Mermaid II Liveaboard Cruise Itineraries

Mermaid II Liveaboard

Cruise Itineraries

 

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Mermaid II – Liveaboard Dive Cruise Destinations

Komodo National Park

Biodiversity Special “Ring of Fire”

Raja Ampat

 

Please Note: All itineraries listed below are sample itineraries and are subject to changes beyond the operator’s control. The exact itinerary, route and amount of dives for a certain cruise may be adapted to best suit the weather conditions, tides and currents, season and other prevailing events.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Cruise: Bali – Komodo – Bali (Total 20 Dives) 8 Days / 7 Nights

Mermaid Liveaboards, offer 8 to 10 days Komodo diving & snorkeling trip on Mermaid I and 8 days on Mermaid II. With many years of experience exploring Komodo National Park; we dive the best of the best, we know where and when it’s running! No wonder we have a high number of return guests who will also appreciate some new sites and experiences we can share through our extensive experience with Flores and Komodo National Park areas.

his one of a kind national park has so much to offer to diver and non-diver alike.
Above water, you can enjoy the pink beach (yes it is pink!), trekking to the famous Padar or Rinca island, enjoying sunset while on the same time watching thousands of bats leaving bat island for food hunting, and of course, visit the komodo dragons at their own habitat.

Underwater, whether you are snorkeler or diver, Komodo has so many to explore for pelagic, shark or macro lovers.
On top of its pristine coral garden, you can see Manta rays, school of barracuda, turtle, blacktip, white tip & grey shark, to frogfish, nudibranch and pigmy seahorse.

Despite some sites have current, Komodo has so many for every family members to enjoy underwater.

Why join Komodo dive and snorkelling trip with Mermaid Liveaboards?

  • Through the years, as a 5-star operator, we have been providing high quality, luxury at affordable service.
  • While making your safety & comfort as our priority,  
  • We also conduct an environmentally sustainable operation as well as supporting the local people at the same time.
  • Both Mermaid I and II start and finish in Bali which is very convenient

The consistency of doing this for almost two decades has given us multiple Dive Travel Awards wins. But what we consider as our highest satisfaction comes from having numerous repeater guests who have been either on Mermaid I or II more than your fingers can count and still looking forward to more future trips with us.

Komodo National & Marine Park

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DAY 1 – No Dives

Check-in on board Mermaid II between 13:00-15:00 hours at Benoa Harbour in Bali. You’ll set up equipment and you can settle into your cabin, and after we will do a boat and safety briefing,

Dinner will be served at 19:00 hours as Mermaid II cruises into the sunset on her overnight journey to Moyo Island, north west Sumbawa.

DAY 2 – 3 Dives

Start your adventure with a great dive in the calm, clear waters of Angel Reef at Moyo Island. Massive elephant ear and barrel sponges, schools of longfin bannerfish and red tooth triggerfish, frogfish, nudibranchs, eels, surgeonfish, snappers and dogtooth tuna.

Afterwards, Mermaid II will cruise for two and a half hours to Satonda Island for afringing coral reef and a world class night dive. After a great dive and dinner, she will cruise overnight to Komodo NP.

DAY 3 – 4 Dives

Mermaid II will enter Komodo National Park. We will spend the day in the northern islands of Komodo NP, Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat. We will cruise to central Komodo for a night dive at Soro Lia or Wainilu in order to do a muck night dive –  a great place to spend the night.

DAY 4 – 4 Dives

We will cruise south of Komodo Island to Manta Alley and  Horseshoe Bay in Rinca Island. Spectacular diving await at the world famous site Cannibal Rock – rare nudibranchs, frogfish, spectacular corals, sponges, ascidians, huge black coral bushes, turtles, cuttlefish, loads of reef fish too Watch dragons on the beach, monkey, deer, wild pigs along the shore…. Maybe even a chance to see dolphins feeding in the calm bay.

DAY 5 – 3 Dives

Start your day with an exciting visit to Komodo National Park to walk with the dragons!  Then we will do 3 dives in the Lintah Strait looking for some big fish dives at Tatawa Besar, Siaba Kecil or the infamous “Current City” Batu Bolong. Come face to face with reef sharks, turtles, Napoleon wrasse and more. After Night dive at Gili Lawa Darat, it is time to say goodbye to Komodo National Park.

DAY 6 – 4 Dives

Mermaid II will make her way to Gili Banta for a morning dive and the we will start cruising to Sangeang Volcano to spend the rest of the day, black sand, bubbles, colourful reefs and tones of critters will be waiting for you. Overnight we cruise to Sumbawa Island.

DAY 7 – 3 Dives

You will enjoy two fantastic dives at Sumbawa and Moyo Islands for more chances for ghost pipe fish, ribbon eels, turtle, cuttlefish and more before cruising overnight to Benoa in the south of Bali.

DAY 8 – No Dives

Disembark at Benoa Harbour after breakfast at 8 am.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

Cruise: Biodiversity Special “Ring of Fire”  (Total 49 Dives) 16 Days/17 Nights
Maumere – Alor – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat or return

The Biodiversity Super Special takes you diving in three completely different areas – Alor, the Banda Sea and Raja Ampat – you can be certain that the biodiversity will be amazing!

It is almost impossible to put together a daily itinerary due to the magnificent diving everywhere Mermaid goes on this trip. No trip is the same, with so many different sites to visit and explore.

If there is somewhere in particular you really have your heart set on, please discuss with the Cruise Director who will do their utmost to get you there – conditions, ship and your safety allowing! However, here is rough guide just to whet your appetite!

Mermaid Liveaboard Biodiversity Cruise Map

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DAY 1 – No Dives

Check-in on board Mermaid II. We recommend all guests to arrive the day before the cruise departure. After all the guests have settle into the cabins and set up the diving equipment, we will start cruising overnight to our first destination at Kawula Island, 90 nautical miles.

DAY 2 – 4 Dives

Dive Cape Bacatan and Lewaling Bay at the island of Kawula. Three dives along walls and ledges covered in sea fans and soft corals – chance for pygmy seahorse and critters here as well.

Cape Bacatan is a good place to spot whitetips, blacktips and occasionally, grey reef sharks. Also a popular spot for eagle rays and Napoleon wrasse with loads of schooling fish. A great muck night dive will be done in front of a traditional fishing village. Cruise overnight to Alor, 70 nautical miles.

DAY 3 – 4 Dives

Alor is a favorite dive spot for divers coming to dive Indonesia year after year due to its variety of dive sites. Healthy reefs, pinnacles, walls, great muck dives, cold water, warm water, strong currents and protected areas. Alor has it all. Cruise overnight to Wetar, 95 nautical miles.

DAY 4 – 3 Dives

In Wetar you will dive at the small island of Reong and at Cape Nunukae.

Pulau Reong is a small island on the northwest coast of Wetar and separated by a small channel only 700 metres wide. More walls, like many of the dive sites in the Banda Sea, covered in small soft corals but of a great variety of colours, with zillions of triggerfish of every species.

Cape Nunukae, about 6 nautical miles southwest of Pulau Reong, is a large ridge with slopes on both sides, covered with a hard coral reef on the shallow area of the ridge, with soft corals on the slopes in the deeper areas. There can be strong currents at the end of the ridge, where large aggregations of schooling fish can be found. Cruise overnight to the Damar Islands, 150 nautical miles.

DAY 5 – 3 Dives

Today you will dive several small islands – Neus Leur, Terbang Seletan and Terbang Utara. The island of Damar and its three surrounding small islands have spectacular diving.

Like many dives in the Banda Sea, there is crystal clear water and beautiful walls covered in massive sponges and beautiful soft corals.  Cruise overnight to Nila Island, 90 nautical miles.

DAY 6 – 4 Dives

Surrounding Nila Island there are two atolls, Dusborgh and Nil Desperandum. It’s at these two atolls that there is a good chance of seeing hammerhead sharks. Even without the hammerheads, the reefs are fabulous, with healthy walls and big schools of fish. Cruise to Serua Island, 20 nautical miles.

DAY 7 – 4 Dives

Serua Island is probably one of the most emblematic spots in the Banda Sea to see schooling hammerhead sharks. Also an amazing side to see schooling fish such as big eye trevallies, pinjalo snappers and others. Cruise to Manuk, 55 nautical miles.

DAY 8 – 4 Dives

Manuk, also known as the Snake Volcano. Don’t need to be afraid! The site also offers a black sand reef dive with loads of fish and pretty hard and soft corals. We will spend the whole day here doing four day dives, then cruising to the Banda Islands, 60 nautical miles.

DAY 9-10 – 7 Dives

Banda Islands for the next 2 days! Walls, swim throughs, sponges and sea fans – good diving and great for wide angle. Several sites have swim throughs large enough for several people to go through at the same time and is especially nice for wide angle shots, as they are covered in soft corals and sponges.

Dive sites in the Banda Islands drop down thousands of metres, offering spectacular walls and stunning reef tops, with visibility usually in the 40-50 metre range.

The sunset dive is at the pier in front of an old colonial hotel! Black sand and volcanic rocks with an unusual amount of large and not shy mandarin fish – also great for critters.

For the second day here, in addition to great diving, you will go on land for an excursion on the island of Banda Neira visiting the local museum, Dutch fort, nutmeg plantation and local market. You will even get to have breakfast at the nutmeg plantation! Cruise overnight to Koon Island, 80 nautical miles.

DAY 11 – 3 Dives

Pulau Koon is a small island on the southeast of Ceram, half way between Raja Ampat and the Banda Islands. Here you will find walls covered in soft corals and sandy slopes with hard coral bommies. But the most interesting feature of this island is the amount of schooling fish and pelagics, including barracudas, bigeye trevallies, aggregations of red snappers, pompanos, batfish and giant groupers. Cruise overnight to Misool, 100 nautical miles

DAY 12-13 – 7 Dives

The next two days will be spent around the island of Misool, Raja Ampat, where there are literally hundreds of dive sites. Misool is a heaven for wide angle photographers. The prettiest soft corals reefs in the world are located in Misool. In addition, there are multiple pinnacles surrounded by masses of schooling fish, barracudas, jacks and snappers.

There will be some excursions with the tenders through some amazing inner lagoons, with fantastic scenery and wildlife sightings. Cruise overnight to the Dampier Strait, 90 nautical miles.

DAY 14 – 4 Dives

The Dampier Strait is known for a huge variety of diving, from giant mantas to mangroves, beautiful reefs, many pinnacles and sea mounts covered in schooling fish, aggregations of sweetlips, schooling barracudas, bumphead parrotfish, fusiliers and lots of wobbegong sharks. It is also a great location for critters and macro subjects, with several species of pygmy seahorses and a large variety of nudibranchs.

There are also several jetties to do a great night dive, where you can see the Raja epaulette shark, toadfish, frogfish and crocodile fish.

DAY 15 – 2 Dives

The last two dives of your cruise will be done in Dampier Strait area. Where big schools of fish and glorious corals are simply amazing! After the second dive Mermaid II must go back to Sorong. The crew will take care of rinsing your equipment and there’s time to pack during this 4-5 hour run.

DAY 16 – No Dives

After breakfast, Mermaid II staff will transfer you to the airport or hotel in Sorong.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

Cruise: Raja Ampat (Total 25 Dives) 9 Days/8 Nights or 10 Days/9 Nigths
Sorong – Raja Ampat – Sorong

Raja Ampat has been documented as one of the last frontiers of unspoilt diving. The archipelago’s pristine reefs are not only rich but the region also proves to have the greatest coral reef biodiversity for its size in the world. Raja Ampat holds: 600 islands and reefs, 1,320 fish species, 550 coral species and all that is yet to be discovered.

Raja Ampat is the seascape’s crown jewel. Fittingly, the name means “four kings.” The four main islands or “Kings” of the archipelago: Waigeo in the north, Salawati west of Sorong, Batanta north of Salawati, and Misool in the south.

Visit Waigeo and dive the famous Dampier Strait, some of Raja Ampat´s most action-packed dive sites. Exhilarating current dives and reliable manta cleaning stations where you can experience these majestic giant pelagics dance for hours along with many other treasures such as the tasselled wobbegong shark.

Dive the beautiful and unique mangrove areas of Yanggefo and Gam islands where the tips of healthy acropora corals contrast with the lush green of the mangroves making excellent split images, while just beneath the surface schools of archerfish hunt among the forest of mangrove roots. Batanta Island, known for its excellent muck diving and amazing variety of nudibranchs including the endemic Thecacera sp.

Black sand slopes full of wonderful critters and frequent sightings of the rare mimic octopus. Misool area in southern Raja Ampat is a must for those who enjoy radiant coloured soft corals.

There are stunning walls, pinnacles and reefs with masses of huge gorgonian fans and sea fans hosting an array of the famous pygmy seahorses. The vast area and variety of dive sites makes it the ideal location to be discovered via liveaboard.

 

Mermaid Raja Ampat Liveaboard Dive Cruises

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DAY 1 – No Dives

Check-in on board Mermaid II. As guest arrivals take place all through the day depending on flights, you are welcome to board when you arrive and spend some time unpacking and setting up your equipment, etc.

Following the boat and safety briefing, Mermaid II will start cruising to the area of Misool. The first cruising will be done overnight. It is almost impossible to put together a daily itinerary due to the magnificent diving everywhere Mermaid II goes.

No trip is the same, with so many different sites to visit and explore. If there is somewhere in particular you really have your heart set on, please discuss with the Cruise Director who will do their utmost to get you there – conditions, ship and your safety allowing!

DAY 2-4 – 11 Dives

Misool area with literally hundreds of dive sites around this magnificent area, you will be in divers’ paradise for a few days. Soft corals and gorgeous gorgonians, home to the much sought after pygmy seahorse! Pinnacles with masses of fish. Islands you will thoroughly enjoy in the Misool area include the Balbulol, Sagof, Wagmab, Farondi, Wayilbatan, Warakaraket, Fiabacet, Yillet, Kalig and Pele Islands.

DAY 5-7 – 12 Dives

Dive around Penemu Island and visit the viewpoint. Or dive around the island of Kawe, a great place for schooling fish with beautiful reefs covered in black coral bushes and a very good chance to have encounters with Manta Rays. 

Heading to the central part of Raja Ampat dive around the island of Yanggefo, with beautiful mangrove areas, stunning reefs covered in orange and purple soft corals and submerged reef with lots of schooling fish. Arborek and Sawanderek Villages are some of the most beautiful islands to visit and great to dive under their jetty!

The jetty pillars are covered in soft corals – a photographer’s delight and also good for macro such as signal gobies, nudibranchs, pipefish, blue ringed octopus and more. The Mantas are then calling us to visit the famous Dampier Strait in the central part of Raja Ampat.

Here Mantas hang out at their cleaning stations along with all the schooling fish that the sites have to offer. At some of the sites in the Dampier Strait, the macro marine life is amazing with critters such as the seamoth, Pontohi pygmy seahorse, pipefish and more. 

The Dampier Strait is also well known for an incredible amount of schooling fish. There are several pinnacles with zillions of fish.

The tips (capes) of several islands are also home to lots of schooling fish – barracudas, bigeye jacks, snappers, zillions of fusiliers and surgeonfish and much more. As if that weren’t enough, here you can find lots of wobbegong sharks

DAY 8 – 2 Dives

Two dives in Dampier Strait. More of the same. Fish, fish, fish, glorious corals and all! Then back to Sorong Mermaid II must go. The crew will take care of rinsing your equipment and there’s time to pack during this 4-5 hour run.

DAY 9 – No Dives

After breakfast, Mermaid II staff will transfer you to the airport.

*In the trips that are 10 days/9nights, we will spend 1 more day in the northern part of Raja Ampat and the total amount of dives will be 29.