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Dive Review of Mermaid Liveaboards in
Indonesia/Sorong to Maumere

Mermaid Liveaboards: "The premier liveaboard dive cruise", May, 2015,

by Harvey S. Cohen, NJ, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 8229 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bali, Komodo, Raja Ampat, Fiji, Coral Sea, Galapagos, many Caribbean locations, New Jersey, Florida, Gulf of Eilat, National Aquarium, Dutch Springs
Closest Airport arrive Sorong, depart Maumere Getting There I strongly recommend booking in-country flights and hotels through an agent based in that part of the world. If anything gets screwed up or needs to be changed, you want someone who knows the turf. I've had good experience on several Pacific trips with diversiondivetravel.com.au
Sorong and Maumere are jet airports served by a few domestic carriers. The most convenient connections are via Jakarta or Bali. Try to fly via Bali and stay over for at least a day to enjoy the local culture and beaches.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 79 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Carry SMB. Surface with SMB. 5-minute safety stop.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
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 Camera table, rinse tanks, chargers, compressed air were fine. Camera-handlin ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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 N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments http://893154635730638911.weebly.com/
http://www.mermaid-liveaboards.com/news/biodiversity-special-highlights-highlights-highlights/
The 15-day Biodiversity Cruises on Mermaid 1 and Mermaid 2 are the world's best liveaboard dive trips. Twice a year the boats reposition between Raja Ampat and Bali and offer this 1500-mile journey through the Spice Islands with about 45 dives. (True believers can continue from Maumere to B ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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