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Dive Review of Mermaid I in
Indonesia/Maumere to Sorong, Indonesia

Mermaid I: "The best liveaboard I've ever experienced", Nov, 2017,

by Carol Sommers, IL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 10072 has 2 Helpful votes.

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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 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The other liveaboards I've been on pale in comparison to the Mermaid operation. I booked the only single room and discovered that my shipmates were from eleven other countries which made for an interesting trip. My room had air conditioning and shower water which I could adjust, a modern hairdryer, roomy closets, blackout window curtains and a robe. We travelled over 1,200 nautical miles and dived 49 times in 15 days, including several night dives. Briefings were a half hour before dives and included aerial photos, line drawings, photos of sealife and precise information. We were informed of any possible strong currents or difficult situations. The fifteen divers were divided into 4 groups and only two groups set up at one time to avoid congestion. The only negative comment I have is that at times, I felt rushed and once forgot to check my air (for the first time in over 500 dives) and back-rolled in without it being on. I used my SpareAir for a minute or two, regained the nearby zodiac, got out, rested a minute and then resumed the dive. From then on, the divemasters were sure to yell out check, check before we all backrolled in. We were very fortunate not to have rough seas, especially since at times we crossed 90 miles of open ocean. A hooded vest was needed while in cooler waters near Flores and Alor. The island stops were fascinating: we saw the original Spice Islands, forts, nutmeg plantations and a fishing village. The protected seas in Raja Ampat had schools of large fish which were absent elsewhere due to fishing. Once we heard dynamite fishing and saw long lines tangled in the coral, especially near the beginning of the trip. We ate five times per day, little breakfast, big breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner. Fruit was available at all meals, breakfast included custom-made omelettes, soup was available at lunch and dinner and they also had several choices of main courses, including vegetarian. Every few days, the home-made desserts were replaced by ice cream. A wonderful trip!
Websites Mermaid I   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Cozumel, Belize, Florida, North Carolina, Curacao, Lake Michigan, Philippines, Sea of Cortez, Palau, Yap, Bali, Komodo, Dominica, Hornby Island in British Columbia, Bonne Terre Mine, Red Sea, Roatan
Closest Airport Fransiskus X Seda Getting There Take Garuda Airlines from Bali or Jakarta to Maumere

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 75-84°F / 24-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-100 Ft/ 12-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Daytime dives limited to 70 minutes, night-time to 60 minutes, backroll entry from zodiacs--usually negative entries, no solo diving, safety sausages required
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 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments Dedicated camera rinse tank, roomy rubberized table for set-up and between dive storage, compressed air to dry off cameras, careful handling of cameras on zodiacs, many outlets in rooms for charging cameras and any other equipment
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