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Dive Review of Thorfinn in
Micronesia/Truk Lagoon

Thorfinn: "Truk Lagoon fiasco", May, 2015,

by Ronald Johnson, TX, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 8551 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 1 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Thorfinn was not our first choice, but when the Odyssey (our original booking) was damaged and the other liveaboard was burnt, our only option was to step up to the Thorfinn. Thank goodness they were there as I got to dive Truk Lagoon for the fourth time. Sadly, probably my last.
The Thorfinn is stout, seaworthy old girl, but has lapsed into a sad state of disrepair. Limited air conditioning inside, terrible photo and dive decks, many, safety issues, poor food, minimal ice, all Captained by a an experienced sea-man, Capt. Lance.
(I'm told all this is standard for European travelers, but not for this experienced U.S. world dive traveler.)
The typhoon whipped up the underwater so particulates were everywhere causing severe back scatter. Even my photos turned out marginal...
Topside was severely challenging. Bottomside was also sadly disappointing.
I KNOW that Truk Lagoon is slowing deteriorating. If you have any desire to see the most spectacular wreck diving on this planet, you MUST go.
Be prepared to make one of the longest journeys to and from this remote location, in your entire life.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over the world on some of the best liveaboards in the world. The Thorfinn was the worst!
Closest Airport Truk Getting There Long, long, bloody way! Flight from Guam.

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 80-78°F / 27-26°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 10-65 Ft/ 3-20 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None really. It was prudent to follow the dive guide. He really KNEW where he was going inside those wrecks! They were some of the best. A welcome respite from the boat.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Been on other Truk dive liveaboards who really catered to UWP. The Thorfinn has a small sink holding one camera on another deck. Very poor for photographers.
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