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Dive Review of Mermaid Liveaboards in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Mermaid Liveaboards, Feb, 2013,

by David George, CO, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 7308.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Have not had much liveaboard experience so didn't have many expectations. The whole trip was nice and the diving was more than we old folks could take advantage of. Be sure to come prepared with a reef hook as the highlight of the trip was a couple of encounters with mantas where the only way to observe them well was to hook on and hang. Don't pass up the on-board masseuse as it was one of the best deals on the boat. Would recommend this boat but without much background for comparison. We enjoyed the trip. The captain was especially accommodating in dropping us off at our next resort on the way back to port. At the same time, the front office was not flexible in accepting payment by credit card when internet services were not available so we had to give them our credit card and our passports. Those were honestly returned a few days later when they passed them to our friends who were arriving at the liveaboard's destination port city (Sarong).

Websites Mermaid Liveaboards   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Bonaire, BVI, Little Cayman, Roatan, Raja Ampat
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas currents
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20-80 Ft/ 6-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Diving restrictions were good and justifiable given wide range of diving conditions. There was plenty of freedom but the stated limits were justifiable. We had no problems with depths as we don't like to dive deep and options were always allowed so that we could stay more shallow than others.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Facilities for care of cameras were fine. Staff supported and helped with cameras very much.
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