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Dive Review of Mermaid I in
Indonesia/Ambon-Banda Sea-Maumere

Mermaid I: "Great long trip among lesser seen islands", Oct, 2019,

by Joel Hirsh, CT, US ( 2 reports). Report 11249.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 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 This was an 11 day “Ring of Fire” trip from Ambon across the Banda Sea to Maumere covering over 1,000 nm. We dove on 10 islands or groups for a total of 36 dives. Conditions varied from clear, flat, calm waters; to strong current, very choppy waters and not so great vis. Truly something for everyone.

The Mermaid I has 7 double and 1 single cabin for a max of 15 divers. We had 14 on this trip due to a last minute cancellation. Most cabins were on the main dive deck with easy access. They were a nice size with either 2 single or a double bed. Two less expensive cabins on the lower deck had ‘L’ configuration single bunks. While smaller than the main deck, these were not as cramped as some other boats I had been on, and there was adequ ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Australia, PNG, Philippines
Closest Airport Ambon & Maumere Getting There Connections to/from Jakarta or Bali. Can be an overnight in Jakarta or another red-eye to Ambon.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 77-81°F / 25-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 25-60 Ft/ 8-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 70 minute max, but if you come up early there is a quick pick-up by a dinghy
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 large rinse tanks; big camera table on the dive deck. Power strips in each cabin for recharging. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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