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Dive Review of Odyssey liveaboard in
Micronesia/Chuuk; Truk Lagoon

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Michael J Millet, CA, USA
Top Contributor   (63 reports, with 8 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4001
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean, Fiji, Vanuatu, Yap, Palua, Kosrae, Galapagos,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, no currents  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
With several deep wrecks, divers dived their computers and deco dives were
expected. We dived on 28% nitrox on most dives. Divers could go with or
without a dive guide. If wreck penetration was pursued then it was best to
go with a dive guide due to low viz.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
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
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The wrecks and the marine life offers superb opportunities for pictures.
The dive guides know the wrecks and can find the best artifacts and
critters for photos. The interior of the wrecks is often filled with
particulates so backscatter is a challenge. The Odyssey has a large camera
table, 2 camera rinse tanks and air hoses. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
The Odyssey is a very spacious boat. I had one of the single cabins and had
plenty of room. The dining area is large and is separate from the salon
which is also very spacious. The meals are primarily buffet although
breakfast is made-to-order. The food is plentiful and very tasty. There is
also a very good variety. The shrimp curry is especially tasty.

The boat has a full bar which is included in the fare. There is a good
variety of beer and some better-than-average red/white wines.

The dive operations are handled very professionally and efficiently. The
dive briefings are very thorough and helpful. Since one is diving deep on
and in wrecks, it is wise to pay attention to the briefings. The dive deck
is very spacious with each diver having an equipment locker under the bench
by one's tank. The Odyssey offers steel tanks which eliminates the need for
about 6 pounds of weights. 

The Odyssey crew was great -- very helpful, knowledgeable, friendly and

Navigation on the wrecks is made a bit easier by using waterproof 5x7 cards
which show a schematic of the wreck and the highlights of each wreck. These
cards are available for purchase on the boat. I found them very helpful. 

The wrecks are truly a history lesson. They are filled with artifacts such
as beer/sake bottles, small arms, torpedoes, airplanes, telegraphs, human
remains, gas masks, ammo, artillery rounds, and many other items.

The marine life on the wrecks included awesome soft corals, eagle rays,
many anemones with a variety of anemone fish and cleaner shrimp, pipefish,
hawkfish, nudibranchs, flatworms, schools of jacks and barracuda.

Due to the location of Chuuk and flight schedules, it is necessary to spend
the night before and after the Odyssey trip on Chuuk. I stayed at the Blue
Lagoon Resort which has its own day boat dive operation. The accommodations
and food were OK.

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