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Dive Review of Mermaid Liveaboards in
Indonesia/Raja Amphat

March, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Randall S Preissig, TX, US
Sr. Contributor   (27 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
"Best way to dive Raja Amphat"
Report Number 7838
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Sea of Cortez, Komodo, Thailand, Burma,  Sipadan, Tahiti, Palau,
Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Socorro,  Cocos, Galapagos, Caymans, Bonaire,
Belize, Cozumel, Etc. 
Closest Airport
Sorong, Indonesia
Getting There
I flew United Airlines to
Singapore with stopovers in
Houston and Narita, then ANA
to Singapore, overnight in
Singapore airport, then Silk
air to Manada, Indonesia then
Lion Air to Sorong.  A six
hour stay at the Singapore
Ambassador Transit Hotel (this
is within the airportyou
dont have to spend hours
going through customs, etc)
cost me under $50:  Website: 
https://www.harilelahospitalit    This converted a
miserable 9 hour overnight
layover into 5 good hours of
sleepI highly recommen

Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Sport diving/nitrox limits of 120 ft. You, with or without a partner, could
split off from the group if you wished, but the guides were so good few
did.  My longest dive was 94 minutes! I easily averaged 5 hours of seeing
fish a day--compare that to anywhere.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Boat Facilities
5 stars
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Most of the divers were very experienced and many had "killer"
camera set-ups.  All were pleased with the camera care and ecstatic with
the subject matter. ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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5 stars
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Value for $$
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3 stars   
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I  have dived all over the world,  almost always on liveaboards and can say
that Raja Amphat is clearly the best diving I've done.  From pygmy
seahorses and incredible nudibranchs to fleets of manta rays and massive
schools of fish, Raja Amphat has it all.  And more:  beautiful islands,
wonderful natives, mild weat ...
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