MERMAID II I 21% DISCOUNT I 27 JAN - 04 FEB 2020 I RAJA AMPAT I INDONESIA

MERMAID II I 21% DISCOUNT I 27 JAN - 04 FEB 2020 I RAJA AMPAT I INDONESIA
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Explore some of the best dive sites in Indonesia with the luxurious Mermaid II yacht. Dive Raja Ampat, Komodo, Alor and Ambon, then relax in style in one of the 8 spacious cabins or the large comfortable salon. Nitrox available. Free Internet



HIGHLIGHTS 

  • 23 Dives
  • Languages spoken: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • The MV Mermaid II offers cost-effective trips to the world-class diving in the Indonesian Archipelago
  • Raja Ampat, Dampier Straits, Fiabacet, Farondi, Misool
  • Itineraries are diverse and suited to divers looking for multiple experiences
  • Vertical walls, deep water trenches, submerged volcanoes and record numbers of coral reef species
  • Thousands of fish species, sharks, mantas and pygmy seahorses
  • The massive dive platform provides the diver with easy exits and entrances
  • Professional and friendly staff is also available to help divers as needed.
  • Most of the cabins have large windows for stunning ocean views of these pristine waters
  • Two outside decks - a shaded party deck with comfortable lounge chairs and a sundeck with full sun and partial sun areas - provide space for relaxation between dives
  • There is a cozy lounge with television and video on demand, and two decks
  • The restaurant serves Thai, Indonesian and Western cuisine

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Spacious diving platform. Separate Zodiac / Dhoni.
  • Din/ Int Adapters. Nitrox ($). Equipment Rental ($)
  • Battery charging station. Hot water showers. 
  • Land excursions 
  • Buffet. Alcohol. Vegetarian Food
  • Massage services
  • Lounge Area / TV. Movies
  • US Power Sockets. Power Socket Adapters
  • Great for families. Library
  • Payments onboard: Visa. Mastercard. Cash 
  • Fire alarm. Fire extinguisher
  • Life jackets. Life rafts
  • First aid kit. Oxygen kit 
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OUR BOAT

The liveaboard Mermaid II is 108 feet (33m) long, built to accommodate Divers in safety and comfort. Mermaid II has been undergoing extensive renovations and major steelworks have been successfully completed. The beautiful Mermaid II is now well prepared for many more years of cruising the amazing Indonesian waters. The caring crew of 14 speaks English, French, German, Indonesian and Spanish. 

OUR CABINS

The yacht comfortably accommodates up to 18 guests in the 9 spacious cabins. Major news is that all the deluxe cabins with Double bed on the Main Deck have been converted with removable single beds allowing a more space for couples wishing a double bed and for private single use. All deluxe cabin guests will also now enjoy individual cabin air conditioning allowing guests full control of on/off and what temperature they prefer. All deluxe cabins are on the main deck and have a large panoramic sea view windows. The deluxe private en-suite bathrooms have also been updated with all new facilities!  The Budget cabins are below deck with twin bunks, air conditioning and share bathroom.

AMENITIES

Chat about the day’s diving in the large, air conditioned Main Saloon with panoramic windows and a TV/DVD where guests can watch movies and listen to music. Enjoy a drink from the Bar fridge or from the tea and coffee facilities. Choose a book from the extensive library and brush up on local marine life with a fish ID book. Find your favorite place to relax on one of the 2 Outside Decks, one shaded with comfy lounge chairs. Work on your tan on the cushioned sun beds located on the Sundeck or pamper yourself with an onboard massage. Can’t get enough of the water, go Snorkeling or try your hand at Fishing. While the Diving is truly spectacular, the Land Excursions are incredible and include sunbathing on deserted beaches, Shopping in remote villages, Hiking mountains and searching for Komodo Dragons in the National Park.

FOOD ON BOARD

The varied and plentiful cuisine is served in the spacious, wood trimmed Dining Room located on the Main Deck. Guests will be served delicious buffet style Thai and Western style meals. Enjoy a variety of foods for all tastes and appetites. Snacks will be served all day to ensure guests are well fueled for the action-packed dives. Alcohol is available.

DIVING WITH US

Diving aboard the liveaboard Mermaid II, guests will experience the Earth’s greatest collection of marine species from Manta Rays to Pygmy Seahorses. The diverse underwater landscapes were created by the area’s volcanic activity and include, Drift Dives, Wrecks, Muck Diving and gorgeous reefs. With over 3,000 species of fish and 600 coral species, this will be the Dive Safari of a lifetime. As you island hop, encounter Whale sharks, Rays and other large pelagics as well as gigantic schools of fish. Hunt for the magnificent Komodo Dragons in Komodo National Park and explore islands in the Banda Sea, Raja Ampat and Maumere.

Mermaid II Deluxe cabin Diversaround

DELUXE DOUBLE / TWIN CABIN - MIN DECK

All new deluxe cabins have been converted with removable single beds allowing a more spacious cabin for couples wishing a double bed and for private single use. All deluxe cabin have a large panoramic sea view windows and individually controlled air conditioning with full control of on/off and what temperature they prefer. The modern en-suite bathrooms have better shower water pressure and have also been updated with all new facilities. A great choice for couples, twin share and private single use. If you would like to book a shared cabin, pls note that same sex sharing can not be guaranteed by the operator but they will try– pls contact our 24/7 team if this is important to you. New photo are not yet available All the cabins have: Air conditioning Large seaview window 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

  • Room size: 7 m2
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Beds: 1 Double + 1 Single
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • WiFi in room: No
  • Air conditioning: Yes
  • Shareable:  Yes

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Mermaid II bunk bed cabin diversaround

BUDGET CABIN - BELOW DECK

The budget cabin is on the below deck with twin bunks, air conditioning and share bathroom with 1 other cabin. Ideal for sharing. If you would like to book a shared cabin, pls note that same sex sharing can not be guaranteed by the operator but they will try– pls contact our 24/7 team if this is important to you. All the cabins have: Air conditioning 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.

  • Room size: 7 m2
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Beds: 1 Bunk
  • Private bathroom: No
  • WiFi in room: No
  • Air conditioning: Yes
  • Shareable:  Yes

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
  • Accepted payment methods on board: Cash, VISA
  • 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

  • You should be in town in the morning or better the previous night to get adjusted
  • 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.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • 23 Dives approx.
  • All levels of divers welcome.
  • Below the waves can be amazing , incredible macro opportunities are everywhere 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.

PROGRAM

DAY 1

  • Transfer to the boat, Check-in on board MV Mermaid II, Crew introduction and welcome briefing, ship orientation
  • Assign cabins, Equipment assessment, travel to first check dive

DAY 2 - 7

  • Dive, eat and sleep will be your only worries for the next days
  • Enjoy your full board liveaboard diving safari
  • During these days we´ll dive the best dive sites in the area

DAY 8

  • Two dives in the morning
  • Then the crew wash your equipment for you while you relax on the sundeck or download your pictures, enjoying our trip video as well just before dinner with all your new friends

DAY 9

  • Check out from 8:00 a.m
  • After breakfast we transfer you ashore to continue your vacation

Diving areas

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.

FIABACET AND FARONDI ISLANDS

  • 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. 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 Photos
  • Dive around the island of Kawe a great place for schooling fish, and beautiful reefs covered in black coral bushes.
  • Dive 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.

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 9

  • Last day of the trip

    INCLUDED

    • Full board including: water, tea, coffee, juices, snacks between meals and after dives, soft drinks
    • Weight Belt
    • Free WiFi
    • Dive guides
    • Flashlight (torch)
    • SMB (Surface Marker Buoy)
    • 15 liter tanks
    • Transfer from/to the airport on departure and arrival days

    NOT INCLUDED

    • National park fees: 200 EUR (per trip)
    • Full scuba set: 18 EUR (per diving day) (see more)
    • Dive computer: 5 EUR (per diving day)
    • Nitrox: 6 EUR (per dive)
    • PADI Advanced Open Water: 220 EUR (per course)
    • PADI Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox): 150 EUR (per course)
    • Massage
    • Domestic flights: EUR (per trip)
    • Tips for the crew (recommended)

    CANCELLATION POLICY

    What if I need to cancel my reservation?

    Your reservation request is non-binding and can be cancelled at any time within the first 72 hours. During this time you can easily find matching flights and get answers from our booking team to any other questions you may have. After you have confirmed and paid for your reservation, the following cancellation policy applies:

    • 30% deposit will not be refunded
    • Less than 120 days but more than 90 days before the departure date all payments will be refunded, less 35% of the total cost.
    • Less than 90 days before the departure date, no refunds will be made.

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