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Mermaid 2

MERMAID 2; IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE BEAUTY OF THE INDONESIAN WATERS

Built-in 2000 and recently renovated to modern standards, this steel motor ship with a length of 33 meters caters 18 guests. Sensational seascapes, underwater and above, will mesmerise you non-stop. Mermaid 2 enables individuals and groups to discover Indonesian best scuba diving locations at great value for money. Trips can vary from 8 to 16 days. Destinations include Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Ambon, Alor, Maumere, Komodo, Bali, Halmahera and Lembeh.

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Included: VAT, Accommodation, Complimentary toiletries, Transfers/pickups from airport, 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

This liveaboard accommodates its guests in 9 cabins. On the main deck are 8 deluxe cabins (7sqm) with big windows, a single and a double bed, convenient storage facilities and ensuite bathroom. Belowdecks we have a budget cabin (7 sqm) with 2 bunks and a shared bathroom. All our cabins are suitable for 2 persons maximum. Each has individual climate control.

COMFORT

Our English-speaking crew of 20 is always at your service. The attractive salon is situated on the upper deck where enjoying videos or music are options next to reading and socialising. The spacious sundeck is equipped with comfy beds and a shaded outside seating area. Several outdoor lounge areas are furnished with cushioned sofas, perfect for après dive relaxation. Massage is offered as an extra luxury.

CATERING

Our buffet menus include breakfast, lunch, in between snacks and dinner. We serve a combination of Indonesian, Thai and Western cuisine in our restaurant. Chefs will surprise you with delicious and healthy dishes. Fresh fruits are available at all times. Beer and wine are for sale at the bar. If you have specific dietary requests, please let us know at the time of booking.

DIVING

Regardless of whether you are a beginner or fully skilled diver, our experienced divemasters and instructors will introduce you to the magnificent and serene underwater world. The dive deck and dive platform provide you with the comfort and practicalities needed to ensure a relaxing dive. We have rinse tanks, showers and a camera table. Divers can choose to use air or nitrox. Courses are available on board as well as a rental service for all your diving and snorkelling gear. A custom build zodiac will bring you to the site of your choice, and safely back to the ship.

A land excursion to the Komodo National Park is possible for those who want to see the Komodo dragon in his natural habitat.

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.

Raja Ampat
  • Departure Port: Sorong
  • Return Port: Sorong
  • Length: 9 Days / 8 Nights (Approximately 24 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – No minimum logged dives required.

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 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!

Days 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

Days 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 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 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 pack your equipment during this 4-5 hour run.

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!

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 - Alor - Banda Sea - Raja Ampat
  • Departure Port: Maumere
  • Return Port: Sorong
  • Length: 16 Days / 15 Nights (Approximately 46 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – No minimum logged dives required.Day 1: Embark in Sorong or Maumere. 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. 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.Day 6: 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 spend 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.

    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 or Sorong.

    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!

    Please note: This trip will be in approximately in reverse if you start from Maumere

Komodo
  • Departure Port: Benoa, Bali
  • Return Port: Benoa, Bali
  • Length: 8 Days / 7 Nights (Approximately 20 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – No minimum logged dives required.

Day 1: Check-in on board MV Mermaid II 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 at 19:00 hours as we cruise into the sunset on the overnight journey to Moyo Island, north-west Sumbawa

Day 2: Start your adventure with a great dive in the calm, clear waters of Angel Reef at Moyo Island. Massive elephant ear 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 here? 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

Day 3: 2 dives at Sangeang Island for rare nudibranchs, pygmy seahorse and underwater hot springs that support this unique marine life Cruise to Gili Banta for exhilarating dives at Tanduk Rusa turtles, colourful reef stonefish, Spanish dancers – calm sea- a great place to stay the night

Day 4: If the tide is right we hunt grey reef shark and dolphin at Taka TokoGili 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

Day 5: 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 Raja Island. Spectacular Then relax as we cruise 2 hours south to Horseshoe Bay Rinja Island. Spectacular diving await 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

Day 6: 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 – WOW! 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 or we cruise west enjoying a post-dinner night dive along the way. Overnight we cruise to Satonda Island

Day 7: We enjoy two fantastic dives at Sumbawa Surprise – macro enthusiasts will be in 7th heaven than on to Moyo Islands for more chances for ghost pipefish, ribbon eels, turtle, cuttlefish and 2 9 more before we cruise overnight to Benoa in the south of Bali. Off-gas as we cruise into the sunset with the crew rinsing and packing your equipment for you…paradise Mermaid Liveaboards style!

Day 8: After breakfast, we transfer you ashore at 8.30am to continue your vacation…or its time to head home to start planning your next Mermaid Liveaboards cruise!

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

Maumere - Komodo
  • Departure Port: Maumere
  • Return Port: Benoa
  • Length: 8 Days / 7 Nights (Approximately 20 dives in total)
  • Experience level: No minimum logged dives required.

Sample Itinerary Day 1 Check-in on board MV Mermaid II between 13:00-15:00 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 at 19:00 hours as we cruise into the sunset on overnight journey to Moyo Island, north west Sumbawa Day 2 Start your adventure with a great dive in the calm, clear waters of Angel Reef at Moyo Island. Massive elephant ear Massive elephant ear and barrel sponges, schools of long fin banner fish and red tooth triggers In their hundreds, frog fish, nudibrancs, eels, surgeon fish, snapper, dog tooth 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 here? 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 coats of Sumbawa Day 3 2 dives at Sangeang Island for rare nudibrancs, pygmy seahorse and underwater hot springs that support this very unique marine life Cruise to Gili Banta for exhilarating dives at Tanduk Rusa turtles, colorful reef stone fish, Spanish dancers – calm sea- a great place to stay the night Day 4 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 Day 5 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 Then relax as we cruise 2 hours south to Horseshoe Bay Rinja Island. Spectacular diving await at the world famous site Cannibal Rock – rare nudibrancs, 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 beach combing…. 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 Day 6 The Three Sisters call us to Padar Island for sharks and nudibrancs, surgeon fish and devil Rays. Manta Alley or Takat Makasar follows for the chance for a manta aggregation – WOW! Batu Bolung aka “Current City” is the home for large Napoleon Wrasse, turtles, blue fin 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 travel further east in the Komodo national park and begin our journey to Maumere Day 7 After arriving in the Maumere area we enjoy some of the amazing critter diving this area offers. Unique diving, interesting area with loads to offer all levels of divers Day 8 After breakfast we transfer you ashore at 8.30am to continue your vacation…or its time to head home to start planning your next Mermaid Liveaboards cruise ! With this itinerary we strongly recommend you allow a day for looking around Maumere area – this way you can maximize the number of dives and enjoy some of the great muck diving Maumere offers.

Maumere - Komodo
  • 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 sea mounts 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 nudibranches. There are also several jetties to do some great night dives, where we can see raja epaulette sharks, toadfish, frogfish and crocodilefish.
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 wild life sightings.
Cruise overnight to Pulau Koon, Ceram.
Total 7 dives.

Day 7: Pulau Koon is a small island on 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 ofNusa 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, Blue water mangroves, Manta Rays, amazing muck diving, Epaulette Shark, wobbegongs, crocodile-fish, toadfish, frogfish and so much more!

  • Length: 33 meters
  • Beam: 7 meters
  • Top speed: 12 knots
  • Cruising speed: 9.5 knots
  • Engines: Hino 2 x 450 HP
  • Max guests: 18
  • Number of cabins: 9
  • Number of bathrooms: 11
  • Tenders: 2 x 4.7 m / ladders
  • Water capacity: 20’000
  • Fuel capacity: 16’000
  • Freshwater maker: Yes
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