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M/V Mermaid II is a 32-metre (105-foot) double engine steel motor yacht. One of the most comfortable diving liveaboards in Indonesia, she easily accommodates 18 guests.
A word from Dom : "The Mermaid boats spent many years in Thai waters & were extremely successful .... definitely 2 of my preferred options there. But, I frankly wondered if divers would accept them in Indonesia, amongst all the traditional Phinisi schooners available. Happily, these big, sturdy steel-hulled cruisers have been incredibly successful in the market. Divers love them and they are nearly always full. I always feel thoroughly confident in recommending them as a solid option for comfort & excellent diving."..... Dominick Macan
8 main deck DOUBLE / TWIN staterooms up to 4 dives per day (all from tenders) accommodation & diving international & domestic airfare
1 double bed & picture windows
(a twin bunk can be added in each of these cabins to provide twin occupancy)
2 lower deck TWIN staterooms
2 twin beds (bunk style), vanity sinks, shared bathroom & port windows
All main deck staterooms have a private bathroom, air conditioning and ample storage.
12 liter & 15 liter alu tanks
(limited 15 L tanks at no extra cost, please request in advance)
J valves & DIN valves (some DIN adapters)
water temperature: 78 - 82F, 25 - 28C ... 3mm wetsuit recommended
meals, snacks & non-alcoholic beverages
compressed air, tanks, weights and weight belts
airport transfers within specific zones (check with us)
beers & wines
(you may bring spirits from customs, if you wish)
scuba rental gear (by advance request)
National Park & port fees, fuel surcharge (if applicable)
8 main deck DOUBLE / TWIN staterooms
up to 4 dives per day (all from tenders)
accommodation & diving
international & domestic airfare
The sundeck, which is located on the upper deck in front of the wheelhouse, features a cushioned sun platform and spectacular views. Also on this deck is the covered alfresco lounge with comfortable lounge chairs and tables as well as a bar. Off the outdoor lounge is the indoor saloon which is enormous with big picture windows plenty of seating, a fridge filled with drinks ... and tea and coffee facilities. TV/DVD, music center, films, a library and a full selection of marine life books complete the lounge area..
On the main deck, at teh front of the boat, is the dining area which features large windows and where delicious buffet-style meals meals and barbecues are served. Eight of hte ten cabins are also on the main deck with large panoramic sea view windows. Two twin cabins are located on the lower deck.
The dive deck is huge, measuring 35 square metres, with plenty of room to gear up, individual boxes for your dive gear, camera table and six rinse tanks. Two wide staircases lead down from the dive preparation area to a wide stern dive platform with two exit ladders and fresh water showers.
LAYOUT & SPECS
Length overall: 33 m/104 feet
Maximum speed: 12 knots
Beam: 7m / 21 feet
Cruising speed: 9.5 knots
Draft: 2.5m / 8 feet
Fresh water capacity: 40,000 litres
Fuel capacity: 13,000 litres
Water maker: 5,000 litres per day
Twin Hino engines 450 HP
3 Compresor bauer 200 l/min
Twin Hino generators 150 kw
Individually controlled air-conditioning
2x 4.7 metres RIBs with ladders and 40 HP Yamaha engines
Multiple VHF radios
Long Range Single Side Band Radio
Satellite Phone (where necessary)
Satellite Email (where necessary)
First aid kit
Crew first aid trained
EPIRB distress system
Bilge pump alarm
Three life rafts for 20 passengers
Dive itineraries on Mermaid II include the most popular regions of Indonesia and are extensive in their variety: Bali-Komodo-Bali ... Bali / Komodo / Maumere (Maumere is on Flores) ... Raja Ampat ... Raja Ampat / Halmahera / Lembeh ... Raja Ampat / Banda Sea / Ambon ... ... Lembeh / Togian / Lembeh ... "Biodiversity Super Special" Maumere/ Alor / Banda Sea / Raja Ampat ... "Biodiversity Special Ring of Fire" Maumere / Alor / Banda Sea / Ambon
Banda Sea, Alor - In Alor & the Banda Sea, you'll find clear waters full of masses of fish & loads of invertebrates ... plus alluring critters. As to topography, you'll find shear drops, huge pinnacles, great walls ... all covered with rich & thriving corals which attract diverse fish life. Add to that, visiting pelagics and you have a magical mix.
Halmahera - The largest island in the Maluku chain, features sparkling clear water, loads of fish, some super drift dives, healthy, thriving coral reefs, some fascinating mangroves with intriguing critters … and fabulous volcanic landscapes. Some of the sites border on the deep blue and put you up close to grey reef sharks, eagle rays and immense shools of blue fin trevally.
Lembeh Strait - The undisputed critter capital of the world, Lembeh Strait, will WOW you with its weird & wonderful species: stonefish, sea robins, stargazers, devil fish, weedy scorpion fish, ghost pipefish rhinopias, multiple species of frogfish, flamboyant cuttlefish, blue-ringed octopus, wonderpus & mimic octopus, coconut octopus & hairy octopus and oh my, the list goes on. In addition to simply finding the creature, you’re likely to have the opportunity to observe innate bahaviors which will fascinate.
Maumere - The starting point (on Flores Island) for many cruises, there is some excellent diving right here along the coast before heading further into the archipelago. There are plenty of critters to find during muck dives in this area but there are also fantastic reef dives. There are wrecks and impressive swim throughs that can keep any diver entertained.
Misool - Pure beauty awaits you here. This pristine area is a protected reserve. You’ll dive amongst splendid corals, experience drift dives & swim throughs, see large schools of pelagic fish and brightly colored reef fish. There are mantas, too … and plenty of fabulous critter action for macro photographers.
Komodo - Perhaps the most diverse of all diving in the Indonesian archipelago. There are seamounts, walls, canyons and pinnacles as well as the spectacular coral gardens. There a hot spring at an underwater volcano, great night dives on black sand slopes with creepy, crawly critters. Numerous sites tout pelagic fish, sharks & mantas but, be assured that at each dive site, you'll experience something different.
Raja Ampat - Indonesia's shining underwater star, Raja Ampat has something of nearly everything a diver could want. You’ll dive channels, plateaus, walls & caves … and just plain mud, for the delight of “muck” diving. You'll swim amongst great swirls of fish and feast your eyes on sponges & corals in scintillating colors. You’ll meet up close & personal, everything from pygmy seahorses to colossal manta rays.
International flights generally arrive at one of the following airports: Bali-Denpasar (DPS) ... Jakarta (CGK) ... Manado (MDC). We will be pleased to help you book your domestic flights through our Bali agent.
The boat's scheduled departure time varies depending on current domestic airline schedules, which can change, so departure details are not listed here. We'll inform you at time of booking and will keep you posted on any possible changes
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