Ocean Hunter III is a luxury boat offering Palau Diving Liveaboard to dive the best places as renowned as Blue Corner, German Channel, Peleliu and with the guarantee of freedom onboard. This boat is considered as the MOST experienced in the area.

Jesse

24/07/2014

I would recommend this boat. The diving, as expected, was great. We went to all the signature dive sites: Blue Corner, Ulong Channel, two wrecks, etc and had the dive sites pretty much for ourselves...

Description

Boat

The Ocean Hunter III is a 29 Metre (96ft) steel dive yacht built and powered for comfort, safety and stability. She is twin diesel-powered and can cruise at 9 knots and has 110/220 volt power on board.

The Ocean Hunter III, previously named RV Lady Basten, was launched in 1978 and intended primarily for operation in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Then she operated as a research vessel with the Australian Institute of Maritime Science (AIMS) and travelled over a million kilometres from Ningaloo to Fraser Island, Timor to Papua New Guinea, over more than 7,500 days. In 2007 the Lady Basten became the Ocean Hunter III and started her journey to Cebu, where she was refitted and renovated prior to return to Palau in 2008.

Ocean Hunter III is designed for professional underwater photography, TV and Film production.

The Ocean Hunter III sleeps up to 16 guests in privacy and comfort.

The main deck has a beautiful air conditioned salon with a TV/DVD/CD/VCR with support for PAL, SECAM and NTSC, a computer station for movie and video editing with download, email and CD burning services, a stereo player and an assortment of movies, CDs, playing cards and books. There is a large dining room with an espresso machine, a minibar and a flat screen TV. The galley is adjacent to the salon.

The upper deck is partially shaded and has chaise longues, chairs and two hot tubs for relaxation.

The dive deck is spacious and well equipped with personal gear boxes, an in-place fill station and a semi-dry gear room with camera tables and 415/220/110V outlets.

The aft of the dive deck is equipped with an exit ladder.

The 35ft tender boat is shaded and easily accessible from the platform.


Cabin

The Ocean Hunter III has 8 comfortable staterooms.

All cabins have private head with shower, closet, desk, hair dryer and individual AC.

Upper deck

  • 2 Master Staterooms (no 7 & 8): Kingsize bed and a twin bed, TV/DVD, port windows.

Lower deck

  • 3 Deluxe Staterooms (no 3, 4 & 6): Kingsize bed (lower) and a twin bed (upper) bunk-style, no porthole.

  • 3 Standard Staterooms (no 1, 2 & 5): Queensize bed (lower) and a twin bed (upper) bunk-style, no porthole.


Diving

  • 5 dives per day (3 dives on the first day) including night dive.

  • Weights, weight belts, and 12l aluminium tanks with standard yoke and DIN valves are included.

  • All dives are guided by professionals and from the tender boat.


Other information

  • Nitrox: $199 / 7days diving or $285 /10 days diving or $340 / 12 days diving.
  • Trimix and Rebreather: Rate on request and must be booked in advance.
  • 15l tanks : Rate on request and must be booked in advance.
  • Rental Dive Equipment: Rate on request and must be booked in advance.
  • Dive Insurance: Mandatory.
  • Travel Insurance: Recommended.
  • Wi-Fi Internet Available: No.
  • Payment on board: By cash only: USD.
  • Crew gratuities : Not included, an average is 7.5 to 10% of your cruise price depending upon your satisfaction.
  • Other: Kayak, fishing, land tour and laundry: for fee.
  • Disability Diver Friendly : An Instructor is trained to work with blind divers. Annually they cater for a group of deaf divers.
  • Special Equipment: 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.

Itineraries

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 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 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 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 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 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 to airport or your hotel (transportation provided).

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Destinations Palau
Facilities Camera station, Jacuzzi, Rebreathe Friendly, Laundry
Languages spoken English

Schedules & routes

Date Duration Destination Departure - Arrival Price
24/12/2018 to 03/01/2019 10 nights Palau Koror - Koror From $5,135.00 Detail
06/01/2019 to 13/01/2019 7 nights Palau Koror - Koror From $3,495.00 $2,131.95 Detail
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01/02/2019 to 08/02/2019 7 nights Palau Koror - Koror From $3,595.00 Detail
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02/08/2020 to 12/08/2020 10 nights Palau Koror - Koror From $5,135.00 Detail
13/08/2020 to 20/08/2020 7 nights Palau Koror - Koror From $3,495.00 Detail
22/08/2020 to 29/08/2020 7 nights Palau Koror - Koror From $3,495.00 Detail

Prices & conditions

Destination Duration Cabin Price
Palau 7 nights Twin From $3,495.00 $2,131.95
Palau 7 nights Double Twin From $3,595.00 $2,192.95
Palau 7 nights Master From $3,995.00 $2,436.95
Palau 10 nights Double Twin From $5,135.00
Palau 10 nights Twin From $5,770.00
Palau 10 nights Master From $5,770.00

Included

  • Air tanks & weights & weight belts
  • Land transfer on arrival/depature date
  • All meals & complimentary beverages (water & tea & coffee)
  • Dive guide service
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Dinner on final evening
  • Land tour & Island visit
  • Boat accident insurance

Not included

  • Alcoholic beverages (beer or/and wine)
  • Soft drinks in bottles and/or cans
  • Crew gratuity
  • Dive equipment rentals
  • Dive insurance
  • Travel insurance ( cancellation insurance)
  • Nitrox fills
  • Marine park fees/Port fees

Useful information

Palau

Period : Liveaboards trip can be offered year round. While the best diving season is considered to be between late November to early June.

Visa's : For most nationalities worldwide, a tourist entry visas valid for 30 days can be obtained on arrival, and may be extended.

Climat : Palau has a pleasantly warm climate all year round with an annual mean temperature of 27°C (82F). The average relative humidity is approx 82% and although rain falls are more frequent between July and October, there is still plenty of sunshine. Average daily temperature is 28 - 32°C.

Water : Water temperature varies little throughout with the year, usually ranging from 27 to 29°C.

Clothing : It is best to bring a light jacket for evenings and light airy clothes for the daytime.

Plugs : Type A/B electrical plugs (US standard) 120V @ 60Hz

Flights : Many visitors to Palau arrive on United Airlines by way of daily scheduled flights from Guam (the gateway to Micronesia). And some other Airlines also offer from serval Asia destinations (Soul/Manila/Tapei) via Guam to Koror.

Currency : Official currency is the U.S. Dollar(USD), Money-Exchanger can be found in most of the place. International ATM's are available. Credit Cards are also widely accepted.

Diver's reviews (1)

Jesse, 24/07/2014

I would recommend this boat. The diving, as expected, was great. We went to all the signature dive sites: Blue Corner, Ulong Channel, two wrecks, etc and had the dive sites pretty much for ourselves. The crew was exceptionally good in roles. They ran the dive deck well and were very helpful when I had a problem with my equipment. The food was great and abundant.The accomodations are same as advertised, i enjoyed my stay and met some new friends. So I would do this one again. I booked through Dive and Cruise and Johann did a good job too. I am going to book my next trip through them. All good!

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