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Dive Review of Mermaid 1 in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Mermaid 1: "Great Location, Great Facilities", Dec, 2018,

by Janet Westin, WA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 10811 has 2 Helpful votes.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 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 The downside of this trip was the travel time to the destination. It was 2 days; this could be shortened, but due to jet lag considerations we didn't think this was a good idea. Due to the remoteness, the channels of communication were very limited, but this is not a big surprise. The most pleasant surprise was how well organized the dive operation was. They took us to a variety of dive sites, so that we were not seeing the same thing unless it was worthwhile (there were 2 dives to see the reef mantas). They took excellent care of us - our divemaster worked with me to reduce weights until we were both convinced that I had reached the optimal weighting. Additionally, there were 5 divemasters for 14 divers, so the groups were very small. The operation also took great care of our equipment, especially the break-down and drying out of equipment at the end of the trip. Everything was dry for packing. Although I am not a photographer, the photographers on the trip seemed pleased with the accommodations for them.
Websites Mermaid 1   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Palau, Philippines, Fiji, Roatan, Mexico, Florida
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There Via Jakarta

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 83-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 70 minute limit
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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