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SS Thorfinn

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Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia
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Nicole N wrote a review Jan 2020
7 contributions8 helpful votes
Serious safety incident
I was groped twice by the dive guide Meno during deep dives inside the wrecks, a very scary experience! The whole thing was not handled well by captain Lance, he brushed me off at first but did admit to having this problem before with Meno. He made me keep diving with him too, even when I requested not to! I was ridiculed when I left, Lance and his old friend who was visiting at the time, made a joke that they couldn’t shake my hand to say goodbye in case I thought I was being assaulted. As a woman and as a previous survivor of sexual assault I cannot stress the seriousness in not being able to focus on my diving and instead having to worry about fighting off the dive guides hands, if you panic at such depth inside a dark wreck you may never surface again. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS LIVEABOARD! Btw, it’s stationary, it doesn’t move.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Mark S wrote a review Jul 2019
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom2 contributions3 helpful votes
The Thorfinn is the ideal location to stay at when diving at Truuk. The cabins are clean, crew are helpful, food is good and there is plenty of space to relax between dives. I rented my equipment for the week and had no issues with any of it. I opted for Air or Nitrox and the bottles were ready on my gear before each dive. The dive guides were informative and gave you some freedom to explore each wreck instead of sticking religiously to a pre-determined route - which was quite refreshing. From the anchored Thorfinn, dive boats take you to the wreck sites which are 5 to 20 mins away. With a maximum of 5 dives per day ( one night dive) this can be quite intensive but well worth it. During the whole week, we pretty much had each dive site to ourselves. The skipper (Lance) has almost 40yrs of knowledge diving in the lagoon and his experience coupled with the history of the wrecks is beneficial to adding to the allure of the diving. The diving itself is all about the wrecks (ships, planes, a submarine and tenders), these are undoubtedly the best wreck dives I have visited. Due to its remote location, many of the wrecks still have items contained within the holds and along the decks which are great for photo ops. Plenty of corals and fish have made the wrecks home. Apart from the diving there is little else to see. Infrastructure in Truuk is poor, internet is hit and miss and their is very little to do ashore on an evening. Staying on the ship keeps you close to the dive sites which this vacay is all about. An excellent week, great company.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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sue j wrote a review Feb 2019
Roscommon4 contributions5 helpful votes
From pick up at the airport the van would not start and the seat was broke We rented equipment-it was in a coat closet that was a total disarray. There were 4 BC’s, I made due with one that was to big for me, no size fins to fit my husband, dive computers did not work, it took me some time to reset mine, the dive master (who later was called a dive “guide” did not take interest in proper functioning equipment). During our stay we found out the ship does not move because the motor was “waiting for a part”. There were 2 dive boats, one was on the bow and did not run, the second ran poorly. While out on a dive it broke down, as they floated towards a reef my husband got it running and on the way back it broke down only to wait until they could reach the ship to get a rescue boat. That was a small boat with a 40 horse motor. The crew could not problem solve the tow of the bigger boat, my husband interceded again. During the tropical storm a second anchor was dropped, I felt safe on the boat at all times. We were sent to alternate dive sites that the captain thought would be good, neither site that the crew had been to routinely, once we were unable to set anchor and came back the second they used a “anchor” that was a piece of rerod shaped in an L to snag the wreck. The dive was in a canal, visibility less than 15 feet, I came up immediately due to poor visibility. My husband was down 40 feet and descending when the anchor broke loose and missed him by only feet as it drifted by. The captain placed all blame on his crew and on several occasions called them “Jungle Monkeys”. He is an 80 year old man has been on this boat for close to 40 years. His knowledge of the area and dive sites was outstanding but it is obvious at this point this ship, that has obviously had great years is now quickly sinking. At this point I do not know how he can continue much longer. One couple who were new divers came on Friday and within 4 hours they left. They felt uncomfortable from the beginning and after seeing the rental equipment, and to be honest being new divers this was an unsafe environment. The “dive guide” had 3 years experience and was not a certified dive master. The dive crew communicated "need to know" information and that was it. We usually develop a camaraderie with all staff but outside of one person This is the short version. What I don’t understand is the reviews online. Now that I go back I did find others that were not on Facebook or Tripadvisor that were just as this one was that dates back as far as 2014 with similar statements as this review. It is obvious that when people asked where we stayed and we told them there was no further conversation, they must have known more than I did before I went. The knowledge of Captian Lance was outstanding, briefings were great but he misrepresents what he currently has. The dive site itself is one of a kind and a must see to appreciate.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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nata0312 wrote a review Jan 2019
Alvito, Italy35 contributions7 helpful votes
The dives were great, a lot of wrecks, only wrecks. You can really get into the story of the war, since it is all very well preserved. You can see bullets, tanks, skulls, massive engine rooms. The Thorfinn is a very old boat, but fully functional. If you book there, stay in the lower cabins, as the cabins on main deck are very noisy (engine room). Staff on the boat was very helpful. We had difficulty getting wi fi, it kept being turned off, we had to ask to be turned on several times a day, which was a bit annoying. Same with Air conditioning. Food was of poor quality, more due to the lack of ingredients provided to the kitchen, than the efforts of the kitchen staff. Quite small portions. There is a big variety of movies and tv shows available on board, which was very nice, after diving 4-5 times a day. Bring your own wine/beer, as it is expensive on board. few cockroaches on board, standard...hehehe
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Date of experience: January 2019
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pauladuke20 wrote a review Sep 2018
Bulahdelah, Australia1 contribution1 helpful vote
a wonderful week spent diving Chuuk Lagoon. Captain Lance was a wealth of knowledge . picked great dives and the dive crew were very accommodating. must also mention the kitchen crew, the meals were really good and the desserts were yum. would like to thank you very much for making our holiday very enjoyable. highly recommended and will see you again as there is a lot more to see. thanking you. Graeme & Paula. from Forster. n s w.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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