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“UNtech Thorfinn”
Review of Truk Lagoon

Truk Lagoon
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Chuuk
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

After several emails and lots of promises from Thorfinn's captain we finally made our mind to dive on that liveaboard. Unfortunately none of the promises became true. There was not enough oxygen or helium onboard to keep up with what we expected and were guaranteed. Furthermore we suspected the equipmet was not oxygen clean and when we asked the captain he proudly admitted it was not as he never believed in such as a procedure. Obviously there is always a risk to this as partial blending was used and the air we breather tasted really oily. Plus now we will have to reclean our regs! It was obious the captain knew nothing about tech diving, gas blending and constantly downed us for not diving on a single air tank! The boat itself was never built for diving so it is difficult to move around tech gear. Plus it never moves from the anchoring so what it is the point of booking a liveaboard? Although the boat is very big the bow was never accesible as it was always full of garbage and junk. The jacuzzi was never full and when we requested to get it filled the pumps were not working so it just felt like a hot bath. We stayed on our last night in Truk Stop and they seem to be far more comfortable dealing with tech divers.

The diving is awesome though and would certainly be rated as 5 star. Unfortunately we made the wrong choice. We will go back but will for sure book with one of tne land based dive centers.

13  Thank seawolf22
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

The purpose of this trip was to dive the wrecks. I was land based and it only takes about 15-20 min to go by boat to most of the wrecks. The Resort has very friendly staff and the rooms comes all with balcony. The rooms are not modern but they are clean and there is taken good care of you. There is very slow WiFi in the dining area and Reception.Don't expect to be able to make phone call. Don't expect to be able to buy anything in the Dive Shop apart from T-shirts, towels and other touristic things. (No O-rings, No dive glows, No diving equipment so make sure you got all the spare parts with you). But the service on the boat and in the gas filling room is excellent. By far the best diving holiday I have had. I was glad I didn't go for live-aboard as they seem to have the system to locate them self in the same place and have small boats going from the boat to the dive sides.

4  Thank DiverAMEN
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

Truk Lagoon is famous in diving circles for the World War 2 Japanese shipwrecks sunk there.

Truk was the largest Japanese Naval based outside of Tokyo. On February 17th and 18th 1944 the Americans launched operation Hailstone, an aircraft carrier attack on Truk. They sank over 60 wrecks, most are in depths suitable for sports divers, though many are below 30m. We would recommend that to get the best out of Truk you need to be an experienced diver, i.e. not be phased by depths of 40m and more, and to be familiar and comfortable with decompression. That is not to say that you have to have that level of experience to dive in Truk, but if this is a once in a lifetime trip you probably want to have this experience to make the most of the trip.

There are a few warships, many merchant ships and some airplanes. The merchant ships still have much of their cargo including but not restricted to; airplanes, tanks, trucks, bullets, shells, guns, medicine bottles, china, gas masks, beer bottles, sake bottles, cars, fire engine, telephones, typewriters, bones, land mines, torpedoes, spare periscopes etc. etc. etc.

Most of the wrecks are also covered in beautiful coral, with some fish life as well if you get bored of the metal.

This really is a wreck divers idea of heaven. In other parts of the world just one of these wrecks would be regarded as world class; indeed the famous Thistlegorm in the Red Sea would just be an average wreck in Truk.

We stayed at and dived with the Blue Lagoon Resort, which we would thoroughly recommend. If you're staying on Truk it is the best choice. If you're choosing to do a liveaboard, we would ask why? The Thorfinn did not move all the time we were there and we could see it from our hotel. The Odyssey did move, but not much and we saw it and it's divers quite a bit in our ten days of diving.

3  Thank Monkeys_Mum_and_Dad
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

Booked a last minute live-aboard berth for 7 nights on the Odyssey boat during Easter week 2013. Never wreck dived before except for the odd pieces of junk found on one reef or another and did not know if I would enjoy it but it was great. 3 or 4 dives a day were the norm using free Nitrox but this boat could blend what ever mix you were certified for. The Odyssey was a very good boat with a good crew the staff gave very good briefings on what you were diving and what to look out for on the wreck prior to the dive. The Captain let you dive to your confidence level unlike some boats where you have to play follow the dive master on all the dives. In Truk lagoon the bonus was not worrying about getting lost if you got off the wreck then there was nothing but sand and it was easy to find your way home if you are a wanderer like me. Almost all of the wrecks are big Japanese freighters caught during USA bombing raids in 1944 and still are very accessible and contain lots of artifacts even after nearly 70 years. Show the proper respect and leave no trace and all is good.

2  Thank MrPSki
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

My wife leaned over on the dive boat trip back to the resort and commented "This really is paradise". She was absolutely correct. We never tired of looking at the scenery.

Thank Jim R
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