:30AM. You can get your gear ready and have lunch on board.

    12:30-1PM: First dive on Helmet Wreck (WWII Japanese ship which is easy to dive and you can check your gear and weights)

    2:00-4:30PM- Ocean Hunter III will cross the lagoon to German Channel

    4:30- Second dive at German Channel or Big Drop Off.

    7PM Night dive

    Dinner

    Days 2, 3, 4 - Wake up at 6:00-6:30AM with coffee, tea, and sweet rolls. The diving on these days will be at some of the following dive sites: German Channel, Big Drop Off, New Drop Off, Blue Holes, German wall, Barnum wall, Blue Corner, Virgin blue hole, Turtle Cove, Ngedebus coral gardens, Ngedebus wall, Fairyland, etc..

    7AM First dive

    8:30AM- Full breakfast

    10AM- Second dive

    12 noon- Lunch

    1:00PM- Third dive

    4:00PM- Fourth dive

    7PM - Night dive, Dinner

    Days 5,6 - Ocean Hunter III sails to the Peleliu area and we dive some of the following dive sites: Peleliu Wall, Peleliu Corner, Peleliu Coral Garden, Orange Wall, Peleliu Expressway, White Beach, Yellow Wall, Peleliu Cut, etc. For those who are interested, we can offer a land tour on the island of Peleliu which was a major battlefield during WWII.

    7AM First dive

    8:30AM- Full breakfast

    10:00AM- Second dive

    12 noon- Lunch

    1:00 PM- Third dive

    4:00 PM- Fourth dive

    7PM - Night dive

    Dinner

    Day 7 - Return to the Blue Corner/Ngemelis area for another day of diving. The diving on these days will be done at some of the following dive sites: German Channel, Big Drop Off, New Drop Off, Blue Holes, German Wall, Barnum Wall, Blue Corner, Virgin blue hole, Turtle Cove, Ngedebus Coral Gardens, Ngedebus Wall, Fairyland, etc..

    7AM First dive

    8AM- Full breakfast

    10:00AM- Second dive

    12 noon- Lunch

    1:00PM- Third dive

    4:00PM- Fourth dive

    7PM - Night dive

    Dinner

    Day 8 - Diving in the area of Ngerechong Island and a visit to Jellyfish Lake

    7AM First dive

    8AM- Full breakfast

    10:00AM- Second dive

    12 noon- Lunch

    1:00PM- Visit to Jellyfish lake (instead of third dive)

    4:00PM- Fourth dive

    7PM - Night dive

    Dinner

    Day 9 - Diving at the Ulong Island area. Among the Dive sites that we will explore are: Ulong Channel, Ulong wall, Siaes Tunnel, Siaes Corner, Ulong Coral Garden

    7AM First dive

    8:30AM- Full breakfast

    10:00AM- Second dive

    12 noon- Lunch

    1:00-1:30PM- Third dive

    4:00 PM- Fourth dive

    7PM - Night dive

    Dinner

    Day 10

    7AM First dive on one of the WWII wrecks (Iro or Chuyo Maru)

    8AM- Full breakfast

    10AM- Second dive (dive on Jake Seaplane, a WWII airplane)

    12 noon- Lunch

    1:00PM- Third dive at Chandelier Cave

    4:00-5:00 PM - Return to dock. Divers can wash your gear and will have dinner on board

    Day 11

    7:00- Breakfast

    8AM- Disembark the Ocean Hunter III to airport or your hotel (transportation provided).

 

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Boat Specifications

  • Length: 96 feet (29m)
  • Beam: 26.25 feet (8m)
  • Draft: 9ft (2.75m)
  • Speed: 11 knots
  • Displacement: 226 tons
  • Construction: Steel
  • Engines: Twin 375 hp each
  • Guest Accommodations: For 16 guests. 2 Standard cabins (Cabins 2 & 5: one queen size bed, one single), 4 Deluxe cabins (Cabins 3, 4, 6 & 9: one king size bed, one single) and 2 upper deck Master Staterooms (one king size bed, one single), all with private head, shower and a/c.
  • Crew Accommodations: 2 double cabins, private heads. Leisure areas: Dining room seats 18. Cozy salon with couches, entertainment systems, Espresso machine, Icemaker, Mini-bar. Computer room with email and photo/video editing services. Washing machine/dryer facility.
  • Fun in the Sun:2 Jacuzzis on top deck.
  • Generators: 2 by 60 KW
  • Available Voltage: 110/240/415 VAC 12/24 VDC
  • Water Tanks: 4000 gals (16000 liters)
  • Twin 1200 gals/day water makers
  • Fuel Tanks: 6000 gals (24000 liters)
  • Electronics: GPS x 3, Satellite Phone, Cellular Phone, 72-mile radar, Depth sounder x 2, Fishfinder, VHF, HF Radio, CD, DVD, VCD. TV and VCR with support for European PAL, SECAM, and American NTSC.
  • Chase boat: 35 ft Rigid Hull with 2 x 225 HP Yamaha 4 stroke.
  • Dive compressors: 2 X Bauer Compressors. NITROX and TRIMIX onboard. Rebreather support available.
  • Safety: Full safety equipment for USCG requirements, Emergency O2 Kit.
 

Practical Information

  • Time Zone: UTC+9
  • Local Currency: USD (US Dollar)
  • Electricity: 110 & 220 volts
  • Language Spoken: English
  • Payment onboard: Cash & Traveller checks

 

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Reviews (1)

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I've been fortunate to dive in many parts of the world; Fiji, Australia, Maldives, Hawaii, Caribbean and more. One thing I'm sure of is that Ocean Hunter III, Palau is the premier dive boat live aboard in the Pacific.
Compared to other Dive Live aboards it is run like a boutique hotel where divers are pampered and spoiled, and where you can forget about losing weight on your trip. Run by Navot and Tova Bornovski of Fish N Fins in Palau, it has the expertise to take you to the best possible sites , sooner, faster and in greater comfort than any other live aboard in Palau. The cabins are plush and luxurious, far exceeding the typical accommodations one experiences on a dive boat. In fact some days, divers decided to simply pamper themselves, sleep in, relax in the jacuzzi, stretch out on the sun decks, snorkel about the boat and indulge in the rich assortment of calorific delicacies. One night we encountered mantas, sharks and a curious tiger shark around the boat as the other divers were out checking out macro photo material. As a marine engineer, Navot has scrupulously designed all aspects of the boat for safety, convenience and efficiency, while Tova has designed the interior to a level of comfort that any plush hotel would envy. For photographers, there is tremendous room for all their gear, and plenty of storage for dive gear also.The crew have been groomed to cater to all aspects of divers needs and the captain and dive guides are superb in their attention to detail, safety and all aspects of support.
It is superior to any other boat in Palau and almost certainly in the Pacific.
The marine life and diving is superlative and there is no better way to experience it than to be on an Ocean Hunter III adventure. Of course Fish N Fins also has other boats, such as Ocean Hunter I, which has been totally refitted to provide an intimate trip in a smaller sailing vessel, and meets all the high standards that the Bornovski's have demanded.
I cannot think of a more extraordinary way to explore the amazing dive mecca of Palau than aboard one of these boats. I can't wait to return !

Visited on 03/2013 - Submitted on 02/25/2014

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