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Dive Review of Diving4Images/Seahorse in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Diving4Images/Seahorse, Apr, 2007,

by Michael Bode, Germany, Germany (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 3604.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, PNG, Solomon
Islands, Indonesia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 27 to 28 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 10 to 20 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Generally no-deco dives.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Plenty of space on a big table where UW-Equipement can be set up. A dry storage room is also available. Might be crowded when the boat is full.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our second trip with Graham Abbott from Diving4Images and our third visit to Raja Ampat. We joined a trip on board of the Seahorse from Sorong to Fakfak and beyond. The rough itinerary was Batantas, Misool, Pulau Pisang, Fakfak, Kaimana and Triton Bay. As usually the level of guiding was outstanding. Graham and his Indonesian guide, Yan, where able to organize the diving very efficantely, concentrating on the special needs and wishes of us uw-photographers and -filmers. Best diving was found around Misool and later on in the Kaimana area. There are dive sites with an incredible amount of fish and coral in all varieties.
Though the Seahorse is a very good and spacious ship with tasty and plenty food cooked by a very good chef, there where obvious problems with the crew and the skipper. We found out, that there was a lot of fluctuations among the crew. All the time people left and replacement could not be found. So Graham had to start training them at the beginning of every trip. We also noticed that crew members were fighting among themselves. The skipper did not speak Indonesian. So he was only able to communicate with the the crew members in English of whom some of course did not speak English. When we left the ship in Sorong also the chef left with us. He told us he would not come back.

In the end when we arrived in the Triton Bay area we found out that our skipper had not enough petrol on board in order to reach all the dive sites Graham Abbott had planned to visit. We were forced to stay in Triton Bay and could not dive all the first class dive sites of this outstanding area.
Well, with the exception of the drawbacks mentioned above we had a good trip. I will not go again on board of the Seahorse as long as the two Spanish skippers are in charge of the ship. But I will definitely join again one of Graham Abbotts next trips.
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