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Ocean Hunter III

Palau liveaboard

As the latest and most luxurious addition to the Ocean Hunter fleet, the Ocean Hunter III was built by divers for divers. This impressive 29m rigid hulled liveaboard has a shallow draft allowing easy access to sites inaccessible to most day boats and larger liveaboards. The professional crew provide a friendly, relaxed atmosphere with their warm hospitality and incredible local knowledge.

Comfortably accommodating just 16 guests, the Ocean Hunter III offers 7 and 10 night itineraries diving the beautiful sites of Palau including Blue Corner, German Channel and Chandelier Cave.

To find out more about this area, visit our Palau page.

Getting there
There are many airlines operating flights to Manila from the UK and you would need to take a night’s accommodation in Manila prior to continuing your journey to Palau the next day. From Manila, there are direct flights to Palau operating twice a week, travelling on United Airlines. Flight time is just two and a half hours, although the flight times can be at unsociable hours!

Transfers are included, and upon arrival into Palau you will be met by a member of the Ocean Hunter III crew who will assist with your transfer ready for embarkation at 1230.

Guide price*:  7 nights Standard from GBP £2798pp / 10 nights Standard from GBP £3995pp
Includes: Full board accommodation in a standard cabin with 5 daily dives, weights, weight belt, guide, tanks with air, towel and dive valet service, all meals – breakfast, snacks, cake, chocolate, fruits, lunch, dinner, coffee, water, juice and return airport transfers

Not Included: International flights, overnight hotel stays, rental equipment, State Permits, Departure Tax, Government Fees – Koror State Permit $50 valid for 10 days, or $100 Jellyfish Lake Permit, Peleliu State Permit $30 valid for 10 days, Koror permit processing fee of $5,  Pelilu Permit processing fee of $3, alcohol, wine, beer, soft drinks, Nitrox $199 for 7 days trip; Nitrox $285 for 10 days trip, optional Peleliu Land Tour $75 ( min of 4 participants)

*Price shown is for guide purposes only and is based on low season travel and for twin share accommodation. Any length of stay is possible, please contact us for a confirmed cost based on your preferred duration and time of travel.

Quick Guide: Ocean Hunter III

  • 29m length
  • Max 16 passengers
  • 8 cabins: 2 standard, 4 deluxe and 2 master staterooms 
  • Recommended diver level: Advanced Open Water Diver

Accommodation & Facilities

The Ocean Hunter III  has 8 spacious cabins in 3 room types. All cabins have air conditioning, ensuite bathroom, desk and chair, personal reading lights, ample storage space, towels, toiletries, bathrobes and hairdryer.

The 2 standard cabins and 4 deluxe cabins are located on the lower deck and have porthole windows. The standard cabins have one queen size bed with a single bunk above, and the deluxe cabins have a king size bed with single bunk above. The 2 master staterooms are located on the upper deck and have picture windows with a king size bed, large living space, mini bar, flat screen TV and entertainment system.

Between dives there is plenty of space to relax in the large air conditioned lounge which has cozy sofas, entertainment system, espresso machine, icemaker, mini-bar and computer room with email and photo/video editing services. There is also a huge sundeck with ample loungers, seating area and jacuzzi.

Meals are served in the spacious and sociable dining room located on the main deck, and includes international cuisines such as Palauan, Italian, Mediterranean, French and Japanese with lots of fresh vegetables and fruits.  Snacks are served throughout the day and tea/coffee and water are complimentary. Soft drinks incur a small charge of $1.50 and $3.00 for beer. These charges go towards developing a much-needed recycling program in Palau for the disposal of the cans.

The expansive dive deck has personal dive stations for each diver with storage, freshwater showers, rinse tanks and  a semi dry area with camera tables and charging points. Diving takes place from the large dive platform, where comfortable ladders make for simple entry and exit.  The Ocean Hunter III is also unique by operating no maximum dive time or fixed dive schedule allowing you to choose just how much diving you want to do, which is made possible by the small number of guests on board – some divers have been known to make as many as seven dives per day whilst others stick to two.

Itinerary

10 night sample itinerary:-

Day 1
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, It will include fun drift dives, wrecks and of course the big fish dives. 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!

12:30-1PM: First dive on Helmet Wreck (WWII Japanese ship which is easy to dive and you can check your gear and weights2:00-4:30PM- 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

Day 2 – 4
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..

Wake up at 6:00-6:30 AM with coffee, tea and sweet rolls.
7:00 AM- First dive
8:30 AM- Full breakfast
10:00 AM- Second dive
12 noon- Lunch
1:00 PM- Third dive
4:00 PM- Fourth dive
7:00 PM- Night dive
Dinner

Day 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.

7:00 AM- First dive
8:30 AM- Full breakfast
10:00 AM- Second dive
12 noon- Lunch
1:00 PM- Third dive
4:00 PM- Fourth dive
7:00 PM- 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.

7:00 AM- First dive
8:00 AM- Full breakfast
10:00 AM- Second dive
12 noon- Lunch
1:00 PM- Third dive
4:00 PM- Fourth dive
7:00 PM- Night dive
Dinner

Day 8
Diving in the area of Ngerechong Island

7:00 AM- First dive
8:00 AM- Full breakfast
10:00 AM- Second dive
12 noon- Lunch
1:00 PM- Third dive
4:00 PM- Fourth dive
7:00 PM- 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

7:00 AM- First dive
8:30 AM- Full breakfast
10:00 AM- Second dive
12 noon- Lunch
1:00-1:30 PM- Third dive
4:00 PM- Fourth dive
7:00 PM- Night dive
Dinner

Day 10
7:00 AM- First dive on one of the WWII wrecks (Iro or Chuyo Maru)
8:00 AM- Full breakfast
10:00 AM- Second dive (dive on Jake Seaplane, a WWII airplane)
12 noon- Lunch
1:00 PM- 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 AM- Breakfast
8:00 AM- Disembark the Ocean Hunter III to airport or your hotel (transportation provided).

Ready for your next adventure?

Great Escapes Diving Holidays Ltd

Combs Tannery
Tannery Road
Combs
Stowmarket
Suffolk
IP14 2EN
United Kingdom

Office hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10.00am - 12.00pm
Tel: 01473 921888
Email: info@greatescapesdiving.com

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