M/V Mermaid II

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Destination: Indonesia

Komodo, Maumere, Banda Sea, Raja Ampat, Lembeh (7-15 nights) | From $339++/night

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M/V Mermaid II Quick Pitch

This 104-foot dive vessel places guests in this unique and visually stunning habitat while maintaining an emphasis on comfort and customer service.

 

Locations

Destination

Departure Port

Bali-Komodo-Bali

Bali

Bali-Komodo-Maumere

Bali

Maumere-Komodo-Bali

Maumere

Sorong-Raja Ampat-Sorong

Sorong

Biodiversity Maumere-Alor-Banda Sea-Raja Ampat

Maumere

Biodiversity Raja Ampat-Banda Sea-Alor-Maumere

Sorong

Raja Ampat-Banda Sea-Ambon

Sorong

Ambon-Banda Sea-Raja Ampat

Ambon

Maumere-Alor-Banda Sea-Ambon

Maumere

Ambon-Banda Sea-Alor-Maumere

Ambon

Raja Ampat-Halmahera-Lembeh

Sorong

Lembeh-Halmahera-Raja Ampat

Bitung

 

Dive Overview

Indonesia is a scuba diving gem, featuring volcanic geography, wrecks, and vibrant marine life. The Mermaid offers knowledgeable staff and top-notch equipment to make every dive special.

[See: Lembeh Dive Travel Guide, Raja Ampat Dive Travel Guide & Komodo Dive Travel Guide]

 

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Accommodations

Types of Cabins, Amenities and Photos

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M/V Mermaid II Cabin Details

She accommodates 16 guests in 8 deluxe cabins and 2 guests in a budget cabin below deck. All deluxe cabins are on the main deck with large panoramic sea view windows. Each deluxe cabin now has removable single beds allowing double only bed configurations for those who wish, private air conditioning, private ensuite bathrooms.

The budget cabin is below deck with twin bunks, air conditioning and shared bathroom with 1 other cabin.

 

Mermaid II's deluxe double cabin Mermaid II's deluxe twin cabin

Deluxe double (LEFT) & deluxe twin (RIGHT) cabins

Mermaid II's deluxe bathroom Mermaid II's deluxe bathroom

Deluxe bathrooms

Mermaid II's budget cabin Mermaid II's budget cabin

Budget cabin

 

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General Facilities

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M/V Mermaid II Boat Features

  • Saloon
  • Lounge
  • Bar fridge
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • TV/DVD
  • Music center
  • Library
  • Shade covered party deck
  • Sundeck
  • Cushioned sun platform

 

M/V Mermaid II Dive Facilities

  • Wide stern dive platform
  • Freshwater showers
  • Huge dive deck
  • Individual boxes for your dive gear
  • Camera table
  • Rinse tanks
  • Nitrox

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Food & Drinks Aboard M/V Mermaid II

All-inclusive, buffet-style Thai and western cuisine.

 

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M/V Mermaid II Deck Plan

Mermaid II

 

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Schedule & Rates

The actual rates are based in EUR. The starting price indicated above may vary based on the current exchange rate.

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Schedule: 2018 - 2019 - 2020

Rates: 2018 - 2019 - 2020

Inclusions & Exclusions

 

2018 Schedule  

Departure

Arrival

Destination

D/N

Availability

13-Dec-2018

21-Dec-2018

Raja Ampat

9/8

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22-Dec-2018

30-Dec-2018

Raja Ampat

9/8

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31-Dec-2018

8-Jan-2019

Raja Ampat

9/8

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2019 Schedule

Departure

Arrival

Destination

D/N

Availability

9-Jan-2019

17-Jan-2019

Raja Ampat

9/8

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18-Jan-2019

26-Jan-2019

Raja Ampat

9/8

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27-Jan-2019

4-Feb-2019

Raja Ampat

9/8

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5-Feb-2019

13-Feb-2019

Raja Ampat

9/8

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14-Feb-2019

25-Feb-2019

Raja Ampat – Banda Sea – Ambon

12/11

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1-Mar-2019

9-Mar-2019

Raja Ampat

9/8

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10-Mar-2019

18-Mar-2019

Raja Ampat

9/8

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19-Mar-2019

27-Mar-2019

Raja Ampat

9/8

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28-Mar-2019

5-Apr-2019

Raja Ampat

9/8

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7-Apr-2019

15-Apr-2019

Raja Ampat

9/8

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16-Apr-2019

24-Apr-2019

Raja Ampat

9/8

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25-Apr-2019

10-May-2019

Biodiversity Special ! Sorong-Raja Ampat- Banda Sea – Maumere

16/15

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11-May-2019

18-May-2019

Maumere-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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18-May-2019

25-May-2019

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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25-May-2019

1-Jun-2019

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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1-Jun-2019

8-Jun-2019

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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22-Jun-2019

29-Jun-2019

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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29-Jun-2019

6-Jul-2019

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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6-Jul-2019

13-Jul-2019

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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13-Jul-2019

20-Jul-2019

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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20-Jul-2019

27-Jul-2019

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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27-Jul-2019

3-Aug-2019

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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3-Aug-2019

10-Aug-2019

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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10-Aug-2019

17-Aug-2019

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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17-Aug-2019

24-Aug-2019

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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24-Aug-2019

31-Aug-2019

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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31-Aug-2019

7-Sep-2019

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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7-Sep-2019

14-Sep-2019

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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14-Sep-2019

21-Sep-2019

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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21-Sep-2019

28-Sep-2019

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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28-Sep-2019

5-Oct-2019

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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5-Oct-2019

12-Oct-2019

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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12-Oct-2019

19-Oct-2019

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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19-Oct-2019

26-Oct-2019

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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26-Oct-2019

2-Nov-2019

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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2-Nov-2019

9-Nov-2019

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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9-Nov-2019

16-Nov-2019

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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24-Nov-2019

9-Dec-2019

BioDiversity Special Maumere – Alor – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat

16/15

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12-Dec-2019

20-Dec-2019

Raja Ampat

9/8

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22-Dec-2019

30-Dec-2019

Christmas in Raja Ampat

9/8

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31-Dec-2019

8-Jan-2020

Raja Ampat

9/8

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2020 Schedule

Departure

Arrival

Destination

D/N

Availability

9-Jan-2020

17-Jan-2020

Raja Ampat

9/8

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18-Jan-2020

26-Jan-2020

Raja Ampat

9/8

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27-Jan-2020

4-Feb-2020

Raja Ampat

9/8

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5-Feb-2020

13-Feb-2020

Raja Ampat

9/8

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14-Feb-2020

25-Feb-2020

Raja Ampat – Banda Sea-Ambon

12/11

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26-Feb-2020

8-Mar-2020

Ambon-Banda-Sea-Raja Ampat

12/11

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9-Mar-2020

17-Mar-2020

Raja Ampat

9/8

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18-Mar-2020

26-Mar-2018

Raja Ampat

9/8

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27-Mar-2020

4-Apr-2020

Raja Ampat

9/8

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5-Apr-2020

13-Apr-2020

Raja Ampat

9/8

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15-Apr-2020

30-Apr-2020

Biodiversity Special ! Sorong-Raja Ampat- Banda Sea – Maumere

16/15

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1-May-2020

8-May-2020

Maumere-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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23-May-2020

30-May-2020

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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30-May-2020

6-Jun-2020

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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6-Jun-2020

13-Jun-2020

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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13-Jun-2020

20-Jun-2020

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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20-Jun-2020

27-Jun-2020

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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27-Jun-2020

4-Jul-2020

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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4-Jul-2020

11-Jul-2020

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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11-Jul-2020

18-Jul-2020

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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18-Jul-2020

25-Jul-2020

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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25-Jul-2020

1-Aug-2020

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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1-Aug-2020

8-Aug-2020

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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8-Aug-2020

15-Aug-2020

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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15-Aug-2020

22-Aug-2020

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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22-Aug-2020

29-Aug-2020

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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29-Aug-2020

5-Sep-2020

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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5-Sep-2020

12-Sep-2020

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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12-Sep-2020

19-Sep-2020

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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19-Sep-2020

26-Sep-2020

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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26-Sep-2020

3-Oct-2020

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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3-Oct-2020

10-Oct-2020

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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10-Oct-2020

17-Oct-2020

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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17-Oct-2020

24-Oct-2020

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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24-Oct-2020

31-Oct-2020

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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31-Oct-2020

7-Nov-2020

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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7-Nov-2020

14-Nov-2020

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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14-Nov-2020

21-Nov-2020

Bali-Komodo-Bali

8/7

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29-Nov-2020

14-Dec-2020

BioDiversity Special Maumere-Alor-Banda Sea-Raja Ampat

16/15

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15-Dec-2020

23-Dec-2020

Raja Ampat

9/8

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24-Dec-2020

1-Jan-2021

Raja Ampat

16/15

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2018 Rates 

Itinerary

# Dives

D/N

Deluxe

Budget

Bali-Komodo-Bali

20

8/7

€2,400

€2,000

Bali-Komodo-Maumere (or reverse)

20

8/7

€2,400

€2,000

Raja Ampat

26

9/8

€3,200

€2,800

Raja Ampat – Banda Sea – Ambon (or reverse)

32

12/11

€4,500

€4,100

Biodiversity Special

Maumere-Alor-Banda Sea-Raja Ampat-Sorong (or reverse)

48

16/15

€4,800

€4,400

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2019 Rates

Itinerary

# Dives

D/N

Deluxe

Budget

Bali-Komodo-Bali

20

8/7

€2,700

€2,200

Bali-Komodo-Maumere or reverse

20

8/7

€2,700

€2,200

Raja Ampat

26

9/8

€3,500

€3,000

Raja Ampat – Banda Sea – Ambon (or reverse)

32

12/11

€4,700

€4,200

Biodiversity Special

Maumere-Alor-Banda Sea-Raja Ampat-Sorong (or reverse)

48

16/15

€5,200

€4,600

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2020 Rates

Itinerary

# Dives

D/N

Deluxe

Budget

Bali-Komodo-Bali

20

8/7

€3,000

€2,500

Bali-Komodo-Maumere or reverse

20

8/7

€3,000

€2,500

Raja Ampat

26

9/8

€4,000

€3,400

Raja Ampat – Banda Sea – Ambon (or reverse)

32

12/11

€5,000

€4,400

Biodiversity Special

Maumere-Alor-Banda Sea-Raja Ampat-Sorong (or reverse)

48

16/15

€5,800

€5,200

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Inclusions

  • Cabin accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drink
  • Land tours on Komodo trips
  • Transfers to the boat from the airport and south Bali hotels
  • Dives
  • Experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max 4 divers per DM)
  • Tanks, weights, and weight belts
  • Torches
  • Surface marker device

 

Exclusions

  • Scuba equipment rental
  • Dive insurance
  • Komodo port and park fees: EUR 125-150 pp
  • Raja Ampat & all other cruises port and park fees: EUR 200 pp
  • Fuel surcharges will only be applied if fuel prices rise more than 30% above current rates

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Important Notes

All rates are per person in Euro. Park & Port Fees for all Mermaid II Bali - Komodo-Bali and Bali-Komodo-Maumere cruises: euros 125 per person payable on board. All other cruises: euros 200 per person payable on board. 

 

Other Dates & Availability

For more information on other departure dates that are not listed above and on availability email us at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at 310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!

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Dive Information & Itineraries

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Bali-Komodo-Bali Sample Itinerary (7 Nights)

  • Saturday - Check-in on board MV Mermaid between 14:00-16:00 hours in Benoa Harbour Bali. After the boat and safety briefing, we’ll set up equipment and you can settle into your cabin. Dinner will be served approx 19:00 hours as we cruise into the sunset on an overnight journey to Moyo Island, north-west Sumbawa. No dives.
  • Sunday - Start your adventure with a great dive in the calm, clear waters of Angel Reef at Moyo Island. Massive elephant ear and barrel sponges, schools of longfin bannerfish and red tooth triggers. In their hundreds, frogfish, nudibranchs, eels, surgeonfish, snapper, dogtooth tuna checking out what is for lunch! Visit the local village then its lunch for us! Next is a great dive at Panjang Reef – are the pygmy seahorses around? Then we cruise 2 hours to Satonda Island for a world-class night dive after watching a million bats fly at sunset. After a great dive and dinner, we cruise overnight to Sangeang Island, off the north coast of Sumbawa. Dives: 3
  • Monday - 2 dives at Sangeang Island for rare nudibranchs, pygmy seahorse and underwater hot springs that support this very unique marine life. Cruise to Gili Banta for exhilarating dives at Tanduk Rusa for big fish and amazing corals or GPS Point, famous for its sharks and pelagics. Then we enter the Komodo National Park and night dive at Gili Darat South Passage – sleeping turtles, colorful reef stonefish, Spanish dancers – calm sea- a great place to stay the night. Dives: 4
  • Tuesday - If the tide is right we hunt grey reef shark and dolphin at Taka Toko Gili Lawalaut. Dive 2 is a fast drift with pelagics and manta at Lighthouse Reef or the Old Passage. Then Crystal Rock awesome soft corals and the chance for sharks, turtles, giant Maori wrasse, a ‘fish soup” dive with a high chance of eagle rays too! Then we cruise south for fascinating night dive at Pink Beach near the entrance to the Komodo National Park. Dives: 4
  • Wednesday - Start your day with an exciting visit to Komodo National Park to walk with the dragons! Then relax as we cruise 2 hours south to Horseshoe Bay Rinja Island. Spectacular diving awaits at the world famous site Cannibal Rock – rare nudibranchs, frogfish, spectacular corals, sponges, ascidians, huge black coral bushes, turtles, cuttlefish, loads of reef fish too! Watch dragons on the beach, monkey, deer, wild pigs along the shore, go beachcombing…. Maybe even a chance to follow whales and dolphin feeding in the calm bay. We overnight at this peaceful place, night diving at one of the many fabulous spots. Dives: 3
  • Thursday - The Three Sisters call us to Padar Island for sharks and nudibranchs, surgeonfish and devil rays. Manta Alley or Takat Makasar follows for the chance for a manta aggregation. Batu Bolung aka “Current City” is the home for large Napolean Wrasse, turtles, bluefin trevally Or maybe a dive at Tatawa Kecil – we check out the currents first to make sure the dive will be cool for everyone on board! Then we say goodbye to Komodo National Park with a fabulous Night dive at Gili Banta with Coral Cat Shark and more then we cruise west enjoying a post-dinner night dive along the way. Overnight we cruise to Satonda Island. Dives: 4 Friday - We enjoy two fantastic dives at Satonda and Moyo Islands for more chances for ghost pipefish, ribbon eels, turtle, cuttlefish and more before we cruise overnight to Benoa in the south of Bali. Dives: 2 Saturday - After breakfast, we transfer you ashore at 9am to continue your vacation…or its time to head home to start planning your next Mermaid cruise! No dives.
 

Mermaid I

 

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Sorong-Raja Ampat-Sorong Sample Itinerary (8 Nights)

  • Day 1 - Check-in on board MV Mermaid I. As guest arrivals take place all through the day depending on flights you are welcome to board when you arrive and spend some time looking around Sorong, gearing up etc. Following the boat and safety briefing – its overnight to the Misool area. It is almost impossible to put together a daily itinerary due to the magnificent diving everywhere we go. No trip is the same with so many different sites to visit and explore. If there is somewhere in particular you really have your heart set on please discuss with the Cruise Director who will do their utmost to get you there – conditions, ship, and your safety allowing! No dives.
  • Day 2-4 - Misool area – with literally 100’s of dives around this magnificent area we will be in diver’s paradise for a few days. Soft corals, gorgonians – some of the prettiest corals in the world – and the kingdom of the pygmy seahorse! Pinnacles with masses of fish. Blue water mangroves (crocs depending !) Islands we will thoroughly enjoy the Misool area including Sagof Islands, Wagma and Farondi islands; Wailbatan and Warakaret Island, Kalig, Pele Islands. Dives: 12
  • Day 5-7 - Fiabacet and Farondi Islands and after the 3rd dive of the day spend some time going around the lagoons in the dinghy for amazing sights and wildlife. Then we may head north to Waigeo Island Perhaps we will spend the day around Batanta Island, a black sand environment – great muck diving! The Mantas call us to Dampier Strait where they hang out at their cleaning stations. But this place is also fabulous for macro diving with critters such as Pegasus, Pontohi Pygmy Seahorse, pipefish etc. And two dives at a small island called Arborek, with a lovely village and a jetty great for diving! The jetty pillars are covered in soft corals – a photographer’s delight and also good for macros such as signal gobies, nudibranchs and more Pohtohi’s etc. Dive around the island of Kawe a great place for schooling fish, and beautiful reefs covered in black coral bushes. And dive Alyui Bay (or a full day around Alyui Bay). In Alyui Bay there is a pearl farm. We can tour the pearl farm and learn how they harvest the pearls, and the whole process of pearl farming. You can even buy pearls. Diving in Alyui bay is good for macro and wide angle. Walls covered in soft corals and sea fans with lots of nudies and pygmy.
  • Also a great night dive in the jetty; Raja Epaulette Shark (walking sharks), wobbegongs, crocodilefish, toadfish, and frogfish. Dive around the island of Yanggefo – beautiful mangrove areas, stunning reefs covered in orange and purple soft corals, and submerged reef with lots of schooling fish, and pygmies. The Strait of Dampier is also well known for the amount of schooling fish. There are several pinnacles with zillions of fish. Also the tips (capes) of several islands with again lots of schooling fish; schools of barracudas, school of bigeye jacks, snappers, zillions of fusiliers and surgeonfish, etc…. And lots of wobbegongs. Dives: 12
  • Day 8 - 2 dives in the Strait of Dampier. More of the same. Fish, fish, fish, glorious corals and all! Then back to Sorong we must go. The crew will take care of rinsing and packing your equipment during this 4-5 hour run. Dives: 2
  • Day 9 - After breakfast, we transfer you ashore to continue your vacation…or its time to head home to start planning your next Mermaid Liveaboards cruise! With so many new itineraries and opportunities to choose from you will be back and back and back for more and most welcome on board Mermaid Liveaboards – Asia’s Premier Liveaboard Fleet! No dives.
 

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Raja Ampat-Lembeh Sample Itinerary (9 Nights)

  • Day 1 – Board Mermaid Liveaboards between 12:00-18:00 hours
  • Day 2 – 4 dives – Diving around Pulau Kri in the Dampier Straits
  • Day 3 – 4 dives – Diving around Mansuar in the Dampier Straits
  • Day 4 & 5 – 8 dives – Diving around Wagma-Farondi area, Pulau Boo, Fiabacet, Wayilbatan, Pele, and maybe the blue water mangroves
  • Day 6 – 3 dives – Pulau Pisang
  • Day 7 – 3 dives – Straits of Patinti
  • Day 8 – 4 dives – Pulau Tifore
  • Day 9 – 2 dives – Lembeh Strait
  • Day 10 – disembark around 8:00 hours for transfer to your resort or to Manado for next leg of your journey
 

Mermaid I

 

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Sorong – Raja Ampat – Banda Sea – Ambon Sample Itinerary (11 Nights)

  • Day 1 - Check-in on board MV Mermaid I. Guests are required to arrive the day prior – 2 dives will be held this day – 1 at the fabulous critter sanctuary provided by the pier and another super reef dive just a few hours from Maumere. Cruise overnight to Kawula 100nm. Dives: 2
  • Day 2 - Dive Cape Bacatan and the bay of Lewaling at the island of Kawula. 3 daylight dives along walls and ledges covered in sea fans and soft corals – a chance for pygmy seahorse and critters here as well. Cape Bacatan is a good place to spot whitetips, blacktips, occasional grey reef sharks. Also a popular spot for eagle rays, napoleon wrasse, loads of schooling fish. A great muck night dive will be done in front of a traditional fishing village. Cruise overnight to Alor 70nm. Dives: 3
  • Day 3 - Alor is one of the old time favorites dive spots for those people coming to dive in Indonesia year after year due to its variety of dive sites. Healthy reefs, pinnacles, walls, great muck dives, cold water, warm water, strong currents, and protected areas. Alor has it all. Cruise overnight to Wetar 95nm. Dives: 4
  • Day 4 - In Wetar we will do 4 dives, in the small island of Reong, and in Cape Nunukae. Pulau Reong is a small island on the northwest coast of Wetar and separated by a small channel only 700 meters wide. More walls, like many of the dive sites in the Band Sea, covered in small soft colors but of a great variety of colors and zillions of triggerfish of every species. Cape Nunukae is a large ridge with slopes on both sides and covered with a hard coral reef on the shallow area of the ridge, and soft corals on the slopes in the deeper areas. Strong currents can be had at the end of the ridge, where large aggregations of schooling fish can be found. Cruise overnight a few hours to Gunung Api 75nm. Dives: 4
  • Day 5 - Gunung Api – during October and November we have the chance to see the schooling hammerheads this area is becoming famous for. Gunung Api is already a rare and unusual dive site consisting mainly of sea snakes – mostly Chinese green snakes with a few banded sea snakes as well. No need to be scared but be prepared to have some awesome dives !!! Overnight to Damar 110nm. Dives: 4
  • Day 6 - Today we dive several small islands – Neus Leur, Terbang Seletan, Terbang Utara and Damar. The island of Damar and its 3 surrounding small islands have spectacular diving. Like many dives in the Banda Sea, there is crystal clear water and beautiful walls covered in massive sponges and beautiful soft corals. Cruise a few hours to Nila 54 nm. Dives: 4
  • Day 7 - Surrounding the island of Nila there are 2 atolls, Dusborg and Nil Desperandum. It’s at these 2 atolls where there is a good chance of seeing hammerhead sharks – even without – the reefs are fabulous, healthy walls and 50+ meter visibility. Cruise overnight to Gili Manuk 70nm. Dives: 4
  • Day 8 - Manuk – Snake Volcano – sometimes more snakes than Gunung Api (still no need to be afraid !) The site also offers a black sand reef dive with loads of fish and pretty hard corals. If sharks were delighting all at Nila there is a chance to stay there this day instead – making 3 dives then traveling through to the Bandas. Dives: 4
  • Day 9/10 - Banda Islands today! Walls, swimthroughs, sponges and sea fans – good diving and great for wide angle. Several sites have swimthroughs large enough for several people to go through at the same time and is especially nice for wide angle and covered in soft corals. Sites in the Bandas drop down thousands of meters offering spectacular walls and stunning reef tops – visibility usually 40-50+ meters. The night dive is at the pier in front of a hotel! Black sand and volcanic rock with an unusual amount of large and not shy mandarin fish – also great for critters and one for the nudibranch fans. The next day as well as 3 more great dives – we will go on land for an excursion on the island of Banda Neira visiting the local museum, Dutch fort, nutmeg plantation, local market, and small but very old Chinese temple. We have breakfast at the nutmeg plantation! Cruise overnight to Nusa Laut 75nm or Ambon 110nm. Dives: 7
  • Day 11 - Today we either do 2 dives at Nusa Laut – healthy reefs, chance for dugong…or onto Ambon for some fabulous muck dives with critters galore – this area is known for many rare and unusual species including the psychedelic frogfish and Ambon scorpion fish. Dives: 2
  • Day 12 - Disembark 08:00am in Ambon or Maumere if doing the trip in reverse leg of the amazing adventure for morning or afternoon flights to your next destination
 

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Maumere-Alor-Banda Sea-Ambon Sample Itinerary (11 Nights)

  • Day 1 - Check-in on board MV Mermaid I. Guests are required to arrive the day prior – 2 dives will be held this day – 1 at the fabulous critter sanctuary provided by the pier and another super reef dive just a few hours from Maumere. Cruise overnight to Kawula 100nm. Dives: 2
  • Day 2 - Dive Cape Bacatan and the bay of Lewaling at the island of Kawula. 3 daylight dives along walls and ledges covered in sea fans and soft corals – a chance for pygmy seahorse and critters here as well. Cape Bacatan is a good place to spot whitetips, blacktips, occasional grey reef sharks. Also a popular spot for eagle rays, napoleon wrasse, loads of schooling fish. A great muck night dive will be done in front of a traditional fishing village. Cruise overnight to Alor 70nm. Dives: 3
  • Day 3 - Alor is one of the old time favorites dive spots for those people coming to dive in Indonesia year after year due to its variety of dive sites. Healthy reefs, pinnacles, walls, great muck dives, cold water, warm water, strong currents, and protected areas. Alor has it all. Cruise overnight to Wetar 95nm. Dives: 4
  • Day 4 - In Wetar we will do 4 dives, in the small island of Reong, and in Cape Nunukae. Pulau Reong is a small island on the northwest coast of Wetar and separated by a small channel only 700 meters wide. More walls, like many of the dive sites in the Band Sea, covered in small soft colors but of a great variety of colors and zillions of triggerfish of every species. Cape Nunukae, is a large ridge with slopes on both sides and covered with a hard coral reef on the shallow area of the ridge, and soft corals on the slopes in the deeper areas. Strong currents can be had at the end of the ridge, where large aggregations of schooling fish can be found. Cruise overnight a few hours to Gunung Api 75nm. Dives: 4
  • Day 5 - Gunung Api – during October and November we have the chance to see the schooling hammerheads this area is becoming famous for. Gunung Api is already a rare and unusual dive site consisting mainly of sea snakes – mostly Chinese green snakes with a few banded sea snakes as well. No need to be scared but be prepared to have some awesome dives !!! Overnight to Damar 110nm. Dives: 4
  • Day 6 - Today we dive several small islands – Neus Leur, Terbang Seletan, Terbang Utara and Damar. The island of Damar and its 3 surrounding small islands have spectacular diving. Like many dives in the Banda Sea, there is crystal clear water and beautiful walls covered in massive sponges and beautiful soft corals. Cruise a few hours to Nila 54 nm. Dives: 4
  • Day 7 - Surrounding the island of Nila there are 2 atolls, Dusborg and Nil Desperandum. It’s at these 2 atolls where there is a good chance of seeing hammerhead sharks – even without – the reefs are fabulous, healthy walls and 50+ meter visibility. Cruise overnight to Gili Manuk 70nm. Dives: 4
  • Day 8 - Manuk – Snake Volcano – sometimes more snakes than Gunung Api (still no need to be afraid !) The site also offers a black sand reef dive with loads of fish and pretty hard corals. If sharks were delighting all at Nila there is a chance to stay there this day instead – making 3 dives then traveling through to the Bandas. Dives: 4
  • Day 9/10 - Banda Islands today! Walls, swimthroughs, sponges and sea fans – good diving and great for wide angle. Several sites have swimthroughs large enough for several people to go through at the same time and is especially nice for wide angle and covered in soft corals. Sites in the Bandas drop down thousands of meters offering spectacular walls and stunning reef tops – visibility usually 40-50+ meters. The night dive is at the pier in front of a hotel! Black sand and volcanic rock with an unusual amount of large and not shy mandarin fish – also great for critters and one for the nudibranch fans. The next day as well as 3 more great dives – we will go on land for an excursion on the island of Banda Neira visiting the local museum, Dutch fort, nutmeg plantation, local market, and small but very old Chinese temple. We have breakfast at the nutmeg plantation! Cruise overnight to Nusa Laut 75nm or Ambon 110nm. Dives: 7
  • Day 11 - Today we either do 2 dives at Nusa Laut – healthy reefs, chance for dugong…or onto Ambon for some fabulous muck dives with critters galore – this area is known for many rare and unusual species including the psychedelic frogfish and Ambon scorpion fish. Dives: 2
  • Day 12 - Disembark 08:00am in Ambon or Maumere if doing the trip in reverse leg of the amazing adventure for morning or afternoon flights to your next destination
 

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BioDiversity Special Cruises Itinerary (15 Nights)

Exploring Maumere-Alor-Banda Sea-Raja Ampat-Sorong (& reverse), 16D/15N. It is almost impossible to put together a daily itinerary due to the magnificent diving everywhere we go. No trip is the same with so many different sites to visit and explore. If there is somewhere in particular you really have your heart set on please discuss with the Cruise Director who will do their utmost to get you there – conditions, ship, and your safety allowing! Total Dives for the trip: 48 to 51.  

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Boat Specifications

  • Length: 33 m/104 feet
  • Beam: 7 m/21 feet
  • Draft: 2.5 m/8 feet
  • Water: 20.000 l + watermaker
  • Fuel: 16.000 l
  • Cruising Speed: 9.5 knots
  • Max Speed: 12 Knots
  • Dinghies/RIBS: 2 x4.7 m ladders
  • Engines: Hino 2 x 450 HP
  • Generator: Hino 2 x 150 KVA
  • Compressor: Bauer 3 x 215 l/min
  • Nitrox Membrane: 600 l/min 32-36%
  • Air-Conditioner: Individually Controlled

 

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  • Local Currency: IDR (Indonesian Rupiah)
  • Language Spoken: English & Indonesian
  • Electricity: 220 V (110 V adapters are available)
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Diving Komodo National Park aboard Mermaid II - review

I joined this trip at the last minute when another trip fell through, and was so glad I did. This part of Indonesia offers some of the most varied dive experiences you could ever hope to have in nine days, from stunning encounters with manta rays in strong currents to leisurely fossicks on shallow, brilliantly coloured, sunlit reefs and sand slopes followed by superb night dives, rich with remarkable creatures.

GETTING THERE AND BACK

Mermaid II is based at the main port in southern Bali, so is easily accessed from most parts of the world. You'll need to battle your way through crowded Denpasar Airport and find overnight accommodation at either end of the trip, but there are plenty of cheap and very comfortable hotels to choose from and Bali is famous for its hospitality and tourist activities. The Mermaid II mini bus collects guests from their accommodation and delivers them to the wharf.

THE BOAT

Mermaid II is a nice boat with good dining and recreation spaces. Cabins are on two levels and the upper ones are nice and airy. The lower ones tend to be a little cramped and lack windows or portholes, but the facilities are still fine. We were made very welcome on arrival and given a thorough safety briefing.

THE FOOD

It goes without saying that if you're in Indonesia the food will be fantastic, and of course it is. Three main meals a day, a light breakfast before the first dive, morning and afternoon teas with cakes and fruit whenever there's space for them, as well as refreshments on tap and a full bar service. They cater for special dietary needs and you can chose non-Indonesian options from the varied platters if that's what you prefer.

THE COMPANY

It also goes without saying that if you're in Indonesia the crew will be friendly, polite and hardworking. The Zodiac drivers were some of the best and keenest-eyed I've ever experienced. Even in strong currents they seemed to know exactly where everyone would come up and we rarely had to wait more than a few moments to be helped out of the water. The dive guides and the camera man came from various parts of the world and seemed to enjoy the diving just as much as the guests. At least one of them would stay down for as long as anyone else had air.

THE DIVE ROUTINE

The dive deck is spacious with a dive platform just a few steps below at the rear of the boat. Divers are assisted from the platform into Zodiacs in groups of about six plus a guide, and are able to take off both their weight belt and tank before climbing back into the Zodiac if desired. Everyone is welcomed back onto the dive deck into the embrace of their own pre-warmed towel. This might be the tropics but the water can be cool, so what a difference a warm towel makes, especially after a longish night dive! Another comfort bonus was the massages available on board.

DIVES AND MARINE LIFE

Only 12 hours sailing from the bustle and lushness of Bali and we were among the thinly populated, barren islands of Sumbaya. Spectacular landscapes included many volcanoes standing out against the horizon. The first few days were colourful reef dives with plenty of variety for the photographer and naturalist. Day 3 brought encounters with white tipped sharks, turtles, and lazy schools of sweetlips, then on Day 4 shallow dives in a brisk current above a bare sandy bottom yielded my best manta encounters ever. How do they manage to hover so effortlessly in one place while I am being swept away in the current? Luckily there were enough rocks to hang on to for long enough to take pictures.

On Day 5 we went ashore for Komodo Dragon encounters, which were well up to expectations and definitely a must-do. This was followed by dives around Komodo Island in a completely different and uniquely colourful reef environment, brilliant with anemones, sea cucumber, crinoids, fantastic nudibranchs and even ribbon eels. The return trip was similar to the outward journey but on different sites, and included more fabulous encounters with mantas and more delightful reefs. Then the skipper announced that mola mola (sunfish) had been sighted of the southern tip of Bali, and asked if we wanted to cut short our reef ramble and take a look. The current whipping past Crystal Bay was so strong that it took half an hour for the Zodiacs to make the short crossing from Mermaid II into the shelter of the bay. By then it was pretty obvious that 'hang on tightly to a rock at all times' was very sound advice. We descended into calm water then worked our way carefully along the wall towards the point until we were clinging on in the teeth of the current, peering out into the blue. Some claimed to have glimpsed the mola mola on the first dive, but on the second dive we definitely saw it, moving much faster than I would have expected. When we got back to the big boat our trip leader had just been informed that eight divers were swept away from that spot the previous day and were very fortunate to be hauled out of the water by fishermen 12 hours later, many kilometres away. Luckily we had done as we were told and seen the mola mola without being swept away, truly the icing on our cake after a very special dive trip.

Visited on 07/2012 - Submitted on 02/27/2014
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I went to Indonesia Bali and Komodo National Park in December. The staff was great and everyone had a chance to see everything on each dive. The water temp varied from 79 to 81 degrees, so 90 percent of the time it was short and a rash guard, but when you hit a thermocline you felt it. The boat has wetsuits and and emergency reg or extra gear to rent if you need more gear. The colors or rich and deep, purples, yellows, oranges, etc. At one site you will dive black sandy bottom with pink and orange hard and soft corals. Awesome The bio diversity ranged from 10 manta rays to the smallest squid or cuttlefish that was the size of a coffee bean. Incredible macro photography. The boat has a professional video/photographer highly recommend his video at the end of the dive about $100 US. Also at the end of the trip they give you an electronic log of all your dives and site maps to show your friends. The cabin are designed to hold to people and you have enough room but the bathroom/shower is small but you get use to it quickly. Food was great, you will gain weight if you want to. Seconds and thirds are not out of the question, not to mention the snacks between dives. We had a shore day and spent it with the Komodo dragons. The park staff were professional and accommodating if you want to get closer to get the ultimate picture. You are always in safe hands. Plan on going again. Great Value for Indonesia, beats shore based any day. I would say the boat is between mid range to luxury.

Visited on 12/2013 - Submitted on 02/16/2014

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