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Dive Review of Mermaid/Mermaid I in
Indonesia

February, 2016, an Instant Reader Report by Laurie Pemberton, CA, US
Reviewer   (5 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
"Raja Ampet on Mermaid I"
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
5 stars
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Comments
There were at least 5 rinse buckets just for cameras. Camera table h
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Food
4 stars
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Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

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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.
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By lennyzwik 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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