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Dive Review of Diving4Images/Seahorse in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

April, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Bode, Germany, Germany
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 3604
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, PNG, Solomon
Islands, Indonesia 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
27   to 28    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 20    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Generally no-deco dives.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Plenty of space on a big table where UW-Equipement can be set up. A dry
storage room is also available. Might be crowded when the boat is full.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
This was our second trip with Graham Abbott from Diving4Images and our
third visit to Raja Ampat. We joined a trip on board of the Seahorse from
Sorong to Fakfak and beyond. The rough itinerary was Batantas, Misool,
Pulau Pisang, Fakfak, Kaimana and Triton Bay. As usually the level of
guiding was outstanding. Graham and his Indonesian guide, Yan, where able
to organize the diving very efficantely, concentrating on the special needs
and wishes of us uw-photographers and -filmers. Best diving was found
around Misool and later on in the Kaimana area. There are dive sites with
an incredible amount of fish and coral in all varieties.
Though the Seahorse is a very good and spacious ship with tasty and plenty
food cooked by a very good chef, there where obvious problems with the crew
and the skipper. We found out, that there was a lot of fluctuations among
the crew. All the time people left and replacement could not be found. So
Graham had to start training them at the beginning of every trip. We also
noticed that crew members were fighting among themselves. The skipper did
not speak Indonesian. So he was only able to communicate with the the crew
members in English of whom some of course did not speak English. When we
left the ship in Sorong also the chef left with us. He told us he would not
come back.

In the end when we arrived in the Triton Bay area we found out that our
skipper had not enough petrol on board in order to reach all the dive sites
Graham Abbott had planned to visit. We were forced to stay in Triton Bay
and could not dive all the first class dive sites of this outstanding
Well, with the exception of the drawbacks mentioned above we had a good
trip. I will not go again on board of the Seahorse as long as the two
Spanish skippers are in charge of the ship. But I will definitely join
again one of Graham Abbotts next trips. 
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