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Destination Mermaid Luxury Liveaboard Indonesia


Indonesia, known as THE island nation, has more than 18,000 islands spread throughout the country. The beach and the sea became the dominant region you can visit. Many of the natural beauty that is still not much explored by most people of the world. Indonesia contains 20% of the world's coral reefs. Indonesia is the least known of the world's best scuba diving locations, but things are changing fast, each year more new exciting locations are discovered and opened to divers.

With Mermaid I and Mermaid II you will explore the best dive destinations of Indonesia, you will spot extraordinary creatures and discover breath-taking dive spots.


Welcome on board !

  • Komodo
  • Sorong - Raja Ampat - Sorong
  • Raja Ampat Lembeh
  • Sorong - Raja - Banda - Ambon
  • BioDiversity Special
 
The Komodo National Park is one of the world´s most diverse and interesting marine and wildlife parks with a total land area of 75,000 hectares.
 
 
In 1980 Komodo's unique environment led it to become an UNESCO World Heritage site and in 2012 one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.  The Komodo National Park is home to a rare diversity of animals; wild deer, water buffalo and monkeys roam the undulating hills making prey for a population of the world's largest lizard, the famous Komodo dragon. The morning time songs of Yellow-crested cockatoos and Nicobar pigeons make a wonderful start to your day.
 
The Nusa Tengarra region covers hundreds of kilometers navigating through breathtaking scenery such as; volcanoes, mangrove forests and the stunning blue of the wide open sea contrasted with sun-scorched, red earth islands.

Komodo offers world class diving and snorkeling in an amazing variety of sites with walls, coral gardens, pinnacles, drop offs as well as quiet bays for macro photographers seeking rarely seen critters in black volcanic sand.
 
Komodo is blessed by a through flow of currents and cold water upwellings flowing to and from the Indian Ocean providing nutrient rich waters where swathes of soft corals, sponges, ascidians and clouds of brightly colored fish thrive. When the current´s right exhilarating blue water, fish soup diving with explosions of fusiliers, trevallies, sharks and other pelagic fish will leave you mesmerized for hours.

Hang out with congregations of Manta Rays while they feed, clean and dance on the shallow reefs and rock formations. The Mermaid liveaboard fleet makes departures from Benoa Harbor, Bali, Indonesia. We operate on a regular schedule, but we are also available for charter trips, if interested please contact us.
 

Route map, Itinerary

Mermaid I Mermaid II  
 
 
Mermaid Liveaboards with many years experience exploring the best Komodo offers is proud to offer our exciting next season. We dive the best of the best, we know where and when its running ! Return guests will also appreciate some new sites and experiences we can share through our extensive experience with the Nusa Tenggara and Komodo National Park areas.

Free Transfers
Transfers are included on departure and arrival days from Denpasar International airport (DPS), Kuta, Sanur, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Benoa and Seminyak regions. These are the main tourist regions of Bali, and the free transfers will ensure hassle free transport to and from Mermaid I and Mermaid II.

Convenient Departure location
We depart out of Benoa Harbour – Bali which is conveniently located in between Kuta and Sanur beach and only a quick 30 minute ride from the airport. No more 4 hour mini-bus rides to remote parts of the island!

Departures and arrivals
All cruise departure will be approximately 15:00 hours and arrival time back will be 08:00 hours giving a lot of time to catch a same day flight.

First class luxury liveaboard diving at affordable prices!
We offer exceptional value when compared to other boats operating in the region in both price and in comfort.

Itinerary Mermaid I - Bali - > Komodo -> Bali

Day Description Dives
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 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 ! 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. 3
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 nudibrancs, pygmy seahorse, leaf scorpion fish, blue ribbon eels, black sand diving with all its treasures and underwater hot springs that support this very unique marine environment. Night dive here too or head on over to Gili Banta for the chance for Star Gazers and coral cat shark. 4
Day 4 Current depending, we start the day at GPS Point Gili Banta famous 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 ! 4
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, loadsof reef fishes too ! Here we can also watch dragons scavenging 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, diving at one of the many fabulous spots. 3
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 e 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 4
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. 4
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 nudibrancs, ghost pipefish anyone ? 4
Day 9 We enjoy two good dives around Sumbawa and Moyo Islands – a chance to shoot anything you missed at the trip beginning. 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. 2
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 !

Itinerary Mermaid II - Bali - > Komodo -> Bali

Day Description Dives
Day 1 Check-in on board MV Mermaid 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 approx 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 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 around ? 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. 3
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 for big fish and amazing corals or GPS Point, famous for its sharks and pelagics. Then we enter the Komodo National Park and night dive at Gili Darat South Passage – sleeping turtles, colourful reef stone fish, Spanish dancers – calm sea- a great place to stay the night. 4
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 4
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 diving awaits 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 3
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 Napolean 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 say goodbye to Komodo National Park with a fabulous Night dive at Gili Banta with Coral Cat Shark and more then we cruise west enjoying a post dinner night dive along the way. Overnight we cruise to Satonda Island 4
Day 7 We enjoy two fantastic dives at Satonda and Moyo Islands for more chances for ghost pipe fish, ribbon eels, turtle, cuttlefish and more before we cruise overnight to Benoa in the south of Bali. 2
Day 8 After breakfast we transfer you ashore at 9am to continue your vacation…or its time to head home to start planning your next Mermaid cruise !
 
 
 
Raja Ampat has been documented as one of the last frontiers of unspoilt diving. The archipelago's pristine reefs are not just rich but the region proves to have the greatest coral reef biodiversity for its size in the world. The Bird's Head Seascape holds: 2,500 islands and reefs, 1,320 fish species, 550 coral species and all that is yet to be discovered.
 
Indonesia Raja Ampat is the seascape's crown jewel. Fittingly, the name means "four kings." The four main islands or “Kings” of the archipelago: Waigeo in the north, Salawati west of Sorong, Batanta north of Salawati, and Misool in the south.

Visit Waigeo and dive the famous Dampier Strait, some of Raja Ampat´s most action-packed dive sites. Exhilarating current dives and reliable manta cleaning stations where you can experience these majestic giant pelagics dance for hours along with many other treasures such as the tasselled wobbegong shark.
 
Dive the beautiful and unique mangrove areas of Yanggefo and Gam islands where the tips of healthy acropora corals contrast with the lush green of the mangroves making excellent split images, while just beneath the surface schools of archerfish hunt among the forest of mangrove roots. . Batanta Island, known for its excellent muck diving and amazing variety of nudibranchs including the endemic Thecacera sp. Black sand slopes full of wonderful critters and frequent sittings of the rare mimic octopus. . Misool area in southern Raja Ampat is a must for those who enjoy radiant coloured soft corals. There are stunning walls, pinnacles and reefs with masses of huge gorgonian fans and sea fans hosting an array of the famous pygmy seahorses. The vast area and variety of dive sites makes it ideal location to be discovered via liveaboard.
 

Route map, Itinerary

Mermaid I Mermaid II  
 
 
How to get there?
From your home country, you will need to fly to Sorong Airport which located in West Papua – Indonesia. Sorong Airport can be reached from Indonesian following international airports: Jakarta, Denpasar, Manado, or Makassar. We are happy to assist with all internal flights, accommodations, land tours etc while in Indonesia Contact us if you would like any assistance.

Sorong Raja Ampat Transfer Times:
We will co-ordinate your arrival and collect you from the airport or your hotel and bring you direct to the vessel. There are several reasonable hotels in Sorong should you wish to overnight before or after your Raja Ampat cruise. Sorong is a small city so most of the hotels located within 10 – 20 minutes to Sorong Harbor, while Sorong Airport it self only located 10 minutes by car from the harbor.

Itinerary Mermaid I - SORONG -> RAJA AMPAT -> SORONG

Day Description Dives
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 pretties corals in the world – and the kingdom of the pygmy seahorse ! Pinnacles with masses of fish. Blue water 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 12
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 Pgymy 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, nudibrancs 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 in soft corals and sea fans with lots of nudies and pygmys. Also a great night dive in the jetty; Raja Epaulette Shark (walking sharks), wobbegongs, crocodilefish, toadfish and frogfish. Dive around the island of Yanggefo – beautiful mangrove areas, stunning reefs covered in orange and pruple soft corals, and submerged reef with lots of schooling fish, and pygmies.The Strait of Dampier are 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. 16
Day 9 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 packing your equipment during this 4-5 hour run. 2
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 !

Itinerary Mermaid II - SORONG -> RAJA AMPAT -> SORONG

Day Description Dives
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 pretties corals in the world – and the kingdom of the pygmy seahorse ! Pinnacles with masses of fish. Blue water 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 12
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 Pgymy 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, nudibrancs 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 in soft corals and sea fans with lots of nudies and pygmys. Also a great night dive in the jetty; Raja Epaulette Shark (walking sharks), wobbegongs, crocodilefish, toadfish and frogfish. Dive around the island of Yanggefo – beautiful mangrove areas, stunning reefs covered in orange and pruple soft corals, and submerged reef with lots of schooling fish, and pygmies.The Strait of Dampier are 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. 16
Day 9 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 packing your equipment during this 4-5 hour run. 2
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 !
 
 
 
This route offers such a wealth of biodiversity starting with the spectacularly beautiful reefs around the Raja Ampat area to the Island of Halmahera and on to the “critter heaven” of the Lembeh Straits.
 
The cruise runs between Sorong Papua and Bitung in North Sulawesi or return. Along the way to the famous muck diving capital of Lembeh Strait explore the magnificent diving and abundance of fish life on the surrounding small islands of Tifore and Pulau Pisang.

Travel through breathtaking scenery with lush tropical green forests and a multitude of impressive volcanoes really a photographer’s paradise.
 
Underwater discover vibrant soft and hard coral slopping reefs and pinnacles to which are home to a plenitude of fish and blacktip reef sharks.

Long, lazy dives in the black sand strait of Lembeh where a myriad of rare and unusual underwater animals can be found. Keep your eyes firmly set on seeing the small wonders.

Dive this unique, fascinating and spectacular underwater world with Mermaid Liveaboard Fleet.
 

Route map, Itinerary

 
How to get there?

Lembeh
The closest international airport for Lembeh is Manado – North Sulawesi, which easily can be reached from Singapore. From Sam Ratulangi Manado Airport you will be transferred by car for approximately 1.5 hours to Bitung harbor.

Transfers are included on departure/arrival days from Manado International airport (MDC), Manado & Bitung regions.


Raja Ampat
To go to Raja Ampat, you will need to fly to Sorong – West Papua Airport. Sorong can be easily reached by domestic flights from one of Indonesia below international airports: Jakarta/Makassar/Manado.

Transfers are included on departure/arrival days from/to Sorong airport, Sorong city regions.


Departures and arrivals
All cruise departure will be approximately 15:00 hours and arrival time back will be 08:00 hours giving a lot of time to catch a same day flight.


Itinerary
This route offers such a wealth of biodiversity starting with the spectacularly beautiful reefs around the Raja Ampat area and traveling through the Misool to Halmahera area and on to the critter heaven of the Lembeh Straits. The cruise runs between Sorong Papua and Bitung in North Sulawesi or return.

There are 4 key areas dived; Raja Ampat, Halmahera, Tifore (an island between Halmahera and Lembeh), and Lembeh.

Raja Ampat – The trip starts in the area around Waigeo (north Raja Ampat), where we spend 2 days, mostly around the Strait of Dampier (including the manta dive). Then we move to Misool (south Raja Ampat), and spend another 2 days.

Pulau Pisang – These are a set of 2 islands and 2 small rocks between the areas of Misool and Halmahera. We spend a whole day here as the diving is terrific. Sloping reefs with healthy soft and hard corals and “very fishy” diving with schooling Bumpheads parrotfish, zillions of Blue Triggerfish and squadrons Dogtooth Tuna passing by.

Strait of Patinti – Strait in the south of Halmahera. We spend another awesome day of diving here. There are 2 pinnacles in the strait that are full of fish, healthy corals and quite a few blacktip reef sharks. Excellent diving.

Tifore – A small island between Halmahera and Lembeh. Great diving around a submerged reef about half a mile from the island. The reef has a wall on the south and east and sloping reef on the west . The wall and reef offer good dives however the main attractive is looking into the blue ! Massive schools of Barracudas – hundreds and hundreds of barracudas that have made Tifore their home. Really quite amazing !

Lembeh Strait – 2 dives on the last day – world famous for it’s muck and critter diving – long lazy dives offering photographers some of the most weird and wonderful marine creatures in the world. We encourage our divers to use a shore based resort to spend a few days in this area for a great treat either before or after your Mermaid Liveaboard’s cruise.


Schedule – 10 days/ 9 nights – 28 dives

Day 1 – Board Mermaid Liveaboards between 12:00-18:00 hours

Day 2 – 4 dives – Diving around Pulau Kri in the Dampier Straits

Day 3 – 4 dives – Diving around Mansuar in the Dampier Straits

Day 4 & 5 – 8 dives – Diving around Wagma-Farondi area, Pulau Boo, Fiabacet, Wayilbatan, Pele, and maybe the blue-water mangroves

Day 6 – 3 dives – Pulau Pisang

Day 7 – 3 dives – Straits of Patinti

Day 8 – 4 dives – Pulau Tifore

Day 9 – 2 dives – Lembeh Strait

Day 10 – disembark around 8:00 hours for transfer to your resort or to Manado for next leg of your journey
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Sorong –> Raja Ampat –> Banda Sea –> Ambon
 

12 Days Diving Itinerary by Mermaid I & II

 
 
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 !

We will take care of your transfers air-port and/or hotel
 
Itinerary Raja Ampat - Banda - Alor - Maumere 16 DAYS/ 15 NIGHT
 
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! However here is rough guide just to whet your appetite ! (it will be in approximately in reverse if you start from Maumere)
 
Day Description Dives
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 wrecks, caves or doing some really interesting muck dives looking for rhynophias, frogfish (including the psychedelic frogfish), harlequin shrimps, and many other critters. 2
Day 12 08.00am check out time. 
We will arrange transfer to the airport or your hotel.
 

BioDiversity Special Cruises with Mermaid I & II

 
Exploring Maumere - Alor - Banda Sea - Raja Ampat - Sorong (& reverse)
 
How to get there?

For the Biodiversity Cruise starts in Maumere, you will need to fly to Denpasar international Airport before continue with domestic flight to Maumere airport while for the Biodiversity Cruise starts in Sorong, you will need to fly to Sorong Airport which located in West Papua – Indonesia. Transfer before & after the cruise:

Maumere Flores Transfer Times: We will meet all flights and bring you straight to the vessel on cruise departure day or from your hotel by approx.12 noon. Although there are several flights from Bali – Maumere (and return) on daily basis, guests are recommended to arrive one day prior, to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area and to be sure you can make your cruise connection. Why not visit the Three Color Lakes in the craters of Keli Mutu volcano!

Sorong Raja Ampat Transfer Times: We will co-ordinate your arrival and collect you from the airport or your hotel and bring you direct to the vessel. There are several reasonable hotels in Sorong plus there are some wonderful island retreats around and about that you may wish to stay at before or after your cruise.
Please contact us to assist you with hotel, flight and transfers.
 
Itinerary Raja Ampat - Banda - Alor - Maumere 16 DAYS/ 15 NIGHT
 
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! However here is rough guide just to whet your appetite ! (it will be in approximately in reverse if you start from Maumere)
 
Day Description Dives
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.

Cruise overnight to the Dampier Strait (40nm).
Unless the customers arrive in the 7:00 a.m. flight. Then we can make 2 dives.
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. 

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 wobbegong 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 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 (90nm).
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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 wild life sightings.

Cruise overnight to Pulau Koon, Ceram (110nm).
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Day 6 Pulau Koon – Ceram. 
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 the Banda Islands (80 nm).Total dives 3 or 4 depending on the weather.
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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. 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 Manuk (65 nm).
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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.

Cruise overnight to Pulau Nila (70nm).
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Day 10 Pulau Nila – Banda Sea. 
Approximately 26 nm northeast of the island of Nila in the Banda Sea, there is a submerge reef called Nil Desperandum, consisting mainly of walls and steep slopes going several thousand meters deep, with beautiful hard corals in the reef top. The reef is several miles long, and it can be dived all the around. Napoleons, turtles and reef sharks are usual sightings in this reef.5 nm east of Nila there is an atoll called Dusborgh, with similar topography to Nil Desperandum, with crystal clear water is another great place to see pelagic fish, tunas, mackerels, jacks, rainbow runners passing by.

Cruise overnight to Pulau Damar (70nm).
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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.

Cruise overnight to Gunung Api (108nm).
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Day 12 Gunung Api – Banda Sea. 
Weather depending, we will be diving day 12 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 amount 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.

Cruise overnight to Wetar (76 nm).
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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. 

More walls, like many of the dive sites in the Band Sea, covered in small soft colors but of a great variety of colors 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 to Alor (98 nm).
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Day 14 Alor. 
Alor is one of the old time favorites 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 Lewaling, Kawula Island (50 nm).
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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.Cruise overnight to Maumere, Flores (90 nm).
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Day 16 Disembark in Maumere.
 
 
 
     
 
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