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Dive Review of Mermaid Liveaboards in

October, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Randall S Preissig, TX, US
Sr. Contributor   (27 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6753
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Sipadan, PNG, Australia, Fiji, Palau, Tahiti, Cocos, Galapagos, Truk,
Bonaire, Cozumel, Red Sea, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
74   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Sport diving limits of 130 feet, dives generally limited to one hour  
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
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Best Photographers I've ever encountered were on board and were happy with
the set-up, as was I
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 is my second Mermaid liveaboard trip--the first was in Thailand in
2011.  The facilities and itinerary are top notch, but what really sets
this trip apart is the extraordinary efforts of the dive staff to show each
customer every possible thing on every possible dive.  There are generally
4 groups of 4 divers if the boat is full, and each DM spends every minute
optimizing your dive, usually by finding unusual critters, etc. Dive
briefings were the best I've ever experienced and included 3-5 pictures of
critters we might encounter.
Additionally, the dive sites are carefully choosen to give a range from
"muck" diving(that several quests who had been to Lembeh said
exceeded that well known(and now over-run) site) to Manta encounters--each
optimized by the planning and experience of the dive crew. The range of
diving encounters, from pygmy seahorses and mimic octopi to Mantas and
Komodo dragons(on land!)was unmatched in my 35 years of diving--and that
includes Galapagos with land excursions.
The remainder of the crew were top notch as well--dingy diving is a little
strenuous for some, but this crew even put your fins on for you in the
I'm not going to list all the "usual suspects" that we saw, but
will say they certainly met my expectations, which are always high.
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