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Dive Review of The Seven Seas in
Indonesia/Komodo

The Seven Seas, Jul, 2008,

by Michael Emerson, MN, USA (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 4217.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Palau, Burma, Solomons, Sulawesi, Galapagos, Costa Rica, Fiji, Little Cayman
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 78 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 80 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minute dives generally enforced
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Boat had a bench that was very good for two fully equipped photographers. If there had been more than two on board, it would have been a bit crowded. The dive operation was always well prepared for photography equipment.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This would probably the best overall dive experience that I have had in 300 plus dives in many spots around the world. I just completed 10 days on board with my 16 year old daughter who had 35 dives prior to this trip. She loved every day as well as I did.

I would compare the boat very favorably to the Naia which previously had been the stand alone gold standard by which I compared all of my liveaboard experiences. We had a light breakfast every day prior to the first dive and then had a full breakfast afterwards. Needless to say, we never went hungry. Lunches and dinner were some type of traditional Indonesian or western dish. The variety was outstanding and I thought every meal was very tasty.

Just before we went to Komodo, several British divers were lost at sea for a day, so currents were a concern. The boat was always concerned about our safety and dove only when currents were at a manageable level. With a young daughter who had limited experience, I was especially appreciative of this constant concern.

Because of strong winds during a part of the week, we were not able to get to the far south dive sites which was a bit of a disappointment given the reputation of sites like Cannibal Rock. However, the sites in the north were all outstanding, especially Castle Rock which had more fish life than any place I have ever been except for the Gallapagos. We had great manta interactions including one snorkel when 20 showed up just for fun. Mantavelous! Coral was all very healthy and was covered with beautiful soft corals.

I have already made plans to go back next year.
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