Mermaid II | Indonesia Liveaboard | Raja Ampat | Scuba Travel

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 (max pax 2 per cabin), air conditioning, private ensuite bathrooms - these were freshly refurbished in 2018. 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 removable single beds allowing double only bed configurations for those who wish. In 2018 the air con and bathrooms were refubished.

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.

Saloon

The saloon is large and spacious with lounge suites and big windows, bar fridge, tea and coffee facilities, TV/DVD, music center, library and a full selection of marine life books.

Boat layout

Please note these prices may not include flights. Click select for the full holiday details

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.

Covid Information for Mermaid II

Information provided by Mermaid Liveaboards

Updated 15th Septmember

General guidelines

Hand washing and cleaning procedures

  • Hand washing stations are available at the dive platform, upper deck area and in all the cabins
  • Hand-sanitiser is available throughout the vessel and in all cabins
  • Disinfect surfaces - Regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces throughout the vessel, especially doorknobs, light switches, tables, chairs and open surfaces


  • Preparing guest cabins before boarding

  • Guests cabins will be sterilised using UV Light
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows and / or adjusting air conditioning
  • Personalised drinking water bottle Keeping the kitchen safe

  • Keeping the kitchen safe

  • Kitchen crew are required to use face shields, masks and gloves whilst preparing food
  • Food supplies are fresh and locally sourced and disinfected before storage on board
  • Kitchen area is disinfected daily
  • Kitchen utensils and equipment are cleaned and disinfected regularly during the day

  • Essentials available

  • Washing stations are available at the dive platform, upper deck area and in all the cabins
  • Hand-sanitiser available through- out the vessel and in all cabins
  • Disinfectant solution for surfaces, dive gear etc.
  • Face masks are available for guests and crew
  • Face shields are available for guests and crew if necessary
  • Medical Mask to be used in emergency only
  • Rubber gloves to be used if necessary
  • Prevention, Quarantine & EAP
  • Temperature gun available for regular non-contact body temperature checks
  • A pulse oximeter provides a quick read on the saturation of oxygen in your blood
  • UV Light for sterilising areas, cabins, kitchen utensils etc.
  • Plastic PPE available for crew only First Aid Box available on the main deck and at the bridge
  • Quarantine Cabin will be dedicated in case of emergency
  • Emergency Contact Numbers and Medical evacuation information are available in our Emergency Action Plan

  • Prevention,Quarantine & EAP

  • Crew members are being checked using rapid test
  • Guests boarding Mermaid Liveaboards are assumed safe after being thoroughly checked at the airport/ port as PCR test needed to entry the country, if you have already been in the country for more than a week, a rapid test will be required with a maximum of 48h before boarding.
  • Cruise Director and Captain will be in charge if any emergency arises. Dedicated cabin for quarantine available if necessary and proceed with Emergency Action Plan

  • General guidelines for crew

    Practice strict personal hygiene

  • Stop handshakes and use no contact greeting methods. Practice social distancing as much as possible
  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds after using the bathroom, before eating and preparing food, after blowing one’s nose, coughing or sneezing. Schedule regular hand washing reminders
  • Use hand sanitiser when you cannot wash your hands
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, chairs and desks regularly
  • Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose and eyes, especially with unwashed hands.
  • Trace and track your activity to be aware of potential contamination
  • Cough and sneeze in your elbow and away from others.Avoid coughing or sneezing in the direction of people and wash your hands after. Wear a mask as much as possible
  • Disinfect all bags/boxes and all things you bring onboard
  • Reduce mobility between boats and mainland. Stay onboard as much as possible and use call/videocall to coordinate with agents/port authorities/suppliers.
  • Use protection (mask, face shield) when going on shore

  • Immediately self quarantine if.

  • You are feeling sick (Fever, dry cough, lung infection, loss of smell or taste, tiredness and muscle pain)
  • Possibility were in contact with an infected person

  • Take care of your emotional and mental well-being

    Pandemic outbreaks are a stressful and anxious time for everyone. Keep your sanity, remain calm, keep faith, talk about your concerns with your Cruise Director and/or Captain and take care of each other.

    General guidelines For Guests

  • No handshakes and only no contact greetings. Apply social distancing rules
  • Temperature checks with a non-contact thermometer (daily before first dive)
  • Disinfect your hands when boarding and practice regular hand- washing routine throughout the day
  • Disinfect your personal belongings and dive gear regularly. Disinfectant spray is on board
  • Avoid touching your face and cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow. Wash your hands after
  • Keep social distancing as much as possible, wear a face mask during all briefings and when gathering
  • Wear a face mask and follow social distancing rules for all land excursion along the trip
  • Inform immediately to Cruise Director if you start feeling unwell

  • Service Adjustment

  • Scheduled meals/snack service
  • Meals will be served by crew wearing masks, face shields and gloves
  • All cabins will be clean and disinfected everyday by crew wearing masks, face shields and gloves with special products design for it
  • Laundry for bedsheets and towels will be done following disinfecting procedures
  • Clean and handle your own gear, we will provide personalised box

  • Enjoy the breeze ...

    We all by now know that being locked up is no fun, spend time outdoors, feel the breeze, enjoy the sunrise/sunset, appreciate what nature offers us and the freedom we enjoy today, keep each other safe and take care of one another with these simple extra measurements.

    General guidelines for diving

    Lets gear up!

  • We strongly recommend guests to use their own equipment and store it in personalised baskets available onboard
  • Do not touch other people equipment
  • During the Buddy Checks, inform divers to avoid touching their buddy’s equipment. DAN recommends a visual buddy check with self-demonstration and verbal confirmation
  • For air sharing in emergencies in diving, DAN recommends using an alternative air source to avoid donating the main regulator if possible

  • Dive Deck

  • Only authorised crew is allowed to be in the filling station and rental equipment - storage area
  • Cylinders and gear are handled with care by designated crew who wear gloves and masks
  • Two small groups of divers in the dive deck at the time

  • Getting in and out of the dinghy

  • Ensure that physical distancing is respected also when on board
  • Avoid taking any unnecessary materials that are not needed
  • Load equipment when already assembled
  • Use defogging products to defog masks (available on board). Do not to use saliva
  • Allow space on the back deck when entering and exiting the dinghy
  • After the dive

    Guests are strongly recommended to rinse their own equipment. Do not use buckets to rinse masks, snorkels and regulators. Equipment should be rinsed using running water. Only cameras and other gadgets are allowed in the rinsing tanks.

    Covid-19 in sea water?

    Research is still ongoing and it is not clear how long the SARS-CoV-2 virus can survive in sea water. It is therefore recommended that care should be taken both when in and out the water. Social distancing protocol will be followed as much as possible while on the surface. After dive showers are encouraged to be done only in your cabins.

    Diving after a Covid-19 Infection

  • Divers who have tested positive with COVID-19 but have remained completely asymptomatic, should wait ONE month before resuming diving
  • Divers who have had symptomatic COVID-19, should wait at least THREE months before applying for fit-to-dive clearance conducted by a diving medicine specialist
  • Divers who have been hospitalised with or because of pulmonary symptoms in relation to COVID-19, should wait at least THREE months before applying for fit-to-dive clearance conducted or coordinated by a diving medicine specialist, with complete pulmonary function testing (at least FVC, FEV1, PEF25-50-75, RV and FEV1/FVC, and an exercise test with peripheral oxygen saturation measurement) as well as a high resolution CT scanning of the lungs
  • Divers who have been hospitalised with or because of cardiac problems in relation to COVID-19, should wait at least THREE months before applying for fit-to-dive clearance conducted or coordinated by a diving medicine specialist with cardiac evaluation, including echocardiography and exercise test (exercise electrocardiography)


  • Country Covid Travel Information

    This section will soon be updated with the latest COVID-19 information for this destination.

  • 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!

    Covid Travel Information

    This section will soon be updated with the latest COVID-19 information for this destination.

    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

    Our holidays to Indonesia can be quoted with most major airlines. We are however able to book most major airlines. Popular options for Indonesia include Cathay Pacific, 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

    Tipping

    Day use at a local hotel is available after your liveaboard, and this costs between £30 and £60 depending on your destinations

    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 accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank 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

    Discounts

    Repeat Guests

    Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers?
    Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.

    And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our repeater discount is all about! Travel with us again in either 12 months or 24 months and you will qualify for a discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction.

    5% off for repeat customers travelling with Scuba Travel within 24 months
    5% off plus £100 bonus for repeat customers travelling within 12 months


    Repeat discounts are not cumulative and cannot be applied to special offer prices

    Included

    Your journey on Mermaid II is based on a deluxe cabin on a full board basis

    For Raja Ampat itineraries this also includes domestic flights Jakarta - Sorong return.

    Komodo itineraries from Bali include an average of 20 air dives. Raja Ampat itineraries from Sorong include an average of 25 air dives

    For both itineraries, 1 night in a hotel prior to embarkation and airport transfers are included in your holiday package.

    Excluded

    This holiday excludes international flights to either Bali or Jakarta. Do ask for a competitive quote to add flights from a number of UK airports to your holiday.

    To pay on board are marine park fees, alcohol, additional kit hire, nitrox, excess baggage on the local flights and any souvenirs and private guiding services.

    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!


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