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Dive Review of Sunn Odyssey/Island Seas Resort in

May, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by J. Ray Behnke, D.M.D., UT, USA
Report Number 1334
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Kona, Maui, Cozumel, Belize, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Curacao, Bonaire,
Dominica, Grand Turk, Providenciales, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay right with dive master, time limits, restrictions on water entry
(insist on using descent line even with no current)  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
no E-6 facilities, have rinse bucket, dry area is small shelf nehind front
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
My wife and I dove with Sunn Odessey when we were fairly new divers about
12 years ago and enjoyed the experience.  We took our newly-certified
"boss" and another co-worker couple with us.  The couple had been
on a previous trip with us when they were newly-certified.  I suppose this
caused Nick some problems since we were trying to help them because he
suddenly set out to show everyone what a bad diver I was.  I prefer to not
use a descent line only in moderate to stiff currents, since I usually have
my hands full with camera gear and am prone to "mal-de-mer" so I
prefer to descend when I hit the water.  I usually clear this with the
divemaster.  When I entered the water, I have to bounce back up to receive
my camera which then has me bobbing back down a couple of feet, which I
like in order to get going down.  At this level I noticed that the line was
on the other side of the boat from me so I went on down.  Back on board he
let everyone know how bad I was for not going down the line.  So next dive,
after receiving my camera I went off closer to the stern.  After receiving
the camera I turned around to find the line and without realizing it had
drifted a little under the dive platform where it slammed down gashing my
head and giving me a wonderful view of "Starwars".  Down on the
bottom, which was a small wreck adorned with prolific sea life, I saw a
large beautiful pair of midnight parrotfish and was concentrating on
photographing them and didn't realize that he'd called everyone back to the
boat.  He started over to me when I noticed everyone one on the ascent line
and went over to follow him up.  Onboard he went almost into a tirade
pointing out how I had left my buddy (actually she had left me when told to
go up) and I was in a decompression dive from my negligence.  I asked how
he came to that conclusion to which he replied that he read it on my
computer.  Although I mused how he could see my wrist computer so well from
another 6 to 8 feet above me when I was hanging onto the rope with that
had, the other hand being preoccupied with the camera, but dropped the
whole thing.  On shore I scrolled back to the dive and showed him that I
was two bars away from the caution zone and asked how he thought we could
enter a decompression dive when the maximum depth was 55 feet and time was
45 minutes.  He merely stated that at least he had gotten me up onto the
boat a walked off.  Other than the problems with Nick, The diving was good
with the normal amount of sea life.  I think Sunn Odessey would be very
good for beginning divers but my wife and I were not as happy with the
various restrictions.  Nick's wife, Karen, is a jewel in helping everyway
she can, as are the other divemasters.
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