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

November, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Richard Litsch, CA, USA
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 4577
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Fiji, Great Barrier Reef, Palau, Yap, Truk, various Carribean,
Mexico, Galapagos.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, rainy, cloudy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
40   to 150    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
1 hour maximum dive time  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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
5 stars
Food
4 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 $$
5 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Every serious diver should have Indonesia on their travel list.  This two
week trip on the SEVEN SEAS left from Sorong and ended up in Ambon.  The
boat was a traditional Indonesian craft that held 16 divers, in eight air
conditioned staterooms all with their own head and shower.  I have never
seen a harder working staff on a liveaboard.  Our trip director, Stewart,
was top notch in every way.  He had the perfect balance of safety, having a
good time and not having to be a Nazi while achieving it.  Every guests
needs were attended to.  Whether it be a shore excursion, wildlife viewing,
fishing or whatever, the staff was more than happy to accommodate. The food
was varied and plentiful and surprisingly good for such a remote location. 
A lone vegetarian was well taken care of.  Other than beer which was only
$2 US a can, wine and booze was expensive.  This is not due to the owners
fault but it is just hard to come by in this remote part of a Muslim
country.  Due to the excellent fishing in the area, we were treated to a
platter of wonderful sashimi every evening.  When the air conditioner in
our cabin went out half way through our trip, the owners Jos and Lida Pet
insisted that we switch cabins with them.  There is really nothing negative
to say about the SEVEN SEAS.  

Diving was done from two open fiberglass boats which accommodated eight
divers each.  There was also a zodiac available for diving or other
excursions.  I found that a skin was all that was required for diving this
entire trip, however most people used a three mil suit.  The diving was
simply stunning.  Though the Raja Ampat area had less than hundred foot
visibility and some significant currents it is the finest reef I have ever
seen.  Period.  There is not a place on the reef for even the slightest
finger hold that is not covered with gorgeous reef life.  Dives varied from
sheer walls, gorgeous coral gardens both hard and soft, and exhilarating
drift dives.  As we continued south to the Misool area, which was my
favorite part of the trip, we experienced slightly less marine life but
this came with outstanding visibility as well as phenomenal top side
attractions such as "the cave".  The final part of the trip was
visiting and diving the Banda Islands.  The historical significance of the
Banda Islands is well known.  The top side attractions were well worth it. 
We saw a traditional Indonesian dance that was not put on for tourists,
because there aren't any.  We met the King of Banda and had him on the boat
for dinner one night.  The diving around the offshore islands around the
Banda area was breathtaking.  Visibility was at least 150 feet if not
unlimited.  Beautiful drift and wall diving!  

Yes, it is a long way to get to this part of Indonesia, and it makes for
quite an expensive trip.  But if you're looking for the finest diving in
the world, a true adventure below and above water, in first class
accommodations you can't beat this trip on the SEVEN SEAS.  
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