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Dive Review of Mermaid Liveaboards/Mermaid 1 in
Indonesia/Bali to Komodo

June, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Harvey S. Cohen, NJ, US
Contributor   (14 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6661
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Coral Sea / Great Barrier Reef, Galapagos, Gulf of Eilat, Caribbean
(many places), New Jersey coast, Dutch Springs, FL Palm Coast, FL Keys. 
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, rainy, dry  
Seas
calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
This is the kind of diving where you surface wherever and the dingy picks
you up. Safety stops were either on the divemaster's SMB or the diver's
SMB. Most dives we were dropped in a reasonably well-defined area and just
explored or drifted until we ran out of gas.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
I don't UWP, but a few others took absolutely wonderful photos-- both big
stuff and macro.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
The quality and quantity of sea life was just overwhelming. Check the dive
log at the beginning of
www[dot]flickr[dot]com/photos/harvey_s_cohen/sets/72157630578769578/ . I
was very glad I took a 15L tank, as most dives ran very long (often over an
hour). There were a couple of relative beginners (20 or 40 dives) who
seemed to do fine, but quite a few dives had challenging current.
Great food, great service, wonderful international bunch of divers. The
boat is a well-maintained steel twin-engine. After reading reports on other
outfits, I'd be reluctant to take one of the many single-engine
liveaboards.
Starting and ending at Bali made flights a great deal easier. The city of
Sanur, where the dive shop is and where the boat docks, is very nice to
walk around. And, of course, the beach is wonderful.
I had the cheapest cabin-- bunk beds belowdecks at the bow-- and the aircon
at night was a bit weak. It was also a bit difficult to avoid whiffs of
cigarette smoke from the crew at the bow and the guests at the stern.
All in all, an excellent value.
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