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Dive Review of Odyssey in
Micronesia/Truk

Odyssey, Aug, 2004,

by Bob & Doris Schaffer, CA, USA (Contributor Contributor 14 reports). Report 1264.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean; PNG; Solomons; Cocos; Red Sea; Mexico; California; Micronesia;Australia; Fiji; Tonga; Maldives
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 15 to 30 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None - except limits imposed by Nitrox
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Among the best of any of the liveaboards. Large 3-tier table and charging stations in video lounge with plenty of recepticles in a secure and dry area.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was our fourth trip to Truk and second on Odyssey. Unfortunately, we encountered bad weather, arrived 2-1/2 days late (because of Typhoon Chaba) and visibility was the worst we've ever experienced. Wrecks still make interesting diving and the collection of soft corals, anemones, tropical fish and small critters is just amazing. Some of the wrecks are so large that it may take two or more dives to completely see one wreck. Odyssey is an outstanding boat; crew is knowledgeable and accommodating and they pretty much leave experienced divers alone but happily provide information and assistance when requested or they think it is necessary or would be welcome. Food is very good, plentiful and well-prepared. Everything is included in the per person cost(soft drinks, beer, wine, nitrox)which makes the trip a good value and we didn't feel "nickled and dimed" for every little thing. Cabins are very comfortable and everything works. Boat could use more comfortable lounges on the deck and more attention to laundering the blankets and bedspreads between guests, but these are minor inconveniences compared to the overall experience of the trip. Odyssey schedules a shark feed on the outer wall of the lagoon and while we don't particularly like shark feeds and didn't think it was needed since there seemed to be plenty of sharks without the feed, we did participate and got some pretty good video footage. Captain Lenny and First Mate Cara do a great job. All in all, an excellent trip.
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