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Dive Review of Seven Seas in
Indonesia/Komodo

Seven Seas, Aug, 2007,

by Lynn Morton, CA, United States (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 3711.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving California, Hawaii, Belize, Fiji, Solomons, Lembeh, Wakatobi
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 75 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 100 to 30 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Wonderful wide angle opportunities with beautiful corals. The space for recharging was a bit small, but our boat was full of photographers, so it would be fine with other trips. The crew was very accommodating finding us charging space. Excellent large camera tables on deck. With your OK, the crew would take your camera for you from the camera table, load it on the boat, rinse it after the dive, and return it to the camera table. Never any problems with the way they handled my equipment.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Seven Seas is a great boat! The cabins are roomy and comfortable, the food was excellent and always included some Indonesian dishes, and the entire dive set up was easy and got you in the water. We dove from two skiffs and one inflatable, sometimes returning to the boat, but more often followed by the skiff driver. At Crystal Bommie, the coral and fish life was so amazing and so dense, sometimes you felt you couldn't move for all the fish! At Manta Alley, we hunkered down and watched the parade go by, beautiful mantas one after another. We dove 2 different areas with two different currents and the water temp varied over 10 degrees. My 3 ml farmer john and shorty weren't enough when it was colder, particularly with 4 dives a day. A departing diver left me her 5/7 vest and hood and it saved my trip.
We also did some land excursians from the boat. Since we were in Komodo Park, we visited Komoda Rinca and opted for the long hike. We saw dragons, water buffalos, & wild horses and the vistas were incredible. We did another hike on an uninhabited island, up and over a ridge to a beautiful pink beach. Again, incredible views and a beautiful island except for one enlightening thing. Here on this beach, far away from everything, there was a 15 ft. wide swath of garbage, mostly plastic, at high tide. I'm knowledgable about pollution, but this brought it home to me as nothing has before. When will we wake up and see what we're doing to our beloved oceans???
The last night, we had a wonderful barbecue on a lonely beach with a full moon. It was beautiful. Great diving, great crew, great food, great boat!
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