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Dive Review of Truk Odyssey in

Truk Odyssey, Mar, 2005,

by Ann McGrath, VA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 14 Helpful votes). Report 1619.

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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 N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Truk Odyssey deserves its awards as the top liveaboard anywhere. We have dived dozens of liveaboards, and the Odyssey has the largest cabins we've seen yet. Their dining room/bar area is monstrous, and there is an additional salon on the main deck with hundreds of DVDs, which you can watch in the salon, or in your cabin, which is equipped with headphones at each bed so you don't disturb other passengers.

I gave the kitchen staff a fairly strict diet to follow, and they did an excellent job. At most meals, they had prepared a plate separately for me.

There was plenty of hot water, and the toilets are not marine toilets! The Odyssey, at one time, was a small cruise ship, so its accommodations more closely resemble those of a cruise ship than a liveaboard.

Because of recent surgery, I could not lift my equipment. No problem! The crew graciously brought me my tank and BC to the dive deck, where I put my gear on while sitting on the back deck. They always tied their own line to each wreck, so we always had a guide line back to the Odyssey after a dive, without having to follow the mooring line. The divemasters gave excellent tours of the wrecks, and found great stuff for us to see and photograph.

The only suggestion I made to Lenny and Cara (owners/captains) upon leaving was that I would prefer more local cuisine. The food was excellent, but it was normal American fare. Our last dinner was steak and lobster! For snacks, we had fresh baked breads, brownies, coconut macaroons, sashimi, and always fresh fruit. Their bar is well stocked and is included in the price of the charter.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Yap, Dominica, Solomons, Fiji, Thailand, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Venezuela, Belize, Cozumel, Saba
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 82-0°F / 28--18°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-80 Ft/ 6-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Nitrox MOD
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The Odyssey has a large area for cameras - there were 13 photographers on our trip, and we had plenty of room. There is a separate area in the salon for charging batteries. They processed E6 film quickly, and have a large light table for viewing slides.
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