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Dive Review of SEAL/Mbotyi River Lodge in
Africa/South Africa

SEAL/Mbotyi River Lodge, Jul, 2013,

by Gary & Robin Schiendelman, PA, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 7075.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments If you are planning on giving the Sardine Run a try, this is the operator to go with. SEAL is absolutely the best. Owner Nic has put together an outstanding group of people who love what they do and it shows. Safety is the #1 priority followed only by making sure every guest has a great experience. If you go with the attitude of knowing you have to take what Mother Nature gives you, you will enjoy the trip of a lifetime. This is not an easy trip. Most of the time in the water is on snorkel in choppy water and you are on and off the inflatable (no ladders) multiple times per day. We were able to scuba 4 or 5 times all week. The DM makes the determination based on vis and action. We saw bait balls every day but one. Hundreds and hundreds of dolphins, gannets diving, sharks everywhere. Humpbacks daily. Our skipper Clive and DM Fabio were the best. Beach launch was a lot easier than expected, and really exciting as was the beach landing. After spending all morning on the water, an afternoon activity was planned each day. One of the highlights was an ultralight flight included in the package. Hotel & food basic but adequate. But you are there for the wildlife and that was 5 star! If this is on your bucket list, do it now and do it with SEAL.
Websites SEAL   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Solomon Isl, PNG, Red Sea, Maldives, Cocos Island, Galapagos, Socorro Islands, Various Caribbean Location
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 65-°F / 18-°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 30-50 Ft/ 9-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales > 2
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics 5 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]
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