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Fam Islands, Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat

A 10-day trip on board the Mermaid I

Length

10 Days

Ship category

Premium

Ship type

Small Ship

Capacity

15 Passengers

Raja Ampat

3 Reviews

Trip highlights

Learn about the process of pearl farming

Hike to an iconic viewpoint over karst islands

Explore ancient rock art sites

Visit a Manta cleaning station

The DiveIndonesia experience

Intimate diving experience with fewer guests per dive guide

Commitment to marine conservation efforts

Huge purpose built dive deck

Delicious BBQs onboard

Set sail on a 10-day diving adventure through Raja Ampat aboard the luxurious Mermaid I, starting and ending in Sorong. This expedition includes up to 29 dives, offering encounters with an incredible array of marine life in the world's most biodiverse marine region. Explore iconic dive sites like Cape Kri, where you can witness schools of barracudas, jacks, and snappers, and Manta Sandy, known for its reliable manta ray sightings.

In addition to the underwater wonders, the trip includes cultural excursions to local villages such as Arborek, where you can experience traditional Papuan life. The scenic beauty of Raja Ampat's karst islands, particularly from the Piaynemo Lookout, provides stunning views and photo opportunities. The professional crew and expert dive guides on Mermaid I ensure a safe, luxurious, and eco-friendly journey, making this an unforgettable adventure for divers of all levels.

Your ship: Mermaid 1

Mermaid 1, Full View
Mermaid 1, Full View
Mermaid 1, Full View

We adore Mermaid I for its superb blend of luxury and top-notch diving experiences across Indonesia's premier dive sites. Built to enhance diver comfort and enjoyment, Mermaid I consistently delivers unforgettable adventures, whether you're exploring the rich biodiversity of Raja Ampat or the thrilling underwater landscapes of Komodo.

Imagine starting your day with a breathtaking view of the ocean, ready to dive into some of the world's most spectacular marine environments. The Mermaid I offers a variety of itineraries that cover Indonesia's iconic diving destinations, including the Coral Tri … Read more about Mermaid 1

Cabins

Master State Room, Mermaid 1
Master State Room

Type:

Matrimonial

Max. occupancy:

2

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Signle Cabin, Mermaid 1
Single Cabin

Type:

Single

Max. occupancy:

1

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Deluxe Cabins, Mermaid 1
Deluxe Cabin

Type:

Double/Matrimionial (convertible)

Max. occupancy:

2

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Lower deck Cabin, Mermaid 1
Lower Deck Cabin

Type:

Twins

Max. occupancy:

2

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Map

Itinerary

Your itinerary below may vary, depending on the weather, wildlife breeding, and local conditions.

Sorong, Indonesia
Sorong
Gam Island, Raja Ampat

Depature time: 7:00 until 14:00

Guests will be collected from their hotels at 12 noon for transfer to the boat.

Check-in on board MV Mermaid I. As the guest arrivals take place all through the day depending on flights, you are welcome to board when you arrive and spend some time unpacking and setting up your equipment, etc.

Following the boat and safety briefing, Mermaid I will start cruising to the area of Misool. The first cruising will be done overnight, 90 nautical miles. It is almost impossible to put together a daily itinerary due to the magnificent diving everywhere Mermaid I goes. No trip is the same, with so many different sites to visit and explore. If there is somewhere in particular you really have your heart set on, please discuss with the Cruise Director who will do their utmost to get you there – conditions, ship and your safety allowing

Thousand Temples, Misool
Thousand Temples, Misool
Misool Heart Lake, Raja Ampat

Sagoff Island

Jef Pele Wall

Fiabacet

Boo Window

Farondi Cave

Wayil Islands

Misool is the southern island of Raja Ampat. Misool has many groups of islands and there are literally hundreds of dive sites around this magnificent area for all our guests. This is the entrance to divers' paradise and we will be here for a few days. Soft coral heaven and gorgeous gorgonian sea fans are the highlights of Misool. Pygmy seahorses are easily found in almost all the dive sites of Misool! Pinnacles and underwater seamounts with masses of fish, and visits of pelagics such as Giant Manta Rays, sharks and more await you in Misool.

Some of the best areas in Misool include Sagof, Wagmab, Farondi, Boo, Fiabacet, Yuliet, Wailbatan, Warakaret and Pele. After the third dive of the day in Farondi or Sagof, there is a chance to spend some time going around the lagoons in the dinghy. Enjoy the natural beauty of this area and look for some amazing wildlife. Then Mermaid I will start heading towards the northern part of Raja Ampat.

Batanta Island, Raja Ampat
Alyui Bay, Waigeo, Raja Ampat
Alyui Bay, Waigeo, Raja Ampat

Blue Magic

Mayhem

Manta Sandy

Black Rock

Dayang Island

Arborek Jetty

Mangroves

Alyui Bay

Perhaps you will spend a day around the southern part of Batanta Island, where the diving is done on a black sand environment. This is where all the weird and wonderful creatures that you have seen in coffee table books like to live!

Dive around the island of Kawe, a great place for schooling fish with beautiful reefs covered in black coral bushes and a very good chance to have encounters with Manta Rays.

There is a pearl farm in Aljui Bay, where you can take a tour to learn about the entire process of pearl farming. You can even buy pearls if you wish! Diving in Aljui bay is good for macro as well as wide angle. You will find walls covered in soft corals and sea fans, lots of nudibranchs and pygmy seahorses. There is also a great night dive at the jetty where some of the highlights are the Raja epaulette shark (a species of “walking shark”), wobbegongs, crocodile fish, toadfish, frogfish and more.

Heading to the central part of Raja Ampat dive around the island of Yanggefo, with beautiful mangrove areas, stunning reefs covered in orange and purple soft corals and submerged reef with lots of schooling fish. Arborek and Sawanderek Villages are some of the most beautiful islands to visit and great to dive under their jetty! The jetty pillars are covered in soft corals – a photographer’s delight and also good for macro such as signal gobies, nudibranchs, pipefish, blue ringed octopus and more.

The Mantas are then calling Mermaid I to visit the famous Dampier Strait in the central part of Raja Ampat. Here, Mantas hang out at their cleaning stations along with all the schooling fish that the sites have to offer. At some of the sites in the Dampier Strait, the macro marine life is amazing with critters such as the seamoth, Pontohi pygmy seahorse, pipefish and more. The Dampier Strait is also well known for an incredible amount of schooling fish. There are several pinnacles with zillions of fish. The tips (capes) of several islands are also home to lots of schooling fish - barracudas, bigeye jacks, snappers, zillions of fusiliers and surgeonfish and much more. As if that weren’t enough, here you can find lots of wobbegongs too.

Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat
Blue Magic, Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat
Manta Sandy, Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat

Blue Magic

Manta Sandy

The last two dives of your cruise will be done in Dampier Strait area, where big schools of fish and glorious corals are simply amazing! After the second dive MV 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.

Sorong, Indonesia
Sorong
Gam Island, Raja Ampat

After breakfast, Mermaid I staff will transfer you to the airport.

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.

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Single Cabin Supplement

When booking online, you can choose the option to "Upgrade to single occupancy". This will guarantee you the whole cabin to yourself, for an additional fee. If you don't select this option, then another traveler of the same sex might be placed into the same cabin with you.

What's included

Transfers from/to airport at the free of charge points

all meals & snacks, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soft drinks and drinking water

tanks

weights, weight belts

diving with experienced dive masters/Instructors.

What's not included

Transfers outside the free of charge zones

National park/port fees:

For 2024 park/port fees for all cruises are EUR 225

For 2025 onwards, park/port fees for all cruises are EUR 275

Fuel Surcharges if applicable

Nitrox fills (around 175 EUR)

rental equipment

onboard courses

dive insurance (Mandatory)

massages

souvenirs

alcoholic beverages

Reviews

Vignesh Kudva Padubidri

Mermaid I

Premium

June 2024

Thank you for a wonderful dive trip, it was a pleasure to dive with all the dive crew.

Tara Norris

Mermaid I

Premium

June 2024

Had an amazing time. I will be back aboard soon.

Jonathan Turner

Mermaid I

Premium

May 2024

An Excellent trip. A Pleasure to have a cabin to myself which was wonderful. Thank you.

Worth Knowing

Divers need to be a minimum of Open Water Diver with at least of 4 completed dives or higher diving certification to join the vessel for diving.

Due to the regulations of Indonesia, every diver must dive with a personal dive computer. If you do not own a dive computer, you can rent one.

There is no liquor available on board, but you can bring your own. Beer is EURO 3 per can and wine is EURO 30 per bottle.

Park fees and port fees, alcoholic drinks, massages, nitrox, and any extra purchases have to be paid onboard directly.

You can pay all onboard costs in € Euros, $ USD or Indonesian Rupiah. They also accept credit card payments with Visa and Mastercard.

Many of our guests use 5-10% of the cruise price as a tipping guideline. Tipping is voluntary and most appreciated!

FAQs

Indonesia, with its tropical climate, offers two main diving seasons: the wet season from November to March and the dry season from April to October. Each season provides unique diving experiences, ensuring unforgettable adventures year-round.

Wet Season (November to March) During the wet season, expect increased rainfall and humidity, but warm temperatures between 25°C (77°F) and 28°C (82°F). Rain typically falls in short, intense bursts, allowing plenty of sunny intervals for exploration. This season attracts diverse marine life due to nutrient-rich waters, making it ideal for underwater photography. Additionally, fewer tourists mean less crowded dive sites and lush, vibrant landscapes.

Dry Season (April to October) The dry season is the most popular for diving, with minimal rainfall, lower humidity, and clear skies. Water temperatures range from 27°C (81°F) to 30°C (86°F), and visibility often exceeds 30 meters (98 feet). These conditions create perfect settings for diving and snorkeling, offering calm seas and abundant marine life. It's an excellent time to explore Indonesia's breathtaking underwater world.

Whether you prefer the vibrant marine life of the wet season or the clear waters of the dry season, Indonesia's diverse climate ensures a memorable diving experience. Let us help you plan the perfect liveaboard adventure tailored to your preferences.

Yes. Dive insurance is generally mandatory for liveaboard trips in Indonesia. Most operators and booking platforms require divers to have insurance that covers emergency evacuation, medical treatment, and other dive-related incidents.

Please secure adequate insurance that provides coverage for medical treatment, decompression sickness, injuries, and emergency evacuation from remote areas, ensuring safety and peace of mind. Optional coverage for equipment loss is also beneficial.

Several providers offer comprehensive coverage, including DAN (Divers Alert Network), Dive Assure, and World Nomads. These organizations offer tailored plans to suit different diving needs.

We dedicate 1% of our revenue towards environmental protection. From 2024, V Social will begin setting up its own conservation project, working together with local people. We firmly believe that conservation can be impactful and long-lasting, but that it is only truly effective when done together with people living in the territory.

Travel relies on natural resources and is deeply connected with nature and wildlife. Therefore, responsible and sustainable travel has to include conservation efforts and true care for the places we travel to. The V Social Foundation’s conservation project is an initiative that works with local people to give them ownership of their territory, protect the environment through reforestation and regeneration efforts, and empower the community by handing them over control of the project within five years.

We aim to develop a model that contributes to climate protection, adapts to local conditions instead of harming them, and empowers local people to take over the project in the future. The goal is that this model can be replicated and create a snowball effect among the communities we work with and the destinations we travel to, making travel a true force for good.

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