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Dive Review of Truk Odyssey in
Micronesia/Truk

Truk Odyssey, Apr, 2007,

by Tripp Jones MD, SC, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 52 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 3306.

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

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive by computer
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments Wife said was very good.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments [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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