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the Scuba Diving Pearl of Micronesia:
OCEAN HUNTER I & OCEAN HUNTER III, exotic luxury live-aboards.
OCEAN HUNTER I, the original Palau Beauty --
Only 6 clients on board at one time, any trip!
8 days / 7 nights of exquisite luxury & personalized TLC.
This is the most exclusive diving yacht in all of Micronesia.
You will be pampered & delighted, we guarantee this !
OCEAN HUNTER III, the exciting new "big sister" dive yacht --
Ocean Hunter III arrived in Palau, safe & sound from the Philippines' shipyards a couple years ago. She offers this equipment on board: Water maker x 2, Dive Compressor x 2, Dryer, TV, DVD, VCR, Satellite Phone, Espresso Machine & exquisitely personal service. Here are the specs for Ocean Hunter III:
* Length: 75 feet (25m)
* Beam: 19 feet (6.5m)
* Draft: 6.5 feet (2m)
* Displacement: 120 tons
* 6 dbl cabins with toilet, shower & a sink.
* NITROX & rebreather support onboard
* Gourmet meals & superb service
* Spacious dive deck & gear room
Your Ocean Hunter I or Ocean Hunter IIII dive packages always include: all meals + unlimited diving + deluxe berths + a crew that literally becomes your oceanic valets for a week of unparalleled pampering, delicious cuisine & glorious Palau diving adventures in one of the world's Seven Scuba Wonders. Prices subject to possible change. Call our Palau vacation experts at 952-953-4124 to confirm prices & specials. The following text blocks & all photos are provided courtesy of our vacation partners, the warmly hospitable Bornovsky Family, owners of Ocean Hunter.
Please feel free any time to phone our stateside Palau live-aboard experts at 952-953-4124. We have been planning dive tours to Micronesia since the early 1990s. Remember, these vessels are luxurious, offer superior service & world-class diving with high daily freedom. Therefore both yachts are in extremely high demand & sometimes can book up fully, up to 12-14 months in advance, for peak seasons. Advance planning is wise, friends. Time & the Palau tides wait for no one.
DESCRIPTION of THREE LUXURY STATEROOMS on OCEAN HUNTER 1:
Cabin 1: Two single, extra-wide beds; semi-private bathroom & shower.
Cabin 2: King-size bed & a single bed on top make it perfect for a couple or two singles. Semi-private bathroom & shower.
Cabin 3: Master stateroom, bigger than any other liveaboard. King-size bed & a single bed will sleep a couple or two singles. Private, spacious bathroom & shower.
(Cabins 1 & 2 both have doors to a luxurious & spacious bathroom which they share. Another private toilet is accessible from both cabins.)
OCEAN HUNTER I or OCEAN HUNTER IIII are your best bets for catered
Palau scuba diving service because they offer:
1. 7 full days of diving.
2. 95% of diving is done from the main boat.
3. Unlimited diving or your money back!
4. Only 5 more divers in the water, so no cattle boats.
5. Dive reefs & walls beyond the reach of day-boats & big live-aboards.
6. Family run operation with the same crew for four years.
7. Tova & Navot, who run this delightful vessel, are warm & gracious hosts!
OCEAN HUNTER I -- VESSEL SPEC'S:
Displacement: 30 tons
Beam: 15.5 ft
Draft: 5.5 ft
Engines: Twin 175 hp
Speed: 7 knots top end
Electricity: Very quiet generators supply 24 hour electricity in 110 & 220 volts. All outlets regulated & surge protected.
Fresh Water: 500 gallons (2000 liters) a day water maker supplies unlimited fresh water.
Fuel: 750 gallons allows 1500 nautical mile range
Electronics: GPS, SatNav,Weatherfax, 48 mile radar, Depthsounder, Fishfinder, VHF, HF radio, TV, VCR, CD Stereo
Chaseboats: 15 ft inflatable, 21 ft fiberglass
Dive Compressors: Bauer 5; 3.5 c.f.m., 12 scuba tanks
Safety Gear: Full safety equipment in compliance with USCG requirements, Emergency O2 kit
Sun Deck: A large suntanning area forward for those of you who want to sunbathe & comfortable covered seating aft to protect you from overexposure.
Salon & Dining Room: Magnificently built of varnished teak, the salon of the OCEAN HUNTER is very homey & comfortable. It is separately air-conditioned & has a sophisticated entertainment center
Marine Library: The owners are proud of their scientific marine library with books about marine life, Palau, Micronesia, & underwater photography.
CD player: With a great collection of over 100 music CDs (and we invite you to bring your own).
TV & VCR (American & European Systems PAL, SECAM, NTSC): Rich video library with underwater movies, dive destinations, & fun movies (you are most welcome to bring your own). Bar: The OCEAN HUNTER has a full bar on board. Mineral water is free. Soft drinks are $1.50 each. Beer is $2.00 each. You are welcome to bring duty-free beverages with you.
History of OCEAN HUNTER I-- The 60 foot beamy, steel motorsailer's hull was built in Holland in 1979. It was shipped to Spencer's ship yard in West Palm Beach (the Rolls Royce of ship yards) & completed to the highest standards. In 1993 Tova & Navot bought the boat in Florida.
About the yacht's owners-- From 1983 to 1986, Tova Har-El & Navot Bornovski, owners & operators of the OCEAN HUNTERs, have sailed & dove around the world. In May 1986, during their diving expeditions in the Pacific, they came to Palau to visit their friends Avi & Orly Klapfer, a few weeks before Avi & Orly brought the first liveaboard to Palau - the highly acclaimed Sun-Tamarin. Navot & Tova fell in love with Palau & the Palauan people & stayed for more than a year as the cook & divemaster aboard the Sun-Tamarin. From then on it became their dream to return. That once in a lifetime opportunity came in 1992. Navot had just graduated as a Naval Architect & Mechanical Engineer, when he met his long-time friend Francis Toribiong. Francis, who started diving in Palau in the late '60s & discovered all the famous dive sites we dive nowadays, heard about Navot's plans to have a liveaboard. Francis & Navot's idea to bring a small & luxurious liveaboard was starting to roll. Ten months later, after remodeling their boat & crossing the Pacific Ocean with their children Yarden (4) & Udi (3), the OCEAN HUNTER took out the first group of divers & the rest is history. Since 1993, the OCEAN HUNTER has taken out more than 120 groups of satisfied divers.
GOURMET MEALS on BOARD OCEAN HUNTER I and OCEAN HUNTER III --
The master chef Solomon has been on board for many years. And the exquisite gourmet menu was developed by Tova, who went out on the boat for the first six months in Palau, learning what our guests liked. As a dedicated diver who knows the importance of low-fat, fiber-rich meals, Tova has designed our menu with foods from around the world: Palauan, Italian, Mediterranean, French, Japanese (with fresh sashimi, sushi, & deliciously cooked fresh seafood) & much more.
6:00 AM on: Gourmet coffee & tea are served with fresh sweet rolls & cakes.
8:00 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.
In the afternoon: Solomon serves one of his daily fresh fruit smoothies (papaya, pineapple, soursop, & many other local exotic fruits).
7:30 PM: White tablecloth & chinaware dinner will be served after the night dive, with a different gourmet soup every night to warm you up.
Abundant snacks: Will be served in between meals.
Fresh vegetables & fruits are in abundance & will be served with every meal. The chef will happily cater to vegetarian needs or any other special dietary request.
7 REASONS WHY OCEAN HUNTERS RULE the SCUBA DIVING WORLD of PALAU !
1. Unlimited Diving -- Many boats advertise this, but only a few will truly let you dive as much as you want. OCEAN HUNTER will guarantee that as long as you stay within safe PADI tables, you can dive as much as your heart desires.
2. True Freedom Underwater -- Our divemasters & captain will assist you, & one of us will accompany every dive, but if you want to explore on your own, we will not hassle you. (And that's a promise!)
3. No Grinding Chaseboat Rides -- Because of its size & shallow draft, the OCEAN HUNTER will take you above the dive site & you will jump off the main boat from our comfortable dive platform. When the dive is over, you'll climb aboard & take a warm, freshwater shower right on the dive deck. No 30 minute rides on fancy chaseboats like the bigger liveaboards in Palau!
4. Night Dives Every Night that Currents are Safe -- We offer great night diving on nearly every night. Our size allows us to spend the night right on Palau's most spectacular dive sites.
5. Photography-Friendly Diving Yacht -- Most of our divers are keen photographers. Knowing the importance & value of your camera gear, we have put an extra effort into designing a big working area & more than 60 electrical outlets (110 volt & 220 volt) throughout the boat. The OCEAN HUNTER is connected with Palau's leading photoshop, where you can rent or buy anything you need. Computers are available for digital photo editing.
6. Continuous service -- The OCEAN HUNTER staff is a close-knit family. Unlike the bigger liveaboards who change crews & captains every season, our family-run business gives you the same famous service & knowledge. We gather information year after year & are here waiting to share it with you!
7. Flexibility of Service -- When weather permits, we sail down to the most southern islands of the Palau chain, Peleliu & Anguar, & spend the night. Both islands have deserted, shallow harbors which were the sites of major WW2 battles. On these expeditions, we offer a land tour with a local history guide.
ADDITIONAL TIPS for SMOOTH TRAVEL
PLANNING for your PALAU SCUBA DIVING
ADVENTURE on the OCEAN HUNTER I or OCEAN HUNTER III !
Hotel Reservations: U.S. DIVE TRAVEL's stateside office gladly will help with booking your hotel nights on Koror Island, if you want to stay extra nights. Please ask us about the availability & prices of accommodations in Palau. There's a LOT more to a Palau diving or Palau snorkeling adventure than the underwater immersion part. The cultural delights of Micronesia are not to be missed.
Departure Tax: $35 per person, to be paid at the airport.
Palau Scuba Diving Permits: The state of Koror requires a dive permit for each diver. Cost: $15 per trip.
Palau Land Tours: When weather permits we spend the night in Peleliu or Anguar. A local guided land tour to see the islands & the WW2 remains can be arranged. Cost: $15 per person.
Tips to Vessel Staff on OCEAN HUNTER: Tipping is a personal matter, but for guests who have requested guidance on the subject: the OCEAN HUNTER is a USA standard liveaboard, with crew's salaries based on tipping (upon your satisfaction). The average tips generally run 10-12% of the trip cost.
ENJOY NITROX DIVING ABOARD the OCEAN HUNTER!
OCEAN HUNTER is now proud to offer the availability of NITROX Diving & NITROX certification on board. NITROX or Enriched Air is a mixture of air & Oxygen. (Normal sea-level air is 21% Oxygen & 78.7% Nitrogen). When artificially blended the percentages of O2 & N2 in the mixture can be changed. Most NITROX diving facilities (including the OCEAN HUNTER) offer 3 mixtures:
NITROX 32 (32% O2) NITROX 36 (36% O2) NITROX 40 (40% O2)
WHY BOTHER with NITROX DIVING in PALAU?
The NITROX mixture increases your bottom time, reduces the fatigue, lowers the risks for DCS & overall makes diving more conservative & much safer. OCEAN HUNTER is an unlimited dive boat--- Guaranteed!!! Maximize your dive & bottom time by using NITROX.
How NITROX diving is being done aboard the OCEAN HUNTER --
• OCEAN HUNTER has a partial pressure blending system. We carry O2 cylinders onboard & mix it with Hyper Active filtered HP compressed air.
• OCEAN HUNTER carries 2 different dive tanks: Yellow tanks for NITROX & Blue scuba diving tanks for air. 2 separate filling stations enable us to fill up both NITROX & Air tanks at the same time.
• Our IANTD certified gas blender crew, will pump your Palau scuba diving tank to the required O2 content & then analyze it with O2 Analyzer # 1.
• Before the dive you'll analyze your own tank with a second analyzer & sign a form stating the O2 % in your tank & your max. Depth.
Learning NITROX aboard the OCEAN HUNTER is safe, simple, serene !!
Kenneth Johnny, OCEAN HUNTER's Captain since 1997 is PADI & IANTD instructor, he is the only certified Deep Air & Advanced NITROX instructor in Palau.
NITROX course is divided to two parts:
a. 4 hours of theory.
b. 2 Nitrox dives with your instructor.
c. Final exam.
Cost of new Nitrox certification aboard OCEAN HUNTER:
• NITROX course (IANTD or PADI, include materials & certification)- $255.00 pp
• NITROX diving cost per tank:
32%- about $11 per tank
36%- about $13 per tank
40%- $16 per tank
OCEAN HUNTER's special NITROX offer:
**Unlimited NITROX 32% Diving for $199 pp per week only.
** PADI / IANTD NITROX certification & unlimited NITROX 32% diving aboard the OCEAN HUNTER for $499 pp only.
You'd best be certified before the trip. HAPPY PALAU DIVING !!
Palau is the Crown Jewel of Micronesia & the equatorial Pacific: its waters clear up to 200' on a good day, brimming with wildly colorful fish & corals, it's turquoise-greenish-celeste lagoons glowing with a rich color found nowhere else on Earth, exactly the same as this. Because so many wealthy Japanese tourists have flocked to the main island city of Koror in recent years, the best dive sites are well removed from this island, out along the remote reefs & in the famous Rock Islands. You need a good live-aboard to get there, pure & simple. The rockin' & rollin' six-packs, cramped with more than half a dozen divers & their cameras, open under the blazing equatorial sun, just won't do. Real Palau diving, the kind of Palau diving you pay good air ticket money to see, will always be far better from a good live-aboard, dive professionals agree.
To avoid bumpy 2-hour speedboat rides each way to the choicest scuba diving sites -- that's what many of Palau's resorts offer -- there's no better way than aboard this premier diving yacht. You have only 6 divers per trip on board, plus fantastic food & service, & diving that will leave you saturated with beauty. Imagine these primo sites: Blue Point, Ngemelis Pass, the Quadruple Blue Hole. But Palau diving has even more to offer. Much more. At Blue Point you'll find schools of skinny gleaming barracuda, so vast that when you swim through the school it forms a seething quicksilver tunnel around you & wraps you up in living glitter. Now THAT's Palau diving. As you can see, Palau live-aboards really are the way to go in Palau of Micronesia.
Palau diving also will offer you amazing wall dives, some teeming with clouds of fat pelagics that brush by you as unconcerned as of you were a speck of plankton. There are WWIII wrecks hunkering in clear water, huge gliding manta rays, schools of sharks (no worries; they're more afraid of you than you of them!) & some outstanding soft corals that will light up your eye, & your scuba diving memories for years.
You'll also get a chance to visit a remote lake teeming with thousands of harmless jellyfish that swarm around you like clouds of living marshmallows, basketball-sized aliens bent on relentless gentle domination -- like the Tribbles on Captain Kirk's Enterprise! This is Jellyfish Lake; yes folks it's for real. There are shallow lagoons girdling the world-famous Rock Islands, just laden with fish & corals of every hue imaginable.
FACTS & FIGURES about OCEAN
For MORE INFORMATION or RESERVATIONS
on these SPECIAL PALAU LIVE-ABOARDS:
Please feel free to contact:
John Hessburg, General Manager
Susan Hessburg, Operations Manager
U.S. DIVE TRAVEL Network
PMB 307 -- Suite # 116
15050 Cedar Avenue S.
St. Paul, MN, USA 55124-7047
Voice Mail: 952-953-4124
IMPORTANT REMINDER about PRICES & TARIFFS:
All Palau live-aboard package prices listed here are subject to possible change in this steadily evolving travel market. Lodging, side tour & diving prices are traditionally stable, as are live-aboard package prices; however air prices can fluctuate daily. Until air tickets are issued, all airlines reserve the right to change airfares without notice -- an industry standard per FAA rules. We at U.S. Dive Travel will price-protect you to the utmost of our professional ability; & that has been our pledge for one decade now. Our Palau live-aboard vacation experts normally secure excellent wholesale discount air tickets for our clients who book early enough to secure limited seats in the best price categories. Remember please, the federal government has deregulated all U.S.-based airlines, so only they control their pricing -- not any travel professionals. Early is good when seeking the best air ticket rates for your Palau live-aboard package.
Unless specifically noted, these above Palau scuba diving packages are prices for only the live-aboard portion of your Palau diving trip, in most cases reflecting double-occupancy rooms. On Palau live-aboards, there will be no triple-occupancy staterooms offered. International air tickets & commuter "island-hopper" seats are always extra above these land costs. Nominal service fees are also extra for air tickets & the dive vessel + side tour components. Solo clients will always pay a single supplement to secure a private stateroom -- normally 65% more -- unless you choose to share a stateroom with another diver of the same sex.
The preferred payment mode for all of our Palau live-aboards, dive resorts, side tours & air ticket specials is by cashier's check or wire transfer in U.S. dollars. All Palau live-aboard clients living outside the USA or Canada will need to pay for their dive vacations via direct wire transfer only. No personal checks will be accepted for the Palau live-aboard or land portion of any reservation. Thank you for your gracious understanding. Our service level is the highest & our prices the lowest in this industry, & thus we need to preserve a reasonable margin. For published-fare air ticket bookings, USDT always accepts Visa & Mastercard. For ultra-discount wholesale air tickets, USDT accepts only cashier's checks or wire transfers, please, for these Palau scuba diving vacations.
Remember, all Palau scuba diving vacation clients to all foreign destinations will be asked by local officials overseas, upon departing the airport on your final day, to pay a nominal government departure tax, usually between USD $35 - $40 per client. USDT cannot collect this tax beforehand, so you simply pay it down there, in your host country. Be sure to stash away a little cash for this final moment at the airport, so you'll get your exit visa stamped quickly with no fuss; & away you go. Best of luck with your Palau dive travel plans. We hope your Palau scuba diving vacation is a safe & satisfying adventure. Blessings & best wishes with ALL your Palau diving vacations.
Best fishes too!
John Hessburg & Susan Hessburg, Mgrs.
U.S. Dive Travel Network.
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