Seven Seas

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Destination: Indonesia

Komodo, Deep South Komodo, Raja Ampat, Triton Bay, East of Flores, the Forgotten Islands, the Banda Sea & Wakatobi (10 - 16 nights) | From $495/night

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The Seven Seas is a traditionally built Buginese schooner with a custom design to accommodate dive travelers' every need.

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Location

Excursions originate in various areas depending on itinerary.

 

Dive Overview

Indonesia is a diving gem, featuring volcanic geography, wrecks, and vibrant marine life. The Seven Seas boasts knowledgeable staff and top-notch equipment so guests can make the most of their dive vacations.

[See: Komodo Dive Travel Guide, Raja Ampat Dive Travel Guide, Wakatobi Dive Travel Guide, & Alor Dive Travel Guide]


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Accommodations

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Seven Seas Accommodation Overview

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Cabin 1 & 5

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Cabin 6 & 9

 

The Seven Seas accommodates up to 16 passengers in 8 staterooms with air-conditioning & warm-water en-suite bathrooms as follows:

  • 4 rooms with royal size double beds
  • 2 rooms with large single beds in bunk style
  • 2 rooms with small double and large single beds in bunk style
 

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General Facilities

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Dining Area & Lounging Area

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Front Deck Lounge & Kayaks on Roof


Seven Seas Boat Features

  • Large sun deck 
  • Shaded outdoor lounge area
  • Sundeck at the rear with comfortable day beds
  • Air-conditioned lounge and dining area
  • Working table for camera preparations and editing
  • DVD, radio, books, toys
  • Galley with state-of-the-art facilities
  • Emergency escape hatch
  • Dry storage
  • 6 double sea kayaks

 

Seven Seas Boat Features

  • Shaded dive deck with deck showers and dive gear storage
  • Multiple compressors
  • Fully equipped dive shops
  • Comfortable speedboats
  • First-rate dive guides
 

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Food & Drinks Aboard Seven Seas

  • With many years culinary expertise, the chef prepares truly mouth-watering cuisine. Buffets form the main menu of the day so that we can give you a wider choice and suit the majority of taste buds, including vegetarians. The chef uses as much fresh local produce as she can, including fresh seafood.
  • The bar has a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Water, tea and freshly brewed coffee from our espresso machine are included and you can enjoy as much as you like. All drinks will be tallied and you will receive the bill at the end of your trip.
 

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Seven Seas Liveaboard Deck Plan

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Schedule, Rates & Availability

Seven Seas 2018 - 2021 Schedule & Rates

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2019-2020 Fixed Rate: US$ 495/person/night. 2021 Fixed Rate: US$ 525/person/night. 2022 Fixed Rate: US$ 550/person/night. Total cruise fee is calculated from this base price and the number of nights that make up the cruise duration. 

There is NO FUEL SURCHARGE for 2021 and 2022, and NITROX is FREE OF CHARGE. Any and all port clearance and conservation fees are INCLUDED in the above pricing. NO SURCHARGES.

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Inclusions

  • On-board accommodation
  • All diving
  • Beach visits
  • Meals and snacks
  • Coffee, tea and drinking water
  • Services of a qualified dive master
  • Full dive tanks, weights and weight belts
  • Port clearances
  • Conservation fees

 

Exclusions

  • Domestic air or land-transfers
  • Soft drinks, beer, wine or spirits
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Gear rental
  • Massage
  • Courses (nitrox, advanced, photo, video
  • Use of satellite phone
  • Trip DVD
  • International or domestic air transportation
  • Hotels and meals before and after the cruise
  • Personal and medical insurances

 

Rates & Availability

For more information on rates and availability email us at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at +1-310-915-6677.

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Dive Information & Destinations

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The Komodo National Park

Home to more than 1,000 species of fish, 260 species of coral, and offering the chance to glimpse rare marine mammals such as the dugong and sperm whale, Komodo National Park is the trip of a lifetime for divers of all experience levels.

Komodo’s underwater landscape is as diverse as the species that live here. You’ll discover dive sites from high-adrenaline sea mounts swirling with sharks and pelagic species, to underwater canyons with feeding mantas, to classic wall dives, to gently sloping coral gardens, to cave swim-throughs, to Komodo icons like Manta Alley and Batu Bolong – there’s enough variety here to last a lifetime of diving without getting bored.

You’ll traverse the warm waters of the Flores Sea in the north, also exploring further south into the Indian Ocean – the water becoming gradually cooler as you near the open ocean.

Underwater photographers and naturalists thrill to see rare species such as pygmy seashorses, nudibranchs, blue-ringed octopus, false pipefish, and frog fish – all spotted for you by our expert dive guides. Wide angle and blue water enthusiasts can catch a glimpse of giant pelagic species, several varieties of whale (including blue), dolphins, three species of sea turtle, mantas, a variety of reef and blue water sharks, as well as the extremely rare and shy dugong. Seldom-seen species such as ocean sunfish (mola mola), eagle rays, whale sharks and mako sharks have also been spotted. We have even heard reports of a sighting of the elusive megamouth shark.

We’ll introduce you to Komodo’s most iconic dive sites such as Manta Alley, Manta Point, Tatawa Besar, Batu Bolong (Hollowed Rock), Castle Rock, and Crystal Rock. We’ve also discovered many of our own favorite spots over the years, such as the ‘Seven Seas Secret Spot’, where we’ve sometimes spotted dugong cruising the shallows.

With more than a decade of experience exploring the best that Indonesia has to offer, you can be assured that your cruise director, divemasters, and crew aboard the Seven Seas will always work to have you diving the right place at the right time. Most (if not all) dive sites are dependent on the tide, moon, and other environmental conditions – get there at the wrong time and you’re likely to miss that unforgettable experience underwater.

Our newest cruises have ventured into the South of Sumbawa, where we’ve discovered a variety of dive sites which offer even more options than those you’ll find within Komodo Park. From a kaleidoscopic soft coral paradise, to an exquisite shallow water reef of branching coral and teeming with tropical fish and cruising baby black tip sharks, to an incredible sandy slope inhabited by a squadron of enormous sting rays.

With our wealth of experience in Komodo and beyond, your crew aboard the Seven Seas invites you to experience this jewel of the Coral Triangle at its very best.

 

Komodo - Deep South

Diving the Southern sites of Komodo National Park, and surrounding islands, has always been very exciting and unusual. Rocky canyons and pinnacles are heavily encrusted with marine invertebrate life, with lots of color and plenty of fish. Night diving without a doubt is one of the highlights here, lots of critters and far superior to any of the sites in the north. The only problem, during the “traditional” Komodo season from May through September, was that most of the time the water has been cold and murky and when you got back to the boat, your towel had been blown off the deck by the South easterlies.

But we are now going to show you the south side as you have never seen it before, and during the time that you should be there, during the Northwest Monsoon! From October to May, this is the time of the year when it’s all different and this is when the South is the Best! During the Northwest season, everything gets turned around and upside down in Komodo. The waters in the South are clear and warm, and a new underwater world opens up with many of our favorite sites now accessible, in the right conditions and with new sites waiting to be explored!

This is why we will be staying in Komodo when the South is Best, while the rest of the fleet heads for Raja Ampat. And this will not be the first time we do this, as we have done it many times in the past, by ourselves and with guests, starting when we operated the Evening Star in the Komodo area all year round from 1997 till 2002, and while we monitored all the sites around Komodo National Park, with The Nature Conservancy during the same years. So we definitely know what we’re doing here!

What many people don’t know is that during the North West Monsoon, between October and May, The south side of the island group completely changes. Conditions in the south improve dramatically as crystal clear currents move into the southern regions of the park, and while the prevailing wind moves from the South East to the North West, the Southern swell calms down, and the cold and murky southern upwelling ceases. This is giving us a great opportunity to focus on a wide variety of southern sites that would hardly be accessible during the other months of the year.

During our Deep South voyages we will be visiting all our currently known high class sites down South, but on top of that you’re invited to join in the further exploration of new and promising areas that have already produced mind blowing dives for us over the years. We will visit all the well known world class sites such as Manta Alley, Cannibal Rock, Torpedo Point, The Three Sisters, Lankoi, etc. – plus many new and exciting sites all across the Southern territory and halfway up into the straits (such as Rainbow Reef, Indihiang Island, Batu Tiga and the mantas at Karang Makassar which aggregate there during this time of year). We will not be surrounded by many other boats on these cruises, and that is something which is probably as important to us as it is for you.

Our itineraries in the Deep South of Komodo are exploring the Southern Sape Strait and all around South Komodo, South Rinca, South West Flores, Gili Mota and the Southern part of Selat Molo. Without a doubt some of the world’s most unusual tropical diving. We have discovered some very pristine and never visited world class sites in this area and are looking forward to continue the exploration of the south side with you in the next couple of years. Come and see the south as you’ve never seen it before!

The right conditions await us on our new itineraries down South. This is where we have filmed everything from the largest living animal in the world, the elusive Blue Whale, all the way down the food chain, via great fish life and vibrantly colored reefs created by orange and green cup corals, to soft coral heavens and the most unusual critters hidden in the black sand of volcanic islands that continue to re-create Indonesia’s Ring of fire.

 

Raja Ampat & Triton Bay

For most divers, Raja Ampat is truly the trip of a lifetime – an unforgettable opportunity to experience one of the most incredible marine environments on the planet.

With more species than anywhere else on earth, diving in and around Raja Ampat can feel like the underwater equivalent of bird watching – you’ll have a chance to see species that you’ve not found anywhere else. From rare invertebrates and coral species, all the way up to whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, and even migrating orcas, sperm whales and baleen whales – Raja Ampat offers the ultimate variety of dive sites to suit even the most experienced underwater explorer.

From the unforgettable reefs of the Fam Island group, the pelagic fish and manta rays of the Dampier Strait, the incredible critter & macro diving at Batanta and Aljui Bay, to the beautiful coral gardens and snorkeling spots around Misool, you’ll have the chance to fill up your camera’s memory card (or your own memory bank) with something you’ve never seen underwater before.

The core itinerary usually requires the full fourteen days of cruising, allowing enough time to explore several of the highlights of Raja Ampat as well as allowing time to explore new areas away from the typical route.

Our newest cruises have ventured to Triton Bay, where divers and snorkelers have the chance to dive and snorkel with whale sharks (and sometimes dolphins) below the traditional ‘bagan’ used by local fishermen to catch small fish.

With new dives and snorkels discovered on many of our voyages here, your divemasters aboard the Seven Seas invite you to experience an unbelievable variety of dive spots in Raja Ampat.

 

Banda Sea

Once sought by Columbus and Marco Polo, the Banda Islands were the original Spice Islands and the most coveted destination on earth, particularly by the Dutch and Portuguese who colonized the islands and exported the indigenous nutmeg and cloves. History tells of a violent past under colonial rule. Now, the seas around these tropical paradise islands are coveted for their spectacular diving and snorkeling on some of the world's richest reefs, unspoiled corals, and large pelagic fish.

Steep drop-offs, impressive hard coral and some fast currents make this area absolutely breathtaking. Schools of jacks are a familiar sight, as are large tuna, many turtles, Napoleon wrasse, groupers, rays, sharks and large lobsters. Great visibility is a blessing.

The Banda Sea is surrounded by islands from the large islands of Buru, Halmahera, Ambon and Seram in the north towards Gorom, Kei and Aru in the east, the islands of Tanimbar, Wetar and Reong, and a series of smaller islands such as Babar and Moa, touching East Timor in the south. Ambon Bay is host to some of Indonesia's best critter diving. The nearby island of Halmahera is still largely unexplored and has recently produced some stunning sites.

Gunung Api is an isolated volcanic peak rising from the heart of the Banda Sea. Surrounded by crystal clear waters this uninhabited island is home to thousands of nesting seabirds. Exuding sulphur both above and below the landmark, the water is also home to extraordinary numbers of banded kraits (sea snakes), which have become a special attraction for divers. It's not unusual to have swarms of these non-aggressive sea snakes around you while diving on Gunung Api.

The 5 tiny atolls of Lucipara in the middle of the Banda Sea are the tops of undersea mountains rising up over a mile from the ocean floor. The uninhabited beaches are ideal green turtle nesting sites, while the reef's breathtaking drop off to ocean waters is ideal for diving and snorkeling. A highlight here is night diving with the rare Photoblepheron bandanensis or more commonly known as the "flashlight fish".

 

East of Flores

With new dives discovered on nearly every one of our voyages here, your divemasters aboard the Seven Seas invite you to experience an unparalleled diversity of dive sites on our East of Flores cruise.

From classic wall dives and panoramic gardens of hard and soft corals to newly-discovered muck dives in Lembata and Pantar, the incredible range of dives we offer our guests has earned enthusiastic reviews from even the most well-traveled underwater explorers.

Experienced divers thrill at the opportunity to drift rocky corners, islets and pinnacles along the Southern shores and in the straits between these islands – adrenaline diving at its most exciting, offering the chance to see large pelagic species and schools of tuna.

Underwater naturalists can explore a stunning array of diverse habitats, with hard coral reefs, pinnacles and walls covered in combinations of hard and soft corals and other invertebrates. Other sites offer sandy habitats (volcanic black, reef white), sea grass beds and even a few blue water mangrove forests.

In Lembata we have a fantastic new site believed to be one of the region’s best new muck dives. At this site we have found the ‘Holy Grail of underwater photography’, the rare Rhinopias or “weedy” scorpionfish on every visit to date.

Numerous other rare and unusual forms of marine life are found here, such as frog fish and various species of octopus. Combined with existing critter sites at Maumere, the Brewery at Lembata, Beang Abeng in Pantar, Clownfish Alley at Pura and Ghost Town in Alor we can offer a wide range of sites to build the ultimate dive itinerary.

Our core itinerary usually requires the full twelve nights of cruising, however at certain times (weather permitting), our itinerary has ventured as far as Wetar – the next island to the East of Alor. Located even further beyond the beaten track of a typical live aboard dive trip – where the legendary “Forgotten Islands” begin.

 

Indonesia's Forgotten Islands

Indonesia's "Forgotten Islands" - also known as the Southeast Moluccas (Maluku Tenggara), are not a single destination, but rather a 1,000 km long chain of archipelagos stretching from Timor to West Papua on the island of New Guinea. Undeveloped, distant from population centers and far off any beaten path, these "Forgotten Islands" have been largely isolated from the rest of Indonesia and the world.

The Forgotten Islands offer some of the best diving in Indonesian waters. Attractions include gin-clear waters, patch reefs and coral bommies, spectacular wall dives on impossible drop-offs.

On our inaugural trips to the Forgotten Islands in 2010, our excited visitors enjoyed seeing rare Weedy, Bumphead parrotfish, Jacks (Big-eye trevallies), Giant trevallies, Spanish mackerel, schooling barracuda, hammerhead sharks, a 3-meter saltwater crocodile, and a whale shark!

Since 2012 we are offering two expeditions to the Forgotten Islands each year in November/December. One trip starts in Maumere (Flores) or Kupang (West Timor) and ends in Saumlaki, in the Tanimbar Islands, and another trip returns along the same or a similar route. Detailed itineraries in this area will vary according to weather and diving conditions and other factors. 

 

Wakatobi National Park

Also known as the Tukang Besi Archipelago, the Wakatobi Marine National Park is the second largest Marine Park in Indonesia. Its four main islands of Wangi-Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko each lend the first two letters of their names to give the area its name.

Fast attracting a reputation as one of the top dive spots in the world, it's hardly surprising as the islands enjoy some of the healthiest coral reefs you are likely to dive. Wakatobi has the largest atoll in the world (Kaledupa), which is home to some of the most bio-diverse marine life in the world. Dolphins, manta rays, whales, turtles, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks and dugongs can all be found here.

Especially the small outer Islands, with their colonies of nesting seabirds and steep drop-offs for fantastic wall diving, will bring you eye to eye with some impressive schools of fish and some massive dogtooth tuna.

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Boat Specifications

  • Length: 40m
  • Beam: 8m
  • Tonnage: 250
  • Engine: Mitsubishi 8M22 450HP V8
  • Cruising Speed: 8 knots
  • Water Capacity: 9 tons per day, 2 freshwater-makers
  • Fuel Capacity: 18 tons
  • Maximum guests: 16
  • Number of crew: 18
  • Entertainment System: DVD, TV, Stereo sound
  • Tenders: 3: 2 x twin-40hp 6.5m fiber boats (center console, taking 6 diving guests each), 1 x inflatable single engine taking 4 diving guests
  • Navigation: Radar Furono, Sat Nav. Furono, Sounder RayMarine, Back-up GPS plotter: Navman Tracker
  • Safety Equipment: 2 life rafts (20 persons each), 40 adult and 10 infant life jackets, AED (Automated External Defibrillator)
  • Dive Equipment: Twin 9 CFM compressors (Schiffauer), 24 aluminum 12lt tanks, 12 sets rental dive equipment, snorkeling gear, wetsuits, Nitrox

 

Practical Information

  • Time Zone: UTC+8 & UTC+9
  • Local Currency: IDR (Indonesian Rupiah)
  • Language Spoken: English & Indonesian
  • Payment Onboard: cash (US Dollar, Euro, Australian Dollar or Rupiah) or credit card (Visa or Mastercard)

 

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Photos by Linda Johnston, Edward Lang, H.D. Voegel, Matthew Oldfield & Robert Delfs.

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Reviews (2)

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We went to Komodo in Jan 2014 on Seven Seas. Dove at Cannibal Rock about 15 times while we were there. Fantastic dive site. Our trip manager was Mark, and he is very knowledgeable in Komodo diving. We had great time. Food was pretty decent. When it rained, water was leaking from the ceiling in our room, but they have put plastic containers to cover it. So there wasn't any problem.

Visited on 01/2014 - Submitted on 10/29/2014
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My teenage daughter and I spent 10 days on the Seven Seas in July of 2008. Getting there is relatively easy with a short flight out of Bali and landing in Labuan Banjo where the boat is ready to go. Of course, don't miss a chance to spend a few days in Bali. We dove Crystal Bay and got to see three mola mola fish which was a pleasant bonus for the trip.

While not specifically a family trip, the week was definitely more oriented in that way than any other liveaboard that I have been on. Jos Pet, the owner of the boat, had his entire family. Several other families from Bali were on the boat as well. Thus, it had a different feel to it than every other liveaboard that I have been on.

Despite this, the boat did a good job of accomodating divers such as myself who were a bit more experienced.

The land walks to see the Komodo dragons were spectacular. I have since seen these beasts in zoos and it is always disappointing to see them through the glass. One hike was fairly lengthy and we got to see some spectacular vistss. We also saw nesting sites were the dragons had their young. Impressive sites.

The rooms were pretty small, but comfortable. I do understand that since we were on the boat, the rooms have been redone (2 eliminated) to make for a bigger space. If you are going to Komodo, you have lots of options. If room size is important, I would compare square footage and get the space you want.

The food was very good and we had special meals on the top side of the boat that were especially good. On two nights we had "picnics" with a bonfire on small spits of sand. That was special and I don't remember doing that anywhere else.

Summer in Komodo means north and south maybe. North was great with some very classic sites such as Chimney Rock. These pinnacles are exposed to current which is good for fish but bad for humans. The crew was extremely careful to make sure the current was quiet when we got in. I am sure their caution was extra high because of the children on board. For that, this crew was actually perfect.

The setup for dive photography was good, but not fantastic as it is on the Damai and Arenui. Because of the folks on board (only one other very serious photographer), it worked fine. However, with a boat load of photo guys, it would have been very crowded.

The highlight of the trip was mantas. We had mantas on a half dozen dives. Even the couple of swimmers had mantas with them. A handful of gray tips were seen on several dives. The Cauldran dive was specacular and filled with purple corals. But the currents were strong so this is not a dive for the beginner. But my favorite dive was Batu Bolong which is out in the open current. Our boat was very careful with the currents. (Just two weeks earlier, two British divers had been swept away from here). It is also easy to go deep. We blew up a picture of my daughter's dive computer display to see that she was at 140 ft in depth.

Our only disappointment is that we were totally unable to go to the south at all. We had strong winds which kept us totally in the north. That wasn't awful, but we did miss half of the park. That was unusual, but it did happen occasionally.

The coral was very good, but not quite as good as Raja Ampat. This is probably the best shark diving in all of Indonesia and certainly a great place to see mantas.

Visited on 07/2008 - Submitted on 02/11/2014

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