The Komodo National Park is one of the world's most diverse and interesting marine and wildlife parks with a total land area of 75,000 hectares. In 1980 Komodo's unique environment led it to become an UNESCO World Heritage site and in 2012 one of the New7Wonders of Nature.
The Komodo National Park is home to a rare diversity of animals; wild deer, water buffalo and monkeys roam the undulating hills making prey for a population of the world's largest lizard, the famous Komodo dragon. The morning time songs of Yellow-crested cockatoos and Nicobar pigeons make a wonderful start to your day.
The Nusa Tengarra region covers hundreds of kilometers navigating through breathtaking scenery such as; volcanoes, mangrove forests and the stunning blue of the wide open sea contrasted with sun-scorched, red earth islands. Komodo offers world class diving and snorkeling in an amazing variety of sites with walls, coral gardens, pinnacles, drop offs as well as quiet bays for macro photographers seeking rarely seen critters in black volcanic sand.
Komodo is blessed by a through flow of currents and cold water upwellings flowing to and from the Indian Ocean providing nutrient rich waters where swathes of soft corals, sponges, ascidians and clouds of brightly coloured fish thrive. When the current?s right exhilarating blue water, fish soup diving with explosions of fusiliers, trevallies, sharks and other pelagic fish will leave you mesmerized for hours. Hang out with congregations of Manta Rays while they feed, clean and dance on the shallow reefs and rock formations.
The Mermaid liveaboard fleet makes departures from Benoa Harbor, Bali, Indonesia. We operate on a regular schedule, but we are also available for charter trips, if interested please contact us.
Raja Ampat has been documented as one of the last frontiers of unspoilt diving. The archipelago's reefs are not just pristine but have the greatest coral reef biodiversity for its size in the world. The Bird's Head Seascape holds: 2,500 islands and reefs, 1,320 fish species, 550 coral species and all that is yet to be discovered.
Raja Ampat is known as "The Coral Kingdom" and fittingly, the name means "four kings." The four main islands or "Kings" of the archipelago: Waigeo in the north, Salawati west of Sorong, Batanta north of Salawati, and Misool in the south.
Visit Waigeo and dive the famous Dampier Strait, some of Raja Ampat?s most action-packed dive sites. Exhilarating current dives and reliable manta cleaning stations where you can experience these majestic giant pelagics dance for hours along with many other treasures such as the tasselled wobbegong shark.
Dive the beautiful and unique mangrove areas of Yanggefo and Gam islands where the tips of healthy acropora corals contrast with the lush green of the mangroves making excellent split images, while just beneath the surface schools of archerfish hunt among the forest of mangrove roots.
Batanta Island, known for its excellent muck diving and amazing variety of nudibranchs including the endemic Thecacera sp, black sand slopes full of wonderful critters and frequent sittings of the rare mimic octopus.
Misool area in southern Raja Ampat is a must for those who enjoy radiant coloured soft corals. There are stunning walls, pinnacles and reefs with masses of huge gorgonian sea fans hosting an array of different pygmy seahorses.
The vast area and variety of dive sites makes it ideal location to be discovered via liveaboard. The Mermaid liveaboard fleet makes departures out Sorong, West Papua, Indonesia. We operate on a regular schedule, but we are also available for charter trips, if interested please contact us.
This route offers such a wealth of biodiversity starting with the spectacularly beautiful reefs around the Raja Ampat area to the Island of Halmahera and on to the "critter heaven" of the Lembeh Straits. The cruise runs between Sorong Papua and Bitung in North Sulawesi or return.
Along the way to the famous muck diving capital of Lembeh Strait explore the magnificent diving and abundance of fish life on the surrounding small islands of Tifore and Pulau Pisang. Travel through breathtaking scenery with lush tropical green forests and a multitude of impressive volcanoes really a photographer's paradise. Underwater discover vibrant soft and hard coral slopping reefs and pinnacles to which are home to a plentitude of fish and blacktip reef sharks.
Long, lazy dives in the black sand strait of Lembeh where a myriad of rare and unusual underwater animals can be found. Keep your eyes firmly set on seeing the small wonders.
Dive this unique, fascinating and spectacular underwater world with Mermaid Liveaboard Fleet.
The best of the “Coral Triangle” from Raja Ampat through the exotic Spice Islands to the remote Solor Alor Archipelago rounding up in the lush green North East Flores. Discover stunning tropical scenery, a remarkable history, friendly locals, fine ikat weavings and some of the globe's most pristine, biologically diverse coral reefs.
The islands are perched on the rim of Indonesia's deepest underwater gorge, the Banda Sea, where waters can reach depths of over 6,500 meters hosting some of the world’s most spectacular marine gardens, with bright corals and colourful fish, bustling through the crystal-clear waters, making it suitable for diving, snorkelling or even simply sightseeing. Dive at Gunung Api or ‘peak of fire’ an active volcano home to hundreds of sea snakes.
No trip is the same with so many different sites to visit and explore. Contact Mermaid Liveaboards now for a once in a life time experience.