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Dive Review of Odyssey Adventures/Truk Odyssey in
Micronesia/Truk on Chuuk

Odyssey Adventures/Truk Odyssey, Mar, 2006,

by James Rieter, nevada, USA . Report 2336.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cancun, Sea of Cortez, Cabo, California Channel islands, Martinique, Belize and Lake Mead. Live aboards in Belize and Sea of Cortez

Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 82 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Can use 80s or steel 112s and free nitrox. Expect to hit some deco dives if you want, and very much able to dive own profile. Did 180' on special arranged dive.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Camera table was large enough for the group we had (13 of 16).

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 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The odyssey was our 3rd live aboard and by far outshines our first two Peter Hughes Sundancer, Belize and SolmarV in Mexico. Every thing from the layout of the boat, fantastic service, food quality and diving sets this location apart. Rather than designating the Truk Odyssey as a live aboard, calling it a bed and breakfast with fantastic diving is more of a proper description.
The flight: We did have some travel problems with Continental Airlines. Our connection in Guam was missed with a 50 min. layover. Luckily we were able to get another flight out the next morning arriving 14 hours late and missing two morning dives. (Capt. Lenny made up these two dives for us on Sat.) Suggestion, never plan a international flight with less than a two hour lay over. When I saw that the group had scheduled this connection I new from experience that we could be in for trouble and we were. We were lucky, a group going to Palau on the Aggressor were at least 24 hours late.
Our next trip to Truk will have a different flight plan. Continental has an island hopper that departs Honolulu that makes 4 stops prior to Truk, two of these stops are Kosrae and Pohnpei. The diving on these two islands are rumored to be fantastic and the Village in Pohnpei is real exotic. I plan to arrive a few days early, stay at one of these locations, do a few dives, relax and get better adjusted to the time then fly into Truck on the same connecting flight.
Service: We were met at Truk airport as soon as we exited baggage claim by Capt. Lenny and quickly arrived at the Odyssey. We had a quick check in on the boat, shown to our very large room (11 by 14) and soon after lunch we were diving our first wreck. I can honestly that there was nothing during the week I needed that was not already done and thought of. The crew will spoil you; they even put your fins on your feet for you on the dive platform.
The boat: Very well thought out and spacious design. Even the single rooms were larger than some deluxe rooms I have seen on other boats. The dining area was very spacious and they even had a separate lounge area with sound and video equipment. The dive deck was also very workable and would easily handle a full boat. Food on the Odyssey was tasty and plentiful and is served buffet style. The buffet style works well with the open gate for diving and that some of your party may be doing extra deco time and allows the rest of the group to eat when they are ready.
The diving: There is not much I can say about the diving in Truk that you do not already know about. Truk is a must dive location with warm water and low impact easy fining. The Odyssey will let you dive Truk the way you want to. Our group diving experience level ranged from real newbies, techs to dive shop owners and everyone was very happy and most if not all plan to return on the Odyssey. Dive guides are fantastic, just ask and they will get you there.
I know I sound like I work for the Odyssey but I can complain, just look at my review of the Solmar V.
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