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Mermaid 1

MERMAID 1; LIVE TO SEE THE WONDERS OF INDONESIAN AQUATIC FLORA AND FAUNA

Built-in 1999 and just renovated to the newest standards this steel motor ship with a length of 27 meters has room for 15 diving enthusiasts. Mermaid 1 enables individuals and groups to discover Indonesian greatest scuba diving sites at budget prices without cutting down on safety nor on comfort. Trips vary from 10 to 17 days. Our destinations include Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Ambon, Alor, Maumere, Komodo, Bali, Halmahera and Lembeh.

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Included: VAT, Accommodation, Complimentary toiletries, Tanks, Weights, Belts, Dive master services, All meals, Towels Provided

Excluded: Transfers outside of the free of charge zones, national park/Port Fees Komodo/Alor cruises €125, Raja Ampat cruises €200, Fuel Surcharges if applicable, Nitrox fills, rental equipment, on board courses, massages, souvenirs, alcoholic beverages

ACCOMMODATION

Onboard we have 8 individually climatized cabins all with private bathrooms, flat screen TV and plenty of storage facilities. The top-grade master cabin (12sqm) has a king-size bed. The deluxe cabins (10sqm) are located on the main deck and have king-size beds or large twin beds. These, as well as our single cabin (7sqm), feature refrigerators and windows with panoramic views of the spectacular seascape. Belowdecks we have budget cabins (8 sqm) with a single bed and a bed bunk. Provision of bathrobes, toiletries and soft towels is part of the service for all our guests.

COMFORT

Our dedicated crew of 17 speaks English. It’s their pride and joy to make your liveaboard- and diving experience memorable for life. The well-appointed lounge is situated next to the restaurant on the upper deck. The spacious sundeck is equipped with cushioned beds and an awning for those who enjoy the shade. Several outdoor lounge areas are furnished with comfortable sofas, perfect for après dive relaxation. We recommend a treatment from our masseur.

CATERING

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are served as a buffet in the restaurant. Our kitchen will surprise you with delicious and healthy dishes from Indonesian, Thai and western origins. Beer and wine can be ordered from the bar (not complimentary). If you have specific dietary requests, please let us know at the time of your booking.

DIVING

The Mermaid has a massive dive deck with rinse tanks, showers and a practical camera table. Each diver can choose to dive with either air or nitrox. Courses are available on board and we have a rental service for all diving and snorkelling gear you want to use. A zodiac will bring you from the dive platform to the site of your choice. Our experienced divemasters will support you in every possible way.

A land excursion to the famous Komodo dragons is optional.

ITINERARIES

These are example itineraries to give you an indication of the liveaboard cruises. The final cruise might be different due to weather, sea conditions and/or guest experience. The final call is always with the boat manager and the captain of the liveaboard. This to ensure your safety as well as to give you a dive holiday never to forget.

Bali - Komodo - Bali
  • Departure Port: Benoa, Bali
  • Return Port: Benoa
  • Length: 10 Days / 9 Nights (Approximately 28 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – No minimum logged dives required.

Day 1: Check-in on board MV Mermaid I between 13:00-15:00 hours in Benoa Harbour Bali. After the boat and safety briefing, equipment is prepared then settle into your cabin. Dinner is served at approx. 19:00 hours as e cruise overnight to Moyo Island off the north-west coast of Sumbawa

Day 2: 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! Then we cruise to Satonda Island for a macro dive followed by a world class night dive after watching a million bats fly at sunset. After a great dive and dinner, we cruise overnight to Sangeang Volcano off the north coast of Sumbawa.

Day 3: The Nusa Tenggara region has some extremely interesting and unique marine life. Today we spend the day diving around Sangeang Volcano – 2-3 dives for rare nudibranchs, pygmy seahorse, leaf scorpion fish, blue ribbon eels, black sand diving with all its treasures and underwater hot springs that support this unique marine environment. Night dive here too or head on over to Gili Banta for the chance for Star Gazers and coral catshark.

Day 4: Current depending, we start the day at GPS Point Gili Bantafamous for its sharks and pelagic fishes. Then we enter the Komodo National Park and for more exhilarating blue water/fish soup diving! Gili Lawalaut has several great dives – if the tide is right we hunt grey reef shark and dolphin at Taka Toko Gili Lawalaut. Lighthouse Reef and The Old Passage offer fast drifts with pelagics, maybe manta! Crystal Rock offers awesome soft corals in gold and orange hues plus the chance for sharks, turtles, Giant Maori wrasse, a ‘fish soup” dive. Tonight we dive the famous Pink Beach – spectacular colours and Frogfish, slipper lobster, basket stars, robust sea cucumbers unique to the area plus more!

Day 5: Start your day with an exciting visit to Loh Liang Komodo National Park to walk with the dragons! And as we quietly walk through the bush setting look out for Komodo dragons, deer, wild boar and birds. Then relax as we cruise south to dive the Three Sisters or Pillarsteen at Padar Island. Next stop is a diver’s paradise – Horseshoe Bay Rinja Island – home of one of the top 10 dives in the world- Cannibal Rock – an abundance of corals, sponges, ascidians, sea apples, black corals, turtle, cuttlefish, loads of reef fishes too! Here we can also watch dragons scavenging 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, diving at one of the many fabulous spots.

Day 6: More world class dives today as we relax in Horseshoe Bay Rinja Island – the Yellow Wall of Texas is absolutely stunning covered with enormous yellow soft corals. Go slowly along the wall looking for unique creatures but don’t forget to look out into the blue to see what’s coming by…maybe we make a deep dive check if the tiny yellow pygmy seahorses are on the giant gorgonians at depth. Nusa Kode offers more walls and critter chances coupled with white tip reef sharks etc! Torpedo Alley is famous for its “electric” rays and perhaps one of the best night dives of your life for critter fanciers

Day 7: Today we’ll head on over to Manta Alley to watch in awe as these magnificent creatures feed, play and get cleaned at the many cleaning stations. In the afternoon we can check out more big fish dives maybe at Loh Serah, Tatawa Kecil or the infamous “Current City” Batu Bolong – come face to face with reef sharks, turtles and giant Wrasse. Many good night dives around here – Gili Darat is great for sleeping turtles, colourful reef stonefish, Spanish dancers – calm sea – a good place to sleep.

Day 8: The diving around Gili Lawalaut, Tatawa Kecil, Gili Darat is so awesome you will all want more so today we make 2-3 dives in clear arm blue waters – loads of fish both big and small. Then we’ll head off for a night dive at either Gili Banta or maybe Batu Putih in Sumbawa – both interesting sites. Overnight we cruise back to Satonda and Sumbawa – solar powered nudibranchs, ghost pipefish anyone?

Day 9: We enjoy two good dives around Sumbawa and Moyo Islands – a chance to shoot anything you missed the beginning of the trip. Then the crew wash your equipment for you while you relax on the sundeck or downloading your pictures, enjoying our trip video as well just before dinner with all your new friends.

Day 10: After breakfast, we transfer you ashore to continue your vacation…or its time to head home to start planning your next Mermaid cruise!

Marine Life: Soft corals, gorgonians, pygmy seahorses, turtles, Manta Rays, amazing muck diving, wobbegongs, crocodile-fish, toadfish, frogfish and so much more!

Raja Ampat
  • Departure Port: Sorong
  • Return Port: Sorong
  • Length: 10 Days / 9 Nights (Approximately 30 dives in total)
  • Experience level: No minimum logged dives required.

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!

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. Bluewater 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

Day 5-8: 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 macro 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 with soft corals and sea fans with lots of nudies and pygmies. Also a great night dive in the jetty; Raja Epaulette Shark (walking sharks), wobbegongs, crocodile fish, 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.

Day 9: 2 dives into 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 be packing your equipment during this 4-5 hour run.

Day 10: 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!

Raja Ampat - Banda Sea - Alor - Maumere
  • Departure Port: Sorong
  • Return Port: Maumere
  • Length: 16 Days / 15 Nights (Approximately 46 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – No minimum logged dives required.

Day 1: Embark in Sorong. 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 Strait of Dampier.

Day 2-3: Dampier Strait – Raja Ampat. The first 2 diving days of the trip will be spent around the Dampier Strait, the strait between the island of Waigeo, the Bird’s Head peninsula and the northern side of Batanta Island.
In the afternoon, between dives, we can visit several traditional Papuan villages, meet the locals and walk in white sandy beaches. The Dampier Strait is known for the variety of diving, from giant mantas to mangroves, beautiful reefs, many pinnacles and seamounts covered in schooling fish, aggregations of sweetlips, schooling barracudas, schools of bumphead parrotfish, massive schools of Fusiliers, and lots of wobbegong sharks. It is also a great location for critters and macro subjects, with several species of pygmy seahorses, and a large variety of nudibranchs. There are also several jetties to do some great night dives, where we can see Raja epaulette sharks, toadfish, frogfish and crocodile fish.

Day 4-5: Misool – Raja Ampat. The next 2 days will be around the island of Misool, where there literally hundreds of dive sites.
There will be some excursions with the tenders through some amazing inner lagoons, fantastic scenery and wildlife sightings. Misool is a heaven for wide angle photographers. The prettiest soft corals reefs in the world are located in Misool, as well as having multiple pinnacles surrounded by masses of schooling fish, barracudas, jacks and snappers.

Day: Pulau Koon – Ceram. Pulau Koon is a small island in the southeast of Ceram, half way between Raja Ampat and the Banda Islands. Walls covered with soft corals, and sandy slopes with hard coral bommies. But the most interesting feature of this island is the amount of schooling fish and pelagic, barracudas, bigeye trevallies, aggregation of red snappers, pompanos, batfish, and giant groupers.

Day 7-8: Banda Islands. The next two days will be spent in the Banda Islands, also know in the old days as the Spice Islands.

Day 9: Manuk – Banda Sea. Manuk, an extinct volcano about 65 nm south of the Banda Islands, is one of 2 places in Indonesia where there are huge aggregations of sea snakes, Chinese sea snakes and banded sea kraits. It is an incredible experience to dive surrounded on all sides by sea snakes. The island is surrounded by black sandy slopes with hard coral reefs, volcanic ridges covered in gorgonians with zillions of fusiliers and pelagic fishes such as Spanish mackerels and dogtooth tunas passing through.

Day 10: Pulau Nila – Banda Sea.

Day 11: Pulau Damar – Banda Sea. Day 11 will be spent diving around the 3 small islands surrounding the island of Damar, Neus Leur, Terbang Utara, and Terbang Selatan. White sandy beaches and completely covered by tropical forests, they contain some of the prettiest and healthiest reefs in the Banda Sea. Walls covered with massive barrel sponges and gorgonian sea fans. Reef tops full of soft corals and small tropical reef fishes. And visibility up to 50 meters.

Day 12: Gunung Api – Banda Sea. Weather depending, we will be diving day 11 at Gunung Api. A small volcano in the middle of the Banda Sea. Gunung Api is one of those very rare and very special places where not many divers get to go and dive. Underwater ridges, steep slopes with black sand and walls covered in soft corals. But the most amazing feature of this small volcano is the number of sea snakes that can be found surrounding the island. Spend the time between dives observing the hundreds of frigates that live on the island.

Day 13: Wetar. After cruising every night for one week, we have finally crossed the Banda Sea and arrived at the island of Wetar. In Wetar we will do 3 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.

Day 14: Alor.

Day 15: Lewaling Bay – Kawula Island. The last day of diving will be done at Lewaling Bay, in the island of Kawula. With the background of a volcano rising from the western shores of Lewaling Bay, the last 2 dives of the trip will be done in two different capes, Cape Bacatan and Cape Sirumerang. Both dive sites have a mix of ridges, walls with overhangs, white sandy slopes and very shallow reef tops. Then we will cruise overnight to Maumere.

Day 16: Disembark in Maumere.

Total Dives for the trip 48 to 51.

Marine Life: Soft corals, gorgonians, pygmy seahorses, Bluewater mangroves, Manta Rays, amazing muck diving, Epaulette Shark, wobbegongs, crocodile-fish, toadfish, frogfish and so much more!

Maumere - Komodo - Bali
  • Departure Port: Maumere
  • Return Port: Benoa, Bali
  • Length: 10 Days / 9 Nights (Approximately 28 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – No minimum logged dives required.

Day 1: Check-in on board MV Mermaid anytime from early morning through to our departure time around 16:00 hours. After the boat and safety briefing, we’ll set up equipment and you can settle into your cabin. Dinner will be served at 19:00 hours as we cruise east to Paular Mas (Serbete).

Day 2: The Nusa Tenggara region has some extremely interesting and unique marine life. Today we spend the day diving around Sangeang Volcano – 2-3 dives for rare nudibranchs, pygmy seahorse, leaf scorpion fish, blue ribbon eels, black sand diving with all its treasures and underwater hot springs that support this unique marine environment. Night dive here too or head on over to Gili Banta for the chance for Star Gazers and coral catshark.

Day 3: Current depending, we start the day at GPS Point Gili Bantafamous for its sharks and pelagic fishes. Then we enter the Komodo National Park and for more exhilarating blue water/fish soup diving! Gili Lawalaut has several great dives – if the tide is right we hunt grey reef shark and dolphin at Taka Toko Gili Lawalaut. Lighthouse Reef and The Old Passage offer fast drifts with pelagics, maybe manta! Crystal Rock offers awesome soft corals in gold and orange hues plus the chance for sharks, turtles, Giant Maori wrasse, a ‘fish soup” dive. Tonight we dive the famous Pink Beach – spectacular colours and Frogfish, slipper lobster, basket stars, robust sea cucumbers unique to the area plus more!

Day 4 & 5: Start your day with an exciting visit to Loh Liang Komodo National Park to walk with the dragons! And as we quietly walk through the bush setting look out for Komodo dragons, deer, wild boar and birds. Then relax as we cruise south to dive the Three Sisters or Pillarsteen at Padar Island. Next stop is a diver’s paradise – Horseshoe Bay Rinja Island – home of one of the top 10 dives in the world- Cannibal Rock – an abundance of corals, sponges, ascidians, sea apples, black corals, turtle, cuttlefish, loads of reef fishes too! Here we can also watch dragons scavenging 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, diving at one of the many fabulous spots.

Day 6: More world class dives today as we relax in Horseshoe Bay Rinja Island – the Yellow Wall of Texas is absolutely stunning covered with enormous yellow soft corals. Go slowly along the wall looking for unique creatures but don’t forget to look out into the blue to see what’s coming by… maybe make a deep dive to check if the tiny yellow pygmy seahorses are on the giant gorgonians at depth. Nusa Kode offers more walls and critter chances coupled with white tip reef sharks etc! Torpedo Alley is famous for its “electric” rays and perhaps one of the best night dives of your life for critter fanciers

Day 7: Today we’ll head on over to Manta Alley to watch in awe as these magnificent creatures feed, play and get cleaned at the many cleaning stations. In the afternoon we can check out more big fish dives maybe at Loh Serah, Tatawa Kecil or the infamous “Current City” Batu Bolong – come face to face with reef sharks, turtles and giant Wrasse. Many good night dives around here – Gili Darat is great for sleeping turtles, colourful reef stonefish, Spanish dancers – calm sea – a good place to sleep.

Day 8: The diving around Gili Lawalaut, Tatawa Kecil, Gili Darat is so awesome you will all want more so today we make 2-3 dives in clear arm blue waters – loads of fish both big and small. Then we’ll head off for a night dive at either Gili Banta or maybe Batu Putih in Sumbawa – both interesting sites. Overnight we cruise back to Satonda and Sumbawa – solar powered nudibranchs, ghost pipefish anyone?

Day 9: 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! Then we cruise to Satonda Island for a macro dive followed by a world class night dive after watching a million bats fly at sunset. After a great dive and dinner, we cruise overnight to Sangeang Volcano off the north coast of Sumbawa.

Day 10: After breakfast, we transfer you ashore to continue your vacation…or its time to head home to start planning your next Mermaid cruise!

Marine Life: Soft corals, gorgonians, pygmy seahorses, turtles, Manta Rays, amazing muck diving, wobbegongs, crocodile-fish, toadfish, frogfish and so much more!

Ambon - Banda Sea - Alor - Maumere
  • Departure Port: Maumere
  • Return Port: Ambon
  • Length: 12 Days / 11 Nights (Approximately 34 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – No minimum logged dives required.

Biodiversity Special

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

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

Day 3: Alor is one of the old time favourites 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

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 colours but of a great variety of colours and zillions of triggerfish of every species. Cape Nunukae, about 6 nm southwest of Pulau Reong, 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

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

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

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+ metre visibility. Cruise overnight to Gili Manuk

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 travelling through to the Bandas.

Days 9 & 10: Banda Islands today! Walls, swim-throughs, sponges and sea fans – good diving and great for wide angle. Several sites have swim-throughs 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 metres offering spectacular walls and stunning reef tops – visibility usually 40-50+ metres. 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 or Ambon

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 scorpionfish

Day 12: Disembark 08:00 am in Ambon or Maumere if doing the trip in reverse leg of the amazing adventure for morning or afternoon flights to your next destination

PLEASE NOTE: This is a sample itinerary and subject to change

Marine Life: Soft corals, gorgonians, pygmy seahorses, turtles, Manta Rays, amazing muck diving, wobbegongs, crocodile-fish, toadfish, dugong, frogfish and so much more!

Raja Ampat - Halmahera - Lembeh
  • Departure Port: Sorong
  • Return Port: Manado
  • Length: 12 Days / 11 Nights (Approximately 32 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – No minimum logged dives required.

Day 1: Check-in on board MV Mermaid. If guests arrive early in the morning or the day prior then we can do 2 dives the first day. Otherwise, we start cruising towards the Dampier Strait (South Waigeo)..

Days 2 & 3: The Strait Of Dampier is the Strait between Waigeo and the Bird’s Head Peninsula. Together with Misool, it is known for the best diving in Raja Ampat. All the dive sites around the Dampier Strait are known for the huge amount of schooling fish; schooling barracudas, schools of bigeye trevallies, oceanic triggerfish, spadefish, surgeonfish, and snappers. Besides the schooling fish, it is also an area where we get to see blacktip, whitetips, and wobbegongs sharks.Some of the best manta dives are also located in the Dampier Strait. These are Manta Sandy (or Manta Mantra), and Blue Magic. Manta Sandy is a sandy slope with several bommies that the mantas use as a cleaning station. And Blue Magic, a small pinnacle where the giant mantas congregate and also get cleaned. Some of the best mangrove dives are also located in the Dampier Strait, around the island of Yanggefo and the island of Gam.The Dampier Strait is not only known for the amount of schooling fish, the mantas, or the mangroves, but also for the bommies that can be found in the shallow areas of the reefs. Some of these bommies are covered with beautiful soft corals, as well as with glassfish. And of course, we cannot forget the dive sites in some of the jetties from the local villages, where the pillars of the jetties are covered in soft corals and small critters. Best known dive sites in the Dampier Strait: Cape Kri, Sardine Reef, Chicken Reef, Mioskon, Blue Magic, Mike’s Point, Manta Sandy, Arborek Jetty, Mangrove Ridge, Citrus Ridge. Cruise overnight to Misool

Days 4 &5: Misool is the most southern island in Raja Ampat, and it is surrounded by several hundred small islands and rocks. Some of the nicest soft coral reefs in the world are located in Misool. It is impossible to describe only several dive sites since there are literally hundreds of them. Every year new dive sites are discovered around Misool. Many of the dive sites around Misool are just as fishy as the ones from the Dampier Strait, with same schools of barracudas, spadefish, pinjalo snappers, and zillions of fusiliers. But Misool is also a great macro place. It is known as the kingdom of the pygmy seahorses, as well as having small allied cowries in the gorgonian sea fans, and nudibranchs. Best known diving areas around Misool: Within each of the following areas, there are always several dive sites. Wagma, Farondi, Balbulol, Sagof, Daram, Yellit, Boo, Warakaraket, Fiabacet, Kalig, Wayilbatan, Wayil, Pele and Nampele (Blue Water Mangroves). Cruise overnight to Pulau Pisang

Day 6: Pulau Pisang – These are a set of 2 islands and 2 small rocks between Misool and Halmahera. We spend the whole day here. The diving is pretty nice, sloping reefs with healthy soft on the deeper areas and hard corals bommies in the shallows. When the currents are strong, the dive sites can be very fishy, schooling bumphead parrotfish, zillions of blue triggerfish, and dogtooth tunas passing by. Cruise overnight to the Strait of Pantini (Halmahera)

Day 7: Strait on Pantini – whole day in the south of Halmahera. 2 great pinnacles break the surface – excellent dive sites due to the amount of schooling fish as well as the healthy state of the soft corals. Blacktips, Whitetips, turtles and napoleons are some of the highlights. Strong currents here will dictate when we dive. Other sites offer great opportunities as well. Procco Channel between 2 islands – starts with a sandy slope with several large bommies then we enter the channel and hook on to see what is passing by! Wow! After this exhilarating day, we cruise overnight to Pulau Tifore.

Day 8: Pulau Tifore – A small island between Halmahera and Lembeh with a great submerged reef about a ½ mile from the island. The main attraction here is definitely the barracudas – hundreds and hundreds have made this their home for years. Really amazing especially if you can get inside the swirling vortex of the barracudas. Cruise overnight to Sulawesi

Day 10: Lembeh Strait – some of the best muck diving in Indonesia! The black sand environment full of critters. Frogfish, all kinds of octopi, spiny devilfish, nudibranch heaven, etc… Everybody more or less knows what diving in Lembeh is like.

Day 11: More of the wonders of Lembeh – Travelling tomorrow then only 2 dives, sorry – not travelling? Then enjoy more this world renown area is famous for!

Day 12: Disembark in for transfer to your resort or on to Manado for the next leg of your adventure. Lembeh is home to some wonderful dive resorts with the opportunity of hours of fabulous diving. Contact Mermaid Liveaboards or your agent to book you in – while in Lembeh it would be a shame not to maximize your opportunity to stay here or perhaps head north for the walls of Bunaken National Park – also brilliant diving.

Marine Life: Marine Life: Soft corals, gorgonians, pygmy seahorses, Bluewater mangroves, Manta Rays, amazing muck diving, Epaulette Shark, wobbegongs, crocodile-fish, toadfish, frogfish and so much more!

Raja Ampat - Banda Sea - Ambon
  • Departure Port: Sorong
  • Return Port: Ambon
  • Length: 12 Days / 11 Nights (Approximately 34 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – No minimum logged dives required.

The most interesting thing about this trip, is diving in 3 completely different areas, Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, and Ambon – and so the biodiversity will be amazing!

Day 1: Check-in on board MV Mermaid. 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 Dampier Strait area.

Day 2-4: The next 3 days will be spent around the Dampier Strait, the strait between the island of Waigeo, the Bird’s Head peninsula and the northern side of Batanta island. The Dampier Strait is known for the variety of diving, from giant mantas to mangroves, beautiful reefs, many pinnacles and seamounts covered in schooling fish, aggregations of sweetlips, schooling barracudas, schools of bumphead parrotfish, massive schools of fusiliers, and lots of wobbegongs sharks. It is also a great location for critters and macro subjects, with several species of pygmy seahorses, and a large variety of nudibranchs. There are also several jetties to do some great night dives, where we can see Raja epaulette sharks, toadfish, frogfish and crocodile fish.
In the afternoon, between dives, we can visit several traditional Papuan villages, meet the locals and walk in white sandy beaches.
Cruise overnight to Misool.
Total 11 dives.

Day 5-6: The next 2 days will be around the island of Misool, where there literally hundreds of dive sites. Misool is a heaven for wide angle photographers. The prettiest soft corals reefs in the world are located in Misool, as well as having multiple pinnacles surrounded by masses of schooling fish, barracudas, jacks and snappers.
There will be some excursions with the tenders through some amazing inner lagoons, fantastic scenery and wildlife sightings.
Cruise overnight to Pulau Koon, Ceram.
Total 7 dives.

Day 7: Pulau Koon is a small island in the southeast of Ceram, half way between Raja Ampat and the Banda Islands. Walls covered in soft corals, and sandy slopes with hard coral bommies. But the most interesting feature of this island is the amount of schooling fish and pelagic, barracudas, bigeye trevallies, aggregation of red snappers, pompanos, batfish, and giant groupers.

Cruise overnight to Manuk.

Total dives 3.

Day 8: Manuk, an extinct volcano about 65 nm south of the Banda Islands, is one of 2 places in Indonesia where there are huge aggregations of sea snakes, Chinese sea snakes and banded sea kraits. It is an incredible experience to dive surrounded on all sides by sea snakes. The island is surrounded by black sandy slopes with hard coral reefs, volcanic ridges covered in gorgonians with zillions of fusiliers and pelagic fishes such as Spanish mackerels and dogtooth tunas passing through.
Cruise overnight to the Banda Islands.
Total dives 4.

Day 9-10: The next two days will be spent in the Banda Islands, also know in the old days as the Spice Islands. Many of the dive sites around the Bandas are wall dives. Walls covered in massive gorgonians, soft corals, barrel sponges and some very interesting swimthroughs. But there are other attractive dive sites such as pinnacles with enormous groups of schooling pyramid butterflyfish, triggerfish and pelagic fishes such as tunas passing through, spectacular hard coral reefs next to the volcano, and great muck dives with lots of mandarinfish in the local jetty.

The Banda Islands are much more than diving. It is also a cultural and historical experience. We will spend one morning walking around the village of Banda Naira with a local guide, and visit the local museum, the Old Dutch fort, the old colonial governor’s house, the local fish market, and we will have breakfast at a nutmeg plantation.
Cruise overnight to Nusa Laut, Saparua Island, or to Ambon.
Total dives 7.

Day 11: The last diving day of the trip will be around either the island of Nusa Laut or in Ambon Bay. Nusa Laut is a small island, next to the island of Saparua, which has some beautiful hard coral fringing reefs as well as walls similar to those of the Banda Islands. Or we will spend the day around Ambon, where there are several options such as wreaks, caves or doing some really interesting muck dives looking for rhynophias, frogfish (including the psycodelic frogfish), harlequin shrimps, and many other critters.
Total dives 2.

Day 12: 08.00am check out time. We will arrange transfer to the airport or your hotel.

For the reverse trip, Ambon – Sorong, the route is exactly the same. We would start the first day diving around Ambon, and end the trip in the Dampier Strait. So the dive sites will be a day by day reverse of the above itinerary.

Marine Life: Soft corals, gorgonians, pygmy seahorses, Bluewater mangroves, Manta Rays, amazing muck diving, Epaulette Shark, wobbegongs, crocodile-fish, toadfish, frogfish and so much more!

  • Length: 28 meters
  • Beam: 7 meters
  • Top speed: 12 knots
  • Cruising speed: 9.5 knots
  • Engines: Hino 2 x 450 HP
  • Max guests: 15
  • Number of cabins: 8
  • Number of bathrooms: 10
  • Tenders: 2 x 4.2m / ladders
  • Water capacity: 20’000 litres
  • Fuel capacity: 18’000 liters
  • Freshwater maker: Yes
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