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Dive Review of Odyssey Adventures in
Micronesia/Truk

Odyssey Adventures, Apr, 2010,

by Kent Roorda, CO, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 5504.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Carribbean, Australia, Indonesia, PNG, Malasia, Indonesia,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Surprisingly, none.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Great still and video photo ops on this trip. Be aware that you will be going through some relatively tight spaces, so large camera gear could be damaged.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 2 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The good: The Truk Odyssey is an exceptional and very comfortable boat. The meals were great and there was plenty to eat. The crew was courteous and very helpful. Diving in Truk Lagoon is really a treat; particularly for someone who enjoys wreck diving. Even if a person is not a wreck diver, the beautiful coral and fish life that lives on the wrecks is really something to see and experience. The Odyssey is well equipped for any level of diver. They even provide 108 cubic foot Nitrox tanks which made deeper dives and safety stops much easier and more manageable. One could dive their own profile, and it was up to individuals to follow safe diving practices and procedures. Due to the somewhat deeper depths (around 100'), nitrox is normally mixed at 30%, which seems to work great; giving extended bottom time without loading up on oxygen, or nitrogen.
Of concern: Towards the end of the week, divers were given the opportunity to dive on the very large 'San Francisco' wreck. The upper deck of this boat is at -165 feet and things go DOWN from there. During the week, the crew (particularly the Captain) really encouraged everyone to take this dive because it was/is so spectacular. However, NO warnings were made, and there was no discussion regarding the fact that such a depth goes against all Internationally recognized authority[s] recommendations for depth for recreational diving. No discussion was made regarding the increased possibilities of Nitrogen Narcosis, increased risk of DCS, or any other risk associated with diving at a depth of 165+ feet. Last, but far from least, no consideration was made with regards to physical fitness, or even experience of divers who were willing to make the dive. It didn't matter (to the crew) if someone was obesely overweight, if a person was taking anti-depressants or ANY other prescription drug, or if a person had a "Deep Diver" certification or training. Finally, it was the opinion of a number of guests on the boat that the crew (and particularly the Captain) was irresponsible to take recreational divers BELOW 165+ feet without making any of the considerations I indicated above. In fact, it seemed as though the safety and welfare of the divers was less important than 'showing them a good time.' As we all know, diving at such depth[s] violates ALL recommendations and guidelines set forth by ALL major Certification Agencies as well as the U.S. Navy. Likewise, diving at such a depth is set aside for 'Technical Divers' and divers who have received Technical and Deep Diving Certifications. While a standard Recreational diver may be a very good and very experienced diver, all of his/her knowledge and good sense can be diminished or erased due to Nitrogen Narcosis at such depths. Taking recreational divers, or even providing them with the opportunity to go below 130 feet is, in my opinion, irresponsible and dangerous. Before this report was made to Undercurrent, I expressed my concerns to Odyssey Adventures. They told me that they would look into it, but that was the last I heard of them. Therefore, one can only assume that Odyssey's will to provide the best dives outweighs their concern for the safety and welfare of their guests.
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