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Dive Review of Mermaid II in

October, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Graham McGregor, Kilmacolm, GB
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports)
Report Number 7774
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos; Palau; Malapascua; Sipadan; Maldives; Cuba; Caribbean (various);
Cozumael; Hawaii; Florida; Red Sea; Oman; Spain
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
20   to 28    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 30    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All dives were led by a guide (4 divers per guide in our case). Generally
max dive time was 70 minutes (day) and 60 minutes (night) which was
perfectly adequate  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
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There was a separate camera table and rinse tanks on the dive deck
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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5 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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3 stars   
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Overall, a great liveaboard diving experience. Mermaid II was billed in
advance as "good but not luxurious" which I felt was a bit
unfair. The cabins were fine (I was single occupancy, with a two bed bunk
arrangement cabin on the main deck). The cabins are either on the main deck
(and appear to be the best) and below deck. There was a normal shower room
cum toilet with a basin. Electric showers meant hot water was available for
showers. There was a good sized dive deck, with all dives being from the
two ribs. We had 16 divers on board which meant that the ribs took groups
of divers out in two waves. Groups rotated on a daily basis between being
in the first or second groups. In fairness none of the dive sites were more
than a few minutes away in the ribs. We had a dedicated dive guide for our
group ...
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