Truk Lagoon

Rec•Tec 2020

Photo Expedition

aboard the

M/V Odyssey

Rec Week

Oct 24 - Oct 31, 2020
All dive skills welcome. Advanced Open Water minimum strongly suggested.

Tec Week

Oct 31-Nov 6, 2020

Deco Procedures Min Cert

 

Want to dive Palau while in Micronesia? Mike has an add-on trip Nov 7-15, 2020

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Dedicated web page coming soon!

 

Please join me for an epic trip to dive the iconic wrecks of Truk Lagoon. On February 17th & 18th of 1944, United States Naval forces conducted the most daring carrier based aerial raid in history on the Japanese naval stronghold of Truk Lagoon in Micronesia. More than forty Japanese ships ended up at the bottom of the lagoon turning it into a modern day wreck diving mecca for sport divers the world over.  

I've been diving and photographing the famed Japanese WWII wrecks since 2003 and am presently the captain of one of the finest luxury liveaboard dive vessels, the M/V Odyssey. There is no better dive platform to experience the wrecks of Truk than the Odyssey.  I will be stepping aside as captain for these trips to focus all of my energy on the diving, photo and video needs of the guests. I will utilize my many years of experience to make this dive expedition the most memorable for all who attend.

I have booked two weeks back to back; the first week dedicated to diving the wrecks that have made Truk Lagoon world famous. The Shinkoku, Hoki and Fujikawa Maru's for example are on the itinerary as are most of the popular wreck sites including a deep dive on the San Francisco Maru. The second week will be for the heartier dedicated diver who desire to see the deeper less dived wrecks such as the Amagisan, Aikoku and Shotan Maru's (the San Francisco will also be dived this week). You can sign up for one or both trips. There are so many wrecks in Truk that you can dive two per day for two weeks and still not see them all. In addition, I have scheduled a week long dive itinerary preceding the Truk Rec Trip in the beautiful island nation of Palau. While in Micronesia, one might as well take advantage and visit two premier dive destinations back to back. Get more information here.

In addition, I will be scheduling a dive trip in the beautiful island nation of Papua New Guinea. You might as well maximize travel time and expenses and see two destinations back to back.  Dates and details of the PNG trip will be posted soon. 

Please scroll down and review all the information below for these two trips and contact [email protected] with any questions you may have.

The Details:

The M/V Odyssey

Since 1999, the Odyssey and her highly experienced crew have been taking avid divers in the lap of luxury to dive the wrecks of Truk Lagoon. The 133' vessel is tricked out to meet the most discerning divers needs. The luxury spacious staterooms with individual climate control will provide the perfect place to rest up between dives and get a good nights sleep. The delicious food served on board will keep your energy levels up  and offer a comfortable environment to enjoy your meals. Odyssey is a perfectly designed dive platform with everything the recreational and technical diver could ask for. Individual dive lockers, outdoor shower, rinse tanks and extra large camera table are but a few of the amenities on the dive deck.  In addition, get truly spoiled with diver lift from the water to the swim deck. Climb on and up you go. No exertion, no fuss. Great for divers with heavy gear or physical issues where climbing ladders is difficult. There are few details overlooked on this liveaboard dive vessel.

 

Rec Week Details 

-Board the Odyssey no earlier than 5pm on Saturday.

-Depart the Odyssey 8am on Saturday

-Most dives will be less than 130'/40m; several wrecks offer max depths slightly deeper.

-The San Francisco Maru (ave depth 165'/50m) will be dived once on Saturday the last day. 

All Inclusive Package Price $3695 per week (5% tax included)

 

Tec Week Details Unkai Maru BowUnkai Maru Bow

-Same as above except we will be diving 1 deep dive in the morning before lunch in depths of 150'/45m-200'/61m. 

-Afternoon dives will vary from 1 deep dive OR 2 moderate depth dives in depths of around 130'-140'. The afternoon schedule will depend on diver demands. Please make you let me know what you type of diving you want when you sign up.

Suggested Deep Wrecks

•Amagisan Maru 110'-180'

•Aikoku Maru 150'-190'

•Oite Destroyer 190'-200'

•Shotan Maru 140'-180'

•Fujisan Maru 140'-180'

•Nagano Maru 160'-190'   and many more

All Inclusive Package Price $3795 per week (5% tax included)

Whats Included:

-7 nights accommodation with 6 days of diving with up to 5 dives per day (except Sat; 3 dives only)(see above for tech week schedule); between 2 and 3 wreck sites will be visited per day; 

-3 meals per day plus snacks. (Lets just say you won't go hungry on this trip)

-Free Nitrox - The Odyssey banks 30% nitrox or air

-Beer, wine, liquor, soft drinks and all beverages included

-Tanks & Weights. The Odyssey provides 80cft, HP steel 120cft and twin manifolded 80cft cylinders plus 30cft ponies. The ponies are O2 compatible for custom blends of 30% to 100%. (Additional fee required)

-Airport greeting and transfer to vessel

-Chuuk State Dive Permit ($50.00 value)

-Odyssey is rebreather friendly. Divers may utilize the 2 or 3ltr Odyssey rebreather O2 and diluent bottles that are available at no charge. Absorbent is also available from Odyssey but for a fee. 

Additional Trip Features:

Photo and video workshops

     -There will be workshops offered each day covering an extensive list of topics such as lighting, lens choices, composition, video editing techniques and setting exposure. Whether you're a novice or an expert, bring your GoPro, SLR or your point & shoot camera and go home with some amazing images.

Historical Briefings Truck - Nagano MaruTruck - Nagano Maru

     -Comprehensive historical briefings will be provided for each dive site. Mike will share his knowledge of both the history and photographic highlights of the wrecks. 

     -Whether your looking to take awesome photos or just see the sites, join Mike on one or more of his personal tours. In addition, there will be the usual compliment of highly experienced local dive guides to take you where ever your heart and nerves desire.

The Wrecks of Truk Lagoon - Documentary

     -Free digital copy of Mike's documntary, The Wrecks of Truk Lagoon. He spent more than 5 years researching and producing this far reaching historical film. It's a must see. 

Video of the Week

     -Mike will produce one of his famous weekly videos with highlights of the trip above and below the water. (Only on the Rec week). Visit Mike's You Tube page for a sampling of his work from Truk Lagoon as well as North Carolina. 

Evening Presentations

     -Each evening, after dinner, see what Mike is up to when he will entertain you with his photo and video presentations. From the sand tiger sharks of the North Carolina wrecks to Socorro and Papua New Guinea, there will be plenty to see.
 

Bow - San Francisco MaruBow - San Francisco Maru What's not Included:

-Airfare 

-Chuuk airport departure tax $30.00 cash

-Gratuity for Odyssey crew (amount is at diver discretion)

-Equipment rental or dive instruction

-Oxygen and trimix

-Sorb for rebreather divers

-Hotel stays if required

Reservation: A $900 deposit per person required 

Full payment will be due 90 days before charter date. Late payments may cause you to forfeit your spot and lose your deposit. 

 

Nagano Rice CookersNagano Rice Cookers Cancellation policy:

More than 9 months prior to charter date:  Refundable less $100 Administrative fee per person

9 months to 181 days prior to charter date:  $250 of the deposit is forfeited.

180 days to 91 days prior to charter date:  $500 of the deposit is forfeited.

90 days to 61 days prior to charter date:  Forfeit entire deposit amount of $900.

Less than 60 days prior to charter date:  No refund. This will be strictly enforced. See below.

 

Dive Insurance: We strongly recommend every passenger carry diving accident insurance such as Divers Alert Network (DAN). No Dive Insurance is included in this package.

Trip Insurance: We strongly recommend every passenger purchase comprehensive accident, medical, baggage and trip cancellation/interruption insurance. The insurance will protect the passenger from financial disappointment in the event of an unforeseen circumstances. No trip insurance is included in this package. 

Getting There: United Airlines is the only airline operating to Chuuk from either Hawaii or Guam. The two common routes are from Narita, Japan to Guam to Chuuk or Hawaii to Guam to Chuuk. Air Nuigini runs flights from Sydney, Australia to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea to Chuuk. This is ideal for travelers coming from Australia. 

14" Projectiles - Yamagiri Maru14" Projectiles - Yamagiri Maru

Arrival/Departure date: Embarkation to the Odyssey is no earlier than 1700 hrs on the Saturday of each charter. Disembarkation will be at 0800 on Saturday at the end of each charter. 

 

Truk Lagoon Articles

Read about diving Truk from the Odyssey in Pacific Island Living Magazine; photos and text by Mike Gerken

Read about diving the wreck of the Hoki Maru in Wreck Diving Magazine; photos and text by Mike Gerken

Read about diving the wreck of the Fumitzuki in Wreck Diving Magazine; photos and text by Mike Gerken

Read about diving the Shinkoku Maru in Wreck Diving Magazine; Photos and text by Mike Gerken

Contact [email protected] for additional information or to make your reservation.