Raja Ampat-Halmahera-Lembeh Liveaboard Cruise – Mermaid I/12 Days

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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
  • Welcome Drink
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Raja Ampat-Halmahera-Lembeh Liveaboard Cruise – Mermaid I/12 Days

Halmahera/Lembeh Liveaboard Cruise – Mermaid I

11 Nights/12 Days – 33 Dives

Raja Ampat – Halmahera – Lembeh

 

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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 proves to have the greatest coral reef biodiversity for its size in the world. The Bird’s Head Seascape holds: 2,500 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.

 

CRUISE RATES 2022

Master Cabin:  5.500 € / approx. 5.940  US$ 
Single Cabin:  6.000 € / approx. 6.480  US$ 
DeLuxe Cabin:  5.000 € / approx. 5.400 US$ 
Lower Cabin:  4.600 € / approx. 4.968 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.

 

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.

Dive Halmahera and the surrounding islands on the way to Lembeh Strait, the capital of muck diving.

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Sample itinerary:

12 Days/11 Nights – Raja Ampat – Halmahera – Lembeh 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. Start cruising towards the Dampier Strait (South Waigeo), 5 to 6 hours. 40 nautical miles.

  • Sorong, Sorong City, West Papua, Indonesia
  • 0 Dives
2

Day 2-3

Dampier Strait is located between Waigeo and the Bird’s Head Peninsula. Along with Misool, it is the most famous area for diving in Raja Ampat. All of the dive sites around the Dampier Strait are known for a huge amount of schooling fish – barracudas, schools of bigeye trevallies, oceanic triggerfish, spadefish, surgeonfish and snappers. Besides the schooling fish, it is also an area where you get to see black and whitetip reef sharks and wobbegong sharks. Some of the best manta dives are also located in the Dampier Strait. Blue Magic is a small pinnacle where the giant mantas congregate and get cleaned as well. Some of the best mangrove dives are also located in the Dampier Strait, around the islands of Yanggefo and Gam. And of course, one cannot forget the dive sites at some of the jetties in front of local villages, where the pillars are covered in soft corals and are home to a plethora of small critters. Other fantastic dive sites in this area include Cape Kri, Sardine Reef, Chicken Reef, Mioskon, Mike’s Point, Mangrove Ridge and Citrus Ridge. Cruise overnight to Misool, 90 nautical miles.

  • Dampier Strait, Indonesia
  • 7 Dives
3

Day 4 - 5

Misool is the southernmost island in Raja Ampat and it is surrounded by several hundred small islands and rocks. Some of the most beautiful soft coral reefs in the world are located in Misool. It is impossible to describe only several dive sites since there are literally hundreds of them. Every year new dive sites are discovered around Misool. Many of the dive sites around Misool are just as fishy as the ones in the Dampier Strait, with some schools of barracudas, batfish, pinjalo snappers and zillions of fusiliers. But Misool is also a great macro destination. Known as the kingdom of the pygmy seahorse, you can also find allied cowries and plenty of nudibranchs here. Best known diving areas around Misool include Wagma, Farondi, Balbulol, Sagof, Daram, Yellit, Boo, Warakaraket, Fiabacet, Kalig, Wayilbatan, Wayil and Pele. Cruise overnight to Pulau Pisang, 92 nautical miles.

  • Misool, Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua, Indonesia
  • 7 Dives
4

Day 6

These are a set of two islands and two small rocks between Misool and Halmahera. You will spend the whole day here at Pisang Island. The diving is pretty, with sloping reefs full of soft corals in the deeper areas and hard corals bommies in the shallows. When the currents are running, the dive sites can be very fishy, with schooling bumphead parrotfish, zillions of blue triggerfish and dogtooth tunas passing by. Cruise overnight to the Strait of Patintie, 100 nautical miles.

  • Misool, Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua, Indonesia
  • 3 Dives
5

Day 7-8

You will spend the next two days in the south of Halmahera. Here, two large pinnacles break the surface and are excellent dive sites due to the amount of schooling fish as well as the healthy state of the soft corals. Blacktips, whitetips, turtles and Napoleon wrasse are some of the highlights. Strong currents here will dictate when you will dive.

Other sites offer great opportunities as well. Procco Channel, Procco Island and Procco Pinnacle. After these exhilarating 2 days, Mermaid I will cruise overnight to the Goraici Islands, 50 nautical miles.

  • Halmahera Selatan, North Maluku, Indonesia
  • 8 Dives
6

Day 9

The Goraici Islands are located on the west coast of Halmahera. They have beautiful white sandy beaches with small villages, amazing reefs and pinnacles. Colourful soft coral in the deeper parts and hard coral gardens in the shallows. The local village jetties are a great place for critter filled night dives. Cruise to Tifore Island, 80 nautical miles.

  • Halmahera, North Maluku, Indonesia
  • 3 Dives
7

Day 10

Pulau Tifore is a small island between Halmahera and Lembeh with a submerged reef about half a mile from the island. The main attraction here is definitely the barracudas – hundreds and hundreds have made this their home for years. Really amazing especially if you can get inside the swirling vortex of the barracudas. Cruise overnight to Lembeh, 77 nautical miles.

  • Pulau Tifore, Pantai Sagu, Ternate City, North Maluku, Indonesia
  • 3 Dives
8

Day 11

Lembeh Strait – some of the best muck diving in Indonesia! Black sand environment full of critters. Frogfish, all kinds of octopi, spiny devilfish, nudibranchs galore and so much more.

  • Lembeh Strait, Indonesia
  • 2 Dives
9

Day 12

Disembark in the morning for your transfer to the airport or a local resort if staying to continue diving Lembeh.

  • Lembeh, Bitung City, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
  • 0 Dives

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