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Dive Review of Seven Seas Liveaboard in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat, Banda Sea

November, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by LeRoy Anderson, Utah, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports)
Report Number 4567
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Caribbean, Micronesia, British Columbia,
Coastal USA, Norway, Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica, Malpelo & Cocos
Islands, Galapagos.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
80   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
30   to 200    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recreational non decompression diving.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Great camera tables, rinse facilities and work tables, mostly arranged for
digital enthusiasts.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
This was as fine a liveaboard as I've encountered in my dive travels. I
felt the staff was professional and eagar to provide the best experience
possible, they consistently went the extra mile in helping everyone with
logistics, and other needs. When several people had ear troubles, the boat
provided medication which allowed several customers to continue diving, and
this included myself. The food was first rate. Tasty post dive snacks and
great desserts were the norm. I felt the accomodations were quite
wonderful. I had my own state room and private shower. It was super to
finish every dive with a hot towel & shower and not feel the pinch of
water restrictions as I have on other boats at times, as they have a
massive water heater and water maker on board. 
With regard to the diving, most everyone is pretty much by now familiar
with how great the diving in Raja Ampat is. A contender for finest dive
location on earth due to the massive amounts and diversity of life of
virtually every type present in tropical seas on the walls and sloping
reefs. I especially enjoyed the opportunity to finally see my first
wobeggong shark. The topside scenery and caves present in the Misool area
are also breathtaking. As good as the diving in Raja Ampat is, I also
really enjoyed the remote reefs of Banda just as much, and maybe even more
so. We enjoyed 200 ft. visibility, clouds of pyramid butterfly fish and
cascades of redtooth trigger fish in canyons and on walls of stunning
visual impact. Hammerhead and blacktip sharks were seen, as well as giant
volkswagon sized potato cod, and the opportunity to dive in schools of
really massive bumphead parrotfish the size of large kitchen tables. I
especially enjoyed diving a site on Banda (Gunung Api) called the Lava
Flow, which is now covered in what I feel is likely the best hard coral
garden on earth following an eruption of the volcano 20 years ago and
subsequent prolific recolonization with wonderful and healthy hard corals.
The critter and night diving revealed reliable mandarin fish sightings as
well as mating cuttle fish, and many interesting critters otherwise, some
of which I could not identify. 
Perhaps the most amazing thing for me is that of the fifty dives on this
trip, I would rate all of them as being good, and 48 of them as being
breathtaking and unforgettable. I've never been on a trip with such a high
ratio of consistent really excellent dives time and time again as the days
went on. This is a dive trip I'll always have treasured memories of, and I
can wholeheartedly recommend the boat and the itinery to anyone who loves
the best in tropical diving.
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