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Dive Review of The Seven Seas in
Indonesia/Komodo

August, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Richard Litsch, CA, California
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 5069
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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