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Dive Review of Odyssey Adventures in

April, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Kent Roorda, CO, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Carribbean, Australia, Indonesia, PNG, Malasia, Indonesia,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, no currents  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Surprisingly, none.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Great still and video photo ops on this trip. Be aware that you will be
going through some relatively tight spaces, so large camera gear could be
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
2 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
1 stars   
4 stars    
The good: The Truk Odyssey is an exceptional and very comfortable boat. The
meals were great and there was plenty to eat.   The crew was courteous and
very helpful. Diving in Truk Lagoon is really a treat; particularly for
someone who enjoys wreck diving. Even if a person is not a wreck diver, the
beautiful coral and fish life that lives on the wrecks is really something
to see and experience.  The Odyssey is well equipped for any level of
diver. They even provide 108 cubic foot Nitrox tanks which made deeper
dives and safety stops much easier and more manageable.   One could dive
their own profile, and it was up to individuals to follow safe diving
practices and procedures.  Due to the somewhat deeper depths (around 100'),
nitrox is normally mixed at 30%, which seems to work great; giving extended
bottom time without loading up on oxygen, or nitrogen.
Of concern:  Towards the end of the week, divers were given the opportunity
to dive on the very large 'San Francisco' wreck. The upper deck of this
boat is at -165 feet and things go DOWN from there. During the week, the
crew (particularly the Captain) really encouraged everyone to take this
dive because it was/is so spectacular. However, NO warnings were made, and
there was no discussion regarding the fact that such a depth goes against
all Internationally recognized authority[s] recommendations for depth for
recreational diving. No discussion was made regarding the increased
possibilities of Nitrogen Narcosis, increased risk of DCS, or any other
risk associated with diving at a depth of 165+ feet. Last, but far from
least, no consideration was made with regards to physical fitness, or even
experience of divers who were willing to make the dive. It didn't matter
(to the crew) if someone was obesely overweight, if a  person was taking
anti-depressants or ANY other prescription drug, or if a person had a
"Deep Diver" certification or training. Finally, it was the
opinion of a number of guests on the boat that the crew (and particularly
the Captain) was irresponsible to take recreational divers BELOW 165+ feet
without making any of the considerations I indicated above.  In fact, it
seemed as though the safety and welfare of the divers was less important
than 'showing them a good time.'   As we all know, diving at such depth[s]
violates ALL recommendations and guidelines set forth by ALL major
Certification Agencies as well as the U.S. Navy.  Likewise, diving at such
a depth is set aside for 'Technical Divers' and divers who have received
Technical and Deep Diving Certifications.  While a standard Recreational
diver may be a very good and very experienced diver, all of his/her
knowledge and good sense can be diminished or erased due to Nitrogen
Narcosis at such depths.  Taking recreational divers, or even providing
them with the opportunity to go below 130 feet is, in my opinion,
irresponsible and dangerous.  Before this report was made to Undercurrent,
I expressed my concerns to Odyssey Adventures. They told me that they would
look into it, but that was the last I heard of them.   Therefore, one can
only assume that Odyssey's will to provide the best dives outweighs their
concern for the safety and welfare of their guests.
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