Ocean Hunter 1 - Far East

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About Ocean Hunter 1

Ocean Hunter 1 has a long and illustrious pedigree in Palau, standing out as the pioneer dive boat. Long before others had discovered this remote island nation, Ocean Hunter 1 was sailing the seas and identifying pristine dive sites. You could be in no better hands. This is a boat that prides itself on its unrivaled knowledge of the area and friendly welcoming atmosphere that makes Ocean Hunter 1 a home away from home.

At 20m length, Ocean Hunter 1 is exclusive, sleeping only 6 divers in cosy double and twin cabins. Each has full ensuite and air con. With a steel hull, she makes light work of sailing. The saloon is warm and inviting and with the on board chef serving delicious meals throughout the day, you will want for nothing. Photographers and videographers will find all the facilities they need to process the day's efforts. The dive deck is large so there is plenty of space for everyone to kit up in peace before heading out on the tender to splash in on a fresh diving adventure. Or in between dives, why not head out in one of their canoes for a fresh perspective.

Diving rarely gets any better than Palau. Over 100 islands make up the lagoon and are just begging to be explored. Ocean Hunter 1 does up to 7 dives a day and you are welcome to take your time with no maximum limits set... unlimited diving and unlimited bottom time... it sounds too good to be true! From Ocean Hunter 1 you can explore Palau's miles of reef at your own pace each and every day. Thanks to her size, Ocean Hunter 1 can get to dive sites other boats cannot. The itinerary is tailored to your tastes whisking you away from other boats. Marvelous marco, big fish encounters, opulent reef walls and Second World War wrecks are all on offer so you can enjoy a different thrill with every dive.

Tony

2010-09-24 13:48:29

Back at work now and what can I say about the trip only - WOW ! It was great just can not believe I back at work now, and thinking how can the next trip be good after that !

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

Located between Guam, The Philippines and Papua New Guinea, Palau is a 640km long archipelago that harbours one of the world’s greatest concentrations of corals, fish and other marine life. The Palau islands include more than 200 islands, of which only eight are inhabited. Having emerged from the United Nations trusteeship in 1994 it is one of the worlds youngest and smallest sovereign states. Few other travel destinations in the world can compete with Palau when it comes to diversity - sharks, mantas, wrecks, caves, reefs and the unique Jelly fish lake. Palau is a scuba destination like no other. Many of the dive sites are reachable from both resort and liveaboard. Scuba Travel have worked for many years with the premier scuba diving operators in Palau and we're more than happy to help you discover this fantastic destination.

Weather and Climate

Palau enjoys a tropical climate all year round with an annual mean temperature of 28 °C. Rainfall can occur throughout the year, averaging a total of 150 inches (3,800 mm). The average humidity over the course of the year is 82%, and although rain falls more frequently between July and October, there is still much sunshine. Typhoons are rare as Palau is outside the main typhoon zone. Water temps are usually around 28C

Travel

Flight options

There are no direct flights to Palau. The best route is via Manila (you may need to overnight here) and then onto Palau. On some dates the flight will stop in Guam before landing on Koror. You will fly with United Airlines between Manila and Palau. We are able to book most major airlines as far as Manila.  If you have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request.  A supplement may apply for regional departures.  Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday.  If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Koror, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf.  Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.  

Stopovers

You can chose to break your journey in Manila or en route with your airline. Singapore, Hong Kong or Dubai are popular options.

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Visa requirements

UK passport holders are able to obtain a visa on arrival. Please ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration. Guam is a US protectorate - you must have a valid ESTA before travel if your flights transit through Guam. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here

Insurance

Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance.  Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities.   We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance.  It’s worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

Immunisations

Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations:  click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance).  Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point.  There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens.  Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

Check in

As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline.  Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.

Lounge

An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort.  Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here

Parking

Prebook your airport parking to save money!  If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel.  These aren’t as expensive as you might think.   click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival in Palau you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage.  You will then be met outside of arrivals by a representative from your liveaboard or resort.  Some reps are able to meet you airside. They will be holding a board with either your destination or your name on it.   If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us.  We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK.  Please call 0044 7747 488 002.  We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.  

Transfers

All transfers will have been arranged for you. Transfers are by land and not usually more than about 30mins.

Departures

Return transfer details will be advised locally. There is a $50 departure tax & green fee on leaving Palau

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