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“Indescribable”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Truk Lagoon

Truk Lagoon
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Chuuk
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Manila, Philippines
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30 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Indescribable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

Going down into the wrecks is like plunging into the depths of history. My favourite wrecks were the Aikiko for the bones and bathrooms; the Shinkoku for the engine room; the San Francisco for everything and the Fujikawa for the planes and there's just so much stuff to see.

Pelagics are common in the area. I came upon a couple of great Barracudas, a pod of dolphins, a few eagle rays, big school of juvenile barracuda, a giant school of Jacks, a turtle, and curious silvertips while out diving. There are a lot of soft corals on some of the shallower ships and during dives, don't be surprised if fish follow you around - I was followed be a red snapper for my whole dive on the Aikiko, and remoras will do their thing.

Can't wait to go back!

Visited April 2014
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“Worth the hassle of getting there”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2014

It was an exhausting 13-hour flight from Honolulu, stopping off at every little island along the way, but I would definitely do it again.

MV Odyssey is an extremely well run dive operator. Sites are chosen based on the experience level of the group, so if most divers are recreational then the sites will all be accessible without going into deco or exceeding 130'. That being said, many of the wrecks are deep, with little above 80' except for a mast or two. For 16 divers, there are 8 crew members, half of whom are dive staff. Divers who want to penetrate the wrecks are encouraged to do so with a divemaster, while those comfortable diving on their own are left to their own devices.

The boat does not attempt to visit every wreck. Rather, they choose 2-3 sites a day so that you typically have enough time to do 1 or 2 dives at each site. There's no fixed schedule so you don't feel rushed to be back on the boat, although they tell you their planned departure time so out of courtesy you should time your dives around them. Briefings are excellent, with a detailed illustration of the wreck combined with a short history on how it got there. Virtually all wrecks are oriented with the bow facing NE, so they're easy to navigate. Granted I was using a northern hemisphere compass in close proximity to huge hunks of metal so wouldn't trust a specific heading, but generally speaking the NE bearing seemed to be consistent and reliable.

Typically the boat is moored at the afternoon dive site overnight and doesn't travel until breakfast the next morning. This is great for light sleepers since it means your ear plugs aren't competing against the engines. The boat itself is spacious and never felt crowded. For single travelers there are two smaller cabins on the main deck with a twin bunk -- very rare on a liveaboard. On the upper deck is a sun deck which gets exceptionally hot in the sun, and a spacious dining area and bar. The galley staff puts out snacks after every dive, which is a nice touch.

The dive deck didn't feel crowded, in large part because of the casual dive schedule that didn't require everybody getting in and out at the same time. The boat provides aluminum 80 or steel 108 tanks, or steel doubles for tech divers. All tanks have DIN valves with yoke inserts, so DIN users don't need to travel with their own adapter.

Had an amazing week on the Odyssey and will definitely use them again on my next Truk trek! The only thing I'd do differently is bring my primary dive light instead of my backup since there's cool stuff to see in the holds of most wrecks.

Visited March 2014
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Bay Shore, New York
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“A must for all divers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2014

Amazing number of wreaks to dive ...don't be afraid to go if you aren't the super 150ft diver...plenty to see at 70-90+ feet (we were worried about this as we are recreational divers). We rented equipment that was adequate. Groups that dive out of Blue Lagoon (where we stayed and drove from the on site shop) were small...we were a party of 3 and there were 2 others on our trip. Ask to have lunch on an island instead of going back to the hotel for downtime between dives. Blue Lagoon packed our lunches and we picnicked on a beautiful uninhabited island our last day...
Bring a underwater camera or rent one. I used a Hero3 Black with a red lense to compensate for the loss of color as you dive deeper.
The wreaks are well preserved and NO One seems to take anything and really respect what they are seeing. The bodies of the Japanese who perished were removed by their government. There are jeeps and planes and ships and operating room with equipment...and so much more...all for you to see but not take! Loved the respect shown these sites. GO! Do not miss this....lots of beautiful soft corals and fish and sharks too...and Blue Lagoon IS the ONLY place to stay.

Visited March 2014
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Wawer, Warszawa, Poland
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“Great site, but poor organisation...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014

The wrecks are really awesome and really once-in-a-lifetime experience. However, organisation aboard ss Thorfinn leaves much to be desired. First, this is not a dive boat! She does not move around (she's moored permanently at a not very attractive site) and it's doubtful if she ever will sail again. Wish she would. The boat is not very tidy indeed and there is no bottled water available around. Nitrox is not available onboard and moving around with all your dive gear on may be problematic - there's no place onboard designed for diving and in fact everything is makeshift. And, first of all, safe diving procedures are not observed - there were no pre-dive briefings, which is really surprising, considering that dives are rather difficult and deep. Three deep dives daily (e.g. around 35 m each) is not necessarily a good choice! Underwater guiding is somewhat erratic, sometimes we felt as if we'd been left on out owns. If you intend to dive there (which is really recommended!), consider some other option. Truk Stop looked OK, but we had no time to test it.

Visited December 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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158 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Beautiful Lagoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

We went to an island for a picnic and saw a school of baby black tipped reef sharks. Very large lagoon with good visibility and white sand on most of the islands. There are still World War II wrecks from when the USA bombed the Japanese supply center both under and on top of the water. Beautiful and interesting place.

Visited February 2014
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