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Spaces available: Last trip of the season to Southern Komodo
February 15 - 27, 2015 - $5400 (12 nights)
Airfare not included. Rates are per person, based on double occupancy.
Join Sue Drafahl on a 12-night diving adventure cruising the waters of Indonesia aboard the Seven Seas. This is our third trip to Komodo, because we love the diversity of animal life and can't seem to get enough of it. This a great time of the year to dive Komodo as the water is warmer and there are fewer dive boats in the area. The Southern Komodo area features breathtaking wide angle opportunities for the underwater photographer and animal life to thrill you on every dive. We will be exploring Southern Komodo and spending extra time in Horseshoe Bay. There will also be plenty of time to see the famous Komodo dragons too.In addition to some fabulous diving, Sue will be available to help you trouble-shoot your digital camera problems and provide pointers as you work with your images in Lightroom and Photoshop.
This trip with Sue Drafahl is the only Seven Seas cruise left with availability in our South Komodo season of 2014-2015. To reserve an exciting digital diving adventure, contact Sue Drafahl at [email protected] or (503) 842 9979 (PST).
Jack and Sue Drafahl, www.jackandsue.com
Jack and Sue Drafahl are a husband and wife team that has devoted their lives to providing quality education for the underwater photographer. They have written over 800 articles and authored 7 technical books on photography, both topside and underwater.
Jack and Sue were awarded Divers of the Year from Beneath the Sea in 1996 and are members of the International Accolade Foundation for their conservation efforts. Sue is an inaugural member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame and an Honorary Trustee.
In 2004, the Digital Duo founded the Oregon Coast Digital Center, an enhanced learning facility featuring personalized Photoshop, Lightroom and Elements instruction. Jack and Sue have also created a website to provide online underwater photography instruction and tutorials.
Komodo Family Trip 2014 - Report by Luke Bassett & Phoebe Wells
Photos by Katherine Wells & Robert Delfs
Prior to venturing through Komodo National Park with the Seven Seas, her crew, and my lovely fellow passengers, I had never before dived in the Pacific Ocean. My past diving experience had only been in the waters surrounding the Caribbean Island of Bonaire. Bonaire, to me, had always represented a tropical hot spot of reef biodiversity and although I had heard incredible stories of the Komodo reefs, I expected the two areas to be somewhat comparable. However, I quickly realized that not to be the case.
Throughout the trip, I was consistently astonished by the sheer biodiversity as well as density of life on the reef. A myriad of coral, anemone, and sponge species, the majority of which I had never encountered before, colored the reef. Areas left uncovered by sessile invertebrate life were difficult to find on most dives. More surprising was the fish life. Schools of reef fish were often five or six fold larger than those encountered in the Caribbean. Fish diversity was also staggeringly different between the Komodo and Caribbean reefs. For example: while I could usually count five species of angelfish during a dive in the Caribbean, it was difficult to find under fifteen species during a dive in Komodo. Every dive I also encountered new species and it was difficult to decide what fish were worth alerting my fellow divers over. This was made more difficult by the fact that certain fish considered rare or special in the Caribbean were regarded as commonplace among the Komodo reefs. Spotting a reef shark or manta ray on a dive in the Caribbean could make an entire trip, but depending on the dive, getting in arms reach of seven different mantas or spotting over five reefs sharks could be expected. As the trip progressed, I could feel myself becoming gradually more spoiled by the incredible dive sights and the impressive abundance of life.
» CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REPORT. Also read what 12 year old Phoebe had to say about it.
"The 12 days passed like a dream - sunny skies but not too hot - wonderful food, charming company, crew and friends. AMAZING diving (Batu Bolong!!!). No words to describe the crew. They were beyond perfect - so caring, so happy to help, so kind. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!"
Donna Perrot (Komodo Family Trip, July 2014)
"Thank you Seven Seas for providing memories above and below. Your staff spoil us with their outstanding service, genuine concern for our every need. The food is always delicious and always a surprise. How do you prepare gourmet meals, fresh fruit and salads for 13 days on a boat?? Thank you for the diving pros, who show us the tiniest to the largest fish and nudibranchs. Also, you're very aware of us during the dive - always aware of where we are, how much air we used etc. My only regret is that we have to leave. Next time - Raja Ampat 2016!"
Sally Galiani (Komodo Family Trip, July 2014)
» Click here for more testimonials from this trip.
Swim with Sperm Whales – Free spaces on East of Flores
We have a few cabins left on our East of Flores cruises on the following dates:
Please contact us if you are interested.
The Seven Seas - Grahalia Tiying Gading 18, Suite 1 - Jl Tukad Pancoran
Panjer Denpasar 80225 - Bali - Indonesia