The intimate alternative to the big liveaboards
The Ocean Hunter 1 has been specifically designed by divers for divers. She offers unlimited diving during her 7 days and extended 10 or 12-day cruises in Palau. There are three cabins with private bath and a/c, for accommodating up to 6 guests. The ideal liveaboard boat for small group charters!
Ocean Hunter liveaboards are owned and run by Tova and NavotBornovski, pioneers of Palau’s scuba diving, the couple also run the Fish’n Fins dive centre in Palau.
Ocean Hunter represents 25 years of knowledge, designed by divers for divers,this family-run vessel also offers you personalised service and the knowledge and hospitality of a very experienced local crew.
The 18 m (60 ft.) beamy, steel motor sailor’s hull was built in the Netherlands in 1979. Ocean Hunter’s small size means ease of entry, maximized dive time, and personalized attention. Finished in varnished teak, the salon of the Ocean Hunter 1 is very homey and comfortable. It is separately air-conditioned and has a bar with a CD player (with a great collection of music), TV and DVD. There is a huge video library with underwater movies, dive destinations, and movies.
There is also a great collection of books about marine life, Palau, Micronesia, and underwater photography.The exposed bow serves as the sunbathing area, and the covered seating aft offers another place to relax.
There are three separately air-conditioned cabins on board which can accommodate up to six divers.
- Cabin 1: Two single, extra-wide beds; private bathroom and shower.
- Cabin 2: Two single, extra-wide beds; private bathroom and shower.
- Cabin 3: Master stateroom. King-size bed and a single bed will sleep a couple or two singles. Private, spacious bathroom and shower.
A few words about the food – The chef, Solomon, has been on board since August 1994. He serves fresh low-fat gourmet cuisine. Their menu was developed by Tova, who went out on the boat for the first six months in Palau, learning what their guests liked. As a dedicated diver who knows the importance of low-fat, fiber-rich meals, she has designed a menu with foods from around the world: Palauan, Italian, Mediterranean, French, Japanese (with fresh sashimi, sushi, and deliciously cooked fresh seafood) and much more. Numerous snacks will be served in between meals. Fresh vegetables and fruit are served with every meal. Solomon will gladly cater to vegetarian or any other dietary requests.
Ocean Hunter 1 itineraries depart from Koror.
The beauty of live-aboard diving around Palau is that distances between dive sites are very short compared to some other destinations. This allows the itinerary to be very flexible as the only restrictions are tidal patterns and the general weather conditions. Ocean Hunter offers 7 days and extended 10 or 12-day cruises.
What to expect
Because of its size and shallow draft, the Ocean Hunter 1 can moor up right above the dive site. Simply step off the platform and dive. When the dive is over, climb aboard and take a warm, freshwater shower right on the dive deck.
Night dives are on offer every night. Nitrox is for an additional fee. Nitrox certification courses are available.
As most guests are keen photographers, Ocean Hunter 1 is a photography-friendly vessel, with a large working area and more than 60 electrical outlets (110 volts and 220 volts) throughout the boat.
With only six guests on board and a shallow draft that allows for maximum flexibility, you can explore Palau’s famous reefs, wrecks, lakes and rock islands. The dive sites of Palau are among the top dive sites in the world and unrivaled for marine biodiversity and pristine diving.
You can dive as much as you like or take it easy and explore some of the beautiful lagoons and caves in the Rock Islands area. With only six people on board, your personal wishes and interests can be catered for.
When weather permits, Ocean Hunter I sails down to the southernmost islands of the Palau chain, Peleliu, and Anguar. Both islands have deserted, shallow harbors, which were the sites of major WWII battles. On these expeditions, there is an optional land tour with a local history guide. So if WWII or special critters are your interest, please let them know early.
Divers who value individuality and comfort are in good hands on Ocean Hunter I. It is certainly the best diving cruise ship in Palau when it comes to individual needs.
Trip dates & Availability
Ocean Hunter I Koror Extras Payable Locally (as of August 2018)
|Koror Dive Permit excl. Jellyfish Lake (incl. $3 processing fee)||AUD||53||USD|
|Koror Dive Permit incl. Jellyfish Lake (incl. $5 processing fee)||AUD||105||USD|
|Peleliu Dive Permit (incl. $3 processing fee)||AUD||33||USD|
|Nitrox fills (7 night cruise)||AUD||299||USD|
|Nitrox fills (10 night cruise)||AUD||399||USD|
|Full set of dive gear rental incl. BCD, reg, fins, mask, snorkel, wetsuit, torch, computer (per dive day)||AUD||75||USD|
|Nautilus Safe Line rental (per dive day)||AUD||10||USD|
|15L tank (per dive day)||AUD||5||USD|
|Special payment and cancellation terms apply for this operator.|
|Note: Airport Fees – Environmental Impact Fees
From 01 January 2018, the government of Palau has implemented their previously announced new Palau Pristine Paradise Environmental Fee (PPEF) to enhance their environment protection plan. The PPEF replaces the former Green Fee and departure tax charges (50 USD) and amounts to 100 USD per departing non=Palauan passenger and should normally be included in your ticket when it is issued after 01 January 2018. If your ticket was issued before 01 January 2018, the old charges of 50 USD will remain in place.