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Dive Review of Mermaid Liveaboards/Mermaid 1 in

September, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Hilary Elder, Surrey, GB (2 reports)
Report Number 5787
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Florida, Cuba, Cocos, Philippines, Palau, Sudan, Egypt, Burma/Thailand,
Belize, Mexico, UK, Borneo, Papua New Guinea, Oman, Maldives
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
24   to 28    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 30    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restricions per se apart from diving within your Nitrox allowed depth. 
And no touching of the marine life.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
There was plenty of room on the dive deck laid out for photographers -
video/stills -, including a large camera table and plenty of dedicated
rinse tanks.  Although there were no power outlets for charging on deck,
there were more than enough outlets provided in the cabins.  There were
also compressed air facilities.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
This was one of the best liveaboard experiences I have had and I have been
on many.  The cabin was large and comfortable with a spacious en-suite
bathroom - we did have the master cabin, though the other cabins seemed
quite large too; they even have a single cabin.   Towels were changed every
other day and the bed linens too were changed regularly.  Warm deck towels
were provided after every dive.  The service was superlative from helping
you gear up, getting the gear in/out of the zodiacs to assisting getting
your wetsuit off and washing and hanging it up after every dive; cameras
were treated with respect.  At the end of the trip they washed all your
gear and hung it out to dry, unless you wished to do this yourself.  My
husband does not eat anything with garlic and this was catered to
excellently (many liveboard chefs think he won't notice!!).  The only let
down is that the food could be kept warmer.  The dive guides not only
looked after the diving side, where sites and what could be found were 
covered in depth during the dive briefings, they also helped out in the
salon during meal times.  The whole crew was absolutely great and nothing
was too much trouble;the onboard Thai masseuse was kept very busy. A
maximum of four divers were with each guide and the boat got as close to
the dive sites as it could so that zodiac trips were kept to the minimum. 
With regard to the boat, she could be a bit noisy during night sailings but
as I am a light sleeper it seemed to bother me and nobody else.  The diving
was excellent from tiny Denise pygmy seahorses and many critters to large
aggregations of sharks, manta and eagle rays.  Loads and loads of numerous
and diverse species of fish, many turtles, octopuses, cuttlefish etc. The
currents ranged from mild to very strong where reef hooks were utilised to
watch the shark action. The underwater topography was also varied from
black sand muck dives with hot volcanic thermal bubbles emerging from the
black sand to colourful coral landsscapes - a great variety. The dive
guides were very knowledgeable and very helpful and good at spotting
critters.  I have done this trip before on a different liveaboard and there
was no comparison.
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