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Dive Review of Truk Odyssey in

April, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Tripp Jones MD, SC, USA
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Report Number 3306
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Cozumel, Caymans, Turks and Caicos, Belize, Truk, Puerto Rico, St.
Lucia, St. Kitts,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

rainy, cloudy  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive by computer  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
 Wife said was very good.
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 $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
[None]This was our dive shop's (Wateree Dive Center, Columbia, SC) second
trip on the Odyssey and my third trip to Truk. The Odyssey is still, in my
opinion, the best live aboard afloat. The crew is great and the diving is
awesome. Continental Airlines incompetence in Houston caused us to miss our
connection to Guam so we lost two days of diving in Truk. They really acted
as if they could give a rip since they are the only flight to Truk. We took
the "island hopper" route from Honolulu to Truk and this is an
awful "butt busting" flight. Continental was OK from LA onward,
but Houston is a joke. The diving was fine. The weather was more rainy, but
the crew of the Odyssey was superb. The corals are awesome and small and
large critters are everywhere. The wrecks show some deterioration, but this
is expected since the attack occurred in Feb., 1944. The water was warm
(82-84 degrees)and the viz pretty good. The food on Odyssey was plentiful
and varied. The accomodations are quite adequate and I would certainly
return again. Nitrox is available, generally about a 30% mix and was
consistent. There is adequate space for storage and the dive platform is
large, with a warm water shower also quite enjoyable when returning to the
platform. Overall, this is a great trip and our dive shop will probably
return again. If Continental Airlines Houston hub can ever get their act
together, then it will be a superb trip. Next time we may take another
airline to Hawaii and then change to Continental. A stopover on the way
home for a couple of days in Honolulu helps the "decompression
time" in returning to the East Coast. It's a long trip, but well worth
the time and expense.
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