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Dive Review of Mermaid Liveaboards in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat/Banda Sea/Maumere

Mermaid Liveaboards: "5 Star Diving, 3 Star Boat", Apr, 2023,

by Gary & Robin Schiendelman, PA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 25 reports with 35 Helpful votes). Report 12430.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
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Beginners 3 stars
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Comments This trip was the Mermaidís Biodiversity Super Special Trip. 16 days beginning in Raja Ampat and continuing thru the Banda Sea to Alor and ending in Maumere. There is no doubt that this is some of the best diving in the world and this area should be on everyoneís bucket list. It is a trip best suited to experienced divers due to the possibility of strong and unpredictable currents. We covered over 1000 nautical miles and were able to dive at many different types of sites. A total of 48 dives were offered. We also did two land visits. One was a short hike to a look out point at sunset. The other was a morning at Banda Neira featuring a visit to a museum, Dutch fort and a nutmeg plantation where we sampled some local tea and sweets. That was a very interesting glimpse into the brutal history of the islands.

We are thinking most divers reading this have already decided on Indonesia as a destination and are looking for information on the dive boats that are available so we are concentrating this review on the boat.

We stayed at a land resort for a week before boarding the Mermaid II in Sorong. The transfer was seamless and the Mermaid had a tender waiting for us at the harbor in Sorong when we arrived. We went from the transfer boat to the tender to the Mermaid without setting foot on land. Since the Mermaid allows for boarding at any time during the first day, we didnít have all the guests arriving at once with the chaos that goes with that. Upon arrival, we were shown to our cabin. Although we had sent multiple emails requesting a cabin closest to the stern (due to seasickness) we were shown to a forward cabin. After a wait while they contacted the main office, they did change us to a different cabin that was further to the back of the boat. If we had been one of the last to board, it probably would not have been possible to change.

There was a safety briefing after everyone boarded that basically consisted of a warning not to charge in your room unless you are there and awake, advising that life vests are under each bed and how to get to the muster station in the bow of the boat. No drills. There is a ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, PNG, Solomon Isl, Red Sea, Maldives, South Africa, Mozambique, Cocos Isl, Galapagos, Socorro, Palau, Var Caribbean locations, New Jersey, Florida, No Carolina, Philippines, Fiji
Closest Airport Getting There Philadelphia to Doha to Jakarta to Sorong Return flights Maumere to Bali to Doha to Philadelphia. Long but not difficult. We planned long layovers that allowed some sleep at airport hotels in Doha and Jakarta

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 84-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40-90 Ft/ 12-27 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions No deco diving
60-70 minute dive time
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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