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Dive Review of Seven Seas Liveaboard in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat, Banda Sea

Seven Seas Liveaboard, Nov, 2008,

by LeRoy Anderson, Utah, USA (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 4567.

No photos available at this time

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 $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was as fine a liveaboard as I've encountered in my dive travels. I felt the staff was professional and eagar to provide the best experience possible, they consistently went the extra mile in helping everyone with logistics, and other needs. When several people had ear troubles, the boat provided medication which allowed several customers to continue diving, and this included myself. The food was first rate. Tasty post dive snacks and great desserts were the norm. I felt the accomodations were quite wonderful. I had my own state room and private shower. It was super to finish every dive with a hot towel & shower and not feel the pinch of water restrictions as I have on other boats at times, as they have a massive water heater and water maker on board.
With regard to the diving, most everyone is pretty much by now familiar with how great the diving in Raja Ampat is. A contender for finest dive location on earth due to the massive amounts and diversity of life of virtually every type present in tropical seas on the walls and sloping reefs. I especially enjoyed the opportunity to finally see my first wobeggong shark. The topside scenery and caves present in the Misool area are also breathtaking. As good as the diving in Raja Ampat is, I also really enjoyed the remote reefs of Banda just as much, and maybe even more so. We enjoyed 200 ft. visibility, clouds of pyramid butterfly fish and cascades of redtooth trigger fish in canyons and on walls of stunning visual impact. Hammerhead and blacktip sharks were seen, as well as giant volkswagon sized potato cod, and the opportunity to dive in schools of really massive bumphead parrotfish the size of large kitchen tables. I especially enjoyed diving a site on Banda (Gunung Api) called the Lava Flow, which is now covered in what I feel is likely the best hard coral garden on earth following an eruption of the volcano 20 years ago and subsequent prolific recolonization with wonderful and healthy hard corals. The critter and night diving revealed reliable mandarin fish sightings as well as mating cuttle fish, and many interesting critters otherwise, some of which I could not identify.
Perhaps the most amazing thing for me is that of the fifty dives on this trip, I would rate all of them as being good, and 48 of them as being breathtaking and unforgettable. I've never been on a trip with such a high ratio of consistent really excellent dives time and time again as the days went on. This is a dive trip I'll always have treasured memories of, and I can wholeheartedly recommend the boat and the itinery to anyone who loves the best in tropical diving.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Caribbean, Micronesia, British Columbia, Coastal USA, Norway, Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica, Malpelo & Cocos Islands, Galapagos.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 80-85°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-200 Ft/ 9-61 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Recreational non decompression diving.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Great camera tables, rinse facilities and work tables, mostly arranged for digital enthusiasts.
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