On board the Odyssey, Truk’s finest liveaboard vessel, you’ll find amenities consistent with the world’s top liveaboards. The most striking room on the Odyssey is the dining saloon. Attractive Fijian teak tables that can easily seat a full boat and her crew. Full service wet bar which is made out of coconut wood (also known as palmwood. After coconut trees fall, the wood is collected, treated and used to make gorgeous furniture.) The Odyssey’s dining salon is fully carpeted and air conditioned with two walls of spacious windows for viewing the beauty of the islands in Truk Lagoon. Delicious buffet-style meals are the norm for the Odyssey.
Breakfast includes a hot breakfast plus toast, cereals, fruit and juices. Guests are served delicious lunches and snacks throughout the day. Hot, savory, hearty dinners will complete your exciting day of diving, eating and relaxing. Don’t forget the most important part of the meal though…the dessert! The comfortable lounge is where you’ll find a variety of ways to entertain yourself. There is a well stocked fridge to quench your thirst while you settle in for a good movie (with close to 300 DVD titles to choose from — even current ones) on our NTSC/PAL TV, VCR and DVD player. Please feel free to bring your own as the crew always love to see new movies. Listen to some music on the stereo system or find a good book to read in the library. Sort through your slides on our large slide table, start a game (board games or cards) with your fellow passengers or crew; look through the various fish identification books. Odyssey also has a well-stocked boutique located in the lounge.
For sun worshippers, just behind the dining area is a nice size sun deck with lounge chairs and deck chairs. There is also a covered section where you can still be outside, but not in direct sun. This is also were guests meet for the dive briefings. The day aboard Odyssey begins after a 7:00 a.m. hot breakfast with your first dive briefing around 7:45. You will be able to do two dives before lunch. During lunch the boat usually moves to a new site. After lunch you have the option to either do another dive, or relax on the either of the sundecks or in the privacy of your own stateroom. A late afternoon dive is also offered. Around 6:30 p.m. a sumptuous dinner will be waiting for you.
After dinner you may choose to do a night dive. At night guests usually gather in the entertainment lounge to enjoy a movie, or review what was captured that day in video. Since most of the dive sites in Truk Lagoon are fairly close to each other, it is easy for the Odyysey Adventure to move around. The best part about diving aboard Odyssey is that they don’t require everyone to dive at the same time. So it is not unusual for you and your buddy to be the only divers on a 500′ wreck. For photographers, this offers more opportunities to shoot those popular scenes without having to wait for others to move out of the way.
The Odyssey boasts nine large, staterooms all fully carpeted with private air conditioning controls, windows or large portholes, and private toilet, shower and sink all in every stateroom. Six of the staterooms are equipped to easily accommodate two single travelers in twin beds or a couple in a spacious king size bed. Also available are two staterooms for singles only – they have all the features of the double staterooms and easily accommodate the single traveler in a twin bed. The ninth stateroom’s sleeping arrangements are a bunk bed with a double bed below and twin above. All staterooms have a DVD player with 13″ monitor. Staterooms are cleaned daily.
During your stay in Truk Lagoon you will find that the majority of your diving will easily be done directly off the Odyssey while we moored over the dive site.Once you arrive and set up your gear in your own private seat and protected dive locker, you won’t have to take your gear apart until you prepare to go home.Your tank (air or Nitrox) will be conveniently filled at your seat.
You’ll find that the spacious dive platform (13’ x 6’) has plenty of room for two divers plus a divemaster.Two 7’ ladders to help you out of the water where you can step up to the convenient freshwater shower to rinse off with.Just 4 steps to the dive deck and you’ll find the camera rinse tanks (one on either side of the boat). Past the camera rinse tanks are the gear rinse tanks.
For photographers thers is a large, sturdy, 3-tiered, carpeted photo table for all your working needs. There’s plenty of space to hang your wetsuit on the bar just in front of the protected fan blowing warm air out of the engine room!
Dive with Odyssey Adventures to see the ghost fleet of Truk Lagoon, the world’s best shipwreck destination. That’s only the beginning of your adventure. They will take you to the outer reefs to see a pristine underwater utopia where over 300 varieties of soft and hard corals flaunt their rainbow colors. You’ll see an abundance of incredible tropical fish, anemones, gorgonians, eagle rays and even frenzied shark feeds.
You’ll have the option to dive at your leisure, or borrow one of the experienced local dive guides who will show you all those places you wouldn’t find on your own. Diving in Truk Lagoon is an adventure you will never forget. WWII wrecks are scattered across 77 square miles.
The wrecks are covered with life. There are over 300 varieties of hard and soft corals. On the outer reef you’ll find mountains of coral that stretch as far as the eye can see, and drops off into the abyss. Here it is not unusual to see pelagic sharks. This is also where we do our exciting shark dive. The water temperature ranges from 82 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit. Visability ranges from 30′ to 100′ depending on where you are in the lagoon and there is little current.
Join the Odyssey for an exciting week of exploring the world’s best wrecks in Truk Lagoon the way they were meant to be dived. Experience the mysteries of the San Francisco Maru – after your descent to the wreck, you’ll find several tanks on her foredeck which still look ready for battle, glance off the port side to see her anchor that once held the mighty ship in place lying lifeless on the lagoon floor. Drop into her holds and discover ammunition waiting to be spent. Feel the history first hand.
REQUIREMENTS FOR TECHNICAL DIVING
Recommended certification Extended Range Diver Technical buoyancy compensator set up to handle doubles Twin regulator setups Decompression dive computer and tables Line cutting device and underwater slate DAN insurance or comparable Odyssey Adventures provides: Double tanks (aluminum 80’s) with dual isolation manifold – DIN or yoke Oxygen for decompression stops of up to 100% available at an additional charge Decompression tanks (aluminum 30’s) with hardware Fixed decompression bar at 15 feet. No charge for use of double tanks and pony bottles. $2.00/cubic foot Oxygen for mixtures other than standard free Nitrox.
There are plenty of wrecks to dive. Only a few are listed here with what thee is to see and the depths.
Fujikawa Maru Lush coral growth. Zero airplane fuselages and wing sections. 439’ 0’-120’
Yamagiri Maru 18″ diameter artillery shells of Battleship Musashi. 437’ 60’-120’
Nippo Maru 2 man tank and artillery guns on deck. Photogenic wheelhouse. 353’ 50’-150’
Heian Maru Torpedoes and submarine telescopes. Massive size. 510’ 35’-100’
Sankisan Maru Lush soft coral growth on mast. Machine gun ammunition in hold 200’ 0’-100’
Hoki Maru Trucks, bulldozer and tractor in hold. Massive destruction of bow. 250 45’-150’
Unkai Maru Photogenic bow gun. Good coral growth on masts 360’ 30’-130’
Rio de Janiero Maru Awesome size. Photogenic propellers. Large engine room. 461’ 40’-120’
Hanakawa Maru Lush soft and hard coral growth. 363’ 10’-100’
Not all sites are visited every week. Weather, water conditions, dive skills and experience and guest requests are all taken into consideration on planning the particular itinerary of each trip.