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Mermaid I
From USD 373 per day
92 ft
Max 15
At a glance...
  • Visits Komodo, Raja Ampat, Banda, Alor
  • Cabins have en-suite bathrooms, TV & minibar
  • Cabin for single traveller
  • Most cabins have seaview windows
  • Spacious, steel-hulled liveaboard

Customer reviews

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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, and the cabins are right up there with some of the best in the industry. All are well decorated and boast en-suite private bathrooms, TV, minibar and air conditioning. With 3 different accommodation standards, including a single cabin, you can choose the cabin that's right for your needs and your pocket.

The Master cabin is superb and boasts prime location at the bow of the boat on the main deck, so it has great forward-facing panoramic seaviews. The single and deluxe cabins also have large windows for an ocean view. The windows can easily be opened if you prefer the fresh sea air to air-conditioning. Only the lower deck budget cabins are windowless.

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.

There's a selection of fine wines in the bar and delicious Asian, Thai and Western cuisine is served in the air conditioned lounge. Every meal has a selection if fish or seafood, vegetarian and meat based dishes, so the cruise caters well for most dietary preferences and requirements.

The dive deck is also spacious and practical with 6 separate fresh water rinse tanks for camera and scuba gear. The attentive crew is always on hand to help you into and out of your equipment. Mermaid I also has tanks for enriched air nitrox diving. Get EANx qualified onboard if you don't have your license already!

Primarily a Komodo liveaboard, Mermaid I can also be seen visiting the dive sites of Raja Ampat between November and April.

 English spoken by divemasters  Deutschsprachige Divemaster  Divemaster bisa bahasa Indonesia

Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

 English spoken by divemasters  Deutschsprachige Divemaster  Divemaster bisa bahasa Indonesia

More Trip Details...

Notes: Mermaid liveaboards welcome children aged 8 years and older onboard. Child 8-9 years - 50% discount when sharing with 2 parents/guardians. Child 10 years or older - pays full rate. Parents/guardians have to be with the child at all times. Child supervision can be arranged with one month's notice.

Dive experience: All levels of certified divers and non divers are welcome on board Mermaid I.

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, land tours in Komodo, transfers to the boat from local hotels and airport, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max 4 divers per DM), torch, SMB, 15 and 12 litre tanks, weights and weightbelts, all taxes.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Dive equipment (US$ 43 per day), dive computer (US$ 11 per day), port and park fees (US$ 244), diving insurance. With effect from 1 September 2022, a fuel surcharge of US$ 22 per person per day will apply to all cruises (to be paid in advance). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival with 11% VAT (cash - EUR, USD, IDR and credit cards - Visa and Master cards only).

Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 7 per fill, packages available), underwater camera. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival with 11% VAT (cash - EUR, USD, IDR and credit cards - Visa and Master cards only). Note: prices of items purchased onboard are subject to change.

How to get there: Komodo: Mermaid I trips depart in the late afternoon from Benoa Harbour in Bali. The meeting point before the cruise is Akaya Bali Resort in Jln Dana Tamblingan, Sanur. Mermaid guests may use the facilities free of charge on the day of departure and disembarkation. There is a minibus transfer service from the airport and all hotels in southern Bali, including Akaya Bali to and from the boat. Embark: 1-3 pm.
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 can help you arrange return domestic flights between Bali or Jakarta and Sorong. Embark: 7 am-2 pm.
Ambon/Banda: Fly direct to Ambon from Jakarta (or from Sorong or Surabaya). Embark: 10 am-12 noon.
Flores: Fly direct to the port of Maumere from Bali (or via Makassar from Jakarta or Kuala Lumpur). Embark: 12 noon-2 pm.
North Sulawesi: Fly direct to the port of Bitung (Manado) (from Jakarta, Singapore, Guangzhou, Nanking, Shanghai). Embark: 12 noon-2 pm.
There is a transfer service from the local airport to and from the boat. For more details, including airlines, see our travel information section. Guests are strongly recommended to arrive 1 day prior to the cruise for all trips commencing outside of Bali. The last dive of the trip will be at around 12 noon on the second last day of the trip. Disembarkation is at 8-8:30 am. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.

Non-diver rate: There is no discount for non-divers.

Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): There is a single cabin available on this boat. However, if this cabin are already booked, single travellers can opt to pay an additional supplement of 90% for their own cabin. Same sex cabin sharing not guaranteed.

Dive clubs and group discounts: None.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): Please contact us for details.

 English spoken by divemasters  Deutschsprachige Divemaster  Divemaster bisa bahasa Indonesia

Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
There is 1 Master king-size double bed cabin and 4 Deluxe king-double or twin bed cabins, and 1 single bed cabin on the main deck. All these cabins are of a high quality. There are also 2 Budget twin/double bed cabins (noisier) on the lower deck, without windows. All the cabins have private bathrooms.

All the cabins have:
  • Air conditioning
  • Large sea-view windows, main deck only
  • iPad TV and VCD player
  • Minibar
  • Bathroom with toilet, toiletries and unlimited showering
  • Wardrobe with towel and bathrobe
  • Mains outlet 220 Volts, 24 hours per day - twin prong sockets
  • Life jackets
  • Bedding
No. of bathrooms / showers - 6 / 8 - hot water

 English spoken by divemasters  Deutschsprachige Divemaster  Divemaster bisa bahasa Indonesia

Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
Crew comprises:
  • Tour Leader
  • 2 x Divemasters
  • Captain
  • Cook
  • Engineer
  • Dinghy Skipper
  • Assistant
  • Cleaner
  • 2 x Deck hands
Enriched air nitrox system - 40 HP motorised dive dinghies - 36 m² diving deck - Air-conditioned saloon with DVD player, video & music system - Internet (subject to coverage) - 60 m² sundeck with sun loungers - Water dispenser

PADI certification courses available including Advanced Open Water Diver and EANx.

 English spoken by divemasters  Deutschsprachige Divemaster  Divemaster bisa bahasa Indonesia

Menu, Cuisine Type...
  • Asian, Thai and European main meal dishes and continental breakfast.
  • Buffet-style service in the dining room on the main deck - choose from 3 main dishes with rice and salad.
  • Most dietary requirements can be catered for - please send us notice of your requirements.
  • Dinner is also provided on the first evening of the cruise.
  • Fresh coffee, tea, soft drinks, hot chocolate, snacks and water are provided free of charge.
  • Beer, wine and chocolate bars are also available for purchase.
  • No fixed menu.

 English spoken by divemasters  Deutschsprachige Divemaster  Divemaster bisa bahasa Indonesia

Technical Specifications...
  • Built in year 2002
  • Size - 28m x 7m
  • Top speed - 12 knots
  • Cruising speed - 9.5 knots
  • 2 x 450 HP Hino engines
  • 2 x Hino 150 KVA generators
  • 3 x Bauer Mariner dive tank compressors
  • 11 and 15 litre steel tanks with Int. fittings and DIN adapters
  • Electricity 220V, 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 20,000 litres + watermakers
  • Fuel capacity - 18,000 litres

 English spoken by divemasters  Deutschsprachige Divemaster  Divemaster bisa bahasa Indonesia

Navigation, Safety Features...
  • Life raft
  • 2 x Motorised 4 metre dinghies
  • VHF & SSB radio, and walkie-talkies
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Radar
  • SART Transponder
  • Man Overboard system
  • Vessel is also monitored by Purple Finder
  • Echo sounder
  • Sonic altimeter
  • Satellite telephone
  • Mobile telephone
  • Full-feature medic first aid box
  • Oxygen - 20,000 litres
  • Life jackets in each cabin
  • Fire extinguishers throughout

 English spoken by divemasters  Deutschsprachige Divemaster  Divemaster bisa bahasa Indonesia

Customer reviews:

Customer rating - Excellent
"Excellent staff throughout the boat. Good standards of cleanliness and comfort. Good standard and selection of food.
Dive The World is a truly international agency, with facilities for payment in various currencies. Always prompt and helpful response times. Honest to a fault, even reminded me of a credit following a covid reschedule that I had forgotten about.
" - , U.K., 30 April 2024 ...

Customer rating - Very good
"Nice boat, great staff, facilities and food, and great diving area and itinerary." - , Australia, 30 April 2024 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"The most coordinated team I have ever come across. Amazing customer service. They really looked after us. I am talking about the team on Mermaid." - , Monaco, 28 January 2024 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"Best cruise director, dive guide, and the staff among all the liveaboards we have had. Food was very good, and a comfortable and well managed boat. Dive The World made an excellent recommendation on the liveaboard." - , United States, 13 May 2023 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"This is our 3rd time on Mermaid II, the standard of Service on this boat is always first class. The crew are professional, helpful and always smiling, the food is yummy, high quality and plentiful. The budget Cabin is spacious and comfy. Thanks Mermaid for restricting the areas where guests can smoke to the front deck only, this is much appreciated." - , Australia, 30 January 2019 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"We received excellent service on the liveaboard in terms of care from the staff, the quality of food, amazing diving. We brought mostly our own equipment but the equipment available was good." - , UK, 4 March 2018 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"The boat is probably the best liveaboard vessel overall I have been fortunate to dive from to date." - , Hungary, 16 February 2017 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"The service was exceptional. The staff and all the facilities were very accommodating and we felt they would do everything in their power to ensure we had a great experience." - , Canada, 17 March 2015 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"The crew was excellent, always willing to help. Our room was fantastic, nice big bed. Lots of excellent food choices. They took very good care of us and were very good at helping us have great and safe dives." - , Canada, 17 March 2015 ...

Customer rating - Very good
"Service was EXCELLENT! Big warm towels always handed to us right after our dives, staff took very good care of our equipment. Very tasty meals, big thumbs up for made-to-order eggs for breakfast. Staff are very attentive. Dive briefings were SUPERB, very creative graphics and beautiful photos! All DMs were very good and knowledgeable. All in all, the boat was very good except for bathroom in the room where toilet and shower areas would be better if they were separated." - , Hong Kong, 4 October 2013 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"Excellent service. I must admit however that I do not like paying for nitrox, and the price charged for the nitrox was in my view expensive." - , Malta, 3 September 2013 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"Mermaid I liveaboard: accommodation, full board, and scuba diving. Great boat with very comfortable accommodations and excellent food. The crew was exceptional, and if ever a problem occurred, they were quick to rectify the problem." - , USA, 8 August 2013 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"The whole trip in Komodo was very well organised. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful, the equipment in a very good state and the food delicious." - , Germany, 25 July 2013 ...

Customer rating - Very good
"We were pleased with the boat, a bit older, but well maintained and good crew. Just what we were expecting. Only disappointment was quality of food, a bit tasteless and boring and as the operator advertises Thai food - a lot of the spices were missing.
We dived with the tour leader and he was at times more concentratating on making a video he could sell than guiding the group. But I liked his choice of dive sites and the guy in general and I don't expect to be pampered every second underwater.
" - , Finland, 24 November 2011 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"We have just returned from a trip to Komodo on Mermaid I. The crew on board Mermaid I were an exceptional team who seemed to go by the mantra that 'the customer is king', going the extra mile by providing welcome hot towels and hot chocolate drinks on the dive deck.
The food was delicious with plenty of variety and plenty of it with special cakes frshly baked with afternoon tea. The boat was kept extraordinarily clean and the staff were hard working and extremely friendly and attentive. I would be delighted to go on this boat again. My partner is a non diver but found plenty to occupy himself with excellent snorkelling and kayaks on board.
" - , England, 24 October 2011 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"This was a fantastic live-aboard experience. Warm deck towels were provided after every dive, and hot chocolate after the night dives, while the crew rinsed your gear. The whole crew was absolutely great, always friendly and smiling and willing to help out. A maximum of 5 divers were with each guide who were very knowledgeable and helpful and excellent at spotting critters.
The diversity of the sites and the critters to be found there was amazing; dive site topography varied from beautiful coral reef formations to muck dives or black sand with hot volcanic thermal bubbles emerging from the soil.
" - , USA, 23 October 2011 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"The on-board crew, both the dive crew and the boat crew, did a great job to make me and other guests comfortable. The boat was well designed and never felt crowded even though it was almost full but for one person. Generally was comfortable and pleasant. Their equipment was fine, it was good they had a full mix of tank sizes available to choose one that's comfortable and not too big or empty too quick. It was good they had spares, my personal computer had issues and they were able to rent me one for the holiday." - , USA, 28 February 2011 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"Everything one can expect from a liveaboard trip: The facilities, service, food, divemasters & other staff, and of course the diving were all great and left little or no to wish for." - , Estonia, 21 October 2010 ...

Customer rating - Very good
"The boat was of a good standard, and the cabin was clean and comfortable. The boat crew were excellent, and the DMs friendly and helpful. Equipment was also well maintained." - , UK, 8 October 2007 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"Both boat and diving staff were excellent; always helpful and very informative ... the boat itself is a beaut! Well equipped and very comfortable." - , UK, 8 January 2007 ...

Customer rating - Very good
"Helpful, smiling, efficient. Both the local crew (boat) and the foreign crew (divemasters) were very nice." - , France, 3 May 2006 ...


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