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Dive Review of Seven Seas in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Seven Seas: "The variety is amazing", Dec, 2018,

by Christhol Swanson, NT, AU (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 10821 has 3 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 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This is our second trip on the Seven Seas, the last time we had cruise director Karl, this time it was new cruise director Alex. Alex and all of the crew on the Seven Seas are just amazing. The food is a great mix of Indonesian and Western giving the opportunity to taste the local cuisine. I had never tried the Rice Porridge with Chicken for breakfast and was pleasantly surprised.
There was one night where we experienced a true tropical down pour, you know the one that comes in side ways. If you live in the tropics, as I do, you will know the storm that I mean. For the uninitiated, a tropical storm is similar to applying a pressure cleaner for several hours. Anyway the Seven Seas sprung several leaks, our cabin having a minor leak. Given that she will be in dry dock before our next trip, I am sure the leaks would have been fixed.
Dive guides Irwan and Jefry have been on board the Seven Seas for some time, they know the sites well and have great eyes for spotting the smallest and largest creatures. They were quick to gauge the abilities of the group and provided some of the group plenty of independence.
A testament to Captain Wahyudin is that he greets the divers after every dive and asks for how the dive was. A lot of work goes into finding the best conditions and the best site that suits the divers and Captain Wahyudin gets it right. He is absolutely wonderful.
Is there a bad for the trip - possibly the visibility could have been better, but that's mother nature for you. There could have been fewer other boats and divers but without the dives boats there would be fishing boats, I'd rather see fellow divers and dive boats out there.
The only down side was leaving. We will have to wait 18 months before we will be back on board. Yes, we have booked again, this time for two trips back to back.
Websites Seven Seas   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Australia
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There Getting to Sorong is an internal Indonesian flight. Customs can be cleared in Bali, Manado, Jakarta.

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 28-29°F / -2--2°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 15-25 M / 49-82 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Follow the dive guide. 60 Minutes 50 Bar - ish
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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