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Dive Review of Odyssey Adventures in

April, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Edward Leibowitz, NJ, US
Contributor   (13 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6524
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, Malaysia, Caribbean, Phillipines
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
I don't do underwater photography
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    
	Ive been to Micronesia in the past and always found the diving to be
excellent. Im a once-a-year recreational scuba diver. I wasnt sure I
wanted to go to TRUK, since I heard that is very deep diving to view the
Japanese merchant ships sunk during World War 2.  I was also fearful that
the divers and Odyssey dive guides would be excellent divers that would
want to have nothing to do with a once-a-year recreational diver. This did
not turn out to be the case at all.  Both fellow divers and staff were very
	I normally take my diving vacations in May, but the April 2012 issue of
Undercurrent mentioned a discount of $1000 through Reef and Rainforest on
the Odyssey from April 13-23. Since Im retired, I was able to go on this
trip taking advantage of the discounted price.
	I remember the Monday morning briefing prior to diving. JJ who ran
operations on the boat told us that diving here was not like diving in the
Caribbean. He said that we get a fair share of bends cases due to the
depths of the wrecks. At this point I was ready to ask him to be
transported to the mainland so that I could travel to Palau or Yap for a
more recreational type diving operation, even though I paid close to $5000
for this trip. 
	My first dive of the week was the Kiyosumi. Depth was 70 feet. When I told
the staff I was a bit fearful, they gave me a private dive guide. Being
that I was the oldest diver on the Odyssey that week, I had a private
diving guide the entire week. Sam, Madison and Kimberly proved to be
excellent diving guides. At first, I only wanted to view the wrecks.
However later in the week I was penetrating the wrecks with my personal
dive guides.  As the week progresses you dive deeper wrecks.  JJ and his
staff told us that the best wreck to dive was the San Francisco Maru at a
depth of 165 feet which would be a decompression dive. For me it wasnt,
since Madison and I viewed this wreck very quickly. Diving guides
recommended 15 minutes viewing the San Francisco at a depth of 165 ft.
Madison and I spent about 5 minutes going from bow to stern of San
        I did 19 dives on the Odyssey and did not have to decompress on any
of the dives.
	You should be certified nitrox up to 40%, since this allows you more
bottom time to view the wrecks. Although not truly needed, I would
recommend using a combined nitrox and air computer to better monitor the
times you can spend at various depths. You have the option of using
aluminum 80s or steel 105s or doubles. All week long I used the steel 105
tanks. If you dont want to dive the San Francisco, the staff will take you
to a shallower dive site. Everybody on the Odyssey dove on the San
Francisco the week I was there. The Odyssey tows a smaller boat, which
would have been used on the alternate dive at a different site.
	The Odyssey has an excellent dive platform and practices safe diving. 
There is a bar 11 feet below the boat containing a scuba tank which can be
used to off-gas or breathe air if needed while off-gassing. A scuba tank is
placed on the San Francisco, should anyone need to use it. In addition to
the scuba tanks on the San Francisco and the eleven foot bar, one of the
dive guides stays at a depth of 10-20 feet with an additional scuba tank to
breathe from should it be needed when returning from the San Francisco. 
For all of the dives, except the San Francisco tanks were filled with 30%
nitrox. For the San Francisco tanks were filled with 24% nitrox.
	This was the first time on a scuba vacation, that I spent the entire week
wreck diving. The good part about diving from the Odyssey is that you can
do safe recreational wreck diving without being wreck certified.
	Ive been taking dive vacations once a year for the past 30 years.  The
Odyssey has the best diving operation and is the best dive boat that Ive
encountered in all my years of diving.  The Odyssey staff is very obliging
and makes every effort to be helpful.
	Incidentally nobody got bent the week I was diving on the Odyssey.
	The Odyssey also offers a technical wreck week a couple of times a year
for certified wreck divers.
	I got to Guam on April 14. The flight to Truk would not be leaving until
7:45 PM April 15. I obtained the services of a tour guide and enjoyed the
4-hour tour of Guam.  If you have the time, I strongly recommend a guided
tour of Guam.  
	Our group had an 18 hour layover in Truk after leaving the Odyssey at 8:00
AM on April 22. We took day rooms at the Blue Lagoon Hotel on Truk.  After
settling in the hotel our group chose to do a 4-hour tour of some of the
neighboring islands surrounding Truk with a tour guide. We had to do quite
a bit of walking in extremely hot and humid weather over somewhat rocky
terrain. I dont recommend this tour.
	Mike Hoppe of Reef and Rain Forest did an excellent job in putting this
trip together in a very short timeframe. The airfare to travel to Truk
although high in price was much better than any airfare I could have
obtained on my own.
	I highly recommend the Odyssey and the Reef and Rainforest diving travel
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