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Dive Review of Odyssey/Truk Stop in
Micronesia/Truk Lagoon

May, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Larry Deweese, TX, US
Report Number 2642
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
California, Baja, Belize, Bonaire, Brazil, BC, Cozumel, Florida, Hawaii,
Roatan, Tobago, Texas, Washington
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
150   to 200    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
I do not take u/w pictures
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 $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
Every since I started diving I have wanted to go to Truk Lagoon, or Chuuk
as it is now called.  I became interested in World War II history in high
school so combining my interest in history with probably the worlds top
destination for wreck dives was a dream vacation for me.  Before going on
the trip I completed the TDI advanced nitrox and decompression procedures
courses which came in handy on the dives.  
If you go to Truk fly through Guam and dont take the island tour like I
did.  My flight stopped in Majuro, Kwajalein, Kosrae, and Pohnpei before
getting to Truk.  It wasnt the stopping that was a pain, it was the TSA
rules they use in the Marshal Islands.  At each stop, except for Kwajalein,
half the people were forced to get off the plane with their carry on
luggage and then the entire plane would be searched. 
I got to Truk a day before I was scheduled to board the Odyssey.  I wanted
to unwind a little and check out one of the land based operations.  I made
arrangements to stay at the Truk Stop Hotel which has been in business for
a long time. They had a driver waiting to pick me up at the airport which
was nice.  They have a hotel, a restaurant, a bar, a dive shop, and a land
based dive operation.  Unfortunately for me I was there on Saturday evening
and most of the day on Sunday.  They do not run dive trips on Sunday and
the dive shop is not open either.  The bar does not open until 5:00pm.  The
Truk Stop is adequate but certainly not 5 star.  The rooms are very basic
and the electricity goes off for a few seconds several times a day.  I was
able to check out the Blue Lagoon and it was a lot nicer place to stay
although I cant comment on their dive operation.
The Odyssey is a wonderful boat with great staff.  As soon as you board the
boat you are taken care of.  The best thing I liked was that they treat you
like an adult certified diver.  I was able to dive my own profiles all
week.  I used twin Al 80s and usually 24% nitrox for back gas.  They can
pump up to 100% O2 so on many of the dives I slung an Al 40 with 50% and an
Al 40 with 100% for deco.  I had a single cabin which was nice since I was
traveling by myself.  There is a DVD player in each room.  The boat has a
large lounge/TV room with a huge library of movies.  The dining area is
large and I thought the meals were always delicious.  The boat has a well
stocked bar and all drinks are included in the cost of the boat.  A very
thorough dive brief is given at every new dive site.  The DMs take turns
giving the dive briefs and they use well drawn diagrams of the wrecks.  In
addition to describing the wreck, its features, and points of interest they
always mentioned where special marine animals like lionfish might be
You do not have to be a tech diver to enjoy the wrecks of Truk Lagoon. 
Several of the divers used single Al 80s.  If you want to use doubles you
have to reserve them in advance and they allow you to dive to your level of
certification.  The decks of most of the wrecks were at about 65 to 85 fsw.
 The masts and king posts sometimes rise to within 20 feet of the surface
and are completely covered with beautiful soft and hard coral.  There are
at least four DMs plus the captain that will lead dives for anyone that
requests it.  I penetrated every wreck and enjoyed seeing the engine rooms,
artifacts, cargo, and even the skeletons.  The San Francisco Maru is one of
the signature wrecks at Truk and we did it on the last day.  However, my
favorite was the Hoki Maru.  One of the lower cargo holds is full of 1940
Nissan trucks which are still in excellent condition.  I dived 12 different
wrecks plus the Betty Bomber and the shark feed and made a total of 22
dives.  On some wrecks we only made one dive and others we did three dives.
I highly recommend Truk Lagoon.  If you go be sure to schedule time for a
land tour to see some additional history of the war.  I stopped at Hawaii
on the way home and dived on Maui for a few days.  However, since its such
a long trip from the US a better plan would have been to schedule an
additional week in Palau, Yap, or even Bikini.  If you go to Truk I highly
recommend reading the World War II Wrecks of the Truk Lagoon by Dan E.
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