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Dive Review of Truk Odyssey in
Micronesia/Chuuk Lagoon

Truk Odyssey, Oct, 2008,

by Bill and Cindy Barrow, PA, USA ( 1 report). Report 4510.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Live aboards, Turks and Caicos, Bleize, Hawaii, Tobago, Land diving North Carolina, California and all of Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions. Dive within your limits of training
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments Triple layered camera table with low pressure compressed air. Battery charging rack available. Large rinse tanks dedicated for Cameras.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Chuuk Lagoon
Truk Odyssey
Oct. 19-26, 2008

A trip to the famous Truk Lagoon for the best wreck diving in the world is every divers dream. Thanks to a very good friend my dreams were fulfilled.
Getting to the country of Chuuk, more definitively, Weno will test your endurance. I have been on many overseas trips before and flying 30 or more hours to have fun was no fun for Cindy or me, my dive buddy and wife.

The Truk Odyssey is a former Cruise ship, refitted for diving. It can handle 16 divers with a crew of 8. Five of the eight crew members were local Chuukese. Three were divers and two were cooks. JJ our captain was assisted by Todd (assistant captain) and Kim (instructor).

The room we were assigned was bigger than many of the Holiday Inn Express rooms I frequently stay in. All rooms have toilet and showers and plenty of storage room including a closet for hanging stuff. Each had separate air conditioner control (dont mess with because it is controlled by the ships computers). The rooms were cool but noisy. My air conditioner sounded like someone was bowling at times in the ductwork. It did not matter. There were too many pluses to outweigh this minor annoyance.

The dive deck was LARGE and easily allowed 16 divers and staff to don gear. Most of the diving was from a well-designed dive platform on the fantail of the ship. Equipment rinse tanks for dive gear and separate tanks for cameras (and we all had some kind of camera). A triple layered camera table with compressed air had ample room for everybodys cameras. But for all these nice amenities, the best was the available of NITROX, Double DIN valve tanks AL 80s, AL30 stage bottles. AL 80s and steel 105 singles were also available all at no extra charge. We had to reserve these ahead of time. A 29% mix was standard but if you want a richer mix, it would set you back $2 per cubic foot.
JJ the captain finally rounded us all up very late on Sunday for our briefing. It was short and simple. Dive safely and dive within your limits of training. The rest of the briefing was about the operation of the boat and when we will eat.
Breakfast (continental) was served everyday starting at 6:00 AM with a made to order cooked breakfast starting at 6:30 AM. Snacks and/or food were served after every dive. Generally, the food was plentiful and tasteful, but not much variety. All meals were served Buffet style in the enormous dinning room. But on the other had, alcohol was 100% free from the well stocked bar. It goes without saying that this was reserved for AFTER your last dive of the day or if you enjoy, that was your last dive of the day.
The diving briefings by JJ were the best I have ever witness. Obviously this man has dived the wrecks and knows every intimate detail about them. He graphically and audibly prepared us for each dive like a professor. He gave detail that can only be presented by his extensive experiences on these wrecks. When you left one of his briefings, you really had the mental movie about this wreck.
Dive planning was left up to each diver. Buddy diving was encouraged but not required. A sample of dive planning most of us under took was to plan for the first and maybe second dive with decompression obligations. Then after that we dove our computers. And be sure you have at least two computers. I did have two and one of mine failed on the third day. Dive times were when you wanted to dive but be back on the boat before a certain time. Most of use did four dives per day with several doing five per day. But, with all the long deco times, four dives a day suited me just fine. We had a night dive every day for five days and the last day we did an additional three dives before heading back to Weno.

Dive conditions were excellent throughout the week. All of us were North East Coast divers and cold water and bad visibility was our common bond. On our first dive we were close to an island and run off from the rain the night before reduced visibility to maybe 30-40 feet. This posed no problem to any of us. As the week progressed we experience visibility fro 30 feet to almost 100 feet.
I am not going to bore my readers with all the fabulous things that were experienced while diving. This is diving that must be experienced. The local Odyssey members were absolute the best in giving us guided tours through the entire ship including many deep into the interior to see the engine rooms. Artifacts left over from the war were sobering and exciting to see.
At the end of the dive week, Saturday we sailed back to Weno. Dinner was not supposed to be served Saturday evening, but we all complained of the sparse menus ashore and JJ allowed us to stay on board and eat leftovers. Believe me this was the better choice. We departed the Odyssey on Sunday at 8:00AM. All except Cindy and I would be flying out at 2:30AM Monday morning so a day room at the Blue Lagoon was arranged. Cindy and I were flying back to Honolulu for another four days in Hawaii, so we were not schedule to leave until 10:30 AM on Monday. Sunday evening, we arranged a ride to the Truk Stop Hotel and had a decent meal there. Next time we may try eating there for every meal instead of the Blue Lagoon. And, there will be a next time.
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