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Dive Review of Mermaid II in
Indonesia/Bali, Komodo

Mermaid II, May, 2013,

by Ray Valpey, WA, US ( 2 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 7067.

No photos available at this time

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 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our first liveaboard, and we were extremely pleased by the service provided by crew (helping don gear, for instance), amenities (hot cocoa after the night dives), and superb pre-dive briefings. We chose this boat because it looked like it would be roomier than one of the wooden "sail" boats (and didn't need to hassle a domestic flight) and we were not disappointed. Dives are made along the way from Bali to Komodo and back (along the north shore of Sumbawa). Generally 4 dives per day (except the one morning when you take a pre-breakfast walk in the Komodo preserve). The one pesco-vegitarian amongst us would have liked to see more fish on the menu. Advertised as having high currents in some areas - probably true at times, but not for us; I was almost disappointed that I didn't get a chance to use my new reef hook. Highly recommended; we would take this trip again.
Websites Mermaid II   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Roatan, Cozumel, Belize, Bonaire, Hawaii, Cayman Brac
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 78-85°F / 26-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25-60 Ft/ 8-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Max 100 ft. No booze before dive (duh). Overall, very good autonomy. Average one dive guide per 4 divers.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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