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Dive Review of Mermaid Liveaboards/Mermaid II in
Indonesia

Mermaid Liveaboards/Mermaid II: "Creatures great and small in Raja Ampat", Mar, 2018,

by DAVID J FRANK, NJ, US ( 1 report with 1 Helpful vote). Report 10176 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Bonaire, Saba, Curaçao, Bahamas, Cozumel, Montserrat, British Columbia, New Jersey
Closest Airport Sorong, West Papua Getting There Flights from Jakarta on several airlines. Delays and cancellations were common among our group. Plan to arrive a day earliy.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 82 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limits suggested but not checked; maximum divetime for most dives 70 minutes; no decompression diving; return to boat with at least 300 psi
Liveaboard? yes 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

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Camera table on dive deck. No dedicated charging area. Bring adapters. Several dedicated camera rinse tanks. Compressed air for drying equipment available. ... 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 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
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments My wife and I had a fantastic week of diving aboard the Mermaid II out of Sorong.

Travel was EWR > NRT > CGK > UPG > SOQ (we had scheduled a direct flight from Jakarta to Sorong in both directions which was cancelled with little notice.)

Overnighted in Sorong at the Swiss Belhotel which was pleasant enough. Did not tour Sorong at all, did not appear to be much to see.

We were picked up at the hotel by a driver arranged by Mermaid and ferried out to the boat with one of their two RIBs. We met our group for the week, an interesting group of folks from France, England, Switzerland, Austria, Uruguay, Hong Kong, U.S. and Canada. There were fifteen divers (max is 18) and 20 crew.

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