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Dive Review of Mermaid Liveaboards in
Indonesia/Sorong to Maumere

May, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Harvey S. Cohen, NJ, US
Contributor   (13 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
"The premier liveaboard dive cruise"
Report Number 8229 has 1 Helpful vote
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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
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
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

sunny, windy, rainy  
calm, choppy, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
79   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Carry SMB. Surface with SMB. 5-minute safety stop.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
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Camera table, rinse tanks, chargers, compressed air were fine.
Camera-handlin ...
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Value for $$
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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
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