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Dive Review of Mermaid Liveaboards/Mermaid 1 in

Mermaid Liveaboards/Mermaid 1, Sep, 2010,

by Hilary Elder, Surrey, GB ( 2 reports). Report 5787.

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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 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was one of the best liveaboard experiences I have had and I have been on many. The cabin was large and comfortable with a spacious en-suite bathroom - we did have the master cabin, though the other cabins seemed quite large too; they even have a single cabin. Towels were changed every other day and the bed linens too were changed regularly. Warm deck towels were provided after every dive. The service was superlative from helping you gear up, getting the gear in/out of the zodiacs to assisting getting your wetsuit off and washing and hanging it up after every dive; cameras were treated with respect. At the end of the trip they washed all your gear and hung it out to dry, unless you wished to do this yourself. My husband does not eat anything with garlic and this was catered to excellently (many liveboard chefs think he won't notice!!). The only let down is that the food could be kept warmer. The dive guides not only looked after the diving side, where sites and what could be found were covered in depth during the dive briefings, they also helped out in the salon during meal times. The whole crew was absolutely great and nothing was too much trouble;the onboard Thai masseuse was kept very busy. A maximum of four divers were with each guide and the boat got as close to the dive sites as it could so that zodiac trips were kept to the minimum. With regard to the boat, she could be a bit noisy during night sailings but as I am a light sleeper it seemed to bother me and nobody else. The diving was excellent from tiny Denise pygmy seahorses and many critters to large aggregations of sharks, manta and eagle rays. Loads and loads of numerous and diverse species of fish, many turtles, octopuses, cuttlefish etc. The currents ranged from mild to very strong where reef hooks were utilised to watch the shark action. The underwater topography was also varied from black sand muck dives with hot volcanic thermal bubbles emerging from the black sand to colourful coral landsscapes - a great variety. The dive guides were very knowledgeable and very helpful and good at spotting critters. I have done this trip before on a different liveaboard and there was no comparison.
Websites Mermaid Liveaboards   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Florida, Cuba, Cocos, Philippines, Palau, Sudan, Egypt, Burma/Thailand, Belize, Mexico, UK, Borneo, Papua New Guinea, Oman, Maldives
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 24-28°F / -4--2°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 10-30 M / 33-98 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restricions per se apart from diving within your Nitrox allowed depth. And no touching of the marine life.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments There was plenty of room on the dive deck laid out for photographers - video/stills -, including a large camera table and plenty of dedicated rinse tanks. Although there were no power outlets for charging on deck, there were more than enough outlets provided in the cabins. There were also compressed air facilities.
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