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. 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.

Ocean Hunter 3 - prices

These prices are valid up to Sept 19

Price per person Days Standard
Cabins 2,5
Deluxe
Cabins 3,4,6,9
Master
Cabins 7,8
Full Charter
US $3,495 US $3,595 US $3,995 US$ 58,720 per charter
10 US $4,990 US$5,135 US $5,770 US $ 84,120 per charter

Children under 5 - 50%

For 7 full paying guests you receive one person free, pay 7 and bring 8 for 14 full paying guests you receive 2 persons free of charge, pay 14 and bring 16 (full charter)

The trip price for 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. For a list of charges not included see Extras.

The trip price for Ocean Hunter does not include :

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 Koror Airport Departure Tax… $20 Dive Equipment rental - $45 per day for a full set Nitrox - Per Tank…$10.50 - Unlimited Use (7 day trip)…$199 - Unlimited Use (10 day trip)…$285 The advantages of Ocean Hunter over other liveaboards Ocean Hunter3 offers diving on all of the 7 days of the trip compared to other liveaboards in the area that have 7 day trips but only offer 5.5 days of diving. Our price is inclusive of cabin tax and we do not charge for extra fuel. Other liveaboards are collecting payment for port fees, taxes and fuel surcharge and payment for dinner on the final evening which is a substantial amount ($2-300). In Ocean Hunter 3 all dinners are inclusive until the final evening or the night before you disembark the boat.

Terms and conditions:

Individual bookings:
Booking deposit:
34% of booking is required within 7 days of booking - non refundable
33% is due to 180 days prior to departure - non refundable.
33% is due to 90 days prior to departure - non refundable.
Final payment due 90 days before your trip departure date - non-refundable.
Individual booking made less than 90 days before the departured ate are payable in full at the time of booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.

Ocean Hunter III - Additional Costs (Extras)

The following prices are additional costs not included in the price of your trip. 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 Koror Airport Departure Tax… $20 Dive Equipment rental - $45 per day 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…$1.50 Bottled Mineral Water…$1.50 Beer…$3.00 Spirits…$4.00 Wine (per bottle)…$45-75

Rental Gear prices

If you rent gear from Ocean Hunter trip for a period of 7 days or more, you will get a 20% discount off our normal per day prices. Alternatively you can purchase any needed equipment from the Pro Shop - we are an Aqualung dealer and all rental equipment is fully serviced and less than one year old. If you would like to rent something you don´t see on the list below, just ask us and we can arrange it!

Gear Rental Full Package:

Incl. BCD, Regulator, Mask & Snkl, Fins, Dive Computer&Wetsuit $45.00pp/day

BCD - Aqua Lung, US Divers, Sea Quest: $12.00 pp/day Regulator - Aqua Lung: (Incl. octopus, pressure gauge and depth gauge) $12.00 pp/day Fins: $5.00 pp/day Mask and Snorkel: $5.00 pp/day Booties: $5.00 pp/day Flashlight (including batteries): $15.00 pp/day Wetsuit: $10.00 pp/day SUUNTO Dive Computer (Air and NITROX): $15.00 pp/day

** Personal pony tanks and SPARE AIR refills are FREE! **20% discount for 7 days rental and more.

Ocean Hunter 3 - schedule

08Jun17
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Ocean Hunter 3 - cabins

Master State Rooms

Specially designed to Mega Yachts standards; the Master State Rooms boast a large living space, extra large double bed, private TV, DVD and Mini Bar, 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.

Deluxe Cabins

Our 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.

Standard Cabins

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.

Ocean Hunter 3 - itinerary

A sample itinerary for a 7 day trip onboard Ocean Hunter III: 32 dives

  • 06:30 - Gourmet coffee / tea and sweet rolls. Coffee is available throughout the day from our espresso machine.
  • 07:00 - First morning dive
  • 08:30 - Full Breakfast
  • 10:00 - Second morning dive
  • 11:30 - Snacks
  • 11:45 - Third dive
  • 13:00 - Lunch,
  • 14:30 - Fourth dive
  • 16:00 - Fruit smoothies and cake
  • 17:00 - Dusk dive
  • 19:00 - Night dive
  • 20:15 - Dinner (can be served before night dive if requested)

Ocean Hunter III - Sample Itineraries 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:

Flight access to Palau is through Guam or Manila in the Philippines on continental airlines. We recommend that you arrive one night prior to the boat’s departure date, though we remain flexible if this is not possible. Continental Micronesia, a branch of Continental Airlines, holds flights to Palau via Guam (daily) or Manila (Wednesdays and Saturdays). Guam can be reached from Hawaii, Western USA, Australia, Seoul and Tokyo. Manila is a major hub serviced by flights from Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, amongst others.

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 4:30PM- 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 rollsThe 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.

  • 7AM First dive
  • 8:30AM - Full breakfast
  • 10:00AM - Second dive
  • 12 noon - Lunch
  • 1:00PM - Third dive
  • 4:00PM- 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 getyour 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 Channel4:30- 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 Peleliuwhich 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 divingThe 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
  • 10AM - Second dive
  • 12 noon - Lunch
  • 1PM - Third dive
  • 4PM - Fourth dive
  • 7PM - Night diveDinner

Day 8

Diving in the area of Ngerechong

  • 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).

Ocean Hunter 3 - specs

Upper Deck

Wheelhouse

Ocean Hunter III will be heading out on some very exciting trips, so we needed to make sure she was fully kitted out for safe long-range, open water sailing. With that in mind we’ve equipped the bridge to American Bureau of Shipping specifications - with 3 separate GPS systems, gyro compass and autopilot, multiple radios, vertical and 3D bottom scanners and a satellite phone.

Sun Deck

As always on the Ocean Hunter fleet we’ve given you as much room to relax in as we can. The Sun Deck on Ocean Hunter III is very spacious indeed, with ample loungers, chairs and tables for you to while away the lazy hours between dives. Or enjoy yourself in our two heated jacuzzis!

Main Deck

Salon

After your last dive of the day what better place to relax than in our luxurious salon. There are 4 large sofas to sit back on while watching a DVD on the 48” wallmounted flatscreen TV. A computer station has a high-spec machine ready for you to burn your photos and videos to disc. Alternatively take it easy with a book from our library, or by playing board games until it’s time for bed.

Galley

A large, hygenic galley that produces a never-ending flow of fresh gourmet food. Industrial refrigerator and freezer units keep food fresh until needed, even on a long trip. Enough storage space that we never have to run out of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Dining Room

The beautiful wood finish to the interior means the dining and living area on Ocean Hunter III is a warm and homely area to relax in. 4 separate tables allow all our guests to eat together without inconvenience, on very comfortable padded seating. Also in the dining area you will find an icemaker, coffee machine 32” plasma tv and minibar / refrigerator.

Gear Room

Lots of room for everyone here. This semi-dry area has ample storage space for each individual diver, along with 415/220/110V outlets for charging cameras and batteries

Dive Deck

Designed by divers for divers, Ocean Hunter III’s dive deck is both spacious and efficient. It boasts individual storage bins, plenty of room for Nitrox and air tanks up to 100 cubic feet (15 litres) and a filling station that can provide gas mixing for Trimix, Nitrox and blends up to 100% oxygen. Plus enough room for you to move around in comfort at both the start and end of your dives.

History of Ocean Hunter III

Following 14 years of successfully operating Ocean Hunters I and II in the waters of Palau, owners Navot and Tova Bornovski had an urge to expand. Since then they have been looking for a suitable vessel to add to the fleet, one suitable not only for the waters around Palau, but also capable of longer distance trips around the unspoilt islands that scatter the Western Pacific Ocean. Following the success of transforming the Harry Messel into Ocean Hunter II in 2003, the Bornovski’s returned to the same source to find the latest addition to the fleet. Once again our latest ship was originally built and operated as a research vessel by the Australian Institute of Maritime Science (AIMS). The RV Lady Basten was launched in 1978, intended primarily for operation in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Since then she went gone on to become the workhorse of the AIMS fleet, travelling all over from Ningaloo to Fraser Island, Timor to Papua New Guinea. During her life with AIMS she travelled over a million kilometres during over 7,500 days at sea. In September 2007 the Lady Basten gained her new name, Ocean Hunter III and started her journey to Cebu, there to undergo a complete refit and renovation prior to her return to Palau in March 2008 as the newest and most luxurious liveaboard in town.

Food

Ocean Hunter owner and reknowned chef and cookery writer Tova Har-El has developed our delicious gourmet menu. She has not only had extensive experience as a chef, but specifically as a liveaboard chef! She cooked on the first Palau liveaboard for more than a year and went out on the Ocean Hunter for the first six months in Palau, closely analyzing the tastes of hungry divers after exiting the water and learning to cater to their every taste whim. As a dedicated diver herself who knows the importance of low-fat, fiber rich meals, Tova designed our 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. Below is a sample timetable for the food that Arlee will woo you with on a typical Ocean Hunter day. Fresh vegetables and fruits are in abundance and will be served with every meal. We will gladly cater to vegetarian or any other dietary request. Snacks will be served in between meals.

Sample menu

  • 06:00 AM: Gourmet coffee and tea are served with fresh sweet rolls and cakes.
  • 08:00 AM: After the first dive of the day, we serve a full breakfast.
  • 12:30 PM: After the third dive of the day, it’s time for a buffet lunch.
  • Afternoon: Daily fresh fruit smoothies will be served (papaya, pineapple, soursop, and many other local exotic fruits).
  • 7:30 PM: On a white tablecloth with chinaware, dinner will be served after the night dive, with a different gourmet soup every night to warm you up, followed by fresh salad and the international dinner of the day. Dinner can be served before the night dive if preferred.

Communication Onboard

We have a marine VHF radio and a cell phone that we useto 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.

Safety

Safety remains a top priority at all times aboard the Ocean Hunter III. She has full safety equipment for all US Coast Guard requirements as well as an Emergency Oxygen Kit. A VHF marine radio and a cell phone maintain constant contact with land. Upon arrival, the crew will thoroughly brief you on safety aboard Ocean Hunter III, including use of life jackets, fire extinguishers and emergency exits. The crew has been specially trained in Emergency First Response, and all boating and diving emergencies.

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.

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.

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.

Smoking

Smoking is only allowed in designated areas on the outside deck of the Ocean Hunter III.

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. See Extra Prices for more information

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.

Ocean Hunter 3 - diving

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. The spectacular walls along the barrier reef, including such favorites as Blue Corner, Ulong Channel, Big drop-off and many other sensational offer dive sites yet to be charted. You can expect mostly wall and drift diving with visibility ranging from 20m / 70 feet to 50m / 150 feet depending on prevailing conditions

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. 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.

Technical diving support:

Nitrox, TRIMIX and Rebreather support Nitrox certification available onboard Twin Bauer compressors, Nitrox membrane

Production support:

Twin generators for high voltage equipment demand. 1.6 tons hydraulic crane offers lifting capacity for most ROV’s, underwater cameras and Mini-subs. Enclosed and Air conditioned lab for scientific research and film productions.

Underwater Scooter

1200 Watt HMI lights to back-light corals, UV Filters, caves and wrecks.

Ocean Hunter getting there

Getting to Palau

We recommend that you arrive one night prior to the boat’s departure date, though we remain flexible if this is not possible. Continental Micronesia, a branch of Continental Airlines, holds flights to Palau via Guam (daily) or Manila (Wednesdays and Saturdays). Guam can be reached from Hawaii, Western USA, Australia, Seoul and Tokyo. Manila is a major hub serviced by flights from Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, amongst others. However, check up-to-date fares and schedules on http://www.continental.com/. Also be sure to check the up-to-date baggage restrictions and requirements for your flight. Occasional direct flights to Palau are available from Taipei. We recommend that you make reservations ahead of time as well as purchase travel insurance in case of last-minutecancellations. We can assist with a special rate for a return flight from Manila to Palau (Manila - Palau - Manila) of $575; the regular rate is $760.

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must show proof of U.S. citizenship (birth certificate or passport). Non-U.S. citizens must show passport. There is a free 30-day visa issued upon arrival.

Upon arrival

At the Palau airport, you will be picked up by your hotel or Ocean Hunter representatives and transported to your accommodations or the boat dependant on when you arrive.

Departure tax

Upon leaving Palau, there is a departure tax of $20. Hotel Reservations Accommodations in Palau range from budget motels to very upscale resorts.

Clothing

Bring very casual and lightweight clothing. Quick-dry material or light cotton works well, with maybe one long-sleeved shirt or sweater for chilly nights. We also recommend a waterproof jacket or windbreaker. On the island, dress is very casual, though beachwear in town is inappropriate. We recommend bringing hats,sunscreen and sunglasses.

Language

Palauan and Englishare both official languages. Both are widely spoken.

Currency

The U.S. dollar is used throughout Palau. Credit cards are widely accepted. Traveler’s Checks in U.S. dollars can also be widely used as cash or exchanged. There are quite a few 24-hour ATMs in banks on the main road in Koror. Bank of Hawaii and Bank of Guam are represented.

Electricity

24-hour electricity comes in 110 and 220/240 volts, with standard U.S. outlets for two/three prong plugs.

Health

There is no malaria. We recommend drinking bottled water. The hospital on Palau is the Belau National Hospital, located in Koror. There are also two private clinics. There is a hyperbaric chamber at the Belau National Hospital.

Time zone

Palau, Japan and Korea are 9 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time, in London), Palau = GMT + 9. Central Europe (Geneva, Berlin, Paris) = GMT +1. Eastern Europe = GMT + 2. Moscow = GMT + 3. China, Singapore = GMT + 8. Sydney, Guam = GMT + 10. US Pacific Time = GMT - 8. US Mountain Time = GMT - 7. US Central Standard Time = GMT - 6. US Eastern Time = GMT - 5. (Note: US times advance one hour on summer time, April to October).

Climate

Year round our climate is pretty uniform, at an average of 82 degrees F (27 C). Average humidity: 82 %. Rainfall, at 150 inches/year, can occur throughout the year. Though sometimes it rains more during July through October, this “rainy season” doesn’t have a definitive start or end, and the weather is always changing and unpredictable. However, it is always dive-worthy, we have never had to cancel a dive trip!

Ocean Hunter 3 - faqs

Here you’ll find the answers to the questions we get asked the most. For any other queries contact us.

  1. What is the best time of the year to visit Palau?
    Probably the most frequently asked question

    Palau is located 400 miles north of the equator and is totally out of typhoon range. The weather is typically the same any month of the year. Many years ago we experienced the phenomenon of DRY and WET seasons. However, due to global weather changes this no longer applies. The reefs around Palau and inside the lagoon allow us to dive and enjoy the water throughout the year. Since 1972, Fish ‘n Fins has not cancelled a single day of diving!

  2. Do you provide transportation to and from your dive center?
    Yes! We provide free transportation to and from the Dive Center to all our guests! You can be dropped off at your hotel at the end of the day and picked up every morning.

  3. Can I see what your previous customers thought??
    To learn more visit our trip reports page - our apologies this part of our site is not yet online - coming soon

  4. What diving experience do I need in Palau? Is it safe for a beginner?
    We are very proud to welcome all levels of divers to Palau! With our experienced staff, we can train and take any diver.

  5. Do you have any services for people with disabilities?
    Yes we do! In fact, we have an Instructor on our staff trained to work with blind divers. We annually take diving a group of deaf divers from Taiwan.

  6. How many divers can I expect to be sharing the ship with?
    Ocean Hunter III takes a maximum of 16 divers only.

  7. Is there a market in town?
    Yes, Surangel and Ben Franklin are full service grocery and dry goods markets. The selection of goods is not extensive, but almost everything is available.

  8. Are DIN valves available?
    Yes there are DIN valves available.

  9. If my equipment breaks, can I get it repaired?
    Yes, we have a workshop with certified repair technicians on staff.

  10. What type of wet suit should I wear?
    3mm is fine, the water here is warm enough for a skin or T-shirt.