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Dive Review of Odyssey Adventures in

Odyssey Adventures, Apr, 2012,

by Edward Leibowitz, NJ, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 6524 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Iíve been to Micronesia in the past and always found the diving to be excellent. Iím a once-a-year recreational scuba diver. I wasnít sure I wanted to go to TRUK, since I heard that is very deep diving to view the Japanese merchant ships sunk during World War 2. I was also fearful that the divers and Odyssey dive guides would be excellent divers that would want to have nothing to do with a once-a-year recreational diver. This did not turn out to be the case at all. Both fellow divers and staff were very helpful.
I normally take my diving vacations in May, but the April 2012 issue of Undercurrent mentioned a discount of $1000 through Reef and Rainforest on the Odyssey from April 13-23. Since Iím retired, I was able to go on this trip taking advantage of the discounted price.
I remember the Monday morning briefing prior to diving. JJ who ran operations on the boat told us that diving here was not like diving in the Caribbean. He said that we get a fair share of bends cases due to the depths of the wrecks. At this point I was ready to ask him to be transported to the mainland so that I could travel to Palau or Yap for a more recreational type diving operation, even though I paid close to $5000 for this trip.
My first dive of the week was the Kiyosumi. Depth was 70 feet. When I told the staff I was a bit fearful, they gave me a private dive guide. Being that I was the oldest diver on the Odyssey that week, I had a private diving guide the entire week. Sam, Madison and Kimberly proved to be excellent diving guides. At first, I only wanted to view the wrecks. However later in the week I was penetrating the wrecks with my personal dive guides. As the week progresses you dive deeper wrecks. JJ and his staff told us that the best wreck to dive was the San Francisco Maru at a depth of 165 feet which would be a decompression dive. For me it wasnít, since Madison and I viewed this wreck very quickly. Diving guides recommended 15 minutes viewing the San Francisco at a depth of 165 ft. Madison and I spent about 5 minutes going from bow to stern of San Francisco.
I did 19 dives on the Odyssey and did not have to decompress on any of the dives.
You should be certified nitrox up to 40%, since this allows you more bottom time to view the wrecks. Although not truly needed, I would recommend using a combined nitrox and air computer to better monitor the times you can spend at various depths. You have the option of using aluminum 80ís or steel 105ís or doubles. All week long I used the steel 105 tanks. If you donít want to dive the San Francisco, the staff will take you to a shallower dive site. Everybody on the Odyssey dove on the San Francisco the week I was there. The Odyssey tows a smaller boat, which would have been used on the alternate dive at a different site.
The Odyssey has an excellent dive platform and practices safe diving. There is a bar 11 feet below the boat containing a scuba tank which can be used to off-gas or breathe air if needed while off-gassing. A scuba tank is placed on the San Francisco, should anyone need to use it. In addition to the scuba tanks on the San Francisco and the eleven foot bar, one of the dive guides stays at a depth of 10-20 feet with an additional scuba tank to breathe from should it be needed when returning from the San Francisco. For all of the dives, except the San Francisco tanks were filled with 30% nitrox. For the San Francisco tanks were filled with 24% nitrox.
This was the first time on a scuba vacation, that I spent the entire week wreck diving. The good part about diving from the Odyssey is that you can do safe recreational wreck diving without being wreck certified.
Iíve been taking dive vacations once a year for the past 30 years. The Odyssey has the best diving operation and is the best dive boat that Iíve encountered in all my years of diving. The Odyssey staff is very obliging and makes every effort to be helpful.
Incidentally nobody got bent the week I was diving on the Odyssey.
The Odyssey also offers a technical wreck week a couple of times a year for certified wreck divers.
I got to Guam on April 14. The flight to Truk would not be leaving until 7:45 PM April 15. I obtained the services of a tour guide and enjoyed the 4-hour tour of Guam. If you have the time, I strongly recommend a guided tour of Guam.
Our group had an 18 hour layover in Truk after leaving the Odyssey at 8:00 AM on April 22. We took day rooms at the Blue Lagoon Hotel on Truk. After settling in the hotel our group chose to do a 4-hour tour of some of the neighboring islands surrounding Truk with a tour guide. We had to do quite a bit of walking in extremely hot and humid weather over somewhat rocky terrain. I donít recommend this tour.
Mike Hoppe of Reef and Rain Forest did an excellent job in putting this trip together in a very short timeframe. The airfare to travel to Truk although high in price was much better than any airfare I could have obtained on my own.
I highly recommend the Odyssey and the Reef and Rainforest diving travel agency.
Websites Odyssey Adventures   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Malaysia, Caribbean, Phillipines
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 25-100 Ft/ 8-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments I don't do underwater photography
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