Select Page

M/V Mermaid I

Raja Ampat liveaboard

The 28 metre Mermaid I was custom built in 1999 with diver’s comfort in mind.  As the flagship of Mermaid Liveaboard Fleet, the Mermaid I accommodates just 15 guests in 8 spacious cabins.  With most liveaboards in Indonesia being locally-designed Phinisi’s with a wooden hull, the Mermaid 1 is a modern, double engine, steel hulled motor yacht offering maximum comfort and luxury.

Providing 9 and 11 night itineraries diving Indonesia’s best sites, including Komodo National Park from May to September, Ambon and the Banda Sea from September to November and Raja Ampat from November to April, as well as special 15 night relocation and biodiversity cruises twice a year.

Getting There
The gateway to Raja Ampat is Sorong, which is the closest city to West Papua and where all of the liveaboards depart from. Direct flights operate out of Jakarta (4 hours), Manado (1 hour 15 mins) and Ambon (50 mins) to Sorong, giving you plenty of scope for stopovers and extensions. Getting to these destinations is fairly straightforward from the UK and usually involves one stop.

Embarkation is from 0700 to 1400 on day 1 of your liveaboard and transfers will be provided by the Mermaid fleet to the dock to meet the Mermaid I.

Guide price: Raja Ampat
9 nights: Master – £3230 / Deluxe – £2915 / Budget – £2599 / Single – £3230
11 nights: Master – £3860 / Deluxe – £3545 / Budget – £3230 / Single – £3860

Includes: Accommodation, full board, snacks, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soft drinks and drinking water, all diving (3-4 dives/day, incl. night dive; 2 dives on the last day), dive guide, 12ltr tanks & weights, transfer from/to airport and hotels within city limits Raja Ampat, Maumere, Ambon, Lembeh.

Not Included: National park/port fee – EUR 200 per person (to be paid on board), fuel surcharges (if applicable), international and domestic flights, equipment rental, 15ltr tanks, nitrox, crew gratitudes and massages

*Prices shown are for guide purposes only and is based on low season travel and for triple share accommodation. Please contact us for a confirmed cost based on your preferred duration and time of travel.

Quick Guide: Raja Ampat

  • When to go: Oct – Apr
  • Average air temp: Tropical 30°C
  • Average water temp: 25°C – 27°C
  • Recommended diver level: PADI Advanced (or equivalent) with minimum 50 dives

Accommodation & Facilities

Accommodation
There are 8 deluxe cabins which are located on the main deck and have individually controlled air conditioning, en suite bathroom with hot shower, bathrobes, toiletries and large panoramic sea view windows.  There is also a budget cabin which is located below decks and has twin bunked beds, air-conditioning, porthole window and shared bathroom.

Facilities
When you are not diving, you can chose to relax in the large, air-conditioned lounge with cosy sofas and chairs, tea and coffee making facilities, fully stocked fridge, TV with entertainment system, library and games which is located on the main deck.  Alternatively, if you prefer to be outside enjoying the views, there are two outside decks, one shaded with comfortable seating and BBQ area, and for those wishing to top up their tan, the spacious sundeck which has cushioned sun-loungers and deck chairs.

Meals are served in the dining area located on the main deck, where you can enjoy the beautiful sea views from the large picture windows while you eat.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served as plentiful buffets of Asian, Thai and European cuisine, with a selection of fish or seafood, vegetarian and meat based dishes.  Fresh coffee, tea, soft drinks, hot chocolate, water, fresh fruit and snacks are available throughout the day, with beer and wine being available to purchase.

Diving
All diving is from one of the two zodiacs, allowing easy access to dive sites.  The huge purpose built dive deck and wide stern dive platform make entry/exit to the diving zodiacs very simple.  The dive deck has ample storage, personal equipment boxes, camera table, rinse tanks and fresh water showers.  Up to 4 dives per day are offered on most itineraries, weather/conditions depending.  Dive groups and site selection is chosen to meet divers safety, comfort and diving ability.

Indonesia by region

Bali 
Rich culture, stunning mountain rice terraces and excellent shore diving

Komodo National Park
Critters, wall diving, mantas - and dragons!

Raja Ampat
Jungle covered islands, hidden lagoons and idyllic white sandy beaches

Manado
Reef walls of the Bunaken Islands and secret critters of Lembeh Strait

 

Ready for your next adventure?

Great Escapes Diving Holidays Ltd

Combs Tannery
Tannery Road
Combs
Stowmarket
Suffolk
IP14 2EN
United Kingdom

Office hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 09.00am - 1.00pm
Tel: 01473 921888
Email: info@greatescapesdiving.com

FOLLOW US