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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
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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

calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 15    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Sixty minute time limit  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
1 stars   
3 stars    
[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.   

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