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Dive Review of SEAL/mboyti river lodge in
Africa/Eastern Cape, Wild Coast

SEAL/mboyti river lodge: "Sardine Run with Seal at Mbotyi", Jul, 2017,

by Wellington Lee, DC, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 9655.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Sipadan, Cocos Island, Maldives, Honduras, Belize, Bahamas, Cozumel, Florida Keys, Bonaire, Hawaii
Closest Airport Durban DUR Getting There Arrival Ethiopian through ADD
Return Turkish through Istanbul IST

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 65 to 65 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 15 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions SCUBA very limited to non-existent. I did 2 dives in the whole week, one was checkout. Boat only carries one tank per diver per day. Speed of bait ball action and poor visibility limits opportunities. Steel 80s
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales > 2
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments RIB boats have tables on which you can store a camera. Crew is cogniz ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 5 stars
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Beginners 5 stars
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Comments Well let me just say that this is completely different than any other "dive" trip.

1.)It's 95%+ snorkeling. All of the action is close to the surface, the bait balls are often fast and fleeting (minutes), and visibility low. In addition there is only one tank of air per person per day on the boat anyway.
2.) GEAR: If I go again I am not bringing a BCD/REG. I did 2 dives in 8 days. One was a checkout and the other was a brief baitbal ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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