Holiday Reference: TRP 31922

Holiday information

  • Stable steel hull liveaboard diving Indonesia's big fish hot spots
  • 16 divers in 8 main deck deluxe cabins
  • 2 divers in budget friendly lower deck option
  • Large dive deck with camera table and fresh water showers
  • Average Water Temp: 27 - 28 C
  • Average Air Temp: 27 - 30 C
  • Average Visability: 5 - 30m
  • Good for: Macro, Dragons, Reefs
  • Suitable for beginners: No
  • Speedy drift dives and overwhelming bio diversity are the hallmarks of this trip and everywhere you look pristine reefs and rare macro, some only found in this region.

Liveaboard Details

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 hull ...

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.

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Itinerary Details

Komodo National Park A raft of luxurious liveaboards to dive Komodo with speedy drift dives, overwhelming bio diversity and pelagic action. Everywhere you look pristine reefs and rare macro, some only found in this region.

Komodo National Park Description

Komodo National Park is well known for the ferocious looking dragons but it is also growing in reputation as being a must do dive destination in Indonesia. The unique ecology of the area, formed by volcanic activity, has shaped a diver's paradise underwater with muck dives, walls and more marine life than you could ever see in a single liveaboard holiday. Sail off into the sunset as your Komodo liveaboard wends its ways between the hundreds of islands that dot the horizon. Dive after dive reveals the immense bio diversity from vast pelagics to microscopic macro and vibrant reefs that are so characteristic of this corner of Indonesia. Dive into the bluest sea and discover over 260 coral species, 70 different sponges and no less that 1000 species of fish... What more could any diver that is serious about seeing unsurpassed reef diving want?

The Komodo National Park itinerary is filled with exotic and far flung dives that will make your log book the envy of others. Sangeang, Banta, Satonda and Komodo are the focal points of the trip and each has a distinctive flavour. Sangeang is a tiny speck of an island, surrounded by volcanic lava ridges and overflowing with critters. Sangeang and Satonda islands are the macro capitals of this itinerary, Decorator crabs, popcorn shrimp and squat lobsters are some of miniscule marvels you can find on the black sands. Garden eels sway, poking out from the seabed. Can you find the clown anglerfish or ghost pipefish? If you are want to find pelagics, Banta Island is the place to head. The strong currents and cold upwellings draw sharks, tuna, barracuda and mackerel to the walls. The itinerary spends 5 full days around Komodo national park itself, where manta, dolphins and reef sharks all await. Dive after dive unfolds - enjoy the show as the pristine coral walls delight. Harlequin sweetlips shy away around massive gorgonians (home to microscopic pygmy seahorses). Weave around pinnacles, looking for scorpion fish, crocodile fish and longnose hawkfish. The variety is endless.

The Komodo national park itinerary is a must see for all photographers and videographers. Clear viz, year round warm water and boundless subjects posing before yo,u mean you will return from your liveaboard not only feeling refreshed but with images that take pride of place. If you love reef diving, then this is the holiday for you! The reefs need to be seen to be believed. Never tried your hand at muck diving? Find out what all the fuss is about as your float over dark sands looking for weird and wonderful creatures. There are some fast drifts on this itinerary so some experience of drift diving is essential as is an SMB. We would also recommend a reef hook which can be used on some sites. But most of all, the Komodo National Park itinerary will suit any diver that wants to escape from the world on an extended liveaboard holiday, being pampered above the water and astonished beneath the waves.

You can dive Komodo from several liveaboards, each offering different trip durations. This means that the exact itinerary will depend on which boat and duration you chose. Please ask your travel consultant at the time of booking to outline in more detail your proposed itinerary and dive sites.

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Komodo National Park contains all the detailed information you need, a full day by day itinerary, pictures, videos, reviews, and other practical information. Or call one of our diving holiday experts on 0800 072 8221 or +44(0)1483 411590.

 


Your holiday details

Save £120 Small group photo workshop with Mario Vitalini including 1:1 sessions in water and on surface. Komodo dragons, manta and sharks await beneath the seas of Komodo Island with the highly experienced team on Mermaid 2! Your trip starts on arrival in Bali where you will be met and taken to your hotel for the night (B&B, twin share). You will be advised locally of your transfer time the following day to join Mermaid 2 (typically between 12:00-14:00). Our trip package is based on a twin deluxe cabin (full board). All trips are fully guided by expert dive guides and include 12lt tank, weights, full board, and soft drinks. 15lt tanks are free but must be prebooked. There are usually a total of 20 dives over the course of your liveaboard. Excluded are the Komodo Park fees 125 euro, alcohol, additional kit hire, nitrox 96 euro and any souvenirs or private guiding services. At the end of your trip you disembark around 08:00. You will be able to wait at the Mermaid guest lounge (all 4 Diving, Sanur Beach) until your transfer to the airport - your final transfer time will be advised locally. Flights are usually with from Heathrow but this can vary and regional departures are available on request. Please note the final trip cost will depend on flight availability at the time of booking and seasonal liveaboard rates. All transfers are included. UK passport holders no longer need to pay for a visa on arrival in Bali.

* prices are subject to change according to availability at the time of booking


 

Your Personal Information


Please DO NOT book any connecting flights, insurance, or additional parts to this holiday as your trip is subject to availability and will NOT be confirmed until you have spoken with our operators. If you have any requests beyond our normal itineraries please note them in the comments and we will discuss these with you when we call to arrange your holiday.

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