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Dive Review of Seven Seas in

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Jerry Tuttle, az, uSA
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 5050
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Raja Ampat, Lembeh, PNG, Australia, Madives, Solomans, Sea of Cortez,
Alaska etc
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
76   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
DIve within computer limits, all divers on Nitrox, informal 60 minutes time
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Set up areas are small and not the best for a boat full of photographers;
crew very good with camera wrangling; 
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    
This was my fourth trip to Komodo; The other three were with Larry Smith
making my perspective  jaded by having dived with the best. My first trip
to Komodo was in 1998. I was not disappointed by the Seven Seas. What
impressed me most on this trip was the quantity of large fish. Sharks were
sighted on most dives and some sites such as Castle Rock were thick with
large sharks. Manta also were not uncommon. The aptly named Manta Alley
gave a most impressive show. I do not remember seeing the quantity of reef
and pelagic fish on any of my previous three trips. If this is the result
of National Park status and enforcement by Rangers, it gives us hope that
the environment can regenerate itself  when given a chance. The other great
dive sites such as Cannibal Rock, Val's Rock, Pink Beach, Small World, Fish
Bowl Etc did not disappoint. The anchorage in Horseshoe Bay is still the
best place to wake up and watch Komodo Dragons, monkeys and wild pigs.
The Seven Seas is a very comfortable boat. Roomy with lot of public space.
a large dive deck with some of the best dive boat food that I have had. The
Staff was outstanding and a tribute to Captain Mark's management and
organizational skills.
Negatives are few. Having been spoiled by the critter finding ability of
Larry Smith I was a bit disappointed by the dive guides. There is current
and that is what makes some of the dive sites great. Divers uncomfortable
with current should reconsider Komodo as a destination. If you enjoy wine
bring your wallet because wine pricing on the boat is very high.  
I highly recommend this boat
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