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Dive Review of Mermaid Liveaboards in

Mermaid Liveaboards: "Another great trip on Mermaid 1 to Komodo", Sep, 2016,

by Naomi Arrowsmith, Albany, AU ( 2 reports). Report 9158.

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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 our second trip aboard Mermaid 1 to Komodo, after a gap of three years. The service and quality of this operation remain very high. Cabins very comfortable, food delicious, the crew were again absolutely outstanding, and the diving was wonderful.

This boat departs from Bali, avoiding the need for an internal flight to Labuan Bajo. Diving on route in Sumbawa is a great warm up, and diving Sangean Volcano on the way back, with its the black sands, vibrant reefs, hot rocks and bubbles is a real treat.

According to the crew 2016 has been a fantastic manta season, and this trip was no exception. We saw some 60 mantas across two different sites. We experienced some strong currents which resulted in great rides, and added to our bucket list of creatures on the muck dives, including hairy frogfish and a flamboyant cuttlefish.

While not the most expensive of the Liveaboards plying the Komodo area, I highly recommend Mermaid 1 as a great experience.
Websites Mermaid Liveaboards   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Palau, Sulawesi, Komodo, around Australia
Closest Airport Denpasar Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 25-28°C / 77-82°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25-0 M / 82-0 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 70 minute dives during the day, 60 on night dives. Return to the boat with at least some air in your tank!
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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 Separate rinse tanks, large area for cameras on deck. Crew handle cameras and pass them to you in the water if needed.
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