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“Great time on Ocean Hunter I Liveaboard”
Review of Fish 'n Fins Palau

Fish 'n Fins Palau
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Rock Islands Kayak and Snorkel Small-Group Tour in Palau
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Full Day Scuba Diving Tour in Palau With Hotel Transfer
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Off-Road Small-Group Jungle Driving Adventure with Lunch
Ranked #3 of 20 Tours in Koror
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Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Stroller parking, Activities for older children
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Reviewed June 1, 2014

First class experience in every respect. The boat is truly optimized for liveaboard diving. Great amenities like hot showers coming off each dive, personal storage containers for dive gear on deck, and others. Boat is quite stable and good for sleeping, etc. Staff is incredibly attentive and helpful. Captain and divemaster know the region and dive sites extremely well and are safety-oriented and fun-oriented simultaneously. Great efforts were made underwater to make sure that we saw everything, and there is a lot to see. We went to some very exotic dive sites such as caves, wrecks, walls, Blue Corner, etc. For popular sites, dives were timed to avoid crowds (which exist in Palau at good sites), and take best advantage of weather and current conditions. Service on board was like a small cruise ship – beds made, stateroom cleaned daily, bathrobe provided, etc. Food was extremely good, most of it cooked from scratch on board, including pies, cakes, sauces, etc. Baked goods and fresh fruit delivered to the boat from shore throughout the trip. They are very accommodating on special menu requests. Everyone on our trip gained weight. Any extras you might need or have forgotten at home, such as fin strap replacement, and other small items, are well-stocked at dive shop and sold at reasonable prices. Overall great experience. Highly recommended

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Reviewed May 25, 2014

We just returned from our first trip in Palau. My partner and I had planned for this vacation back in December 2013 and decided to give liveaboards a try. We were nervous about the liveaboard and did a lot of research. We were worried about the accommodations, the dive sites, whether a dive master would accompany us for the dives and last but not least, whether we would be comfortable and welcomed by the crew and other guests because we are a same sex couple.
I am going to do the summary first. Our experience on Ocean Hunter III in Palau with the crew and the guests who traveled with us may have spoiled any other liveaboard experience we may have in the future. It was simply fantastic.

First the experience in booking the trip. I contacted FishNFins directly and they were quick to respond with all the information I needed and got back to me within a very short time of my sending them an email, every time. They told us that we would be picked up at our hotel on the first day of the trip and the clean and air conditioned shuttle arrived promptly. We picked up another group staying close to PPR and were off to check in for our trip.

The check in process. We arrived at FNF and were quickly checked in. They have a nice little restaurant behind the shop where we waited and met the other guests while they packed our bags onto a smaller boat to take to OH III. The owners were both present and were extremely friendly and greeted all of the guests in person. They have 2 beautiful Golden Retrievers that came out and played with us while we waited. Soon we loaded up on a smaller boat to take the 3 minute trip to OH III.

Arriving on OH III. The boat is nice. Not too big and not too small. All the guests were asked to gather in the central area that serves as he dining room and the general gathering area where we met the crew and were given direction, agenda for dive trips and the normal routine we would be experiencing in terms of meals, wake up calls, dives, etc.... We were given small bins to store our diving gear in and they stored our bags where they would not be in the way. They have a nice area where wet suites are hung, an open dry area for equipment such as cameras, torches etc… the boat has 2 outside showers, and separate areas to rinse camera vs. other diving equipment. There is also a shared bathroom on the deck. Each room also has its own bathroom and shower. They clean your room each day for you.
Diving. At least one dive master accompanies you for each of the dives during this trip. We had 13 divers, so they split us into 2 groups with each group having at least 1 dive master accompanying them. They have a chase boat (smaller faster boat) that takes divers to the dive sites. The seats on the chase boat all have storage area and the bins that were used for storing dive equipment may be stored there, so you have all your dive gear with you for every dive, in case you want them. The dive sites…. Well what can I say? It’s Palau, so the dives are spectacular. The dive masters are extremely good in terms of safety and pointing out the most incredible marine life, big and small. The large animals like sharks, mantas, turtles are everywhere. But we saw small critters and rare fish like the stone fish. Each night the list of dives for the next day is put on a white board and divers who prefer not to do one or more dives per day can indicate so, by putting an X next to their name on the board. There are 5 days per day starting with the first one at 7 a.m. and the last one ends at about 9 to 9:30 each night. Nitrox is available.

The level of service is such that you don’t even have to hook your regulator to your tank if you don’t want to, they do it all for you. And at the end of the 7 day trip, they thoroughly washed all of our dive equipment with fresh water and hung it out to dry. I mean wash the equipment like I clean them at home.

Meals/snacks. There is a wakeup call at 6:30 every morning. There is always fresh coffee, cappuccino and pastries available. There is a full breakfast served after the first dive each day. Lunch and dinner are also freshly made and there is a theme each day in terms of the type of food made. There are snacks and fresh smoothies in between dives. Trust me, you won’t go hungry on this trip. And the chef was very good about accommodating guests with special diets.

Accommodating non-divers
We had a 14th guest on the trip who did not dive. She accompanied us on some of the boat trips to the dive sites. While we were diving, she snorkeled. Depending on the dive site, snorkelers can enjoy the area too.

Could it be better? Overall, this was great. One area that you should note. The larger boat does not move every night. For the 7 day trip we had, it moved 3 times only. You can do all of these dives from land, the advantage to the liveaboard is that you can get to the sites way before the crowds get there and it’s worth it. Of the 35 sites we did during the week, one day we were ending our first dive around the time that the land based divers were starting. It was chaos. Imagine diving with 100 other people with varying diving skills. Glad I didn’t have to deal with that every day. Depending on where you are staying on land, liveaboard with room, food and dives may actually be more economical than staying on land.

Like I said that the beginning of this posting, we had a fantastic experience. Several of our travel companions had been on liveaboard before and all agreed that this was the best experience they’ve ever had. The owners of FNF, the crew and our fellow travelers could not have been nicer. The entire thing far exceeded our expectations. We plan to go back to Palau and we will definitely dive with FNF and if we want a liveaboard, it’s OH III. Have a great time in Palau

Things to remember:
Don’t forget to bring clothes pins so that you can hang your suites out to dry in between dives. A breeze can throw your stuff in the water.
Don’t forget sunscreen. The sun in Palau is pretty intense.
Don’t forget mosquito repellent for your time on land (not a liveaboard problem).
Don’t forget to bring cash for the tip you’ll want to leave for the crew. I’ve never felt that it was better deserved.

5  Thank Mariam M
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Reviewed May 14, 2014

For divers this tiny I island nation (23,000 people)in the Pacific has to be as close to perfect as one can get. There are all the sharks and fish you could want to see, the walls are very special plunging deep and vertical,the mantas and other rays are plentiful and the macro life will keep any photographer busy,but the highlight for me was hooking into the reef at Blue Corner surrounded by thousands of fish in schools that I had forgotten could exist. The current, ripping, across the reef gives one the impression of flying as the Pelagics cruise through the schools of fish looking for weakness, ready to attack. But the difference between a great and above all safe experience and one that will never be forgotten is the staff and professionalism in general of the dive center FishnFins. I have been diving for 40 years around the world and cannot speak more highly of this outfit. Above all the owners and staff care about every little detail and ensure that one comes away wanting to return. I will be returning very soon and for a much longer time next opportunity. It is a long way, the hotels are comparatively expensive,but the food is reasonable and the experience top drawer.

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Reviewed May 13, 2014

The crew of Ocean Hunter III provided us with an exceptional week long diving experience throughout the Rock Islands of Palau. Completing over 30 dives the Live aboard experience allowed us the flexibility to waste no time getting to and from our dive sites and also allowed us to complete many more dives than what would be possible from the boats that leave Koror on the day trips. This was especially effective to give us more dives on the best sites and guaranteed daily night dives. The skill of Kenneth our Skipper & Divemaster, Eddy Diving Director and Haas DiveMaster was inspirational. Food on board was just beautiful with Alii and Solrav working so hard to make sure every one was happy. Their friendship and friendliness on our trip was very much appreciated. Also to Renee who is always waiting smiling on the deck ready for the Tenders Return from each trip and the beautiful woodwork he has done throughout the ship. We miss you all and the great week you gave us, Hope to see you again 1 day. The crew was certainly the reason I would recommend this cruise. I do hope the owners of Fish & Fins treasure the staff they have working on this vessel as they are providing exceptional service.

2  Thank JOHN C
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Reviewed May 9, 2014 via mobile

My second visit with these guys and they are nothing short of amazing. Can not wait to get back there again.

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