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Dive Review of Odyssey in

June, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Martha & Jeff Hubbard, NY, US
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports)
Report Number 2704
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, PNG, Palau, Australia, Bonaire, Belize, VI, Antigua, Roatan, Hawaii .
. . 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions.  Skins a good idea for protection if you don't wear a
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Big camera table w compressed air; camera/computers only rinse tank.  Crew
is super-careful with cameras.
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 $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
This was our 4th week aboard Odyssey in 3 years.  The big question, now
that the owners are taking some time off, was, Can the new Captain do the
job that Lenny and Cara did, which made Odyssey the # 1 Liveaboard? 
Happily, the answer is yes  British Captain Nick is absolutely up to the
Kolczynsky standard, and our 4th week aboard was as pleasant as the others.
 The crew, mostly of some years service, is as excellent as ever.  We did
miss ship's cat Shasta, who now lives in Colorado.
The wrecks are little changed  still the best wreck diving to be had. 
What has deteriorated a lot since 2003 and 2004 is the soft coral on the
wrecks.  Comparison to our photographs of 2003 shows that one-half to
two-thirds of the soft coral, which cloaked most of all the wrecks then,
has gone.  The cause is uncertain (to us) but the dynamite fishing which is
reported and which the Chuukese government does not control is a likely
contributing factor.
E-6 processing is gone, the victim of digital . . . and almost nobody
misses it.  Standard nitrox mix is 30%, fills always exceed 3000 psi.  Big
(112 cu ft) tanks available, as well as yoked doubles, & c.  Even the
heavy breather in the couple got dives > 1 hr.  Max operating depth [1.6
atm] for 30% O2 is 143 ft, which is fine for every dive except San
Francisco Maru, for which you breathe air or 24% O2.  
Still the best of the 12 liveaboards we have been on.  Don't miss it.
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