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Dive Review of Odyssey Adventures in

October, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Martha & Jeff Hubbard, NY, US
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports)
Report Number 6319
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, PNG, Fiji, Australia, Palau, Hawai'i, Yap, Kosrae
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, no currents  
Water Temp
85   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Big camera table w compressed air, dedicated camera/light rinse tank
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    
Our sixth Odyssey charter since 2003, this one accompanied by four

Except for a deco dive on San Francisco Maru  all guided, I think - diving
is as you want it, guided by the limitlessly experienced crew or go on your
own as your computer tells you.  Both are essential to the Odyssey
experience.  The guides know every wreck intimately, but exploring on ones
own (in buddy pair, for us) is the way to learn the wrecks, especially if
photographing.  After 150+ Odyssey dives, we are still learning.  The
biggest and best wrecks (Shinkoku Maru, Fujikawa Maru) have four dives,
including a night dive, so there is plenty of opportunity to try guided
dives AND dives on your own.  There are four day dives and a night dive for
five days; three day dives on Saturday, but dive as many or as few as you

Excellent meals are served buffet style.  (Cooks impressed with the fare
may buy the cookbook.)  Many liveaboard questionnaires ask food
requirements and then take little notice of them.  Two of us six recorded
preferences (chemical or allergy based), and every meal, including snacks,
had specifically labeled, separate dishes when necessary.  Many thanks to
Chef Emeren.

Odyssey is as good as it was on our first charter in 2003.  Founder-owners
Lenny & Cara are rarely aboard now, but the quality is unchanged.  Our
week, Capts Nelson & Todd, knowledgeable and companionable, led the
crew.  The wrecks, however, are aging.  Sixty-seven years of seawater and
gravity are taking their toll.  The pilot house on Fujikawa Maru has
collapsed, but happily the engine room, machine shop, & c., are intact.
 Other wrecks have deteriorated, too.  If Odyssey is on your Someday List,
Id move it near the top, because the wrecks wont last forever.  And if
you start soon, you can go back repeatedly, as we have!

Gear remains set up at your gear-storage-top seat on the dive deck all
week, filled (Nitrox 30% or air) in place.  80 or 108 cu ft tanks
available.  Walk a few steps to the stern, down four steps on either side
to the dive platform with your fins in hand (if a crew member didnt pick
them up all ready.)  When the platform is clear . . . a crew member will
put your fins on for you!  One of our party calls it concierge fin service.
 More eloquent than I, she also writes, I thought all the staff had a
profound sense of service and hospitality and all were unfailingly kind and
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