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Dive Review of Mermaid/Mermaid I in
Indonesia/Bali-Komodo

Mermaid/Mermaid I, Nov, 2009,

by Ralph, PI, Italy (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 5243.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Sipadan, Wakatobi, Manado, Layang Layang, Maldives, Madagascar, Malapascua, Puerto Galera, Red Sea, Mediterranean, Apo Island
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 26 to 28 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 5 to 25 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Maximum depth and maximum dive time (flexible)
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The table for cameras on the dive platform was large but there were no other facilities

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Mermaid-I was a superb experience in terms of diving, boat, service and food. Diving was superbly organised and went smooth like silk. We saw in one DAY more on Mermaid than in Wakatobi in a whole week. Wakatobi is hyper expensive spin, Mermaid was real! Wakatobi gives no value fo money, Mermaid gave value for money plus a bonus. The dive guides were excellent. Small groups of 4 divers per guide. Dives ranged in time from 60 up to 95 minutes and nobody got bored after 60 minutes, on the contrary. The boat is very comfortable including the so called budget cabins. Nitrox was available and used. The excursions organised on land to se the dragons and views were a welcome break in na 4-dive day. We'd go back any time, just call us!
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