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Dive Review of Truk Odyssey in

July, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Todd Allen, CO, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4247
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Bonaire, California, Hawaii, South Carolina, Utila
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions were enforced.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Odyssey offered a great setup for underwater photographers. There were two
separate rinse tanks for cameras only.  A large dry table for cameras on
the dive deck included an air hose for drying.  The lounge had a large
screen TV for viewing photos and videos as well as a set of power strips
for recharging batteries.      
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
Our twelve divers were from Tortuga Bay out of Greeley, CO.  We arrived in
Chuuk at 9:00 PM from Denver via connections through LA, Honolulu, and
Guam.  The flights and layovers were long but uneventful.  We were met by
the crew from the Odyssey as we cleared customs at the airport.  We were
taken by bus to the Blue Lagoon Resort where the Odyssey was moored.  We
were taken on a skiff out to the boat for a welcome reception.  We were
able to assemble our gear that night to be ready to start diving the next
morning.  Up to five dives per day were possible with only three dives on
the last day.  A normal day was two dives before lunch, two in the
afternoon, and a possible night dive.  We dove twelve different wrecks plus
the Betty Bomber.  Most wrecks were so large that we usually did two or
more dives per wreck before moving on to the next site.  We also did a
shark feeding dive on the reef outside of the atoll in crystal clear water.
The surface of Truk Lagoon was smooth as a mirror for most of the week.  We
had mild chop on only one dive.  The depths ranged between 70 and 130 ft
normally and up to190 ft for the San Francisco Maru.  The dives offered a
great variety of fish, lots of colorful corals, inumerable WWII artifacts
displayed on the deck, and possibility of limited wreck penetration.  Dive
service was excellent.  We were given a very detailed dive briefing for
each wreck.  Briefings included the depths of various portions of the wreck
as well as the highlights.  Dive slates for the individual wrecks were
available and proved invaluable while navigating the wreck.  Once a dive
briefing was completed, the pool was open.  Personal dive lockers were
located under the seats on the tank benches.  All divers used a 30% Nitrox.
 For the extended depth of the San Francisco a 24% Nitrox mix was used. 
All you have to do is gear up, walk done a few steps to the dive deck.  The
dive guides put your fins on, check your air is on, and then hand your
camera once youre in the water.  All dives were off the back of the
liveaboard (i.e., no diving from skiffs like on the SS Thorfinn).  Descents
were made down either a mooring line at the bow of the Odyssey or down a
jug line that was usually near the dive deck.  Dive guides were available
for assisting in wreck penetration.  Some dives exceeded NDL limits and
required short deco stops.  A hang bar at 10 ft. as well as two dive
ladders assisted exits.  PADI instruction and certification for Nitrox
diving or wreck diving specialities were available.  Back onboard, towels
on the dive deck were ready hot out of the dryer. There were two separate
rinse tanks for cameras and two rinse tanks for all other equipment.  Tanks
were immediately refilled at our seats and were ready for the next dive. 
On the last dive day, a dive to the legendary San Francisco Maru was
offered to those interested.  The deck was at 165 ft and the holds at 190
ft.  Those who chose to dive the San Francisco had to skip the previous
night dive and the next dive following the San Francisco.  The sight of the
battle tanks on the deck at 165 ft was worth the sacrifice of a couple of
dives.  The non-diving services were excellent.  A continental breakfast of
cereal and fruit salad was followed by a made to order hot breakfast.  A
variety of selections were available for lunch and dinner.  Steaks grilled
to order were the meal highlight of the week.  Snacks were provided mid
morning and mid afternoon every day.  There was free access to
non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks, but an alcoholic drink meant your dive
day was over.  On the last day, we were dropped off at the Blue Lagoon
Resort at mid morning.  Day rooms were available for the wait for the
flight home at 2:00 AM.  A land tour was available for $15, but only went
to the former command center, now the local high school, and an artillery
gun in a cave overlooking the island. At the cave, we also had to pay the
owner $5 each.   It was interesting to see the island and all the locals
walking home from church in their Sunday finest.  Overall, the Odyssey
provided a once in a lifetime dive trip.  The service was perfect.  The
opportunity to dive these WWII wrecks with the variety of artifacts was a
thrill for both diving and military history buffs. The Odyssey is the best
liveaboard in Truk and offers many more diving opportunities than
land-based operations.   
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