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Dive Review of Truk Odyssey in
Micronesia/Chuuk Lagoon

October, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Bill and Cindy Barrow, PA, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4510
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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

Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions. Dive within your limits of training  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
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  
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):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
1 stars   
5 stars    
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
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
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