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Dive Review of Mermaid/Mermaid I in
Indonesia

Mermaid/Mermaid I: "Raja Ampet on Mermaid I", Feb, 2016,

by Laurie Pemberton, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 8840 has 2 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Turks, Cozumel, Curacao, StKitts-Saba, Florida, California, Sea of Cortez, Socorro, Palau, Yap, Fiji, Bali-Komodo
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There If flying international to Jakarta, then will need to take domestic flights to Sorong: watch baggage weight!

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 87 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 20 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Nitrox and computer restrictions. Suggested dive length is 70min for days and 60min for nights, but dive guides were flexible and let us dive longer on most dives if we still had plenty of air.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments There were at least 5 rinse buckets just for cameras. Camera table h ... 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 4 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 3 stars
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Comments We just returned from the Feb 20-Mar 1, 2016 charter on Mermaid I diving the Raja Ampet area. Great boat, good crew, fun diving. This was the second trip we've made on Mermaid I (did Bali-Komodo in Oct 2014), and we are already looking at maybe another trip in 2018.

Mermaid I accommodates a max of 15 divers, and has a crew of 16 people. They put the divers into groups of no more than 4 divers with a dive guide. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Lenny Zwik in TX, US at Aug 02, 2016 13:31 EST  
We did the same itinerary in Mar 2015 but flew Air Garuda. We had no baggage or weight issues with them.
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