MV Ocean Hunter I is a small but long-established Palau liveaboard charter. You can enjoy an intimate experience on board with a maximum of 6 guests meaning small dive groups, personal attention and a degree of flexibility based on your wishes. What sets Ocean Hunter I apart is its allowance of unlimited scuba diving and unlimited bottom time (with nitrox on board)!
This 20m steel-hulled motor vessel is small enough for direct access to most of the sites meaning easy diving from the dive platform. Ideal for a group or couples, the Ocean Hunter I has 3 cabins all with ensuite bathrooms: 2 with twin bunks and 1 with a King size bed and another single bed. The social focal point of the liveaboard boat is the air-conditioned saloon/dining area with TV, DVD and music system where you can enjoy movies, consult fish ID books and have a drink at the bar. It is more compact and cosy, than grand and expansive.
Photographers will love this boat since it aims to cater to their needs: There is a large working area with over 60 sockets, E-6 processing and extra storage space for equipment. Ocean Hunter I liveaboard charters are all about intimacy and service, when you exit the water staff will be on hand to help you out of your gear and give you a warm towel. There are also daily fresh fruit smoothies in the afternoon.
So if you are looking for an experience of Palau where your main focus is time underwater, scuba diving in small groups, photography, or personal attention, let the experienced crew of Ocean Hunter I look after you.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, transfer to and from the boat, dives, experienced English-speaking divemaster, tanks, weights and weightbelts.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment rental including computer US$ 0 per day, safety sausage and reef hook, dive insurance (see our insurance program for a competitive quotation), Koror state permit (valid for 10 days) US$ 100, Peleliu permit (valid for 10 days) US$ 30. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air divers (7 nights US$ 68, 10 nights US$ 0), torches. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Palau is the most western island of Micronesia, which is to the east of the Philippines and north of New Guinea. It lies 640 km south of Yap and 1,450 km southwest of Guam. Most guests fly into Koror International airport on board Delta, United or China Air. There are direct flights to Koror from Manila, Cairns, Guam and Taipei. Arrival/Boarding/Departure: It is recommended by the operator that you overnight in a Palau hotel before joining an Ocean Hunter I trip. At Koror airport, you will be picked up by your hotel and transported to your accommodation. You will be picked up from your hotel at 10:30 hrs on the first day of the cruise and be transferred to Ocean Hunter I for lunch on board. After breakfast on the final day you will disembark the liveaboard boat at 08:00 hrs and be transferred to your hotel or airport.
Non-diver rate: US$ 100 off the published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 100% of the normal published price. June to September the single supplement is 90%.
Dive clubs and group discounts: There is no group discount available.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): 2016: US$ 3,142.
MV Ocean Hunter I has only 3 cabins, all on the lower deck: 2 Standard cabins and 1 Deluxe cabin. The Standard cabins have twin single beds. The much larger Deluxe cabin has a King size bed and a separate single bed. All cabins have air-conditioning and ensuite bathroom facilities.
Enriched air nitrox - Motorised dinghy - dive deck & platform , hot water shower, toilet, rinse tanks & safety-stop hang bar - Camera table and rinse tank - Air-conditioned saloon, TV, video and music - Movie library, fish books, games and diving magazines - Upper deck shaded area & sundeck with sun beds - Flybridge - Drinking water dispenser.
"Crew: very experienced and considers safety first, very fun and helpful too. Food: Great variety in the meals with lots of vegetables (not easy to get when you are on a liveaboard). Everything made fresh from scratch. Awesome meals.
" - Shiila Takaoka, USA, 29 September 2015...
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