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Dive Review of Thorfin/Thorfin- land based due to Boat acc in
Micronesia/Truk Lagoon

October, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Jon Bunnell, CA, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4117
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Over 3,000 dives-Va Beach, North Carlina, Fl Keys, Walkers Cay, Bimini,
Grad Bahama, Maui, Cozumel, Southern Ca., La Bufadora Mx.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No Restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Accomodations pretty limited-for photagraphy if you need it bring it.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
We chartered 1/2 of the Thorfin for one week.In June we were contacted that
the boat had hit a reef after refueling. We were offered a full refund,
discount on a future trip, or to take the trip as planned and do a
landbased trip with the two dive tenders from the Thorfin. The land based
accomodations would be at the Blue Lagoon resort. Most of our group opted
for a full refund, however 5 of us decided to continue on with our dive
trip. The blue lagoon resort is a nice property. The rooms are very basic,
airconditioned, and clean. We were amazed at the variety of food available
at the one restaraunt. The food was very good, basic but good. Fresh fish,
Japanese, and American food. The service was very slow and poor. More than
once we sat for more than 45 minutes without being offered water or any
other beverage after coming back from a full day of diving. I cannot say
enough about the diving- it is everything I have heard- The Fujikawa Maru
has incredible corals, fans and giant clams covering the entire ship.
Unbelievable artifacts from the war. The Water was pristine on 80% of the
dives. We dove  4 dives a day for 6 days. We were allowed to dive our own
profiles. However, the dive opoeration was the most haphazard and dangerous
operation I have encounterd in 20 years. The group was promised doubles and
Nitrox upon request. Doubles were not available until our 4th day of
diving, and there were only two sets. The group spent 2 hours assembling
them and using our own dive kits for spare parts. About 50% of the parts
offered for the doubles were corroded beyond use. During the week we were
offered tanks with yolks that were so corroded, and O-rings so old they
were not usable. The divemaster had only broken english and communication
consisted of pointing and smiling. On the San Franciso Maru my wife and I
went to use the first staged bottle for decompression at 150 feet- and one
of the regulaters was so corroded it would not function. In preparation for
the San Francisco our group of 5 plus an Irish couple orgainized our deco
bottles with our own back-up equipment with the exception of the one which
failed at 150 FT. (lesson learned) The following day while doing a
decompression dive we found the same inoperative reg at 40 feet. The
consensus of our group was that the diving was a success because of the
experience and back up equipment the group brought with them. Nitrox would
show up some days and sometimes only enough bottles for part of the
group.The Panga we dove from was the nicest we saw in the lagoon- 20 ft
rigid hull inflatable, two outboards, and completely covered from the sun.
One side of the tubing was completly deflated. On the fifth day they
brought the second boat which was completely inflated, however one of the
engines failed-so for the afternoon dive were back to the flat tire boat.
Overall the trip was incredible, but I would never dive with this operation
again-although we did not get to use the boat where most of the equipment
is-one would only assume the quality of their operation is indicated by who
was left in Truk to run the business while the Thorfin underwent repairs.
Many apologies were offered at the conclusion of our trip-given the
advanced level of diving/depth-apologies do not excuse the poor level of
performance of the Thorfin employees or equipment.
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