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Diving on the Mermaid I in Indonesia
MERMAID I - WINNER OF OUR '2012 LIVEABOARD OF THE YEAR' AWARD
The steel hulled Mermaid I has the finest available accommodation of all the 'best value' Indonesia diving tours, Mermaid I offers the best in liveaboard comfort while exploring exotic Indonesian dive sites through Komodo, Raja Ampat and the Banda Sea.
YOU CAN EXPECT ROOMY COMFORT AND GREAT DIVING ABOARD THE LIVEABOARD MERMAID I
With spacious and modern facilities you may think you're still back at the resort rather than on a boat. You can identify the unusual marine life sightings that you find on your Komodo liveaboard trip on the shaded Upper Deck, edit your photos or catch a movie in the air-conditioned Saloon, or just grab a relaxing sun lounger on the huge Top Deck. Fresh towels are in your room and on the Sundeck every day. Dive Adventurers will experience the Earth’s greatest collection of diverse marine species from Manta Rays to Pygmy Seahorses plus fascinating underwater landscapes created by the area’s volcanic activity. 3,000 different species of fish and 600 coral species inhabit these seas. Hopping between Labuan Bajo and Bima the Dive Safari will include Shark encounters, Drift Dives, Wrecks, Muck Diving and gorgeous Reefs. And don’t forget about the area’s namesake, the magnificent Komodo Dragons, which you will witness in their natural environment - Komodo National Park.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
Mermaid I is a 28m (92 ft.), double engine steel motor yacht equipped with delightful crew members who speak French, English, Spanish and German. 15 guests can be accommodated in the 8 luxurious cabins which include: a Stateroom with King size bed, 1 Single and 4 Deluxe Cabins with Twin or Double beds. 2 Budget Cabins are available with Double or Twin beds, below Deck. The Master, Single and Deluxe cabins feature refrigerators and panoramic views of the spectacular seascape. All cabins have individual temperature controls, private bathrooms, flat screen TV and DVD players, bathrobes, toiletries and soft, fluffy towels.
BETWEEN DIVES ON THE WOOD-TRIMMED MERMAID I, GUESTS WILL BE ABLE TO RELAX AND ENJOY THE INCREDIBLE SIGHTS
She is constructed of tropical hard woods and iron, ensuring she can weather the sometimes rough Indonesian seas in style and comfort. Enjoy the large Main Saloon complete with TV/DVD where guests can watch movies and listen to their favorite music. Guests can choose a book from the extensive library which includes fish ID and marine life books. Find your happy place on one of the 2 Outside Decks, one shaded with outside comfy lounge chairs. Work on your tan on the Sundeck with cushioned sun beds. And while the diving is spectacular, land excursions are spectacular as well and include sunbathing on deserted beaches, shopping in remote villages, hiking mountains and searching for Komodo Dragons.
MEALS ABOARD THE MERMAID I ARE A SPECIAL EVENT, AS GREAT FOOD IS A PRIORITY
The varied and plentiful cuisine includes delicious Thai, Indonesian, Western style meals and even mouth watering BBQ's. Guests will be served in the “Sawasdee Restaurant” which features large windows to enjoy the ocean vista. Enjoy a buffet with variety for all tastes and appetites. Snacks will be served throughout the day for extra fuel for the action-packed dives. Alcohol is available.
HOW TO GET THERE
Mermaid I provides free transfers from airports and local hotels. Guests need to check the itinerary to determine airports and ports of departure. Once guests arrive at the airport, they will be greeted by crew members. Pickup can be arranged in the lobby of the local hotels. Please give advanced notice of travel itinerary. After transfer to the port guests will meet the crew and receive a welcome briefing.
Komodo: Mermaid I trips depart in the late afternoon from Benoa Harbour in Bali. There is a minibus transfer service from the airport and all hotels in Bali to and from the boat.
Raja Ampat: These safaris depart in the late afternoon from Sorong in West Papua. You can fly directly to Sorong from Jakarta, Ujung Pandang (Makassar) and Manado. From Bali there are convenient connections via Ujung Pandang (Makassar) and Manado. We will help you arrange return domestic flights between Bali or Jakarta and Sorong. There is a transfer service from the local airport to and from the boat.
For more information see our travel information section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 12 pm on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
- Shaded diving deck
- Camera Station
- Audio & video entertainment
- TV in cabins
- Air Conditioned saloon
- Aircon Cabins
- Sun Deck
- Indoor Saloon
- Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
- Separate rinse for u/w camera
- Charging stations
- En-Suite bathrooms