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Dive Review of Odyssey in

September, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Martha & Jeff Hubbard, NY, USA
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports)
Report Number 737
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Palau, PNG, Australia, Fernando de Noronha, Bonaire, US & BVI,
Caymans, Antigua, Roatan, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 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  
Matt is knowledgeable and helpful on digital and film photography.  E-6 on
board.  Big photo table on dive deck, large light table in lounge.  Two
cameras-and-computers only fresh water tanks at stern.
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  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Odyssey has two things which make it very different from other top-end
liveaboards.  First, it was planned, designed and is run day-to-day and
dive-to-dive by the principals, Captains Lenny and Cara Kolczynski. 
Second, its spacious.  The wood-paneled staterooms (forget cabins) are
the largest we have enjoyed.  Private bathrooms house the shower and
toilet; the sink is in the stateroom itself.  The dive deck and dining
saloon are very large, and there is a separate lounge (large enough for all
passengers) with charging station and elaborate electronic entertainment
equipment.  The extensive library covers marine life as well as the history
of the Pacific War and Hailstorm, the February, 1944 bombing of Truk which
sank the Japanese fleet on which we dive.  Staterooms have 2 individual fan
controls for air conditioning.  We ran ours at a minimum because we were on
the lower deck which is about 3/4ths below surface (large portholes at
surface level) where the warm air and sun dont reach the hull.
There are four dive opportunities per day and a night  dive after dinner. 
When a detour to the fringing reef (for a shark feed  not our cup of tea)
took longer than planned, they rearranged the schedule to ensure a dive
wasnt missed.
There are 80 cu ft and 112 cu ft tanks available, and nitrox (for those
certified) is 30% O2, putting the 1.6 atm pO2 depth at 143 ft.  The big
tanks made long dives possible for everyone  ours averaged 50 min without
pushing air or deco.  Most of the wrecks have shallower structures like
masts and kingposts, covered with sea life, which permit finishing the dive
at shallower depths, not just hanging on the line.   We made 27 dives
(skipped one night dive) and on about 5 had to shorten the dive or ascend a
little because of approaching decompression.  San Francisco Maru is the
only planned deco dive (200 ft max); we skipped it because of the
recommendation to skip the night dive before and the next dive after, and
made a simultaneous dive on a nearby wreck.
The dive briefings, by one of the captains or British divemaster Matt, are
comprehensive and include excellent diagrams, which is important as each
wreck has different features and hazards.  All the wrecks are within the
lagoon, some close to islands, so visibility is less than in the open
ocean.  Diving is from the wide fantail, 4 steps down from dive deck, with
two big ladders for exit.  Safety bar at 12 feet, freshwater shower on
fantail.  There were some relative rookies aboard (<50 dives), who took
an advanced course and did fine  the captains, Matt, and Chuukese Madison
and Davy are all ready to help everyone.
The captains and crew have retained their enthusiasm for Truk diving. 
There is a real at-home feeling, since Odyssey is the Kolczynski home,
complete with Shasta the ships (nondiving) cat.  Getting there is long (26
hr for us) but Continental was reliable.  If you like wreck diving, put
Odyssey on your must-do list.
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