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Dive Review of Seven Seas in
Indonesia/East of Flores

Seven Seas: "Beautiful dives and Remote Islands", Oct, 2018,

by Suzi, TX, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 10588 has 5 Helpful votes.

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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 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments My husband and I just returned in early October from 12 days on the Seven Seas, East of Flores. We were interested in an area that was remote and off the beaten track, and this was perfect. After a few days in Bali to decompress, we took a short flight to Maumere, Flores and were met by Karl, the cruise director for a transfer to the ship. The Seven Seas has so many repeat visitors, that, out of 15 divers on board, there were only 5 of us who were new. The ship is beautiful -- spacious cabins w/ en-suite baths in each, and comfortable areas around for seating, eating and conversation. Karl and the entire crew were amazing – fabulous food and a super-friendly and helpful staff that pampered the guests. We had a great group – very experienced divers and super congenial! There were guests from Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Indonesia, South Africa and the United States and the future cruise director, Alex, was from Spain – a truly international group.
The diving was world class. We were (almost, except for a very few dives), the only divers on a reef – and often the only ship in a series of beautiful bays surrounded by remote islands and active volcanoes. Diving ranged from steep walls with swift currents to muck dives with a huge variety of macro critters. On most of the deep dives and many of the shallow ones, we saw white tip sharks and often dog-toothed tuna. There were schools of rainbow runners and octopi on dives both day and night. The hard and soft corals are lush and vibrant – truly an underwater paradise. Our snorkeling on the last day of the trip was the most beautiful spot I’ve ever seen anywhere in the world.
Three to four dives a day are offered, depending on the location. On one memorable afternoon, as we cruised through the Pantar Straits, we were surrounded by schools of pilot whales, melon head whales and spinner dolphins. We spent the afternoon making lazy circles around these beautiful creatures. Wow!
I had to miss a few days of diving due to ear problems getting caught in one of the “washing machine” currents described in the October Undercurrent, so I spent time exploring other options. I kayaked to deserted beaches, enjoyed fantastic massages. Shore excursions are very special offering of the Seven Seas. On the island of Alor, we visited the Aboi tribe, an indigenous tribe in the mountains. They are keeping their customs and language alive, with help from the income from cultural tourism. I visited many of the other islands in the area, including Rusa, Lembata and Adonara – super friendly people and interesting villages.
We can’t wait to go back on the Seven Seas and explore one of their other voyage!
Websites Seven Seas   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Saba, Mexico, Honduras, Belize, Turks and Caicos, Cuba, Hawaii, Fiji, Cuba
Closest Airport Maumere, Flores Getting There 2 hour flight from Denpasar, Bali - excess baggage charges on Lion Air on return but all flights on time.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 72-77°F / 22-25°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60-90 Ft/ 18-27 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales > 2
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The Seven Seas doesn't have a dedicated camera room, but for our trip, there were only 2 large cameras and 1 large video camera. All the other divers had smaller units, so there was no trouble with space. The crew was excellent about getting cameras to divers in the water and taking care of the cameras on the very short skiff rides to the dive sites. In addition, the dive masters were amazing at finding/identifying even the smallest of critters!
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Subscriber's Comments

By Greg Bruce in WA, US at Oct 29, 2018 12:41 EST  
Nice report- Thanks! Can I ask how much the trip cost? I went to the Seven Seas website, but no rates are shown. Also, was food a mix of Indonesian and Western? Thanks again.
By report author: Suzi in TX, US at Oct 29, 2018 13:39 EST  
Hi Gregory, Sure -- it was $5940 per person for 12 nights, including everything but alcohol, shore excursion on Alor and massage. Yes, the food was a mix -- plenty of curries and Indonesian soups, but always a variety available. Thanks!
By Valera Sakhnenko in ON, CA at Jan 15, 2022 09:35 EST  
Thank you for your informative report.
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