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ODYSSEY: premier diving live-aboard in TRUK LAGOON

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The ODYSSEY of TRUK LAGOON in Micronesia ....

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.... best 4-star dive yacht in the WRECK DIVING MECCA of the MidPac.






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The ODYSSEY

TRUK LAGOON WRECK DIVING

Micronesian Pacific

 

 

MUST-SEE REMINDER re’ TRUK ODYSSEY PRICING & AVAILABILITY –

 

THIS TRUK DIVING YACHT is a PHENOMENON in the DIVE TRAVEL INDUSTRY, PURE & SIMPLE.  AMIGOS del MAR, PLEASE TAKE THIS as the FRIENDLIEST of CAVEATS, a HEADS-UP to all our PREFERRED CLIENTS:  IF YOU DO NOT BOOK THIS VESSEL 10-18 MONTHS EARLY, YOU WILL HAVE MUCH LESS OPPORTUNITY to DIVE from HER.  The TRUK ODYSSEY is OVER-THE-TOP in CLIENT POPULARITY this YEAR.

 

Message to our longtime loyal families, our dive shop owners, dive clubs & corporate teams:  the TRUK ODYSSEY for more than a decade has proven to be one of the 4 fastest-selling scuba diving live-aboards in the entire world.   This red-hot Truk Lagoon diving market is fast-moving beyond anybody’s predictions.    All vacation plans must start VERY early to work at all. 

Bottom Line: there is precious -- but limited -- space available for any new divers for most of the next 2 years, we're obliged to report. Sometimes random cancellations do occur, & we pounce on them immediately for our preferred-client waitlists.   Yes, we know, it’s astonishing.   But it's true.   Be of good cheer, sunseekers, as there is always good news .... New openings may occur weekly, if you keep checking at 952-953-4124. We have some good space left for 12 - 16 weeks each of the next two years. So far 12-16 months down-the-road looks pretty open for some of the year. Call us when you need to & we can reserve staterooms for you.   Now the current manifests for upcoming seasons may change with abrupt cancellations down the road, especially after late summer (typically) so please keep in close touch. Truk Lagoon is a moveable feast.   And here’s how that works.   Typically, the last 4 months of each year, random surprise cancellations can occur, which offer great opportunities for  ready-to-roll groups of 1-4 divers.   

Ideally, you must plan 1-to-2 years in advance for this exceptional yacht, every year, due to the relentless popularity of Truk wreck diving.   We have worked this Truk Lagoon market for more than 20 years; & we see no signs of this steep demand curve abating any time soon. Even during recessions, the Odyssey space moves with an incredible client demand. But there's always good luck & good timing for those folks with life-positive hearts & ready minds....   So there you have it.   Now let’s go with the flow & have some fun with Truk scuba diving adventures !

Be of good cheer, mateys.   Here’s some happier news for the small groups, so take heart … From now on, due to the keen demand for Truk diving vacations, to help our singles & couples (who mean a lot to us), the ODYSSEY will offer one week per month for January through May each year – to be reserved only for solos, couples & small groups.   Please feel free to phone our Pacific live-aboard vacation experts Mon – Sat, 10 am – 4 pm CST-USA, at this dive-vacation hotline --  952-953-4124  -- for detailed info on current prices, DEMA specials, group discounts, space availability & seasonal flux in weather or air ticket pricing.   

As with all our Pacific liveaboards, telephone callers receive top priority client service.   

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The sea life is abundant & colorful, from tropidelic clams to ....

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.... flamboyant blue-striped groupers.

What’s the SCUBA DIVING like in TRUK LAGOON, on the TRUK ODYSSEY ?

Because many dive magazines, for years, have been waxing rhapsodic about remote Pacific dive vessels barely worth their bilge pumps, we tend to understate a vessel’s merits, just to let our travel-savvy clients make up their own minds.   When customers are paying top dollar for world-class destinations & scuba liveaboards of the 4-star ilk, they want to rely on reputation, not Madison Avenue hype.

But one thing is for sure here: no need for frothing hyperbole about the many advantages of this exceptional Truk diving yacht.   Divers across the USA & Europe insist the boat’s quality speaks for itself, & the record shows it does so, resoundingly.   What Cliff Horton & his partner did, coming into Truk Lagoon a few years ago -- & in short order deposing one of the most famous scuba liveaboards in the world -- is nothing short of diving industry legend.   They proved those few folks willing to be their critics wrong, big time, & have engineered one of the most remarkable success stories in the last 20 years of the dive travel world.

U.S. Dive Travel has repped nearly every major liveaboard fleet in the world since the early 1990s, & we have never seen anything like the Odyssey’s meteoric climb to popularity.   Not in the Caribbean nor Pacific liveaboard arenas.   These guys are the Real McCoy & the quality of their dive vessel – the ODYSSEY of Chuuk – is fast becoming worthy of an MBA course in “How to Market a New Product in a Wild Area, starting as David but ending up as  Goliath.”

 

The TRUK ODYSSEY has succeeded far beyond some industry analysts early predictions for three simple reasons:

 

Diving in Truk Lagoon is an adventure you will never forget.   Dozens of visually dazzling WWII wrecks are scattered across 77 square miles.   The wrecks are covered with marine life, stem to stern.   There are more than 300 varieties of hard & soft corals.   This Truk liveaboard will show you tons of life, amigos !

On the outer reef you'll find mountains of coral that stretch as far as the eye can see, & 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.   Visibility ranges from 30' to 100' depending on where you are in the lagoon & there is little current.

Since each day aboard the Truk Odyssey offers new adventures, no day is really typical.   Nothing is routine & our schedule will vary depending on location.

The day aboard Truk Odyssey begins after a 7:00 a.m. hot breakfast with your first dive briefing around 7:45 a.m.   You will be able to do two dives before lunch on most calm-weather days.

During lunch we usually move 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 & delicious dinner will be waiting for you.   After dinner you may choose to do a night dive or simply hang around the salon, talking story & relaxing.

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 us to move around.   The best part about diving aboard Odyssey is that we don't require everyone to dive at the same time.

So it is not unusual for you & 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.

 

 

( U.S. Dive Travel owners would like to thank Cliff Horton & esteemed colleagues at the Truk Odyssey for their help in offering the most exciting dive vessel ever to ply the waters of Truk Lagoon.  This live-aboard experience is world-class in every sense of the phrase, stem to stern.  All photos, the logo, the maps & most text blocks below here are courtesy of Odyssey Adventures & are copyrighted by Odyssey. )

 

 

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Map of TRUK LAGOON, aka Ckuuk Atoll in Micronesia.

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The ODYSSEY offers spacious holds to explore ....

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.... & cool WW II relics to view (not touch) !


CLASSIC WRECKS & REEF SITES that TRUK ODYSSEY will likely visit:

 

      JAPANESE

      World War II

      VESSEL NAME

       TRUK DIVING SITE HIGHLIGHTS

  for the best wreck diving in the Pacific !

  VESSEL

  LENGTH

Depth

Range

of Dives

      Fujikawa Maru

Lush coral growth. Zero airplane fuselages & wings.

Eerie & cool.  Truk diving mavens love this wreck.

       439’

0’-120’

      Yamagiri Maru

18" diameter artillery shells of Battleship Musashi. 

Ordnance !  One of the most-visited Truk diving sites.

       437’

60’-120’

      Nippon Maru

2 man tank & artillery guns on deck. Photogenic

wheelhouse.  Another of the Truk diving classics.

       353’

50’-150’

      Heian Maru

Torpedoes & submarine telescopes. Massive size makes

it one of Chuuk Lagoon’s largest wrecks.

       510’

35’-100’

      Sankisan Maru

Lush soft coral growth on mast.  Lots of machine gun

ammunition still stacked down in the hold.

       200’

0’-100’

      Hoki Maru

Trucks, bulldozer & tractor in hold.  Mysterious wreck.

Massive destruction to the bow.  Makes for cool photos.

       250’

45’-150’

      Unkai Maru

Photogenic bow gun. Good coral growth on masts. 

Colorful site!  This is one of the Truk diving classics.

       360’

30’-130’

      Rio de Janiero Maru

Awesome ship size. Photogenic propellers.

Large engine room.  Tons of fun nooks & crannies.

       461’

40’-120’

      Hanakawa Maru

Lush soft & hard coral growth.  Dazzling colors on this

huge sunken vessel are an U/W photographer’s dream.

       363’

10’-100’

      Fumitzuki

      Destroyer

Bow & stern guns, torpedo launcher.  Nobody builds

naval destroyers like this one anymore.  A real relic.

       320’

80’-120’

      Betty Bomber

Japanese small twin engine bomber.  We always

wonder where in the world they got this name?

       60’

50’-60’

      Momokawa Maru

Aircraft parts, truck frames & artillery shells.  Be sure

not to tuck one into your BC pocket, eh ?  :)

       380’

80’-150’

      Shinkoku Maru

Lush coral growth. Fantastic marine life everywhere.

Excellent engine room to scoot around & explore.

       500’

30’-130’

      Aikoku Maru

Massive destruction of bow. Photogenic stern gun,

once a huge wartime threat, now a stark symbol.

       270’

100’-200’

      San Francisco

      Maru

Tanks on deck. Trucks, mines, bombs & ammunition in

holds.  Again, divers always exercise due caution.

       375’

100’-200’

      Pizion Reef

Wall dive. Large coral heads in the shallows.

Sharks galore, baby !  Your adrenal glands will dance !

       N/A

15’-200’+

 

Not all sites are visited every week by the Truk Odyssey. Weather, water conditions, dive skills

& experience & guest requests are all taken into consideration on planning the particular itinerary

of each trip.   Each new diving voyage is a pearl of originality + brilliant hands-on service.

 

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View of the warmly cheerful dining room on the ODYSSEY.

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Another view of the ODYSSEY's spacious mealtime area.

 

On board the Odyssey, Truk’s finest liveaboard vessel,

you’ll find amenities equal to the world’s top liveaboards:

 

TRUK ODYSSESY’s DIVE DECK FACILITIES INCLUDE:

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Aft diving deck of the ODYSSEY offers room to don, & move freely.

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The sun deck is a happy place indeed, in this sunny atoll !

 

TRUK TECHNICAL DIVING FACILITIES INCLUDE:

 

PHOTOGRAPHER-SUPPORT SYSTEMS INCLUDE:

 

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ODYSSEY deck plans: "Thar she be, mateys!"


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Master Stateroom with Queen Bed -- perfect for couples.

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Two twin beds side-by-side -- ideal for dive buddies.


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS of TRUK ODYSSEY:

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ODYSSEY OFFERS all TRUK LAGOON WRECK DIVING CLIENTS these SERVICES:

 

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One sweet peek at the Odyssey's salon area....

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....& another view of the same comfy lounging area.

Length of Truk Diving Vacation:  Seven nights on board the Odyssey. Sunday to Sunday. Up to 5 dives daily off the mother ship.

 

Arrival & Departure Information:   Guests are greeted at the airport by an Odyssey crew member. Transfers to & from the airport are included in the price at the beginning & end of the scheduled charter for those arriving & departing on charter schedule.   Boarding time on Sunday begins at 5 PM & continues through the evening.

 

Number of Passengers:   The maximum number of passengers the Odyssey will accommodate is 16.   There are nine cabins; two single cabins, six king or twins & one double/twin bunk.   All cabins have private head & shower.

 

Crew-to-Client Ratio:   As a rule, the crew members to passenger ratio will be 1:2.

 

Vessel Departs From:   Weno, Chuuk Island, Micronesia

 

 

BRIEF HISTORY of TRUK LAGOON, aka CHUUK ISLAND:

Also known as Truk Lagoon, but was changed to it’s original name in 1986 when the Compact of Free Association went into effect.   The compact is a 15-year political relationship with the United States that started in October, 1986.

Chuuk State consists of seven major island groups lying within the Eastern Caroline Islands, about 617 miles (1028 km) southeast of Guam & 3,262 miles (5,436 km) southwest of Hawaii.   The total land mass of Chuuk State, including the outer islands, is approximately 77 square miles (128 km)

 

ESSENTIAL GEOGRAPHIC & CULTURAL INFO:

 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION or RESERVATIONS:

 

To make a reservation, or for more info please contact: 

 

Susan & John Hessburg, Mgrs

U.S. DIVE TRAVEL Network

PMB 307  /  Suite # 116

15050 Cedar Avenue South

St. Paul, MN, USA   55124-7047

 

Voice Mail:  952-953-4124

E-mail:  divetrip@bitstream.net

Website:  www.usdivetravel.com

 

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Gracious staffers, Cara & Lenny, will meet all your
Truk diving needs with efficient good cheer, mates.


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IMPORTANT NOTE about PRICES & TARIFFS:

All package prices listed here are subject to possible change in this steadily evolving Truk Lagoon vacation market.  Truk liveaboard prices are traditionally stable, while air prices can fluctuate a little bit daily.  Until air tickets are issued, all airlines reserve the right to change airfares without notice -- an industry standard with Truk live-aboards.  We at U.S. Dive Travel will price-protect you to the utmost of our professional ability on this Truk live-aboard vacation; & that has been our pledge for one decade now.  We normally secure excellent discount air tickets for our Truk diving clients.  But please feel free to handle your own air tickets if you like – never a worry if you have beaucoup air miles accumulated.  Remember please, the federal government has deregulated airlines, so only they control their pricing -- not any travel professionals. 

Unless specifically noted, these above Truk diving packages are prices for only the vessel-based portion of your vacation, in most cases reflecting double-occupancy staterooms.  At most dive resorts & on this Truk live-aboard vessel, there will be no triple-occupancy rooms offered.

International & commuter "island-hopper" airfares are always extra above these Truk diving costs.  Nominal service fees are also extra for air tickets & the lodging + Indonesia scuba diving components.  The baseline tariffs for all clients start at $55 per person for the Truk liveaboard + $45 pp for the international air tickets.  Late-booking clients may receive slightly higher tariffs on the Truk scuba diving vacation package.  Solo clients on our Truk liveaboards will always pay a single supplement to secure a private stateroom -- normally 50%.

Even though this Truk liveaboard does offer scuba diving gear for rent, just to be on the safe side, we warmly recommend that all clients, all seasons, bring their own scuba diving equipment, & in the top state of repair.  Be sure to have your local dive shop perform a thorough pre-trip safety check of your reg & BC.  ALWAYS a good idea for scuba diving vacations, not just Indonesia liveaboards.

Remember, all clients to all foreign destinations will be asked by local officials overseas, upon departing the airport on your final day, to pay a nominal government departure tax, usually between USD $35 - $45 per client.  USDT cannot collect this tax beforehand, so you simply pay it down there, in your host country.  Be sure to stash away a little cash for this final moment at the airport, so you'll get your exit visa stamped quickly with no fuss; & away you go.  Best of luck with your travel plans for this Truk live-aboard.  We hope your vacation is a safe & satisfying adventure.  Blessings & best wishes for all clients enjoying our Truk liveaboard.

Best fishes too!

 

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Susan & John Hessburg

Managers  /  Founding Partners

U.S. Dive Travel Network.   

 

 

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