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Dive Review of Odyssey Adventures in
Micronesia/Truk Lagoon

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Paul Vitkus, NV, USA
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 5183
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, Roatan, Florida, British Columbia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy  
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
After dive briefing you could go with divemaster or dive your own plan.  No
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
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):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
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
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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