This liveaboard is a powerful 32 metre steel hulled motor vessel, so it can get you to and from all the dive sites around the Komodo National Park in next to no time. An additional generator and fuel tanks give added confidence that MV Mermaid II can keep operating cruises without technical interruption.
The Mermaid II is a very spacious boat and can easily accommodate up to 20 divers. Unlike many of the other Bali liveaboards, the majority of cabins are above the lower deck so you can drink in the beautiful island views through your large cabin windows.
Mermaid II gives you the option of enriched air nitrox. If you're not already a nitrox diver, the PADI Nitrox specialty course can be completed on board, along with other PADI specialty courses e.g. Underwater Photographer. There is a computer available for digital photo downloads and you can burn your memories on to CD.
The kit up area and the dive platform both have plenty of storage space and there are separate rinse tanks for your camera equipment and dive gear. 2 fast and convenient dinghies make the diving in Komodo and Raja Ampat easy for you.
There are 2 saloons on board, 1 on the main deck and 1 on the upper deck. Food is served in the main deck saloon, and between meals there are plenty of snacks for you to enjoy including cookies, cereals and yoghurt. All the entertainment facilities are in the upper deck saloon where you can enjoy the TV, DVD player and music system. There are plenty of movies to choose from or you can browse through the multi-lingual library of books and magazines. Being on the upper deck means the cooling sea breezes waft over you making this a great place to hang out in the evenings.
During the daytime if you want to catch some rays, there is a large open area with sun loungers in front of the wheelhouse where the bronzed bodies tend to congregate.
During the Komodo season, there are also some trips including Alor and Flores. In March and April, the Mermaid II operates in Raja Ampat.
Dive experience: All levels of certified divers and non-divers are welcome on board these Indonesian liveaboard safaris.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, land tours on Komodo trips, transfers to the boat from airport and south Bali hotels, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max 4 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, torches, surface marker device.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment rental (US$ 30 per day), dive insurance, Komodo port and park fees (US$ 208 per person per trip), Raja Ampat port and park fees (US$ 237 per person per trip). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash and credit card).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 159 per person per cruise), dive computer, 50mb internet (US$ 36). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Komodo: Mermaid II departs 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.
Raja Ampat: The liveaboard departs 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 will help you arrange return domestic flights between Bali or Jakarta and Sorong.
Ambon/Banda: Fly direct to Ambon from Jakarta (or from Sorong or Surabaya). Flores: Fly direct to the port of Maumere (direct from Bali, or via Makassar from Jakarta or Kuala Lumpur).
There is a transfer service from the local airport to and from the boat. For more information see our travel information section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 12 noon on the second last day of the trip. 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): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 90% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 9 guests, 8 in Standard cabins and 1 in a Budget cabin, and 1 additional person can join the cruise in a Budget cabin free of charge (total 10 guests or more). See whole boat charter rate below, equivalent to pay for 18 guests and 2 additional persons can join the cruise in a Budget cabin free of charge (total 20 guests). Prices are available for smaller groups. Please check with us.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Komodo - US$ 5 999, Raja Ampat - US$ 6 584, Banda Sea and Raja Ampat - US$ 5 362.
On the main deck are 8 twin and double standard cabins which all have en-suite private bathrooms and large sea-view windows. There are 2 Budget cabins on the lower deck which have shared bathrooms and can be a bit noisy (so we don't recommend them).
All the cabins have:
Large seaview window (except lower deck)
Toilet and hot water shower for every 2 cabins - unlimited showering
Bedding and towels
Hand basin and mirror
Wardrobe with life jackets
2-prong socket mains outlet 380 Volts, 220 Volts & 12 Volts, 24 hours per day
Enriched Air Nitrox system - 2 Motorised dinghies - 24m² dive deck - Air-conditioned saloon with video & music system - Internet (subject to location) - Photo CD burning - 60 m² sundeck with sun loungers - Water dispenser
PADI scuba certification courses available including Advanced Open Water Diver, EANx and Underwater Photographer.
"Excellence all around: food, service, dive guides. The best live aboard we have ever been on!!" - Giovanna Carraro, UK, 30 July 2017 ...
"Excellent dive staff and crew! The boat was comfortable and good for the price. Equipment was fine, not the newest but all worked fine. Hot water showers were bit of an issue towards the end of the trip. All in all, a brilliant and memorable trip!" - Jo Nhan, UK, 21 October 2016 ...
"Excellent, friendly and helpful staff. Very knowledgable. Clean and tidy boat. Good equipment." - Georgina Cheng, Australia, 24 May 2016 ...
"Excellent boat staff and divemasters. Great food. Clean and well appointed diveboat , very well managed. There was an initial aircon problem in the cabins which they fixed after a couple of days despite the logistical difficulty of obtaining necessary spares while we were on the move between Maumere and Komodo" - James Fanning, UK, 16 May 2016 ...
"Everything is excellent and specially tour guide, dive masters and staffs are number one in my liveaboard experience. Tour gide and his staffs are very expert and had working too. Make me very comfortable and safe care. It was great experience." - Myung Won Hwang, South Korea, 2 June 2014 ...
"The operator was wery professional. All the dive gear was marked with a number so it didn't get mixed up whit others. The staff was professional and friendly. The food was good and the briefings were good and clear. There was a lot of space on the boat. We had hot showers." - Jens Peter Nielsen, Denmark, 6 September 2013 ...
"Everyone was friendly and seemed pleased to have us onboard. Rented BCD and regulator from them and these were in good condition. Dives were fantastic and didn't feel crowded even when there were 18 people in the water." - Pete Cairns, South Africa, 6 August 2013 ...
"The operator was very good. The boat was a traditional diving vessel but had a nice touch of luxury. The crew tried there best to make sure we had everything we needed. Am thinking about looking at the ship for a future trip to Raja Ampat, just to show how much I enjoyed. I would recommend this to all my friends, but the only draw back is the price. It is a bit on the high side." - Oscar Prat, USA, 11 June 2012 ...
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