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Dive Review of The Seven Seas in
Indonesia/Komodo

The Seven Seas, Aug, 2009,

by Richard Litsch, CA, California (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 5069.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Palau, Truk, Fiji, Raja Ampat, Galapagos, Great Barrier Reef, Cook Islands, Tahiti, Mexico, Cozomel, Costa Rica
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 72 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No decompression diving, limit dives to one hour
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 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
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This is my second trip on the Seven Seas to Indonesia, having previously been to Raja Ampat in November 2008. Once again, the Seven Seas did not disappoint. This liveabord has it all together in every aspect of the operation. They traveled alot to get us the best diving possible in both South and North Komodo areas. The diving for me, though overall excellent, was somewhat variable. The night dives and critters were exceptional. Some of the better dives were truly stunning. However, some of the dives left me feeling as a West Coast US based diver, that I flew over a lot of great diving locations to get there. Lots of bommies on sand and rubble. Some damage from dynamite fishing. Also, I found Komodo to be somewhat crowded often seeing divers from other boats underwater at the more popular sites. Don't get me wrong, it's not Palau yet but other divers were saying it was less crowded in the past. With a new jet airport and western hotels scheduled for completion in the near future I wonder if it won't be like Palau soon. In addition, I did not see why Komodo has been touted as a big fish location. Sure we saw a handful of sharks and seven Mantas but overall I wouldn't call it a big fish destination. If I had to choose between Komodo and Raja Ampat, there would be no doubt in my mind I would go to Raja Ampat. Another fantastic thing about the trip was the fact that Burt Jones, the noted underwater photographer happened to be our guest cruise director for this trip. What a fantastic guy! You should also bring lots of rubber when you come to Komodo. I never get cold but I was freezing in my 3mm suit with water temperatures of 72 degrees in the south. You should also bring as much booze as you can carry because it is deathly expensive in Indonesia.
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