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Dive Review of Sunn Odyssey/Island Seas Resort in

Sunn Odyssey/Island Seas Resort, May, 2004,

by J. Ray Behnke, D.M.D., UT, USA . Report 1334.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments My wife and I dove with Sunn Odessey when we were fairly new divers about 12 years ago and enjoyed the experience. We took our newly-certified "boss" and another co-worker couple with us. The couple had been on a previous trip with us when they were newly-certified. I suppose this caused Nick some problems since we were trying to help them because he suddenly set out to show everyone what a bad diver I was. I prefer to not use a descent line only in moderate to stiff currents, since I usually have my hands full with camera gear and am prone to "mal-de-mer" so I prefer to descend when I hit the water. I usually clear this with the divemaster. When I entered the water, I have to bounce back up to receive my camera which then has me bobbing back down a couple of feet, which I like in order to get going down. At this level I noticed that the line was on the other side of the boat from me so I went on down. Back on board he let everyone know how bad I was for not going down the line. So next dive, after receiving my camera I went off closer to the stern. After receiving the camera I turned around to find the line and without realizing it had drifted a little under the dive platform where it slammed down gashing my head and giving me a wonderful view of "Starwars". Down on the bottom, which was a small wreck adorned with prolific sea life, I saw a large beautiful pair of midnight parrotfish and was concentrating on photographing them and didn't realize that he'd called everyone back to the boat. He started over to me when I noticed everyone one on the ascent line and went over to follow him up. Onboard he went almost into a tirade pointing out how I had left my buddy (actually she had left me when told to go up) and I was in a decompression dive from my negligence. I asked how he came to that conclusion to which he replied that he read it on my computer. Although I mused how he could see my wrist computer so well from another 6 to 8 feet above me when I was hanging onto the rope with that had, the other hand being preoccupied with the camera, but dropped the whole thing. On shore I scrolled back to the dive and showed him that I was two bars away from the caution zone and asked how he thought we could enter a decompression dive when the maximum depth was 55 feet and time was 45 minutes. He merely stated that at least he had gotten me up onto the boat a walked off. Other than the problems with Nick, The diving was good with the normal amount of sea life. I think Sunn Odessey would be very good for beginning divers but my wife and I were not as happy with the various restrictions. Nick's wife, Karen, is a jewel in helping everyway she can, as are the other divemasters.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Kona, Maui, Cozumel, Belize, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Curacao, Bonaire, Dominica, Grand Turk, Providenciales, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Stay right with dive master, time limits, restrictions on water entry (insist on using descent line even with no current)
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments no E-6 facilities, have rinse bucket, dry area is small shelf nehind front window.
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