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Dive Review of Mermaid Liveaboards in
Indonesia/Raja Amphat

Mermaid Liveaboards: "Best way to dive Raja Amphat", Mar, 2014,

by Randall S Preissig, TX, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 30 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 7838.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Sea of Cortez, Komodo, Thailand, Burma, Sipadan, Tahiti, Palau,
Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Socorro, Cocos, Galapagos, Caymans, Bonaire,
Belize, Cozumel, Etc.
Closest Airport Sorong, Indonesia Getting There I flew United Airlines to Singapore with stopovers in Houston and Narita, then ANA to Singapore, overnight in Singapore airport, then Silk air to Manada, Indonesia then Lion Air to Sorong. A six hour stay at the Singapore Ambassador Transit Hotel (this is within the airportyou dont have to spend hours going through customs, etc) cost me under $50: Website: https://www.harilelahospitality.com/ This converted a miserable 9 hour overnight layover into 5 good hours of sleepI highly recommen

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Sport diving/nitrox limits of 120 ft. You, with or without a partner, could split off from the group if you wished, but the guides were so good few did. My longest dive was 94 minutes! I easily averaged 5 hours of seeing fish a day--compare that to anywhere.
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 For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Most of the divers were very experienced and many had "killer" camera set-ups. All were pleased with the camera care and ecstatic with the subject matter. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 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
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments I have dived all over the world, almost always on liveaboards and can say that Raja Amphat is clearly the best diving I've done. From pygmy seahorses and incredible nudibranchs to fleets of manta rays and massive schools of fish, Raja Amphat has it all. And more: beautiful islands, wonderful natives, mild weat ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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