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Dive Review of ODYSSEY in
Micronesia/TRUK

ODYSSEY, Nov, 2006,

by Gregg Gaylord, WI, USA . Report 3103.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Cocos Island, Thailand, Solomons, Carribean, Atlantic, Lake Michigan
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None except dive within your own limits.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 1 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments Took Continental from Houston via Oahu and Guam to Chuuk. Plane departed Guam and turned around due to a mechanical problem Fortunately, there was a spare part. Flights to Chuuk are not everyday so a major problem could mean not getting to Chuuk, but we had no real problem (1 1/2 hour delay in arrival). Continental was superb for this trip (outbound). Odyssey captain Len and crew met us at the airport and got all of us to the bus and then to the boat without a hitch. It was after midnight, so we all went to sleep after a brief intro and some minor equipment setup. Setting up gear wasn't a problem the next morning. The dive guides, crew, captain, and of course Kara were all excellent. The accomodations were the best I've seen on a live aboard including bed, cabin, dive deck, availability of equipment, willingness of crew to help, etc. The wrecks at Truk are covered with soft corals and lots of "critters" and the dive guides from the Odyssey were superb at guiding us through the corridors of the wrecks and helping us to "see the history" of these sunken ships from Japan circa WW2. We were fortunate enough to be able to see a sharkfeed (something I didn't think I'd like, but ended up LOVING) and the final day of the trip we did a land tour of one of the islands arranged through the blue lagoon hotel. All in all a great trip, well worth the travel, and hopefully one that will be enjoyed by many divers before the wrecks are no longer safe for diving.
The dive conditions were flat and easy...ideal for this type of diving. The night dives were interesting and colorful. All in all, a great experience on a superb liveaboard.
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