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Dive Review of Mermaid 1 in
Indonesia/Ambon, Alor and Banda Sea

Mermaid 1: "Very good", Oct, 2017,

by christian g wright, CA, US ( 2 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 9929.

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

Accommodations 5 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 This trip actually involved 2 parts. First was 3 days at Maluku for some muck diving. The resort is very comfortable and clean. Food was very good and the staff very accommodating.
The diving was very good and the set up area was well organized with plenty of room. I am not a photographer, but the photo room set up looked pretty amazing. Of course it should be since the marine life here is pretty amazing in variety and attracts photographers into macro. Pretty much ticked off everything on the list with the exception of the Psychedelic Frog fish which is known to thrive here. Supposedly the absence was due to water conditions. No problem though as there was plenty of other critters to see. The night diving was excellent.
Biggest draw back is all the plastic rubbish and debris in the water.
Not so much at depth but on the surface. Hopefully one day the country will get it's act together on this.

Second leg of trip was aboard the Mermaid 1for the Banda Sea and I have been with her before in Raja Ampat.

Mermaid 1 is an excellent operator. Great staff, comfy cabins, excellent food and plenty of it and super dive guides and zodiac captains. The rest of the crew is amazing as well. I have all ready booked 2 more trips, 1 for Komodo and 1 for Raja, Halmahera and to Lembeh. Guess I like them.!

The dive sites were excellent with amazing coral and amazing walls.
Largest sponges I've ever seen. Lots of fish but not as many as Raja. Had several great dives with hammerheads. Noticed a lack of white and black tip reef sharks. Only a few and my guess due to over fishing. A lot of sea snakes. Visibility was 60-75 feet on the walls and better in the shallows.Fussilers everywhere. Nudis,a few pygmy sea horses, etc. Very diverse here and that is why I keep going back.

Websites Mermaid 1   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Raja Ampat, Bunaken, Fiji, Revillagigedo Islands,
Sipidan, Ambon, Banda Sea, Alor, Kri, Caymans, Cozumel, Bay Islands, Belize, Florida
Closest Airport Ambon Getting There from west coast US flight to Narita then Jakarta with overnight there. Next day 2 flights to Ambon

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-75 Ft/ 18-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Pretty much left to diving according to whether you were nitrox or oxygen . Stressed diving within your limits and following your computer.Dive masters were very aware.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools 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 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments I am not a photographer but friends in my group are and had nothing but good things to say.
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