The Odyssey is a 300′ freighter which was cleaned up and sunk as an artificial reef in 2002 after an onboard fire put her outta commission. The ship is purported to be one of the largest in the Caribbean, and rests on a giant sand patch at a depth of 110 feet, off the shore of the picturesque village of Mud Hole.
Originally altered to safely allow penetration dives, over the years storms and deterioration have taken their toll, and diving inside the ship is not recommended.
The dive starts at the stern of the ship descending to the keel from the mooring line. The stern structure leans about 25° to the starboard (increasing yearly) giving a strange skewed perspective to the dive as we swim spiraling up, exploring our way to the bridge. From here we swim forward over the football field size cargo hold which has been flattened by corrosion and the winter storms here we call “Northers”. The bow of the ship is canted even further to the side and walls become floors (bulkheads become decks?). As the dive ends and our NDLs decrease we make our way to the adjacent reef, and slowly ascend to the boat.