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Dive Review of Mermaid Liveaboards in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

February, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by Bart Mertens, CA, US
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Report Number 7439
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
California, Channel islands, Hawaii, Komodo, GBR, Sea of Cortez
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, currents  
Water Temp
76   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
80   to 120    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Typically 60 minutes maximum dive time  
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
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
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Comments
Plenty of room on the dive deck laid out for photographers
including a large camera table and dedicated rinse tanks.
Althoug ...
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Food
4 stars
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Snorkeling
4 stars  
 
 

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Comments  
This was my 2nd time on the Mermaid I; had done their Komodo cruise in 2011
and really appreciated the boat and the crew to do this again in Raja
Ampat. 
The air-conditioned cabin was large and comfortable with an en-suite
bathroom, and each cabin had its own TV plus DVD player. 
The vessel has a large sun deck with lounge chairs, plus comfortable inside
and outside lounges. The inside lounge and eating area also provided a
large selection of books, magazines and fish and critt
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By Dolores at Jan 02, 2014 10:45 EST  
Thanks for the informative review! My husband and I are looking for a
liveaboard to do Raja--I was a bit worried about current, so good to know
they aren't so much a problem. (Actually, it isn't current I mind so much,
per se, but getting caught in one of those up-down "washing
machine" currents.) Did you find February a very good time to go?
By bpmertens at Jan 02, 2014 12:03 EST  
I definitely did not encounter "washing machine" currents in Raja
(I know what you mean; I encountered those in Komodo). The weather I
encountered in February was fantastic, but from reading other reports it
can be hit-or-miss.
By Dolores at Jan 03, 2014 17:11 EST  
Yes, I've been warned about Komodo already--Raja sounds more my thing. To
tell you the truth, I must be the only person on the face of the planet who
just  isn't interested in the Komodo Dragons. No idea why. The flights to
Raja Ampat do seem problematical, but worth it--thousands of divers cannot
be wrong! I think we'll try to get there a little later in the year.
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