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Dive Review of The Seven Seas in

July, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Emerson, MN, USA
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Report Number 4217
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Burma, Solomons, Sulawesi, Galapagos, Costa Rica, Fiji, Little
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, surge  
Water Temp
78   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minute dives generally enforced  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Boat had a bench that was very good for two fully equipped photographers. 
If there had been more than two on board, it would have been a bit crowded.
 The dive operation was always well prepared for photography equipment.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
This would probably the best overall dive experience that I have had in 300
plus dives in many spots around the world. I just completed 10 days on
board with my 16 year old daughter who had 35 dives prior to this trip. 
She loved every day as well as I did. 

I would compare the boat very favorably to the Naia which previously had
been the stand alone gold standard by which I compared all of my liveaboard
experiences.  We had a light breakfast every day prior to the first dive
and then had a full breakfast afterwards.  Needless to say, we never went
hungry.  Lunches and dinner were some type of traditional Indonesian or
western dish.  The variety was outstanding and I thought every meal was
very tasty.

Just before we went to Komodo, several British divers were lost at sea for
a day, so currents were a concern.  The boat was always concerned about our
safety and dove only when currents were at a manageable level.  With a
young daughter who had limited experience, I was especially appreciative of
this constant concern.

Because of strong winds during a part of the week, we were not able to get
to the far south dive sites which was a bit of a disappointment given the
reputation of sites like Cannibal Rock.  However, the sites in the north
were all outstanding, especially Castle Rock which had more fish life than
any place I have ever been except for the Gallapagos.  We had great manta
interactions including one snorkel when 20 showed up just for fun. 
Mantavelous!  Coral was all very healthy and was covered with beautiful
soft corals.  

I have already made plans to go back next year.
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