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Dive Review of Seven Seas in
Indonesia/Southern Moluccas,Banda,Ambon

November, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by W Szaniawski, CT, US (1 report, with 1 Helpful vote)
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Eastern and Southern Pacific, Carribeans, Western Atlantic
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Few, if any. Self-imposed courtesy to divers already on surface - not to
sit for, say, 2 hrs at 20 feet taking pictures.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Ample space for equipment and battery charging. Lot of cameras and video
equipment accomodated on a large outdoor table and an indoor smaller table 
off the dining area. Have not heard complaints from divers.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
A 23-day special itinerary, partly exploration. Spectacular, rarely visited
islands, some with active volcanos. Lot of walls, many awesome, down to
hundreds feet, covered with very good coral, especially gigantic barrel
sponges. Chilly on 2 dives only. Some v. strong currents = drifting.
Upwelling. With our group of experienced divers - no problems. Coral
excellent, especially in the shallows, but in areas destroyed by explosives
(illegal but impossible to enforce). Tropical fish quality outstanding.
Also, frequent encounters with dogtooth tuna, giant trevallys, barracudas,
Napoleon wrasses, large groupers. A few huge schools of jacks, barracudas,
black snappers, rainbow runners, large bumphead parrotfish, diamondfish (I
have never seen them before). Occasional turtles and stingrays, an
eagleray. Few sharks, nurse and whitetip; one great hammerhead, one
whaleshark, schools of dolphins, a manta on the surface.
Excellent muck dives. Special stuff: flashlight fish on night dive,
mandarin fish, a crocodile (a real one, not a croc fish).
The boat is a traditional Indonesian design, ironwood and teak, handsome
and comfortable. Each cabin with head and shower, adequate space for
storage. Our cabin was quiet, we slept very well. There was a well-supplied
medical box for unpleasant possibilities. 
It is a happy boat, with enthusiastic, friendly, skillful and hard-working
crew, competent divemasters, always ready to help and point to small (and
large) things that could be missed. Mark Heighes, the transplanted Aussie
with huge diving experience was the trip planner and leader. Very
professional and safety concerned, carefully scouted every scheduled
divesite, especially exploratory and followed with no-nonsense briefing.
Despite ample freedom allowed to divers we were always picked up promptly
by excellent surface crew in two tenders plus zodiac. The gear was handled
by the crew. Everybody was on Nitrox, available for additional charge.
Three dives a day were a standard, plus occasional night dives - the
schedule was flexible and accomodated varying interests and requirements of
divers. Several interesting land trips to rarely visited places.           
                                       The food was good, sometimes too
good (gained few pounds), wines paid extra, outdoor dinners enriched by
spectacular sunsets,  moonlight and by sea-stories exchanged by divers, and
a born story-teller - Mark. He, along with filmmaker Nancy McGee organized
this special trip. Mark has been diving Indonesian waters for some 20 years
and he knows his backyard really well. And Nancy was a gentle
and friendly host. A memorable experience.
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