Biodiversity Cruise Mermaid 1 – 15Nights

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  • Additional Dives
  • Airport Pick Up
  • Boat Cabin Accommodation
  • Daily Scheduled Dives
  • Dive Guide
  • ENOS
  • Full Board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Hotel/Airport to Boat Transfer
  • Land Excursions
  • Meals
  • NITROX
  • Port and/or National Park Entrance Fees
  • Soft Drinks
  • Tour Guide
From 5.940,00$
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Biodiversity Cruise Mermaid 1 – 15Nights

Biodiversity Super Special
Liveaboard Cruise – Mermaid I

15 Nights/16 Days – 49 Dives

Maumere – Alor – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat

 

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The Ambon Banda Sea Ambon trip has it all!!!! From hammerheads in the Banda Sea to the weird and wonderful critters of Ambon, to a black sand volcano full of sea kraits. And that is just the marine life!! The marine topography is just as exciting, muck and wreck diving in Ambon Bay, Walls going down several thousand meters deep, and black sandy slopes covered with beautiful hard and soft corals.

The trip starts in Ambon and heads into the Banda Sea, where we will spend most of the trip. It includes spending several days in the famous Banda Islands, where we will be able to make an land excursion around Banda Neira, the capital of the Bandas, visiting the local museum, Dutch fort, nutmeg plantation and local market. You will even get to have breakfast at the nutmeg plantation!

After cruising the Banda Sea we head back to Ambon, which is the second capital of muck diving, in order to look for all the weird critters that Ambon has to offer.

 

CRUISE RATES 2022

Master Cabin:  6.500 € / approx. 7.020  US$
Single Cabin:  7.000 € / approx. 7.560  US$ 
DeLuxe Cabin:  6.000 € / approx. 6.480 US$
Lower Cabin:  5.500 € / approx. 5.940 US$

Please Note: MERMAID I Liveaboard is charging it’s liveaboard cruise rates in Euro! This websites general currency setting in US$ are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations.

 

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Sample itinerary: 16 Days/15 Nights – Maumere – Alor – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat Liveaboard Cruise

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to changes beyond the operator’s control. The exact itinerary, route and amount of dives for your cruise may be adapted to best suit the weather conditions, tides and currents, season and other prevailing events.

1

Day 1

Check-in on board Mermaid I. 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.

  • Maumere Port, Uneng City, Sikka Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
  • 0 Dives
2

Day 2

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.

  • Pulau Kawula, Baolangu, Lembata Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
  • 4 Dives
3

Day 3

Alor is a favourite 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.

  • Alor, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
  • 4 Dives
4

Day 4

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.

  • Wetar, Maluku Barat Daya Regency, Maluku, Indonesia
  • 3 Dives
5

Day 5

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.

  • Banda Sea
  • 3 Dives
6

Day 6

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.

  • Pulau Nila, Ilih, Maluku Barat Daya Regency, Maluku, Indonesia
  • 4 Dives
7

Day 7

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.

  • Pulau Serua, Ilih, Maluku Barat Daya Regency, Maluku, Indonesia
  • 4 Dives
8

Day 8

Manuk, also known as the Snake Volcano. No 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

  • Banda Islands, Central Maluku Regency, Maluku, Indonesia
  • 4 Dives
9

Day 9-10

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.

  • Banda Islands, Central Maluku Regency, Maluku, Indonesia
  • 7 Dives
10

Day 11

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.

  • Pulau Koon, Indonesia
  • 3 Dives
11

Day 12-13

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.

  • Misool, Lilinta, Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua, Indonesia
  • 7 Dives
12

Day 14

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.

  • Dampier Strait, Papua New Guinea
  • 4 Dives
13

Day 15

The last two dives of your cruise will be done in the Dampier Strait area. Where big schools of fish and glorious corals are simply amazing! After the second dive Mermaid I must go back to Sorong. The crew will take care of rinsing your equipment and there’s time to pack during this 5-6 hour run.

  • Dampier Strait, Papua New Guinea
  • 2 Dives
14

Day 16

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

  • Port of Sorong, Indonesia
  • 0 Dives

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