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Molana, 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

Raja Ampat-Banda Sea-Ambon

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 Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, and Ambon.

This adventure offers an unmatched diversity of underwater experiences, from the the vibrant coral reefs of Raja Ampat to the muck diving wonders of Ambon Bay. 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.

Sorong, Indonesia
Sorong
Gam Island, Raja Ampat

Check-in time in Sorong is between 07.00 am - 14.00.

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 cruise for 5 to 6 hours to the Dampier Strait, 40 nautical miles.

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

Blue Magic

Manta Sandy

The next two days will be spent around the Dampier Strait, the strait between the island of Waigeo, the Bird’s Head Peninsula and the northern side of Batanta Island.

The Dampier Strait is known for a huge variety of diving, from giant mantas to mangroves, beautiful reefs, many pinnacles and sea mounts covered in schooling fish, aggregations of sweetlips, schooling barracudas, bumphead parrotfish, fusiliers and lots of wobbegong sharks. It is also a great location for critters and macro subjects, with several species of pygmy seahorses and a large variety of nudibranchs.

There are also several jetties to do some great night dives, where you can see Raja epaulette sharks, toadfish, frogfish and crocodile fish.

Cruise overnight to Misool, 90 nautical miles.

Misool, Raja Ampat
Misool Shore View, Raja Ampat
Misool top View, Raja Ampat

Andiamo

Thousand Temples

Sagoff Island

Tomolol Cave

Fiabacet

Balbulol

Jef Pele Wall

Daram

Boo Window

Nudi Rock

Magic Mountain

Wayil Islands

Jellyfish Lake

Candy Store

The next three days will be spent around the island of Misool, where there are literally hundreds of dive sites. Misool is heaven for wide angle photographers. The prettiest soft coral reefs in the world are located in Misool. In addition, there are 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, with fantastic scenery and wildlife sightings.

Cruise overnight to Pulau Koon, 100 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. Here you will find 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 pelagics, including barracudas, bigeye trevallies, aggregations of red snappers, pompanos, batfish and giant groupers.

Cruise overnight to Manuk, 108 nautical miles.

Manuk Island

Manuk Ridge

Manuk, an active volcano about 55 nautical miles south of the Banda Islands, is one of two 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 and 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 Banda Islands, 55 nautical miles.

Fort Belgica, Maluku Islands, Indonesia
Fort Belgica, Maluku Islands, Indonesia
Fort Belgica, Maluku Islands, Indonesia

Fort Belgica

Banda Api

Nutmeg Plantation

Fort Nassau

The next two days will be spent in the Banda Islands, formerly known as the Spice Islands. Many of the dive sites around the Banda islands are wall dives. The walls are covered in massive gorgonians, soft corals, barrel sponges and have 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 at the local jetty.

The Banda Islands are much more than diving. It is also a cultural and historical experience. You will spend one morning walking around the village of Banda Neira the main island, with a local guide, visiting the local museum, the old Dutch fort, the old colonial governor’s house, the local fish market and a nutmeg plantation, where you will have breakfast.

Cruise overnight to Nusa Laut (77 nautical miles) or to Ambon (110 nautical miles).

Akoon Village, Maluku
Akoon Village, Maluku

Port of Ambon

Duke of Sparta

Akoon Village

Twilight Zone

The last diving day of the trip will be around either the island of Nusa Laut or in Ambon Bay. Nusa Laut is a small island, next to the island of Saparua, which has some beautiful hard coral fringing reefs as well as walls similar to those of the Banda Islands.

Or, you will spend the day around Ambon, where there are several options such as wrecks, caves or some really interesting muck dives looking for Rhinopias, frogfish (including the psychedelic frogfish), harlequin shrimps and many other critters.

Ambon, Maluku

Port of Ambon

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

Dates & Prices

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6

Apr

2025

17

Apr

2025

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6

Apr

2025

17

Apr

2025

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1

Apr

2026

12

Apr

2026

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Apr

2026

12

Apr

2026

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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

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.

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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