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Dive Review of Truk Odyssey in

March, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Ann McGrath, VA, US
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports, with 6 Helpful votes)
Report Number 1619
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Yap, Dominica, Solomons, Fiji, Thailand, Cayman Islands, Bahamas,
Venezuela, Belize, Cozumel, Saba
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox MOD  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The Odyssey has a large area for cameras - there were 13 photographers on
our trip, and we had plenty of room.  There is a separate area in the salon
for charging batteries.  They processed E6 film quickly, and have a large
light table for viewing slides.
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 $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
The Truk Odyssey deserves its awards as the top liveaboard anywhere.  We
have dived dozens of liveaboards, and the Odyssey has the largest cabins
we've seen yet.  Their dining room/bar area is monstrous, and there is an
additional salon on the main deck with hundreds of DVDs, which you can
watch in the salon, or in your cabin, which is equipped with headphones at
each bed so you don't disturb other passengers.

I gave the kitchen staff a fairly strict diet to follow, and they did an
excellent job.  At most meals, they had prepared a plate separately for

There was plenty of hot water, and the toilets are not marine toilets!  The
Odyssey, at one time, was a small cruise ship, so its accommodations more
closely resemble those of a cruise ship than a liveaboard.

Because of recent surgery, I could not lift my equipment.  No problem!  The
crew graciously brought me my tank and BC to the dive deck, where I put my
gear on while sitting on the back deck.  They always tied their own line to
each wreck, so we always had a guide line back to the Odyssey after a dive,
without having to follow the mooring line.  The divemasters gave excellent
tours of the wrecks, and found great stuff for us to see and photograph.

The only suggestion I made to Lenny and Cara (owners/captains) upon leaving
was that I would prefer more local cuisine.  The food was excellent, but it
was normal American fare.  Our last dinner was steak and lobster!  For
snacks, we had fresh baked breads, brownies, coconut macaroons, sashimi,
and always fresh fruit.  Their bar is well stocked and is included in the
price of the charter.
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