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Dive Review of Odyssey Adventures in

August, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Lee Fenner, OH, US
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Report Number 6655
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
great lakes, alaska & bc, kona, kauai, galapagos, fl keys, bonaire,
cozumel, roatan, saba
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
dive using computer, clear deco. 30% nitrox is free; technical diving
mixes/kit available. 80 aluminum or LP steel 108 for tanks. Fills were
always at least service pressure of cylinders.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Superb! 3-level, 5 ft by 3 ft carpeted table on covered portion of dive
deck. Air hose centered above. Adjacent salon with many charging stations.
Separate camera rinse tanks on both sides of stern. Crew passes camera
after giant stride entry.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
If you like wreck diving, go to Truk on the Odyssey, and then you'll love
wreck diving! The boat, crew, and diving are fantastic!!! Did 22 dives on
variety of wrecks (kiyosumi, yamagiri, fumitzuki, shinkoku, i-169, unkai,
rio de janeiro, hoki, momokawa, fujikawa, nippo, heian, san francisco, and
kensho). Divers who didn't do san francisco did Betty bomber. 

Very safety conscious briefings and guides can lead you on
interesting/challenging penetrations of most wrecks. Treat you as an adult
with regard to deco and depth; absolutely no pressure to dive below 130;
it's up to you. They brief San Francisco day prior and allow you to make
your own decision subject to their final approval. If you decide to dive
SF, you skip the night dive day prior and the 2nd dive of the next day.
They lead groups of four to forward part of ship. An 80 cu ft tank is
placed on the deck between the two forward holds and also at 30 and 20 ft
on the mooring ball. There is also an 80 as always at the 15 ft bar at the
stern of the Odyssey.

This was our fourth live-aboard (Sky Dancer, Nautilus Explorer and Swell)
and while the other boats were excellent, the accommodations on the Odyssey
are outstanding! Very spacious all over. Great food and open bar with
quality brands (Bombay Sapphire, Australian wine/beer, Johnny Walker Red,
for example).

Water temps were almost always 86 degrees. Since the wrecks are inside a
vast lagoon, visibility can be lower than you might expect; but since the
focus is on the wrecks, this wasn't a big issue.

Getting to/from Truk: Be sure to arrive at least a full day early,
preferably two. Also, when you leave allow for some flexibility. United is
the only game in town and we had flights cancel for one day both going and
returning. Going from Hawaii, the flight was cancelled at 9:30 pm, the
night before a 5:25 am takeoff. Leaving Truk: the plane arrived from Guam,
but then developed a maintenance problem after landing at Truk. After
several hours, Truk boarding passengers were sent back to lodging and the
plane flew back to Guam for repairs. In both cases, the flights were
rescheduled and ran on-time the next day. Make sure you enable email flight
notifications! Plan to stay at the Blue Lagoon Resort in Truk. While the
other hotels might be OK; the Blue Lagoon has spacious, well-tended
grounds, good service/food, and decent rooms. It is also where you board
the Odyssey. If you get there early, you can also dive or snorkel. The bus
ride from the airport to the Blue Lagoon is an odyssey unto itself; 30 mins
to go about 6 miles over muddy, water-flooded, pothole-infested dirt and
gravel roads. We got to do three round trips and several of us used motion
sickness medication to get ready for the chuuk-hole induced drops and
wobbles. The island of Weno (where the airport is located) is extremely
third-world and is not a place to stroll around. Stay at your hotel!

Only local mobile phones work on the boat and Weno. The Blue Lagoon has
free wi-fi, but it is very slow, and no signal on the Odyssey. The Odyssey
has all the wreck books and creature books in good numbers, so you don't
have to pack your own. They also produce a very well done (Todd) trip DVD
for $60 and have an on-board shop with t-shirts, maps, DVDs, etc., for

Many thanks to Nelson, Todd, and the entire crew, especially the dive
guides - Sam, Ken, and Jesse (ask him to take you down the smokestack of
the Shinkoku Maru to the engine room - a WOW dive). Also, our party of six
had great fun with the other eight divers from the Motley Crew group of
Western Australia.

We will definitely go back for diving on the Truk Odyssey.
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