The Ocean Hunter I has been specifically designed by divers, for divers. Unlimited diving is conducted off a spacious diving platform at the stern of the boat and hardly ever off a chaseboat so you can climb right back onto Ocean Hunter I when you’re done and take a warm freshwater shower.

Ocean Hunter I has three cabins with private bath and Air conditioning, and accommodates up to 6 guests, which means uncrowded reefs, ease of entry into the water, personal attention and maximized bottom time.

Furthermore, Ocean Hunter I is designed for professional underwater photography, with a big working area and more than 60 electrical outlets (110 and 220 volt) and extra storage space. NITROX tanks and certification are available onboard.

Our chef serves fresh low-fat gourmet cuisine. Built by the pioneer divers of Palau for others to explore Palau's waters, reefs, caves and wrecks for themselves in comfort and intimate luxury, Ocean Hunter I provides a high-class, unrivalled liveaboard experience for diving the true Palau.

Ocean Hunter1 - prices

Prices are per person and in USD based on 2 persons sharing a cabin.
Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the time year, destination and the length of the trip and sometimes special offers are available.

The trip price includes:

Accommodation on board
Diving according to trip’s itinerary
3 gourmet meals a day, hot and cold drinks
Snacks (sunrise, morning, afternoon and late night)
Transportation to and from boat
Weights, weight belt and Scuba tanks.

The trip price does not include:

Koror State Diving Permit including Jellyfish Lake… $100 per person for 10 days
Koror State Diving Permit excluding Jellyfish Lake… $50 per person for 10 days
Peleliu Diving Permit… $30 per person  for 10 days
Airport Departure Tax and Green Fee Tax… $50
Dive Equipment rental - $75 per person per day including computer.
Nitrox - Per Tank…$15.50 - Unlimited Use (7 day trip)…$299 per person, Unlimited Use (10 day trip)…$399 per person
Alcohol and soft drinks
Koror Airport Departure Tax… per person $20 and green fee - Payable at the airport

The boat gives priority to single travelers on every trip. If the trip is not full and a guest wants to have the whole cabin to him self, single cabin surcharge is 100% extra on the normal price except from July to August then the boat offers the 2nd space at additional extra +85%.

Diving Equipment Rentals (USD) Per day
Full Set (regulator, octopus, BCD, wetsuit, mask, fins, dive computer) $ 75
Regulator with octopus $ 20
Computer $ 20
BCD $ 20
Wetsuit (shorty 3mm) $ 15
Mask and snorkel $ 7
Fins (+ booties $7 as required) $ 7
Torch $ 20

Personal pony tanks and SPARE AIR refills are free
20% discount for 7 days rental and more

Terms and conditions:

Individual bookings:
Booking deposit:
30% of booking is required within 7 days of booking - non refundable
70 % is due to 90 days prior to departure - non refundable.
Balance due 90 days before your trip departure date - non-refundable.
Individual booking made less than 90 days before the departured ate are payable in full at the time of booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.

Group charter:

Booking deposit:
10% - within 7 days of booking - non-refundable
Second deposit:
20% 180 days prior to departure - non-refundable
Balance due
90 days before departure - non-refundable

Ocean Hunter1 - cabins

To see more photos of the cabins please visit the schedule and click on the cabin name to see the photos of each cabin, availability and price.

Cabin 1

At the bow of Ocean Hunter I, Cabin 1 consists of 2 bunk beds and is designed for 2 people sharing. The cabin comes with its own private shower and bathroom.
Cabin 2

A king-sized bed underneath and a single on top make this room ideal for either a couple or two singles. As with all Ocean Hunter rooms, comes with private ensuite bathroom and shower.
Cabin 3

A king-size bed and a single bed make this the perfect family suite. The most spacious cabin on the ship, cabin 3 also has an ensuite shower and bathroom

  • Master cabin

  • Master cabin

  • Bunk cabin

  • Bunk cabin

Ocean Hunter1 - itinerary

What are the arrival procedures on this trip?
At the Palau airport, you will be picked up by your hotel and transported to your accommodations. Please check with your hotel if they charge additional cost for the transfers.
The boat will pick you up from your hotel at 10:30 a.m. on the day of departure. You can get your gear ready and have lunch on board.

What time is the embarkation, boarding and departure?
Check in time is after 10:30 a.m. on first day of the trip. Lunch will be provided on board.
On the final day guests have breakfast at 7:00 a.m. and disembark Ocean Hunter at 8:00 a.m.. The boat will provide the transportation to the hotel or the airport.

Below is a typical schedule for your trip onboard Ocean Hunter I.

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!

Typical Itinerary for 7 day trip:

Day 1:
We will pick you up from your hotel at 10:30 a.m.
You can get your gear ready and have lunch on board. 

12:30-1 p.m.: First dive on Helmet Wreck (WWII Japanese ship which is easy to dive and you can check your gear and weights) 

2:00-4:30 p.m.- Ocean Hunter will cross the lagoon to German Channel 

4:30 p.m.- Second dive at German Channel or Big Drop Off.

7 p.m. Night dive 
Dinner (can be moved before night dive at customer request on any day)

Days 2, 3, 4:
Wake up at 6:00-6:30 a.m. with coffee, tea and sweet rolls

The diving on these days will be 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 a.m. First dive

8:30 a.m.- Full breakfast

10:00 a.m.- Second dive

12 noon- Lunch

1:00 p.m.- Third dive

4:00 p.m.- Fourth dive

7 p.m. - Night dive

Dinner

Day 5:
Ocean Hunter moves to the Peleliu area and we dive at the following divesites:
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 a.m. First dive

8:30 a.m.- Full breakfast

10:00AM- Second dive

12 noon- Lunch

1:00 p.m.- Third dive

4:00 p.m.- Fourth dive

7 p.m. - Night dive

Dinner

Day 6:
Return to Ngemelis area for another dive and then make our way to Jellyfish Lake (snorkelling and hiking) and then to on Ulong.
Places that we dive there are: Ulong Channel, Siaes Tunnel, Siaes Corner and Shark City.

7 a.m. First dive

8:30 a.m. - Full breakfast

10:00 a.m. - Second dive

12 noon- Lunch

1:00-1:30 p.m. - Third dive

4:00 p.m. - Fourth dive

7 p.m. - Night dive
Dinner

Day 7:
A dive in the Ulong area and then as we approach Koror, a shipwreck dive (Iro or Chuyo Maru) and then Chandelier Cave. If time permits we can also offer a trip to Mandarinfish Lake. Arrive at the dock in the late afternoon. Guests can rinse their gear and start packing.

7 a.m. First dive

8:30 a.m. - Full breakfast

10:00 a.m. - Second dive

12 noon- Lunch

1:00 p.m. - Third dive

4:00 p.m. - Fourth dive

7 p.m. - Night dive

Dinner

Day 8:
Guests have breakfast at 7:00 AM and disembark Ocean Hunter at 8:00 a.m..
We provide the transportation to the hotel or the airport.

Typical Itinerary for 10 day trip:

Day 1:
We will pick you up from your hotel at 10:30 a.m. You can get your gear ready and have lunch on board.

12:30-1 p.m. : First dive on Helmet Wreck (WWII Japanese ship which is easy to dive and you can check your gear and weights)

2:00-4:30 p.m. - Ocean Hunter will cross the lagoon to German Channel
4:30- Second dive at German Channel or Big Drop Off.

7 p.m. Night dive 

Dinner

Days 2, 3, 4:
Wake up at 6:00-6:30 a.m. with coffee, tea and sweet rolls
The diving on these days will be 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 a.m. First dive

8:30 a.m. - Full breakfast

10 a.m. - Second dive

12 noon- Lunch

1:00 p.m. - Third dive

4:00 p.m. - Fourth dive

7 p.m. - Night dive,
Dinner

Days 5,6:
Ocean Hunter sails to the Peleliu area and we dive some of the following divesites:
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 a.m. First dive

8:30 a.m. - Full breakfast

10:00 a.m. - Second dive

12 noon- Lunch

1:00 p.m. - Third dive

4:00 p.m. - Fourth dive

7PM - 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 a.m. First dive

8 a.m. - Full breakfast

10:00 a.m. - Second dive

12 noon- Lunch

1:00 p.m. - Third dive

4:00 p.m. - Fourth dive

7 p.m. - Night dive
,
Dinner

Day 8:
Diving in the area of Ngerechong Island and visit to Jellyfish lake

7 a.m. First dive

8 a.m. - Full breakfast

10:00 a.m. - Second dive

12 noon- Lunch

1:00 p.m. - Visit to Jellyfish lake (instead of third dive)

4:00 p.m. - Fourth dive

7 p.m. - 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 p.m. First dive

8:30 a.m. - Full breakfast

10:00 a.m. - Second dive

12 noon- Lunch

1:00-1:30 p.m. - Third dive

4:00 - Fourth dive

7 p.m - Night dive
,
Dinner

Day 10

7 a.m. First dive on one of the WWII wrecks (Iro or Chuyo Maru)

8 a.m. - Full breakfast

10 a.m. - Second dive (dive on Jake Seaplane, a WWII airplane)

12 noon- Lunch

1:00 p.m. - Third dive at Chandelier Cave

4:00-5:00 p.m. - Return to dock. Divers can wash your gear and will have dinner on board

Day 11:

7:00 a.m. - Breakfast

8 a.m. - Disembark the Ocean Hunter to airport or your hotel (transportation provided).

Ocean Hunter1 - specs

Length : 60ft (20m)

Beam : 15.5ft (5m)

Draft : 5.5ft (1.8m)

Speed : 7 knots

Displacement : 30 tons

Construction : Steel

Engines : Twin 175 hp

Generators : 2 by 15 KW

Available Voltage : 110/220 VAC 12 VDC

Water Tankage : 750 gals., day watermaker

Fuel Tankage : 750 gals.

Electronics : GPS, Cellular Phone, 48 mile radar, Depthsounder, Fishfinder, VHF, HF Radio, CD, DVD, VCD. TV and VCR with support for European PAL, SECAM and American NTSC.

Chaseboat : 18ft inflatable

Dive compressors : Bauer 5 & 3.5 c.f.m.,: 18 scuba tanks: NITROX onboard

Safety : Full safety equipment for USCG requirements, Emergency O2 Kit.

Guest Accommodations : For 6 guests, 3 double cabins with private head and shower and a/c

Crew Accommodations: 1 double cabin, private head.

Ocean Hunter1 - diving

Palau liveaboard diving is consistently chosen as one of the world’s premiere diving destinations by several international diving publications, Palau features enchanting topside topography as well as breathtaking underwater landscapes. Experience big fish action at the Blue corner and New drop off. Shafts of light cutting through deep shadows create a near-religious experience at the Blue holes, German channel, Chandelier cave, Pelieu, Siaes tunnel, Ulong channel, Wrecks and many more Palau offers some of the most unique holiday possibilities: its natural beauty and untouched wilderness, intact culture, remoteness and stability combine to offer a fantastic destination for adventure seekers.

The spectacular walls along the barrier reef, including such favorites as Blue Corner, Ulong Channel, Big drop-off and many other sensational offer dive sites yet to be charted. You can expect mostly wall and drift diving with visibility ranging from 20m / 70 feet to 50m / 150 feet depending on prevailing conditions. All our boats are liveaboards for people enthusiastic or serious about their diving but also welcome snorkellers and non-divers who will have their own separate itinerary.

It is located between Guam, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea. Palau is a 400-mile long archipelago, which hosts one of the world’s most unique phenomena - “ Rock Island”. These mushroom like islets are uninhabited and located in a large lagoon that has a vast concentration of corals, fish and other marine life. White sand beaches, lush jungle and remote waterfalls are just among the highlights of Palau.

The islands of Micronesia are scattered over three million square miles of the North Pacific. Palau is the Pacific’s newest nation, a Mecca for divers and home of the exquisite Jellyfish Lake. The Republic of Palau lies east of the Philippines and comprises of some 350 islands. They are grouped in six clusters stretching to 400miles from North to South, Kayangel Atoll to Tobi Islands.

Palau is world renowned as an unsurpassed dive destination that also offers the sublime Rock Islands, dramatic waterfalls, pristine white sand beaches and some of the most intriguing native flora and fauna found anywhere in the Pacific Ocean. Explore the beauty of Palau with the Big Blue explorer.

Palau has been described as one of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World, with 700 species of coral and 1,200 species of identified fish. Palau provides some of the best diving to be found in Micronesia and ideally is suited for advanced divers.

The spectacular walls along the barrier reef, including such favorites as Blue Corner, Ulong Channel, Big drop-off and many other sensational offer dive sites yet to be charted. You can expect mostly wall and drift diving with visibility ranging from 20m / 70 feet to 50m / 150 feet depending on prevailing conditions.

Ocean Hunter1 - faqs

Getting to Palau

We recommend that you arrive one night prior to the boat’s departure date, though we remain flexible if this is not possible. Continental Micronesia, a branch of Continental Airlines, holds flights to Palau via Guam (daily) or Manila (Wednesdays and Saturdays). Guam can be reached from Hawaii, Western USA, Australia, Seoul and Tokyo. Manila is a major hub serviced by flights from Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, amongst others. However, check up-to-date fares and schedules on //www.continental.com/. Also be sure to check the up-to-date baggage restrictions and requirements for your flight. Occasional direct flights to Palau are available from Taipei. We recommend that you make reservations ahead of time as well as purchase travel insurance in case of last-minutecancellations. We can assist with a special rate for a return flight from Manila to Palau (Manila - Palau - Manila) of $575; the regular rate is $760.

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must show proof of U.S. citizenship (birth certificate or passport). Non-U.S. citizens must show passport. There is a free 30-day visa issued upon arrival.

Upon arrival

At the Palau airport, you will be picked up by your hotel or the boat representative and transported to the boat dependant on when you arrive.

Clothing

Bring very casual and lightweight clothing. Quick-dry material or light cotton works well, with maybe one long-sleeved shirt or sweater for chilly nights. We also recommend a waterproof jacket or windbreaker. On the island, dress is very casual, though beachwear in town is inappropriate. We recommend bringing hats,sunscreen and sunglasses.

Language

Palauan and Englishare both official languages. Both are widely spoken.

Currency

The U.S. dollar is used throughout Palau. Credit cards are widely accepted. Traveler’s Checks in U.S. dollars can also be widely used as cash or exchanged. There are quite a few 24-hour ATMs in banks on the main road in Koror. Bank of Hawaii and Bank of Guam are represented.

Electricity

24-hour electricity comes in 110 and 220/240 volts, with standard U.S. outlets for two/three prong plugs.

Health

There is no malaria. We recommend drinking bottled water. The hospital on Palau is the Belau National Hospital, located in Koror. There are also two private clinics. There is a hyperbaric chamber at the Belau National Hospital.

Time zone

Palau, Japan and Korea are 9 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time, in London), Palau = GMT + 9. Central Europe (Geneva, Berlin, Paris) = GMT +1. Eastern Europe = GMT + 2. Moscow = GMT + 3. China, Singapore = GMT + 8. Sydney, Guam = GMT + 10. US Pacific Time = GMT - 8. US Mountain Time = GMT - 7. US Central Standard Time = GMT - 6. US Eastern Time = GMT - 5. (Note: US times advance one hour on summer time, April to October).

Climate

Year round our climate is pretty uniform, at an average of 82 degrees F (27 C). Average humidity: 82 %. Rainfall, at 150 inches/year, can occur throughout the year. Though sometimes it rains more during July through October, this “rainy season” doesn’t have a definitive start or end, and the weather is always changing and unpredictable. However, it is always dive-worthy, we have never had to cancel a dive trip!

Departure tax

Upon leaving Palau, there is a departure tax of $20 and $30 Green fee.

Hotel Reservations

Accommodations in Palau range from budget motels to very upscale resorts.

Money Matters

The US Dollar is the official currency of Palau. The majority of established hotels, shops and restaurants accept major credit cards or travelers cheques. Occasionally smaller, family-run business will only accept cash. There are several US operated banks and plenty of ATMs so cash is readily accessible, however the rate of exchange is very poor and guests would be advised to change money prior to arrival in Palau.

Weather and Water Temperature

Palau is 7 degrees north of the equator and enjoys a warm tropical climate year round. Temperatures average 27°C (82°F) and as a tropical island Palau is subject to rainfall throughout the year though more frequently between July and October. Diving is excellent year around though the peak season is considered to be November through May. The warm tropical waters of Palau are pleasant throughout the year averaging 27°C (82 °F). Most guests will find a 3mm shortie or even a skin suit is appropriate, though if you feel the cold easily you may wish to opt for a 3-5mm long suit.

General and Diving Health

Health care is readily available in Palau. The Belau National Hospital is a professionally staffed hospital with an experienced barotraumas team. Follow normal precautions with food whilst travelling to prevent stomach upsets and be sure to drink bottled water only. On board Palau Siren you will find a fully stocked first aid kit, AED and medical grade O2. Basic supplies will be made available to you, if you require medication please ask your cruise director. For diving related emergencies there is a recompression chamber in Koror. Speedboat evacuation from the boat would be necessary thus diving specific insurance is a must on any liveaboard dive trip.

Language and Religion

Palauan and English are the official languages of the Republic of Palau, though you may hear Tagalog, Japanese and Mandarin too. The population is predominantly Christian and there is approximately 10% of the population adhering to traditional Palauan customs. We recommend our guests are respectful and wear suitable attire when making island tours or visiting religious buildings.

What dive experience level is recommended for Palau Liveaboard trips?

Whilst most dives are suitable for divers of all levels, beginners may find some dives challenging and prefer to skip the dive. Currents are to be expected at sites including Blue Corner and Ulong Channel. your cruise director and dive team will be on hand to advise so you may decided whether the dive is suitable for you. We recommened having advanced experience or taking your PADI course whilst onboard to maximise your enjoyment from the trip.

Are a reef hook and/or surface marker buoy (SMB) necessary items of equipment and can you provide them on board?

It is recommended that each buddy team dive with a SMB in order to signal to the dive tenders you are ready to surface. Some boat traffic is to be expected in busier areas however it is not necessary to drift with your SMB for the entire dive time. SMBs are provided free of charge. Reef hooks are a strongly recommended item and will maximise your enjoyment of dives such as Blue Corner and Siaes Corner. Reef hooks are currently not available for purchase on board so guests are advised to purchase ahead of their trip.

Ocean Hunter1 - schedule