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Dive Review of Odyssey Adventures in
Micronesia/Truk Lagoon

February, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Jeanne & Bill Downey, PA, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Caribbean, Honduras, Socorro, Galapagos, Palau, Australia,
Indonesia, Malaysia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Bikini, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
83   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Follow your computer and dive plan.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Large camera table. Charging station inside.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 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    
This year, our 6th trip to Truk Lagoon, we got smart and booked two
back-to-back weeks, one regular and one high octane tech diving. Most of
the crew was the same, although J.J. is now captain of the Truk Odyssey.
Over the two weeks we experienced the entire crew; many of the locals work
every other week. The Odyssey is still one of the best liveaboards weve
ever been on; when the last night came and we were offered a choice of a
restaurant dinner or warmed up leftovers, once again no one wanted to leave
the boat!
The first week consisted of the same wrecks as in the past, plus we got to
dive a new one for usthe I169 submarine, which sank because the aft
ventilation tube was not closed all the way when the I169 submerged. We
also had a choice of either diving the San Francisco Maru at 175 or making
two shallower dives instead, including the Betty Bomber. Our group
requested the shark feed, which brought us a bounty of at least 20 sharks,
including three silvertips. The shark feed is no longer on the normal
schedule or even mentionedit has to be requested.
Everyone disembarked at 9:00am Sunday morning and went to their day rooms
at the Blue Lagoon. Nine of our group had a blast renting mopets at the
hotel and exploring the island of Weno (formerly Moen). The rest hung out
at the hotel, mostly trying to access the internet via a very slow
telephone modem. Four of us re-boarded the Odyssey at 5:00pmglorious!
The second week was technical divingfive divers using double tanks and
sling bottles, five using rebreathers, and one using a large single, a
smaller pony bottle, plus sling tank. Those of us using doubles started off
with 50% 02 in our sling bottles, then switching to 100% 02 at the hang
bar, but the bar was swinging and bouncing so much that we switched to 80%
02 in our slings and spent as little time as possible on the bar,
completing most of our deco on our sling bottles, then switching to pure
02. During tech week, we started off with three shallower wrecks, and then
hit the deep ones, such as the Amagisan Maru, deeper on the San Francisco,
the Aikoku Maru, and the Nagano Maru for the first time. The deeper wrecks
are in better condition because less sunlight means less growtha gun still
looks like a gun, unlike on some of the shallower wrecks. We normally did
three dives each daytwo deeper dives and one shallower dive. The
rebreather divers sometimes only did one dive, but it lasted over two
hours. At the end of the second week, we had to leave the Truk Odyssey for
good, although I tried to sneak on the skiff for the third week; JJ just
shook his head and shooed me away. Continental, which normally heads to
Guam at 2:25am, had switched their schedule temporarily so our flight left
at 4:25am. I actually liked this better, because we managed to sleep for 3
hours before leaving the Blue Lagoon, instead of putting in the time at the
Guam airport between flights.
The wrecks, especially the shallower ones, are deteriorating faster now; if
Truk Lagoon is on your must-dive list, do not wait! You dont have to be a
die-hard wreck diver to enjoy the wrecks, as there is so much coral and
fish life to look at. And Truk Lagoon is a great place to become certified
as an extended-range diver. We have already booked another two-week trip in
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