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Dive Review of Mermaid Liveaboards in

Mermaid Liveaboards, Oct, 2012,

by Randall S Preissig, TX, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 36 reports with 13 Helpful votes). Report 6753.

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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 is my second Mermaid liveaboard trip--the first was in Thailand in 2011. The facilities and itinerary are top notch, but what really sets this trip apart is the extraordinary efforts of the dive staff to show each customer every possible thing on every possible dive. There are generally 4 groups of 4 divers if the boat is full, and each DM spends every minute optimizing your dive, usually by finding unusual critters, etc. Dive briefings were the best I've ever experienced and included 3-5 pictures of critters we might encounter.
Additionally, the dive sites are carefully choosen to give a range from "muck" diving(that several quests who had been to Lembeh said exceeded that well known(and now over-run) site) to Manta encounters--each optimized by the planning and experience of the dive crew. The range of diving encounters, from pygmy seahorses and mimic octopi to Mantas and Komodo dragons(on land!)was unmatched in my 35 years of diving--and that includes Galapagos with land excursions.
The remainder of the crew were top notch as well--dingy diving is a little strenuous for some, but this crew even put your fins on for you in the boat!
I'm not going to list all the "usual suspects" that we saw, but will say they certainly met my expectations, which are always high.
Websites Mermaid Liveaboards   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Sipadan, PNG, Australia, Fiji, Palau, Tahiti, Cocos, Galapagos, Truk, Bonaire, Cozumel, Red Sea, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 74-84°F / 23-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-60 Ft/ 9-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Sport diving limits of 130 feet, dives generally limited to one hour
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 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 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 Best Photographers I've ever encountered were on board and were happy with the set-up, as was I
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