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Dive Review of Seven Seas in
Indonesia

Seven Seas: "Wonderful time on an aging boat with (mostly) excellent crew", Apr, 2023,

by Angela Richards Dona, HI, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 12717.

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Dining and hangout room Busy dive deck Chill spot at stern Our cabin on top floor

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments I now know that it is possible to enjoy oneself immensely, having paid a large sum of money to do so, while also feeling a bit disappointed.

We had envisioned this trip as being more upscale than others in the past, this was because of the price tag and the website does a good job of showcasing the boat. It indeed looks like a very nice vessel in photos and in many ways it is, but it is an aging boat in need of some detailed TLC and some space re-organization/overhauls. Overall, the chipping paint, weather-beaten diving tenders, and barnacle-laden hull did not diminish the experience, a lovely time was had, but in all fairness, it wasnít the higher-level experience we thought it would be. Iíll also mention that this trip was planned for April 2021 and we lost two days of diving and over $1,000/pp due to COVID cancellations/rescheduling, so the expectations for this rescheduled charter were perhaps even more elevated. On a side note: It is my understanding that the lost money was used to keep the staff employed and provided time for them to explore the seas for new diving locations Ė a worthy use of those funds, we believe.

Since this was a charter trip, organized by lovely people who spent a lot of time, effort, and headache getting it all together, I hesitate to write this review. I know they love this boat and crew and I regret having to point out the flaws where I saw them. When asked if I would return to the Seven Seas, I said yes, and indeed I meant that. I hope this review will serve to aid other divers in making good decisions on where to book their trips, in managing expectations if they do book Seven Seas, and perhaps it may help convince the owners to make some needed improvements.

Regarding the boat and facilities:
Our cabin was on the top deck, which was so cool. The room was sufficient in size (although it took some time to organize things for convenience) and the bathroom was adequate. The bed was comfortable and elevated high above some storage drawers and a cabinet. We had cubby-holes and a place to keep our electronics plugged in when we were in the room. On our first night crossing, our cabin door would not remain closed but the crew fixed it immediately.
We had sewage smells emanating from the bathroom drains on transit nights, which is never pleasant, but it usually went away once we slowed or arrived at our destination. My gre ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Seven Seas   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia: Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Lembeh, Bunaken; Philippines: Tubbataha, Southern Visayas and Honda Bay; Micronesia: Yap, Pohnpei, Kapingamarangi, Nakuoro, Olimarao, Kosrae; Fiji; Egyptian Red Sea: St. Johns, Fury Shoals, Sharm, Marsa Nakari; Hawaii; Bonaire; Turks & Caicos; Bahamas; Cozumel
Closest Airport Kaimana Getting There Honlulu to Tokyo to Jakarta to Sorong to Kaimana. It is long and arduous, but worth it.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 28-31°C / 82-88°F Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20-50 M / 66-164 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments You will be happy if you are the only UWP or if there is perhaps only one more but it will be crowded and difficult otherwise. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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