Newsletter September 2019
Cruising East Nusa Tenggara, between Sumbawa and Alor
By Alex del Olmo.
Our combination trips to the East of Flores, Sumbawa and Komodo never cease me to amaze me.
During our recent trip (Maumere-Komodo), we sailed almost 550 miles (around 1.000 km) heading first to the East until Alor, then back to the West until Komodo, with a detour around Sumbawa.
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Mark started to explore new dive sites in Sumbawa a few years ago, and I will never forget the very first time I plunged there. My first thought was: "This is as crazy as Nusa Kode but with better visibility and warmer water!" I was dazzled by the colourful crinoids found everywhere, opulent soft corals in many splashy colours and a mesmerizing variety of nudibranchs. During the last year I had the chance to visit the area a few times, and with a growing understanding of the place and a bit of exploration we found a black tip reef shark nursery, perfect for snorkelling, we found impressive shallow reefs, with big table corals stacking like layers one on top of the other teaming with extravagant soft corals and reef fish. We also found a place with a group of resident rays, usually laying on the sandy bottom. And during this trip, one of our guests, an uw photographer who has been diving around Indonesia for many years told me: "This place reminds me of Nusa Kode, 12 years ago, when I took a picture of a nudibranch that I had never seen before". I knew exactly the feeling.
It is not only the underwater scenery which is absolutely stunning. Sumbawa has the most immaculate beaches I have ever seen so far, some of them with a flawless access through crystal clear waters, which make them picture-perfect for family trips as well, spending a few days snorkelling and relaxing in the area with no other liveaboard roaming around.
Of course I cannot finish without mentioning the diving in Alor...unreal!
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"Thank you for everything. I very much enjoyed our time together and your hospitality.
I would also like to mention how special I thought Alex was in so many ways. Very professional and first class cinema photographer. Better than any cruise director that I have witnessed before."
Richard Banks (East of Flores and Komodo, September 2019)
"To all of the amazing crew of The Seven Seas, thank you for all of your hard work and presence in keeping us safe ans showing us a great time. This was one of the most fun and adventurous experiences of my life. My only recommendation is to keep doing what you all are doing. I m sure that I will be back soon."
Skye Cashin (Komodo and East of Flores, September 2019)
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Seven Seas is now fully booked until January/February 2021, when we still have a few trips available in Raja Ampat. Also check out some remaining availability on a couple of trips to the Whale sharks in Triton Bay in February and March of that year. East of Flores, Komodo and Sumbawa combination cruises available again from May of 2021.
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