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Dive Review of Odyssey Adventures in

April, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by G. Tripp Jones MD, SC, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caymans, Australia, Bonaire, Belize, Roatan, St. Kitts, Bahamas, Turks and
Caicos, Grenada, St. Lucia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Follow computer profile  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
My wife, the photograher, was satisfied with the set up.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
This was our dive shop's (Wateree Dive Center, Columbia, SC) third trip to
the live aboard Odyssey. It is a long way from Columbia,SC (9,000 + miles),
but the trip is worth it. The Odyssey is our favorite liveaboard and like
the two previous visits in 2004 and 2007, it is an excellent dive venue. We
arrived via Guam and spent 2 nights there to acclimate to the time change,
and then flew on the Continental red eye to Chuuk (Truk), arriving after
midnight and this was a 1 1/2 hour flight. We were met by JJ and the
Odyssey crew who bussed us to the Blue Lagoon Resort where the Odyssey is
moored just offshore. The roads in "downtown" were as bad as any
we have come across. With all of the rain, the road looked like it should
have been a "no wake zone" with bomb craters. The level of
poverty is tremendous with an unemployment rate of greater than 75%.

The Odyssey is an excellent liveaboard with very good food, and plenty to
eat, along with assorted snacks, beer, booze, etc. The crew, led by Captain
JJ and wife Kim, are fine. We missed Lenny and Cara, but the level of
service was superb. Charlie, Todd, Madison, Ken and all were totally
dedicated to making the entire diving experience hassle free and fun.

The diving is done from the Odyssey, so no launches, pangas, etc. to worry
about. The boat swings some, but a jug marks the wrecks, so you can't miss
it.  Usually 5 dives a day could be done, with 2 in the morning, moving the
boat at lunch, then having 2 afternoon dives and a night dive at the same
site. Deep dives such as the San Francisco Maru ( 150+), Fumitsuki
destroyer and I-169 sub (115+) were done as a 1 site dive, otherwise, it
was done as above.

The water temp was 80-82 degrees and quite comfortable with a rash guard or
thin skin. The viz ranged from 15 feet on the Nippo Maru to around 90 on
the Hoki Maru. The corals on the ships are in good shape, along with many
healthy juveniles. There were a lot of carpet anemones and the entire coral
ecosystem looked healthy. The big guns sometimes could not be identified
from a short distance, but only after seeing them from a more distant
location. The soft coral really make the guns, kingposts, masts and other
areas beautiful. 

The crew was glad to show various inconspicuous sites, such as R2D2 on the
Fujikawa Maru, galleys, machine shops, plane parts, tanks, Sake bottles,
etc. Some areas are really showing their age and are not safe to dive
under, such as tween decks with bulldozers sitting precariously on a rail.
However, the dive briefings were done in great detail and all divers were
advised and cautioned concerning these potentially dangerous areas. No
penetration rules were set and no problems with adhering to these
guidelines was seen.

Leaving the Odyssey on the last morning is done without any real problems.
We spent the day at the Blue Lagoon Resort with dinner at their restaurant.
I'll take the Odyssey's menu any day as a comparison, although the food at
their restaurant was OK. We grabbed a few winks of sleep, before leaving
the hotel at 1:15 AM to return to the airport via the horrible road
previously travelled one week before. Hanging around the Truk Airport
waiting on the flight to leave at 4:25 is a hassle. The trip to Guam is
tight to connect to the Honolulu flight with only about 35 minutes to
connect, and this includes having to go through immigration and security
again. Thankfully the flight was held for us. We stayed in Honolulu for a
couple of nights and this helps acclimate back toward the East Coast time.
The 8 hour legs of the flight from Houston to Honolulu and then Honolulu to
Guam are butt-kickers!

This is a long trip, but it is well worth it. The wrecks are slowly
deteriorating and if one ever considers making this trip, then go ahead and
do it. I can honestly recommend the Odyssey as a great dive venue with a
great crew. We may go back again in a few years.
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