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Mermaid I

The steel-hulled Mermaid I is recognized for having the finest available accommodation among other best value Indonesian diving tours. It offers the best liveaboard experience and introduces guests to the best of the best pristine diving sites that the Indonesian waterscape has to offer. The sites include Komodo, Raja Ampat, and the Banda Sea to where the guests can have close encounters with unmatched marine biodiversity including, but not limited to thousands of fishes in schools, sharks, mantas, dolphins, and vibrant corals – all in their natural homes unspoiled. This 28-meter yacht sports a double engine steel motor and cruises on a speed of 9.5 knots reaching to a maximum speed of 12 knots.

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Mermaid I Liveaboard

The Overall Review

We spent 8.6 hours reading reviews from experts and divers about Mermaid I Liveaboard.
In summary, this is what divers think:

Mermaid I Liveaboard
Good Liveaboard

4 reasons to dive

  • Several divers said that diving in the Komodo area was wonderful and they were exposed to healthy reefs and an abundance of fish, turtles and reef sharks.
  • Many people said the boat is comfortable and always kept in immaculate condition.
  • Many divers said that the dive guide was local and he was very knowledgeable of all things aquatic.
  • Some people stated that the crew was attentive and always took care of the concerns of the passengers.

2 reasons NOT to dive

  • A couple of people noted that when the boat was on the move the waves really made the boat swerve around.
  • Some people were taken back by the envelopes given to them on completion of the cruise to tip them.

Key facts

Year (re)built: 2016
Max divers 15
Internet Yes (free)
Nitrox Yes ($)
Rental equip. Yes ($)
Camera station Yes
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes


The avarage price for diving with this liveaboard is
per day.

We've calculated this price based on a 7 day stay.
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The passion behind this guide is run by passionate scuba geeks - and our liveaboard guides are no exception.

    Boby Taylor

    Liveaboard Director

    Boby has been diving and guiding on liveaboards since 2005, and love it

    Ron Simon

    Dive instructor/Liveaboard director

    Ron has been a Cruise Director on 10+ Liveaboards throughout the world and has a keen understanding...

    Torben Lonne

    PADI Instructor

    Torben is the Editor of Divein and a true water lover. 


● Accommodates up to 15 guests
● Traverses the Raja Ampat, Komodo, and Banda Sea routes
● Offers guests up close encounters with endless varieties of marine life
● Expect to witness sharks, mantas, dolphins and pygmy seahorses among marine animals
● Gives guests a glimpse of the colorful and vibrant corals of Indonesian reefs
● Land excursions open the possibility of witnessing the Komodo dragon in its natural habitat
● Diver to guide ratio is 3:1
● Most cabins have large windows for panoramic view of the waters
● Rental equipment available

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Description and details

Diving on the Mermaid I in Indonesia


For safe and comfortable cruising, the Mermaid I is made to run on Hino engines of 450 HP. Its compressor is Bauer on a 200l/min capacity. Aside from its steel hull, this vessel is built using tropical hardwoods to infuse strength and durability and to hurdle the sometimes rough Indonesian seas.


Spacious and modern facilities set this yacht apart from others of its type. Guests will have to think twice if they are on a cruise or in a resort. There are several options for cabins including Budget, Deluxe, Single, and Master Cabins. A total of 15 guests can be accommodated in all of the cabins.

The budget cabins located on the lower deck sport 2 twin beds with en-suite bathrooms. The deluxe cabins are situated on the main deck and have king-sized beds or large twin beds. These two types of cabins can accommodate a maximum of 2 guests.

The single cabins offer single bedding and therefore can only accommodate a guest. The master cabin or the state cabin as it is popularly referred to has a king sized bed which can accommodate 2 guests.

All cabins have en-suite bathrooms, a refrigerator, a flat-screen TV and DVD players. Bathrobes, toiletries and fluffy towels are also available for use.


An array of the best-tasting food and beverages awaits guests boarding the Mermaid I. Meals are of Thai, Indonesian, and Western styles usually served in a buffet at the onboard Sawasdee Restaurant. There are vegetarian options for those who want healthier intakes. But there is also BBQ for those who do not want to miss the grilled specialty. There are also vegan options, although, such requests should be notified in advance. In between meals, there are snacks along with a handful of beverages ranging from soft drinks up to beers and alcoholic beverages.


The best value for money is even made worthy with the exceptional service of the crew and the amenities of the yacht itself. The crew is multilingual and can converse with guests who speak French, English, Spanish, and German

The Main Saloon is large enough for guests to relax and watch movies or listen to music. There is an extensive library where guests can bring out the bookworms in them. There are two outside decks with the other one being shaded and made more comfortable with lounge chairs for recline. The sun deck is where guests can tan their skin under the sun’s lovely heat. Massage services can also be requested.

While dives are the main attractions of the cruise, guests can also experience land excursions when the itinerary permits. Land interactions may include sunbathing on beaches, shopping for souvenirs in remote villages, hiking and searching for the famed Komodo dragons.


Cruises can be as short as 9 days or as long as 16 days depending on guest’s chosen route when booking. There are schedules all year long with guests having the opportunity for airport and hotel transfers to the vessel.

Boat features
  • 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

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