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Dive Review of Odyssey in
Micronesia/Chuuk - Truk Lagoon

March, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Steve M. Dussault, NH, USA
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Report Number 4690
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
USA,Carribean,Fuji,Micronesia,New Zealand, Thailand, Ecuador, Costa Rica
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No Restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
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  
Large camera table with two rinse tanks that were changed daily.  Lots of
photo opportunities on the wrecks.
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    
When traveling to Chuuk, Micronesia there is only one airline servicing
Micronesia - Continental Airlines.  Either you will fly from Honolulu to
Guam to Chuuk, or do the island hopper.  When doing the island hopper there
is a Continental Technical Operation Personnel that flies with the plane. 
This is in the event that if something breaks along the way there will
somebody to repair it and continue the flight.  We flew Continental from
Boston  Newark, NJ - Honolulu, HI.  The Newark to Honolulu flight is 11
hours and we spent the night at a hotel near the airport.  We then flew to
Majuro, Marshall Islands where the plane experienced problems with the GPS
navigation system.  After sitting in the plane for 6 hours on the tarmac it
was decided that another plan from Guam would be flown in to continue the
trip.  Continental put us in a hotel for 6 hours where we could shower and
get something to eat.

We finally arrived at Chuuk, Micronesia 28 hours after leaving Honolulu. 
We had put enough time in the schedule so we did not miss the boat.  We
took the 4 km ride from the airport to Blue Lagoon Resort which takes about
15 minutes due to the potholes and ruts in the road.  Top speed is 20 MPH!

We hung out at the Blue Lagoon Resort after sleeping in.  We and one other
couple met the boat at 5:00 PM.  The rest of the passengers flew in that
night from Guam.

The Odyssey is 136 feet and holds 16 divers.  The staterooms are the
largest I have seen on a live aboard so far.  Two people can comfortably
walk around in the room, and there is a king size bed!  The staterooms have
individually controlled air conditioning so you can control the temperature
in your room.  The A/C is bit noisy but works wells and helps drown out the
boat noises.  There are also televisions with DVD players in each room and
a large selection of movies on board.  The boat is very spacious.  

The diving at Truk Lagoon is amazing.  You can dive your own profile with
no limitations.  We pre-arranged for double cylinders and dove them for the
week.  Surprisingly, we were the only ones diving twins that week. Due to
the depths of the wrecks it is recommended to use NITROX, and you should be
certified for NITROX before doing this trip.  NITROX training is available
on the boat if needed.  The Odyssey has a membrane system and uses 28% for
most of the dives during the week.  The Odyssey is able to mix any percent
of oxygen for your diving needs.  There is a large diving deck to do a
giant stride off to access the wrecks directly from the back of the boat. 
There is a hang bar at 11 feet directly below the dive platform to do your
safety stops.  Two long ladders make exiting the water easy.

The dive briefings are the most comprehensive that we have ever received on
a live aboard.  They provide a detailed diagram of each wreck and points of
interest in and on the wreck.  Odyssey does have cue cards available for
sale about the wrecks that you can take down with you.  The briefing
includes history about the wreck, how the wreck is laying, and good
photography points on the wreck.

As with any live aboard it is sleep, eat, and dive!  Morning briefing was
held at 7:30 AM after breakfast for the first dive of the day.  Depending
upon the schedule there may 1 or 2 dives on the morning wreck and then move
to another wreck for two dives in the afternoon.  Most days there was a
fifth dive (night dive) after dinner.  We were typically tired after the 4
dives and wanted the extra time to off gas in preparation for next days

There are guides available for the dives.  The guides can take you through
the wrecks and show you the highlights of the wreck.  There are more divers
than guides so you may not get a guide for every dive.

The meals are buffet style with snacks in between dives.  For breakfast
eggs, french toast, and pancakes can be ordered.  Generally the food is
pretty good.  Beer, Wine, and Alcohol are available at no charge.

The highlight of the week is diving on the San Francisco Maru.  This wreck
has 3 tanks on the deck, tanker trucks in the holds, and lots of munitions.
 The deck of the San Francisco Maru is at 165 so the bottom time is
limited along with some deco time.  It is definitely a dive not to miss.

There is a large camera table and two rinse tanks that are cleaned and
water changed daily.  The crew is very careful with the cameras as they
hand them to you in the water.  There is a charging station inside the

The crew of the Odyssey is very professional and courteous and provides an
excellent week of diving the wrecks of Truk Lagoon.
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