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Dive Review of Mermaid Liveaboards in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Mermaid Liveaboards, Feb, 2013,

by Bart Mertens, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 7439.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving California, Channel islands, Hawaii, Komodo, GBR, Sea of Cortez
Closest Airport Getting There

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
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Plenty of room on the dive deck laid out for photographers
including a large camera table and dedicated rinse tanks.
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

By Laura A. Sonnenmark in VA, US 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 Bart Mertens in CA, US 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 Laura A. Sonnenmark in VA, US 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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