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#1 waterbaby

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Posted 03 May 2018 - 12:04 PM

I'm interested in diving Truk lagoon.  Can anyone recommend some of the better live a boards?

 



#2 errbrr

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Posted 12 May 2018 - 02:43 PM

For photography I would go land based. Liveaboards will put the whole boat on the wreck of the day and make it hard to avoid other divers and their silt/bubbles through your photos. I dived with Blue Lagoon and appreciated the option of having just myself and two or three buddies on a boat. 15 to 25 minute run to most wrecks. We could pick our own wreck and not worry about crowds. One day we had a liveaboard drop a dozen divers halfway through our dive and the rest of the photos were a write-off as the engine room rapidly became zero vis.

 

Blue Lagoon was also tech and camera friendly which was nice.



#3 PNWDiver

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Posted 19 May 2018 - 05:40 AM

The following is a little dated but we had a great experience on the Odyssey live-aboard.  You can read our trip report and see the photos here :

Trip Report: https://aquabluedrea...oon-micronesia/

Gallery: https://aquabluedrea...lagoon/dsc1217/

 

Advantages of the Odyssey in our humble opinion.

No panga rides to the wrecks.  We did dive a couple of days from Blue Lagoon and had some pretty wet and bouncy rides to dive sites.  The Odyssey puts you right on the wreck and you drop in.  Surface intervals back to the comfort of the boat.  They give you complete freedom to dive when you want and how you want.  If you are a crazy tech diver they can accommodate you no problem.  You want a guide they will provide it. You want to go by yourself fine.  We would wait till other divers came out and then go in.  The boat itself is great, food excellent and the staff top notch.  Super good with cameras.  In fact there was an older group on our trip and the guides even carried the elderly ladies cameras for them.   No problem recommending the Odyssey, you get what you pay for.


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Posted 23 May 2018 - 03:05 AM

I have done a couple of trips to Truk and must say its one of my favourite places to dive.  Both times we stayed at the Blue Lagoon Resort, first time was with a group of mates and the second time was with my partner.  The first time was good as we had our own boat for the group but the resort was over run by Australian divers as there must have been a promotion sent to every dive shop in the country.  This didnt affect the diving as much as our boat went earlier before the other boats and the staff sorted out a roster of who's going where.  It was an issue on land as at meal times there was a long wait for meals as the staff found it hard to handle such a large amount of people at once.  The second trip was completely opposite and we basically had the resort all to ourselves and had our own boat and guide and went where ever looked the best for the day.  The only down side was that a English couple arrived a few days later and were placed on our boat since we were the only boat in use.  This didnt start very well as the couple stated to us on the boat as we were heading out from the dock that they are not interested in wreck diving and more interested in looking at Nudibranchs which live on the wrecks.  Their dive gear was the very basic recreational gear as they stated themselves that they only dived when on Holidays.  I questioned them on why did they choose Truk Lagoon? (they must have very good travel agent which can sell them anything). Anyway this spoiled our diving a little as we could not go to the deeper wrecks as the other couple were not equiped for or wanted to.

 

Basically we were doing two dives a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Mainly because your doing long deco dives as you want as much time on the wreck as possible.  Yes there is sometimes a long boat ride to wrecks located further away but it also has the benefit that your boat can pick and choose on the day which wreck you want to dive.  Also you dont get a whole liveaboard diving on one wreck all at once.  I did see the Odyssey move about alot on both trips but the Thorfin didnt move at all. It was more like a floating motel than a liveaboard. What I liked about the Blue Lagoon is that its quiet and laid back, food was good (I ate alot of Sushimi) and you can take your time and do things when you wanted to do them (within reason). Another thing I dont like about liveaboards is when someone comes down with the flu or Gasto, everyone gets it sooner than later.

 

I plan to go back to Truk next year and I am looking at going back to Blue Lagoon or even looking into the Truk Stop which is located in town. 

 

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#5 MCAssociates

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Posted 04 July 2018 - 10:25 PM

The Odyssey was excellent.  Great divemasters, good food, and 4-5 dives per day if you're up for that.  You just jump off the boat, and you're at the wreck.  They are very flexible, and you dive when you want, with whom you want, and not if you want.  I hope to go there again someday. 



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Posted 04 July 2018 - 10:59 PM

Been to Truk 3 times so far, and heading there again in Oct.

 

Previously was on ThorFin for a week and then a few days at Blue Lagoon, was pretty good.

 

The last time I went ThorFin wasn't as good, a few things didn't work, we had oily air, cockroaches everywhere and the general feeling on the boat, was the crew weren't happy - so no more ThorFin - recently I've seen on FB they seemed to have increased their social media output, and looks like they have improved (new crew?) in all areas. But once bitten, twice shy and all that..

Blue Lagoon is perfect for me, nice rooms, nice food, relaxing resort (but very basic...) the staff both in the resort and at the dive centre were all excellent. I can't wait for the banana pancakes LOL - so this time we are doing 2 weeks all at Blue Lagoon...

 

Odyssey I've heard good things about also.


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Posted 11 August 2018 - 10:37 PM

Blue lagoon on three trips for me-small boat only us two divers -dove the wrecks we wanted avoided others with divers on them that day. More flexible.

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