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Dive Review of Mermaid Liveaboards/Mermaid 1 in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

March, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Harvey S. Cohen, NJ, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Coral Sea, Palau, Galapagos, Fiji, Caribbean, Florida, New Jersey
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
requested 5 minute safety stops (because no deco chamber anywhere nearby)
SMB required (but they will loan you one).  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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5 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Shore Diving  
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5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
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4 stars   
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This was my 2nd trip on Mermaid 1 (1st was Komodo). Very comfortable,
uncrowded with full 15-diver load. Great food, and great people. Dive
operations superb-- efficient, safe, and with extraordinary level of
service. Dives are all dingy dropoff and pickup, usually ending shallow on
wonderful coral. Typical dive times more than one hou
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By 117455 at Apr 03, 2014 21:21 EST  
Was water safe to drink in Raj Ampat and Jakarta hotel? Do you need to
bring Rupias or will U.S.$ be ok? Can you use credit cards? Did you take
anti-malarials? What % for crew tip? I go on Raj Ampat Explorer in May
2014. I'd really appreciate your response soon so I can prepare.
By hscohen at Apr 04, 2014 11:32 EST  
These are questions that your travel provider (Grand Komodo, in your case)
or travel agent really should answer. However, for what it's worth...
Indonesian airports charge a departure tax, and you must have cash in Rupia
for that. I think Jakarta is 150,000 and Sorong is 50,000. If you have
excess or overweight baggage, you are also likely to need cash Rupia to pay
the airline. I took an anti-malarial, but most divers on the boat did not.
Service on the Mermaid 1 was outstanding; the crew was extremely efficient
and worked very hard. I tipped 10% of the basic price.
Wishing I were back on the boat right now. Enjoy your trip!
By irenedabania at May 06, 2014 19:57 EST  
jeff-be sure to write a review of the Raja ampat explorer as I am going in
Oct and would appreciate your views on the trip and boat. Thanks.
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