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Dive Review of Mermaid Liveaboards in
Indonesia/From Ambon to Raja Amphat

March, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Randall S Preissig, TX, US
Sr. Contributor   (29 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
"Indonesia's Best Liveaboard for Divers"
Report Number 7847 has 1 Helpful vote
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Sea of Cortez, Komodo, Thailand, Burma,  Sipadan, Tahiti, Palau,
Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Socorro,  Cocos, Galapagos, Caymans, Bonaire,
Belize, Cozumel, Etc. 
 
Closest Airport
Ambon/Sorong  at
each end
Getting There
To get to Ambon you usually
end up on  Lion air, an
Indonesian company.  You can
connect through Singapore(I
recommend Singapore Air) or
Kuala Lumpur. There will be
many connections. Same  with
Sorong.  Count on 40+  real 
hours and at least $2,000.  

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Sport diving/nitrox limits of 120 ft. You, with or without a partner, could
split off from the group if you wished, but the guides were so good few
did.  My longest dive was 94 minutes! I easily averaged 5 hours of seeing
fish a day--compare that to anywhere.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Comments
Most of the divers were very experienced and many had "killer"
camera set-ups.  All were pleased with the camera care and ecstatic with
the subject matter.
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
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Food
5 stars
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Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

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Beginners
3 stars   
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Comments  
This was the first of back to back trips on the Mermaid 1 and 2. The boats
are very similar, as are the staff. Please forgive me for repeating much of
my other report. 
 I  have dived all over the world,  almost always on liveaboards and can
say that Raja Amphat is clearly the best diving I've done. The dives
beginning near Ambon were excellent,  but a cut below much of Raj
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