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Dive Review of Mermaid Liveaboards/Mermaid 1 in
Indonesia/Bali to Komodo

Mermaid Liveaboards/Mermaid 1, Jun, 2012,

by Harvey S. Cohen, NJ, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 22 reports with 15 Helpful votes). Report 6661 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 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 The quality and quantity of sea life was just overwhelming. Check the dive log at the beginning of www[dot]flickr[dot]com/photos/harvey_s_cohen/sets/72157630578769578/ . I was very glad I took a 15L tank, as most dives ran very long (often over an hour). There were a couple of relative beginners (20 or 40 dives) who seemed to do fine, but quite a few dives had challenging current.
Great food, great service, wonderful international bunch of divers. The boat is a well-maintained steel twin-engine. After reading reports on other outfits, I'd be reluctant to take one of the many single-engine liveaboards.
Starting and ending at Bali made flights a great deal easier. The city of Sanur, where the dive shop is and where the boat docks, is very nice to walk around. And, of course, the beach is wonderful.
I had the cheapest cabin-- bunk beds belowdecks at the bow-- and the aircon at night was a bit weak. It was also a bit difficult to avoid whiffs of cigarette smoke from the crew at the bow and the guests at the stern.
All in all, an excellent value.
Websites Mermaid Liveaboards   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Palau, Coral Sea / Great Barrier Reef, Galapagos, Gulf of Eilat, Caribbean (many places), New Jersey coast, Dutch Springs, FL Palm Coast, FL Keys.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 78-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40-100 Ft/ 12-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions This is the kind of diving where you surface wherever and the dingy picks you up. Safety stops were either on the divemaster's SMB or the diver's SMB. Most dives we were dropped in a reasonably well-defined area and just explored or drifted until we ran out of gas.
Liveaboard? yes 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 5 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments I don't UWP, but a few others took absolutely wonderful photos-- both big stuff and macro.
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