MV MERMAID I I 21% DISCOUNT I 13 - 22 DEC 2019 I RAJA AMPAT I INDONESIA

MV MERMAID I I 21% DISCOUNT I 13 - 22 DEC 2019 I RAJA AMPAT I INDONESIA
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The luxurious Mermaid I offers 8 spacious cabins with TV, climate control, storage and private bathroom. It offers trips all year round to amazing destinations of Komodo, Raja Ampat, Alor and Ambon. Nitrox available. Internet Free



HIGHLIGHTS 

  • 9 Nights, 27 - 30 Dives
  • Languages spoken on board: English Spanish French Portuguese
  • Raja Ampat, Misool, Dampier Strait, Fiabacet, Farondi
  • Thousands of schooling fish and great macro life
  • Epaulette sharks, Wobbegongs, Frog fish, pygmy seahorse
  • Beautiful corals and walls. Jetty diving
  • The massive dive platform provides the diver with easy exits and entrances
  • Professional and friendly staff is also available to help divers as needed.
  • 8 spacious cabins with individual flat-screen TV and DVD player
  • There is a cozy lounge with television and video on demand and two decks
  • The restaurant "Sawasdee" serves Thai, Indonesian and Western cuisine

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Zodiac / Dhoni separate diving platform
  • Adapters Din / Int Nitrox ($) Equipment Rental ($)
  • Battery charging station Hot water showers ID and diving books for fish
  • Excursions on land
  • Buffet Alcohol Vegetarian Food
  • Massage services
  • Lounge Area / TV Us Us Power Sockets Power Socket Adapters
  • Great for families
  • Films
  • Visa Mastercard Cash 
  • Fire alarm. Fire extinguisher
  • Life jackets. Life rafts
  • First aid kit oxygen kit. First aid kits
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OUR BOAT

The Mermaid I has the best accommodation available on all the "best value" dive tours in Indonesia. Mermaid I offers the best comfort in the liveaboard by exploring exotic Indonesian dive sites through Komodo, Raja Ampat and the Banda Sea.

Mermaid I is a 28 m (92 ft) double motor steel motor yacht equipped with Lovely crew members who speak French, English, Spanish and German. It is built with tropical hardwoods and iron, which guarantees that it can cope with Indonesian seas that are sometimes rough with style and comfort. With spacious and modern facilities, you may think that you are still back at the resort instead of on a boat.

You can identify the unusual sightings of marine life you find on your Komodo liveaboard trip on the shaded upper deck, edit your photos or watch a movie in the air-conditioned lounge, or simply take a relaxing lounger on the huge upper deck. Clean towels are in your room and on the terrace every day.

OUR CABINS

It can accommodate 15 guests in the 8 luxurious cabins, which include: a cabin with King size bed, 1 single and 4 Deluxe cabins with single or double beds. 2 economy cabins are available with double or single beds, under the deck.

The Master, Single and Deluxe cabins have refrigerators and panoramic views of the spectacular seascape. All cabins have individual temperature controls, private baths, flat-screen TVs and DVD players, bathrobes, toiletries, and fluffy towels.

AMENITIES 

Enjoy the large main living room complete with TV / DVD where guests can watch movies and listen to their favorite music. Guests can choose a book from the extensive library that includes fish and marine life identification books. Find your happy place in one of the 2 outer decks, one shaded with comfortable outdoor chairs. Work your tan on the terrace with hammocks with cushions.

And while the diving is spectacular, the excursions by land are also spectacular and include sunbathing on deserted beaches, shopping in remote villages, hiking in the mountains and searching for Komodo dragons.

FOOD ON BOARD

The varied and abundant cuisine includes delicious Thai, Indonesian, Western and even delicious barbeques. Guests will be served at the "Sawasdee Restaurant", which has large windows to enjoy the view of the ocean. Enjoy a buffet with variety for all tastes and appetites. Refreshments will be served throughout the day to obtain additional fuel for action-filled dives. Alcohol is available.

DIVING WITH US

Dive Adventurers will experience the largest collection of diverse marine species on Earth, from Manta Rays to Pygmy Seahorses, as well as fascinating underwater landscapes created by volcanic activity in the area. 3,000 different species of fish and 600 species of coral inhabit these seas. Jumping between Labuan Bajo and Bima, the dive safari will include encounters with sharks, drift dives, shipwrecks, muck diving and beautiful reefs. And do not forget the namesake of the area, the magnificent Komodo dragons, which you will see in its natural environment: the Komodo National Park.

DELUXE CABINS - MAIN DECK

The luxury cabins are located on the main deck. Choose between a double bed or two large beds. Each cabin has a private bathroom, refrigerator and panoramic windows overlooking the sea. They have air conditioning, flat-screen TVs and DVD players, bathrobes, toiletries and plenty of fluffy towels. If you want to book a shared cabin, keep in mind that the operator can not guarantee the same shared sex, but they will try. Please contact our team, if this is important to you.

  • Size of the room: 10 m2.
  • Max. occupation: 2
  • Beds: 1 King or 2 Twin
  • Private bathroom: yes
  • WiFi in the room: No
  • Air conditioning: yes
  • Shareable: yes

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BUDGET CABIN - LOWER DECK

The budget cabins (double/twin beds) are below deck with en-suite bathroom and refrigerator, they are air conditioned, have flat screen TV and DVD players, bathrobes and toiletries and loads of fluffy towels. If you select shared occupancy, same sex sharing can not be guaranteed by the operator.

  • Room size: 8 m2
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Beds: 1 Twin + 1 Bunk
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • WiFi in room: No
  • Air conditioning: Yes
  • Shareable:  Yes

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MASTER STATE ROOM - UPPER DECK

This stunning cabin has a large king size bed. It has a private bathroom, a refrigerator and panoramic windows with sea views. It has air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and DVD player, bathrobes, toiletries and plenty of fluffy towels.

  • Size of the room: 12 m2.
  • Max. occupation: 2
  • Beds: 1 King
  • Private bathroom: yes
  • WiFi in the room: No
  • Air conditioning: yes
  • Shareable: No

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INDIVIDUAL CABIN

The cabin has a private bathroom, refrigerator and panoramic windows with sea views. It has air conditioning, flat-screen TV and DVD player, bathrobe, toiletries and plenty of fluffy towels.

  • Size of the room: 7 m2.
  • Max. occupation: 1
  • Beds: 1 Individual
  • Private bathroom: yes
  • WiFi in the room: No
  • Air conditioning: yes
  • Shareable: No

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • The trip begins in Sorong and ends in Sorong
  • The closest airport is Sorong/Dominique Edward Osok (SOQ)
  • You will be met by someone of the staff  who will take you directly to the boat

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • You can check in on the boat as of 07:00
  • The boat departs Sorong at around 14:00 on the same day
  • The vessel is equipped with European (2 pin) power sockets, US power sockets, Power socket adapters
  • Accepted payment methods on board: Cash, VISA, Mastercard, EUR, USD, Other
  • DIN/INT adaptors are available on board
  • Towels and soap are included

ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION

  • Your last dives will be on the second to last day in the morning
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you respect the 24 hour no-fly time after your last dive!
  • The boat docks back in Sorong in the evening on the second to last day
  • Check out and disembarkation is around 08:00 on the last day.

EXTRA INFORMATION

  • Currently this trip is scheduled to use the port of Sorong(SOQ). However, the government of Raja Ampat is considering to ask all liveaboards on Raja Ampat trips to go through the port of Waisai in the future. Waisai is about a 2h ferry ride from Sorong and has its own small airport, Marinda airport (RJM).
  • There is NOT a confirmed date for this change in regulation yet. We highly recommend that all guests check our website or contact the DiversAround customer support before booking their domestic flights.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Approx. 28 - 30 Dives
  • Level required: Open Water
  • Everyone is welcome on board, no matter what level your certification.
  • Below the waves can be nothing short of incredible. Amazing macro opportunities abound in Raja Ampat 
  • A beautiful liveaboard that enables you to dive the most diverse dive spots in the world.
  • Swim with mantas, sharks, whalesharks.
  • Catch a glimpse of pygmies, nudibranchs, crabs that will never be seen anywhere else.
  • Enjoy the best muck diving, drift diving and night diving.
  • These habitats harbor more than 1,000 species of fish, some 260 species of reef-building coral, and 70 species of sponges.
  • Mermaid I offers scuba divers the opportunity to dive Indonesia’s best sites including Komodo, Raja Ampat, Alor and Ambon in style and comfort. 
  • The massive dive deck and dive platform provide diver with easy exits and entries to ensure a relaxing dive experience.
  • The professional and friendly staff is also available to assist divers as needed. MV Mermaid I schedules year round cruises to Indonesia’s most diverse dive sites.
  • This is a sample itinerary, and could change depending on weather.

PROGRAM

DAY 1

  • Safety Briefing,  Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing the Harbour.
  • During the journey to our first dive site for a check dive, please take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel and make yourself comfortable. 
  • Sample itinerary, order of dive areas visited may change driven by local regulation, e.g. Waisai area might be visited first
  • Please Note: This is a sample itinerary and nº of dives, dive sites, etc. may be subject to change due to weather conditions and other unforseeable factors

DAY 2 - 4

Misool Area

  • 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.

DAY 5 - 8

Misool

  • 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 Pygmy 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, nudibranchs 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 pygmies. Also a great night dive in the jetty; Raja Epaulette Shark (walking sharks), wobbegongs, crocodile fish, toadfish and frogfish.
  • Dive around the island of Yanggefo – beautiful mangrove areas, stunning reefs covered in orange and purple 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. 

DAY 9

Strait of Dampier 

  • 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.  

DAY 10

  • After breakfast we transfer you ashore to continue your vacation

INCLUDED

  • Full board
  • Weight Belt/Weights/Tank(s)
  • Free WiFi
  • Dive guides
  • Flashlight (torch)
  • SMB (Surface Marker Buoy)
  • 15 liter tanks
  • Transfers from airport and hotels within city limits and the boat (round-trip)

NOT INCLUDED

  • National park fees: 200 EUR (per trip)
  • Transfer to/from local hotels in Central Bali and the boat (hotels in Ubud, Padangbai, Candi Desa, Tanah Lot) (round-trip): EUR 30.00 (per trip)
  • Transfer from local hotels in North Bali and the boat (hotels in Amed, Tulamben, Lovina Beach, Permuteran and northern points) (round-trip): EUR 50.00 (per trip)
  • Dive computer: 5 EUR (per day/person)
  • Nitrox: 6 EUR (per dive)
  • PADI Advanced Open Water: 220 EUR (per course)
  • PADI Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox): 150 EUR (per course)
  • Bookable on board
  • Massage
  • Domestic flights: EUR (per trip)
  • Tips for the crew (recommended)

Note: all listed prices are per person

CANCELLATION POLICY

What if I need to cancel my booking?

Your reservation request is obligation free and you can cancel anytime within the first 72 hours. During this time you can easily find matching flights and get answers from our reservations team to any further questions you may have.

After you have confirmed and paid for your reservation, the following cancellation policy applies:

  • 30 % non refundable
  • Between 120 days y 90 days before trip = 70 % refundable
  • Less than 90 days before trip = no refund

In case of cancellation the refund will be transferred to your bank account, credit card or paypal account within 10 business days

BEFORE TRAVELLING

  • Make sure you meet the requirements corresponding to your nationality and the entry in the country you are visiting
  • Make sure your passport is valid at least six months after the date you plan to leave the country
  • Diving insurance is mandatory for divers of all ages on all of our trips: bring your certificate as proof
  • It is strongly recommended to take out travel insurance that is appropriate for the type of diving holidays booked
  • Check the electrical standards (such as which plugs are used) in your destination country before travelling and bring the appropriate adaptor if necessary.
  • The itinerary and the number of dives are indicative and are subject to weather conditions and conditions: safety is always first
  • All divers must provide their diving certification card
  • Diving computers are compulsory
  • Local rates, fuel surcharges, distance rates, port fees, etc. may change without notice due to changes in government policy, changes in the price of oil, etc. The changes are beyond our control and the increases must be paid if the boat requests them. We will endeavour to inform you of any changes as soon as possible. A change in these rates does not entitle you to cancel the trip.

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