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Dive Review of Mermaid I in
Indonesia/Maumere to Sorong, Indonesia

Mermaid I: "The best liveaboard I've ever experienced", Nov, 2017,

by Carol Sommers, IL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 10072.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Cozumel, Belize, Florida, North Carolina, Curacao, Lake Michigan, Philippines, Sea of Cortez, Palau, Yap, Bali, Komodo, Dominica, Hornby Island in British Columbia, Bonne Terre Mine, Red Sea, Roatan
Closest Airport Fransiskus X Seda Getting There Take Garuda Airlines from Bali or Jakarta to Maumere

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 75 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Daytime dives limited to 70 minutes, night-time to 60 minutes, backroll entry from zodiacs--usually negative entries, no solo diving, safety sausages required
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Dedicated camera rinse tank, roomy rubberized table for set-up and between dive storage, com ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
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Beginners 1 stars
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Comments The other liveaboards I've been on pale in comparison to the Mermaid operation. I booked the only single room and discovered that my shipmates were from eleven other countries which made for an interesting trip. My room had air conditioning and shower water which I could adjust, a modern hairdryer, roomy closets, blackout window curtains and a robe. We travelled over 1,200 nautical miles and dived 49 t ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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