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Nailaka Island, Maluku

Ambon–Banda Sea–Raja Ampat

A 12-day long trip on board the Mermaid I

Length

12 Days

Ship category

Premium

Ship type

Small Ship

Capacity

15 Passengers

Ambon–Banda Sea–Raja Ampat

2 Reviews

Trip highlights

Eat breakfast at a nutmeg plantation

Dive with Chinese sea snakes and banded sea kraits

Visit a traditional Papuan village

Enjoy tender rides through amazing inner lagoons

The DiveIndonesia experience

Personalized and intimate dive experiences

Spacious dive deck and comfortable camera room

Air-conditioned cabins with ocean views

Delicious meals prepared by an expert chef

This trip is a 12-day expedition that promises an unparalleled adventure, both above and below water. With approximately 33 dives in total, you will explore some of the most iconic dive sites in Ambon, Banda Sea, and Raja Ampat.

This adventure offers an unmatched diversity of underwater experiences, from the muck diving wonders of Ambon Bay to the vibrant coral reefs of Raja Ampat. Ideal for divers of all levels, the trip includes opportunities to dive historic shipwrecks, swim with manta rays, and discover vibrant coral gardens teeming with marine life.

Expect water temperatures between 27-30°C (81-86°F) and visibility ranging from 15-40 meters (50-130 feet). A 3mm wetsuit is recommended for optimal comfort. Non-divers can enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, and beach excursions, ensuring an enriching experience for everyone on board.

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.

Ambon, Maluku

Pintu Kota

Duke of Sparta

Port of Ambon

Twilight Zone

First day:

Check-in on board Mermaid I. Once all guests are on board, a safety briefing will be given. If all the guests are on board by 12.00 hours, you have the chance to do two extra dives at Ambon Bay in some fabulous muck dives with critters galore. This area is known for many rare and unusual species, including the psychedelic frogfish and Rhinopias.

Second day: We will spend the day around Ambon, where there are several options such as a wreck, or doing some really interesting muck dives looking for rhynophias, frogfish (including the psychedelic frogfish), harlequin shrimps, and many other critters. Cruise overnight to the Banda Islands, 110 nautical miles.

Banda Api, Maluku
Banda Island, Maluku
Banda Api, Maluku

Fort Belgica

Banda Api

Nutmeg Plantation

Fort Nassau

The next two days will be spent in the Banda Islands, also known in the old days as the Spice Islands. Many of the dive sites around the Bandas are wall dives. Walls covered in massive gorgonians, soft corals, barrel sponges and some very interesting swim throughs. But there are other attractive dive sites such as pinnacles with enormous groups of schooling pyramid butterflyfish, triggerfish and pelagic fishes such as tunas passing through, spectacular hard coral reefs next to the volcano, and great muck dives with lots of mandarin fish in the local jetty.

The Banda Islands are much more than diving. It is also a cultural and historical experience. We will spend one morning walking around the village of Banda Naira with a local guide, and visit the local museum, the Old Dutch fort, the old colonial governor’s house, the local fish market, and we will have breakfast at a nutmeg plantation. Cruise overnight to Manuk, 55 nautical miles

Manuk Island

Manuk Ridge

Manuk, an active volcano about 55 nm south of the Banda Islands, is one of 2 places in Indonesia where there are huge aggregations of sea snakes, Chinese sea snakes and banded sea kraits. It is an incredible experience to dive surrounded on all sides by sea snakes. The island is surrounded by black sandy slopes with hard coral reefs, volcanic ridges covered in gorgonians with zillions of fusiliers and pelagic fishes such as spanish mackerels and dogtooth tunas passing through. Cruise overnight to the Pulau Koon, 108 nautical miles.

Koon Island, Maluku Islands
Koon Island, Maluku Islands
Too Many Fish, Maluku Islands

Too Many Fish

Pulau Koon is a small island on the southeast of Ceram, half way between Raja Ampat and the Banda Islands. Walls covered in soft corals, and sandy slopes with hard coral bommies. But the most interesting feature of this island is the amount of schooling fish and pelagic, barracudas, bigeye trevallies, aggregation of red snappers, pompanos, batfish, and giant groupers.

Cruise overnight to Misool, 100 nautical miles

Thousand Temples, Misool
Thousand Temples, Misool
Thousand Temples, Misool

Andiamo

Thousand Temples

Sagoff Island

Balbulol

Fiabacet

Daram

Jef Pele Wall

Nudi Rock

Boo Window

Wayil Islands

Magic Mountain

Candy Store

The next 3 days will be around the island of Misool, where there are literally hundreds of dive sites. Misool is a heaven for wide angle photographers. The prettiest soft corals reefs in the world are located in Misool, as well as having multiple pinnacles surrounded by masses of schooling fish, barracudas, jacks and snappers. There will be some excursions with the tenders through some amazing inner lagoons, fantastic scenery and wild life sightings.

Cruise overnight to the Dampier Strait, 90 nautical miles

The Passage, Waigeo, Raja Ampat
The Passage, Gam Island
Mayhem, Gam Island

Blue Magic

Mangroves

The Passage

Mayhem

Sardines Reef

Cape Kri

Manta Sandy

Mioskon Reef

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 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 to Sorong, 40 nautical miles

Sorong, Indonesia
Sorong
Gam Island, Raja Ampat

Disembark at 8 am after breakfast. Mermaid I staff will transfer you to the airport or local hotel.

Dates & Prices

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25

Nov

2024

6

Dec

2024

Full

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GBP 4,223

25

Nov

2024

6

Dec

2024

Full

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GBP 4,223

18

Apr

2025

29

Apr

2025

Available

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GBP 4,223

18

Apr

2025

29

Apr

2025

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26

Nov

2025

7

Dec

2025

Full

From

GBP 4,223

26

Nov

2025

7

Dec

2025

Full

From

GBP 4,223

13

Apr

2026

24

Apr

2026

Available

From

GBP 4,223

13

Apr

2026

24

Apr

2026

Available

From

GBP 4,223

16

Nov

2026

27

Nov

2026

Available

From

GBP 4,223

16

Nov

2026

27

Nov

2026

Available

From

GBP 4,223

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Info

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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