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Explore the Wrecks of Truk Lagoon Aboard the Truk Odyssey3 SPOTS AVAILABLE WITH OPTIONAL EXTENDED STAY AT THE TRUK STOP HOTEL March 25-April 1, 20187 nights - 5-1/2 days of diving $3295 per person/double occupancy $4995 guaranteed single occupancy Explore the WWII wrecks of Truk Lagoon aboard one of the world's favorite liveaboards, the Truk Odyssey. There is no better way to see Truk Lagoon! Odyssey is one of the world's finest live-aboard dive boats and they are typically booked up many years in advance. One trip aboard this boat and you'll understand why. THIS TRIP IS OPEN TO NON-PHOTOGRAPHERS TOO!! We will also offer several underwater photography related presentations on several of the evenings which include topics like photo composition, wreck photography, and image processing. This photo tour will be tailored to your needs and requests! Includes: Accommodations on board Odyssey for 7 nights 5 1/2 days of diving All diving while on board All meals while on board Nitrox fills for Nitrox certified divers round-trip airport transfers Photography workshop and assistance Does not include: Airfare Meals while in transit Hotels before or after the charter Crew gratuity Personal purchases Camera rentals $50 dive permit fee 5% VAT tax TRUK STOP HOTEL OPTIONAL ADD-ON: March 21-March 25, 2018: 5 nights accommodation at the Truk Stop Hotel, 4 days of diving Ocean View - $1147 single occupancy Ocean View - $847 per person/double occupancy Standard View - $1097 single occupancy Ocean View - $822 per person/double occupancy March 22-March 25, 2018: 4 nights accommodation at the Truk Stop Hotel, 3 days of diving Ocean View - $897 single occupancy Ocean View - $847 per person/double occupancy Standard View - $1097 single occupancy Ocean View - $822 per person/double occupancy For more info: http://underwatercolours.com/underwater-photography-workshops/truk-lagoon-aboard-odyssey-2018
Three weeks and sixty dives in Truk: I wonder if I have a job to return to? I travelled out from England last month, and had the usual frustrations in Manila's endlessly rebuilt but never air-conditioned airport, but arrived relatively unscathed at the Blue Lagoon resort, to dive sequentially and promiscuously with Americans, Australians and, later some rather aloof Englishmen (but not the Germans, who frowned at a photographer's acceptance of the actuality, if not the intention, of solo diving), guided by the superlatively knowledgable and experienced Trukkese guides. Two weeks at the Blue Lagoon, and a week on the "Odyssey", a byword under JJ for both organisation and diving tolerance. I had made the reacquaintance of the Fujikawa Maru and some other old friends when a new adversary claimed my attention, and my camera: the San Francisco Maru ate the glass dome off my port. I have to acknowledge a debt to Shannon Conway, who brought out a new D800 and a fisheye lens from Australia, and Nauticam who sent a 230mm dome. The San Francisco Maru... ... 50m to the deck, and ruled by jealous local gods (JJ claims that its title, the "million dollar wreck", comes not from its impressive military cargo, but its appetite for cameras). My own appetite for an image of its tanks and trucks kindled, it took five dives and many cylinders of gas to get this wreck out of my system. I shouldn't forget the other stars: the sagging but still impressive Fujikawa Maru, the famous "R2D2" air compressor now protected, not by small corridors and stairwells, but dangerous and unstable corroded decks and tangled pipework; the beguiling Shinkoku Maru, the introspective and shrouded Kensho Maru, the bold Nippo Maru, rescued from ignominy as a water tank to a new life as an historical monument, the doomed aircraft, the equipment that never left the Hoki Maru to build roads and runways, the engine rooms of listing, twisted and inverted ships... ... and the remnants of men, shattered and lost to war, seventy years ago.