Mermaid II | Indonesia Liveaboard | Raja Ampat - Far East

  • Guests 18
  • Rooms 8 Delux twin/doubles + 1 Budget twin
  • Restaurants Main deck restaurant
  • Food and Drinks Variety of Thai, Indonesian and Western
  • FacilitiesOn board massage, 2 outdoor decks, entertainment system
  • Diving Dhoni, 2 Guides, nitrox, wide dive deck
  • Diving Extras Ask about rental gear and courses on booking
  • Internet Access Intermittent and depending on location

About Mermaid II

Mermaid fleet operate seasonal itineraries in both Komodo and Raja Ampat. The focus on board is not about opulent luxury, but rather on being dive friendly and comfortable as you cruise the big fish hot spots of Indonesia. She's a sturdy steel hulled liveaboard. Her crew are experienced in both regions and the friendly welcome you receive on board is just one of the reasons many divers return to Mermaid 2 year after year.

At 32 metres Mermaid 2 easily accommodates 18 guests. There are in 8 deluxe cabins on the main deck with large panoramic sea view windows. Each cabin has a double bed and single bed above (max pax 2 per cabin), air conditioning, private ensuite bathrooms. There is then a budget cabin option below decks, which sleeps 2, with twin bunks, air conditioning and share bathroom with another cabin.

There is a wide stern dive platform with two exit ladders and fresh water showers. The dive deck is huge with plenty of room to gear up, camera table and rinse tanks. Food on board is a hearty mix of Thai and western dishes, all served in the main deck dining room. The spacious saloon boasts big windows to soak up the views, a bar with fridge, free tea and coffee facilities, TV/DVD, music centre, library and a full selection of marine life books. There are two outside decks the shade covered party deck has comfortable lounge chairs. The sundeck, located in front of the wheelhouse has full sun and cushioned sun platform. Quite simply Mermaid 2 has everything on board to make her your home away from home as you cruise the Indonesian islands.

Deluxe cabins

All deluxe cabins are on the main deck with large panoramic sea view windows. Each deluxe cabin has a double bed and single bunk (max pax 2 per cabin), individually controlled air conditioning and ensuite bathrooms.

Budget cabin

Below deck the budget cabins have twin bunks, vanity sink, air conditioning and share a bathroom with one other cabin via adjoining doors.

Boat layout

Saloon and indoor lounge

Theresa Ryder

2016-07-12 14:58:24

Just back from a week on Mermaid II, around Komodo. A fantastic holiday and fabulous crew making it an extra special trip to achieve my 100th dive!! Thanks everyone

Dale Anne Battin

2016-07-12 14:57:28

Returned today from my first ever live aboard dive trip. Spent a fantastic 7 days/nights on Mermaid 2 from Bali to Komodo Island. The staff were fantastic - special thanks to Montse, Nen, Wayan and Odi! Excellent service and food, overall a very enjoyable trip. I'm not sure if live aboard diving is for me, but will definitely recommend Mermaid to others, thanks again

John Karmouche

2016-07-12 14:56:56

How good are Mermaid? I'm going back for my fourth trip next month. Every trip I have been on with Mermaid II hascbeen better than the last. And the first one was excellent. The diving is brilliant and the crew are like family who go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your trip with them. I highly recommend Mermaid to anyone looking for a great liveaboard experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

Indonesia is around 15-20 hours flight from the UK and is made up of around 18 000 islands. It is the largest archipelago in the world straddling the Equator, between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Most travellers will enter Indonesia through Jakarta (CGK), Bali (DPS) or Manado (MDC) airports. This is the stuff of divers' dreams. This exotic nation is the very definition of bio diversity. Find the big fish in Komodo, Raja Ampat or Kalimantan. Drift lazily along the walls of Bunaken and Wakatobi, watching turtles on coral drenched walls. While away the hours hunting for miniscule macro in Bali, Lembeh or Ambon. Cannot decide? Why not combine two locations into a single trip!

Weather and Climate

Indonesia is a vast country, and the weather can be hugley variable. The topography means that weather patterns can be very localised. This is the tropics! For Bali, Komodo & Wakatobi the weather is usually best from April - November, with July and August being some of the best months to visit. Between December and March the conditions can be a bit stormy. November to April is also the wettest month to visit Bunaken, Lembeh and Kalimantan but to a lesser degree than in other locations. October to April is historically the most popular time to dive in Raja Ampat.

Travel

Flight options

As standard, our holidays to Indonesia are quoted with London departures. We are however able to book most major airlines. Popular options for Indonesia include Cathay Pacific (40kgs hold allowance), Singapore airlines, Qatar, Emirates, Malaysian, KLM and Gaurda. If you would like to depart from a different UK airport (eg. Glasgow/Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham or Gatwick) or have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Indonesia, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.

Stopovers

With a huge range of airlines to fly with, you can easily build in a stop over either on your way to or on your way back from Indonesia. Simply talk to your travel consultant about adding a stop over into your itinerary.

Arrange before you go

Visa requirements

UK Passport holders landing in Jakarta, Bali or Manado are able to obtain a free 30 day visa on arrival. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here

Insurance

Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

Immunisations

Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

You will also be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

Check in

As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.

Lounge

An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here

Parking

Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival in your Indonesia destination, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. You will then be met outside of arrivals by a representative from your liveaboard or resort. Some reps are able to meet you airside. They will be holding a board with either your destination or your name on it. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.

Transfers

If you have a hotel en route please follow any specific instructions in your travel documents. Where possible, you will be met by a representative who will assist in taking you to your hotel. If using a shuttle service, please arrange your return shuttle time back to the airport at the hotel check in. Domestic flights are common in Indonesia and run frequently. The major hubs of Jakarta, Bali and Manado all have separate terminals for domestic and international departures. Just follow the signs to move between international and domestic terminals. The service has improved vastly, but there can still be last minute schedule changes. Please ensure you leave plenty of time for check in or transit between flights (usually 4 hours min). Domestic flights can typically only be booked with a 20kgs hold allowance as standard. Excess baggage must be paid for in Indonesian rupiah and costs around $2-$5 per kg per way. Due to local traffic and road conditions, land journey times can be difficult to predict. We recommend you take water with you and keep any essentials in your hand baggage to make your journey as comfortable as possible.

Departures

At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. As of Feb 2015, the departure tax for all domestic and international flights is built into your flight ticket price.

Info

Included in your holiday

Flights from London Heatrow (other airports available) Transfers from/to airport and all free of charge points outlined in our FAQ section, all meals & snacks, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soft drinks and drinking water, tanks, weights, weight belts and diving with experienced Dive masters/Instructors.

Excluded

Transfers outside of the free of charge zones, national park/port fees, Fuel Surcharges if applicable, Nitrox fills , rental equipment, on board courses, massages, souvenirs and alcoholic beverages

Tipping

The Mermaid II Boat & Dive Crews will try very hard to deliver a high level of service, safety and professionalism tempered with lots of fun to optimise your holiday. Many of our guests use 5-10% of the cruise price as a tipping guideline. Tipping is voluntary and most appreciated !

Currency

Please pay all on board costs in Euros, $ US or Indonesian Rupiah. We can also accept Visa and Master credit card payment for all on board costs. We suggest you also have some rupiah for souvenir shopping, massages, small items etc

Phone coverage

Intermittent and depending on location

Plugs and electricity

220 volts European is standard throughout the boat. 110v adapters are available

Extras

Hire equipment

Rental equipment from Aqua Lung available.

Extras

Mermaid II offers a wide range of courses on board. These must be prebooked and are paid for on board. Please speak to your travel consultant for current course prices and options

Souvenirs

There is an on board boutique selling a range of souvenirs

Nitrox/Gas

32-36% Available

Payments

Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for Mermaid II is £1000. This will be due once your holiday has been confirmed. Your balance will then be due 90 days before travel.

Ways to pay

We charge 2% on credit card transactions but nothing on UK debit card payments. All non sterling card payments will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation

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