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Dive Review of Odyssey Adventures in
Micronesia/Truk Lagoon

Odyssey Adventures, Jul, 2009,

by Paul Vitkus, NV, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 5183.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Roatan, Florida, British Columbia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 83 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions After dive briefing you could go with divemaster or dive your own plan. No restrictions.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Generally very good for photographers. However dive boat orientation needed to direct more attention to diver etiquette around the camera table. Some non-photographers were careless around around the camera table.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I had the great fortune of diving with a group of people that had chartered the Odyssey for 4 weeks! However most of us spent either the 1st two weeks or the last 2 weeks as good options. While most Odyssey charters are only a week long, I would recommend that if you have the time, try to do a 2 week charter if you can. 2 weeks gives you an additional 1&1/2 days of diving above the customary 5&1/2 days that you get in a week. We had 12+ days of diving in a 2 week trip. Two weeks enable us to do a lot of diving on wrecks that are not customarily dived on a one week trip....in fact some of the wrecks we dove were entirely new to most of the crew!!! The crew was awesome!! Capt. JJ, 2nd Captains, Todd and Nelson (whose name changed to Rio as the trip wore on), Kim, Ken, Madison, Kent, Sam, Mike and Nelson all did superb jobs and were helpful and personable. Todd's sense of humor kept us in stiches. Food and accomodations were first rate. I've dove on many liveaboards...the Odyssey easily is one of the top liveaboards. This is wreck diving heaven, somewhat challenging, but enjoyable for intermediate to expert divers. Beginning divers with less experience will be challenged by some of the extreme depths (up to 190 feet on the Sa Francisco Maru), deco and safety stop discipline, currents, varying degrees of visibility. Divers were treated as adults, after dive/wreck briefing, you could dive with a divemaster (recommended if you are doing deep penetrations) or dive your own plan with your own depth and time limits. Dive deck well organized and easy to use. Nitrox available and available to 50% for those who wanted to carry a separate bottle for deco stops after deep dives. Wrecks have been in the water now for 65 years and as expected are slowly falling victim to the ocean. Penetrations on some wrecks are no longer recommended. If you want wrecks....this is the place....for now. If you are looking for a wide variety of marine life....go elsewhere. Although there were a fair number of sharks, particularly on night dives, and some rays, turtles, Truk is not a marine animal paradise. Macro photographers will find enough to entertain themselves with on the wrecks. But ultimately it is all about the wrecks! If you like wreck diving, this destination, served by the Odyssey has to be on your list! I highly recommend both the diving and the Odyssey!
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