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

Mermaid Liveaboards/Mermaid 1, Mar, 2014,

by Harvey S. Cohen, NJ, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 7548.

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

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions requested 5 minute safety stops (because no deco chamber anywhere nearby)
SMB required (but they will loan you one).
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 N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments 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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

By Jeff Moore in FL, US 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 Harvey S. Cohen in NJ, US 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 carl berenson in WA, US 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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