Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
Join Undercurrent on Facebook
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes

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

December, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by jean miller, CA, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 5333
Subscribers: Submit Your Reader Report Here
Subscribe Now Questions?
Subscribers can send this reviewer an email directly from here.
Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Cayman, Cozumel, Egypt, Tahiti, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
dry  
Seas
calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
100   to 15    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Sixty minute time limit  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
2 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
N/A  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
Beginners
1 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
[None]This was a 14 day trip beginning in the Banda area and ending in Raja
Ampat. The boat was less than expected, a former cargo carrier converted
into a liveaboard. The rooms were small, no storage under the beds, no
closet, but enough shelves to get by. The bathroom was quite small; it took
a long time for the water to get warm. Towards the end of the trip we were
cautioned to use less water. The rinse tanks consisted of two cut off
plastic barrels, one for cameras, the other for everything else. When we
ran low on water, the "everything else" rinse tank only contained
a few inches of water. Towels were assigned with room numbers on them. We
kept the same towels for the entire trip, spread on clothesline on the dive
deck to dry between dives. We were lucky it didn't rain. The crew was
attentive, but divers were assigned to skiff one or skiff two. The skiffs
weren't marked. A diver was supposed to come up and hold up one or two
fingers, a signal to the approatiate skiff. I came up alone from one dive,
waves breaking over my head. Unfortunately, skiff two was nearby, and I had
been assigned to skiff one. Skiff two waved me off, and it took several
minutes for skiff two to find me. I complained to the cruise leader. He did
listen and advised both skiff drivers to pick me up in rough seas. The
owner of Seven Seas was aboard. I found him arrogant and defensive. I
complained that the teak floor at the bottom of the stairs leading to my
room was slippery and suggested he put a towel or some kind of mat there.
It took him several days to place a towel in the slippery spot, then only
because he found the leak himself.
In addition to the owner, there were nine paying passengers and six NGO's
(non-government organazition) The trip was free for them. The owner of
Seven Seas was a consultant to these NGO's and so I believe had a vested
interest in their agenda. Most of the diving was less than good. This is
the fourth time I've been to Raja Ampat, and I've come to expect more
variety, more visibility and much less current. Banda diving was great, but
we were only there for two days. The last two dives were memorable, mantas
coming in so close and staying for an hour. Had this trip lasted one week,
it would have been much better, which makes me very sad.   

   
  
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)
 

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 891 dive reviews of Indonesia and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.

Bookmark and Share

Other dive reports on Seven Seas

All Indonesia Dive Reviews and Reports
Diving Guide to Indonesia
Diving Reviews for All Dive Destinations

Featured Links from Our Sponsors
Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Scuba Dive Asia -- The Dive Travel Experts
SCUBA DIVE ASIA - The Dive Travel Experts
for Asia, Pacific & Africa. Dive vacations for individuals, groups, photo clubs & dive centers.
Island Dreams Travel
Island Dreams Travel
Island Dreams specializes in dive travel to Indonesia. We've dived it many times ourselves, and stand ready to customize your Indonesia scuba diving adventure.

Want to assemble your own collection of Indonesia reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.


Want to get more articles like these and
other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email?
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get our free monthly Online Update, and a sample issue!


Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account |
| Travel Index | Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Forums | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues | Login | Join | Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |


Copyright © 1996-2017 Undercurrent (www.undercurrent.org)
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.