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Dive Review of Odyssey Adventures/Truk Odyssey in
Micronesia/Truk on Chuuk

March, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by James Rieter, nevada, USA
Report Number 2336
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
 Cancun, Sea of Cortez, Cabo, California Channel islands, Martinique,
Belize and Lake Mead. Live aboards in Belize and Sea of Cortez

Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
 Can use 80s or steel 112s and free nitrox. Expect to hit some deco dives
if you want, and very much able to dive own profile. Did 180' on special
arranged dive.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
 Camera table was large enough for the group we had (13 of 16). 

Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
The odyssey was our 3rd live aboard and by far outshines our first two
Peter Hughes Sundancer, Belize and SolmarV in Mexico. Every thing from the
layout of the boat, fantastic service, food quality and diving sets this
location apart. Rather than designating the Truk Odyssey as a live aboard,
calling it a bed and breakfast with fantastic diving is more of a proper
  The flight: We did have some travel problems with Continental Airlines.
Our connection in Guam was missed with a 50 min. layover. Luckily we were
able to get another flight out the next morning arriving 14 hours late and
missing two morning dives. (Capt. Lenny made up these two dives for us on
Sat.) Suggestion, never plan a international flight with less than a two
hour lay over. When I saw that the group had scheduled this connection I
new from experience that we could be in for trouble and we were. We were
lucky, a group going to Palau on the Aggressor were at least 24 hours late.

  Our next trip to Truk will have a different flight plan. Continental has
an island hopper that departs Honolulu that makes 4 stops prior to Truk,
two of these stops are Kosrae and Pohnpei. The diving on these two islands
are rumored to be fantastic and the Village in Pohnpei is real exotic. I
plan to arrive a few days early, stay at one of these locations, do a few
dives, relax and get better adjusted to the time then fly into Truck on the
same connecting flight. 
  Service: We were met at Truk airport as soon as we exited baggage claim
by Capt. Lenny and quickly arrived at the Odyssey. We had a quick check in
on the boat, shown to our very large room (11 by 14) and soon after lunch
we were diving our first wreck. I can honestly that there was nothing
during the week I needed that was not already done and thought of. The crew
will spoil you; they even put your fins on your feet for you on the dive
  The boat: Very well thought out and spacious design. Even the single
rooms were larger than some deluxe rooms I have seen on other boats. The
dining area was very spacious and they even had a separate lounge area with
sound and video equipment. The dive deck was also very workable and would
easily handle a full boat.  Food on the Odyssey was tasty and plentiful and
is served buffet style. The buffet style works well with the open gate for
diving and that some of your party may be doing extra deco time and allows
the rest of the group to eat when they are ready.
  The diving: There is not much I can say about the diving in Truk that you
do not already know about. Truk is a must dive location with warm water and
low impact easy fining. The Odyssey will let you dive Truk the way you want
to. Our group diving experience level ranged from real newbies, techs to
dive shop owners and everyone was very happy and most if not all plan to
return on the Odyssey.  Dive guides are fantastic, just ask and they will
get you there.
I know I sound like I work for the Odyssey but I can complain, just look at
my review of the Solmar V.
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