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Ocean Hunter III – Palau

From US $3,495pp

Welcome to Ocean Hunter III, the latest and most luxurious addition to the Ocean Hunter Fleet in Palau. The boat represents 25 years of knowledge in the liveaboard industry and like all of our liveaboards was designed by divers, for divers. Ocean Hunter III will be diving the reefs of Palau, plus special trips to places such as Yap. As usual with our fleet, you also have the knowledge and hospitality of our very experienced local crew.
Previous Dive Experience
Since we cater to such a small group, we are very flexible in accommodating all levels of divers, from beginners to professionals.

Accommodation

Ocean Hunter III has 3 standard cabins, 3 deluxe cabins and 2 master staterooms all with private bath and a/c, and accommodates up to 16 guests with personal attention and plenty of space. There is a large dining room and a comfortable salon with sofas and an entertainment system. The salon also contains a high quality espresso machine. Alternatively you can relax in the jacuzzis on the spacious sun deck. Furthermore, Ocean Hunter III is designed for professional underwater photography, TV and Film production, with a sizeable working area, 110, 220 and 415 volt electrical outlets and extra storage space. Ocean Hunter III offers powerful PC’s for movie and video editing with download, email and cd burning services.
Bar
Ocean Hunter III 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. These charges go towards developing a much-needed recycling program in Palau for the disposal of the cans. You are responsible for marking down your own tab at the refrigerator. Fine wine is available from $40 to $75 per bottle.
Entertainment
On-board is a 42″ Plasma TV in the lounge, a 32″ Plasma TV in the dining room and 24″ TV’s in the Master Staterooms. We also have a DVD player, CD stereo and VCD player. We have a wonderful collection of DVDs, CDs and VCDs, and we invite you to bring your own as well! We also have an extensive marine library for you to browse.

Tipping
Tipping is a personal matter, but for guests who have requested guidance on the subject: the Ocean Hunter is a U.S. standard liveaboard, with crew’s salaries based on tipping (upon your satisfaction). The average tip generally runs 7.5%-10% of the trip cost.

Features

Water Temperature
The average water temperature is a warm 28 degrees Celsius, 83 degrees Fahrenheit. For protection in the water, a 3mm wetsuit, full or shorty, a skin, or even a t-shirt pleases most guests.
Gear to Bring
Don’t forget your mask, fins, snorkel, wetsuit, regulator with pressure gauge, BCD, dive computer/depth gauge/dive watch, dive gloves, optional dive knife, safety sausage (required) and reef hook. What is a Reef Hook? Reefhooks and safety sausages are available in our shop. You’ll have ample storage space for your gear. If you need to rent gear, you can do so upon arrival at our shop. Show me a list of rental gear and prices.
Equipment Provided Onboard
We freely provide weight belts, weights, and standard aluminum size 80 tanks, also some size 60 and 100 tanks. We also provide all the clean towels you’ll need throughout the trip. Unlike other liveaboards who give you any person’s used towel, you get your own color-coded, warm, dry towel after each dive.
Communication Onboard
We have a marine VHF radio and a cell phone that we use to keep in touch with the office in town three times a day. Family members or friends can reach guests onboard by calling the ship cell phone at 680-777-2290, or they can leave a message at the Ocean Hunter office (680- 488-2637) . Guests may of course use the ship cell phone, though at-cost charges apply.
Electricity
Very quiet generators supply 24-hour electricity in 110 and 220 volts, with standard American outlets for two/three prong plugs. There are at least 4 outlets in each cabin. All 60 outlets are regulated and surge protected.
Medical Support Onboard
We have a well-equipped first aid kit onboard, including oxygen. You should bring anti-seasickness medication and eardrops if you feel you will need them.Photo by Tim Rock
Smoking
Smoking is only allowed in designated areas on the outside deck of the Ocean Hunter III.

Activities

Ocean Hunter III – Activities – Kayak Trips

There is more to Palau than just diving! If you’ve got a day to fill before flying home, or just fancy a day out of the water, we can offer guided kayak excursions through the stunning Rock Islands, land tours to the sights and history of the ‘Big Island’, Babeldaob, or fishing trips to catch the denizens of the deep.

Kayak Trips

Is there any better way to see the Rock Islands than by gliding silently through Palau’s clear waters on a kayak? Our kayak tours are lead by naturalists. All tours include food, drink, swimming and hiking. Your kayak glides silently through the Rock Islands, mangroves and marine lakes. Visit the remains of ancient Palauan villages where stone paths and ceremonial stone podiums tell us the story of the past. Explore caves, adorned with stalactites and stalagmites, within the rock islands. Learn the WWII history through Japanese forts, lighthouses, and military and civilian installations.

Relaxed Trip
A relaxed tour to Nikko Bay and the Bat Cave.

Full Moon Tour
An excursion under the full moon. Celebrate the night with wine and cheese.

Rock Island Tour
Navigate the labyrinth of the Rock Islands. Explore the Bat Cave and the Mandarin Fish Lake. Full day.

A Night Under the Stars
Cruise to Ulong Island, home to one of the most beautiful Rock Island beaches. Trek to the top and rediscover the ancient Palauan caves. Listen to Palauan legends over the fire. Spend the night under the bright stars. Overnight tour.

Indiana Jones Trail
Jouney to hidden mangrove channels and limestone caves. Snorkel the sunken WWII seaplanes. Visit the Yapese Stone Money Quarry. Full day.

Personalized Tour
Plan your own adventure. Visit hidden treasures such as Peleliu, Jellyfish Lake, Northern Babeldaob, Ngardmau Waterfalls and The Palauan Sunken Village. Palau is comprised of over 350 islands. It is considered one of the natural wonders of the world. Let us know what you are up for and we will arrange a personalized tour for you.

Flora and Fauna
A kayak tour is an excellent, undisruptive way to see the rich flora and fauna of Palau. Some highlights include:
Lush Plants: Rare Plants such as wild Orchids and Cicadas (a palm dated back to the dinosaur age) can often be seen.
Magnificent Birds: Observe the Biib (Palau’s National bird), a long-tail tropical bird, Cockatoos and green & red parrots.
Palauan reptiles: Including the salt water crocodile (non-aggressive), Boa Tree Snake (all snakes in Palau are non-venomous), the Giant Monitor Lizard (4-5ft long) and more.
The legendary Dugong!!!: It is your opportunity to catch a rare glimpse of the almost extinct Dugong (Manatee). These mammals have long been identified as legendary Mermaids and are now protected by law. At Fish ‘n Fins, we have learned about their migration habits and we often see them cruising the lagoon.

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Itinerary & Schedule

Ocean Hunter III – Itinerary
Below is a typical schedule for your trip onboard Ocean Hunter III. Your actual schedule may vary as all our trips are based around sea conditions, tides, currents and moon cycles. We want to dive the right site at the right time!

Typical Itinerary for 7 day trip:
Day 1
We will pick you up from your hotel at 12:30AM. 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 divesites: 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 divesites:
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 (snorkelling 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.
Photo by Peter Lange 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.

Typical Itinerary for 10 day trip:
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 divesites: 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 divesites:
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 divePhoto by Peter Lange
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 divesites: 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 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 breakfastPhoto by Tim Rock
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).

Ocean Hunter III – 2013/14 Prices (Last update July 24th, 2014)
Price onboard Ocean Hunter includes: accommodation on board, diving according to trip’s itinerary, 3 gourmet meals a day, hot and cold drinks, Snacks (sunrise, morning, afternoon and late night), Transportation to and from boat, weights, weight belt and Scuba tanks.
Price per person Days Cabins 2,5 Cabins 3,4,6,9 Cabins 7,8 Full Charter
7 US $3,495 US $3,595 US $3,995 US$ 58,720 per Charter
10 US $4,950 US$5,090 US $5,665 US $ 83,180 pro Charter
M = occupied by male
F = occupied by female

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