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Dive Review of Odyssey in
Micronesia/Truk

Odyssey, Jun, 2006,

by Martha & Jeff Hubbard, NY, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 26 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 2704.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, PNG, Palau, Australia, Bonaire, Belize, VI, Antigua, Roatan, Hawaii . . .
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 81 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 0 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions. Skins a good idea for protection if you don't wear a wetsuit.
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 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Big camera table w compressed air; camera/computers only rinse tank. Crew is super-careful with cameras.

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 This was our 4th week aboard Odyssey in 3 years. The big question, now that the owners are taking some time off, was, Can the new Captain do the job that Lenny and Cara did, which made Odyssey the # 1 Liveaboard? Happily, the answer is yes British Captain Nick is absolutely up to the Kolczynsky standard, and our 4th week aboard was as pleasant as the others. The crew, mostly of some years service, is as excellent as ever. We did miss ship's cat Shasta, who now lives in Colorado.
The wrecks are little changed still the best wreck diving to be had. What has deteriorated a lot since 2003 and 2004 is the soft coral on the wrecks. Comparison to our photographs of 2003 shows that one-half to two-thirds of the soft coral, which cloaked most of all the wrecks then, has gone. The cause is uncertain (to us) but the dynamite fishing which is reported and which the Chuukese government does not control is a likely contributing factor.
E-6 processing is gone, the victim of digital . . . and almost nobody misses it. Standard nitrox mix is 30%, fills always exceed 3000 psi. Big (112 cu ft) tanks available, as well as yoked doubles, & c. Even the heavy breather in the couple got dives > 1 hr. Max operating depth [1.6 atm] for 30% O2 is 143 ft, which is fine for every dive except San Francisco Maru, for which you breathe air or 24% O2.
Still the best of the 12 liveaboards we have been on. Don't miss it.
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