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Dive Review of Truk Odyssey in

June, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Terry Gee, TX, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 813
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Diving for over 30 years and am a professional dive master, tour guide. 
Pacific, Sea of Cortez, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic areas.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions, dive briefings followed by dive master assistance and
guidance if you wanted it but otherwise you could do what you wanted.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The Odyssey is one of the nicest live aboards that I have sailed on.  The
crew is helpful, knowledgable and friendly.  The diving is almost all wreck
diving but the best there is.  The rooms are very large and spacious,
airconditioned and well kept up.  The food is great.  It is one of those
trips that a diver just has to do at least once in his/her lifetime and the
Truk Odyssey is a fantastic vessel to dive from.  The owner/capt and his
wife make it a trip to remember.
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  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
I would try to avoid Los Angeles on the way over or back.  I fly
frequently, but LA is by far the worst airport to fly through.  Lines
extended out the doors and down the street at EVERY place that you had to
pass through.  Three hours is just about the minimum amount of time that
you should give yourself to get through that mess.  Otherwise it is a
fairly smooth but very long trip.  Close to eighteen hours flying time.  To
get to Truk you must pass through Guam, the same as going to Palau and many
of the other dive sites in that part of the world.  The lay overs are not
exceptional and the customs and immigrations in every area we ran in to are
easy to deal with.  The airport in Truk is more like an open warehouse so
don't expect any amenities there like food or water.  We stopped in Hawaii
for two days on the return trip to make it a little less grueling and that
was great.  I recommend it as going is never too difficult but returning
home you are tired, not going on vacation but back to work, etc. and it
makes for essentially two vacations in one.  Still, like Palau, this is one
of those trips that everyone who is really into diving and especially if
you love history, should do.  
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