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    Biodiversity Super Special – Maumere – Alor – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat

    The Biodiversity Super Special takes you diving in three completely different areas – Alor, the Banda Sea and Raja Ampat – you can be certain that the biodiversity will be amazing!

    It is almost impossible to put together a daily itinerary due to the magnificent diving everywhere Mermaid goes on this trip. 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! However, here is rough guide just to whet your appetite!

    Biodiversity Super Special – Maumere – Alor – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat

    Biodiversity Super Special – Maumere – Alor – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat with

    Mermaid I

    MV Mermaid I

    16 days / 15 nights49 Dives
    Mermaid II

    MV Mermaid II

    16 days / 15 nights49 Dives
    Day
    Itinerary with MV Mermaid I Biodiversity Super Special – Maumere – Alor – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat
    Dives

    Day 1

    Check-in on board Mermaid I. We recommend all guests to arrive the day before the cruise departure. After all the guests have settle into the cabins and set up the diving equipment, we will start cruising overnight to our first destination at Kawula Island, 90 nautical miles.

    Dives

    -

    Day 2

    Dive Cape Bacatan and Lewaling Bay at the island of Kawula. Three dives along walls and ledges covered in sea fans and soft corals – chance for pygmy seahorse and critters here as well.


    Cape Bacatan is a good place to spot whitetips, blacktips and occasionally, grey reef sharks. Also a popular spot for eagle rays and Napoleon wrasse with loads of schooling fish. A great muck night dive will be done in front of a traditional fishing village. Cruise overnight to Alor, 70 nautical miles.

    Dives

    4

    Day 3

    Alor is a favourite dive spot for divers coming to dive Indonesia year after year due to its variety of dive sites. Healthy reefs, pinnacles, walls, great muck dives, cold water, warm water, strong currents and protected areas. Alor has it all. Cruise overnight to Wetar, 95 nautical miles.

    Dives

    4

    Day 4

    In Wetar you will dive at the small island of Reong and at Cape Nunukae.


    Pulau Reong is a small island on the northwest coast of Wetar and separated by a small channel only 700 metres wide. More walls, like many of the dive sites in the Banda Sea, covered in small soft corals but of a great variety of colours, with zillions of triggerfish of every species.


    Cape Nunukae, about 6 nautical miles southwest of Pulau Reong, is a large ridge with slopes on both sides, covered with a hard coral reef on the shallow area of the ridge, with soft corals on the slopes in the deeper areas. There can be strong currents at the end of the ridge, where large aggregations of schooling fish can be found. Cruise overnight to the Damar Islands, 150 nautical miles.

    Dives

    3

    Day 5

    Today you will dive several small islands – Neus Leur, Terbang Seletan and Terbang Utara. The island of Damar and its three surrounding small islands have spectacular diving. Like many dives in the Banda Sea, there is crystal clear water and beautiful walls covered in massive sponges and beautiful soft corals.  Cruise overnight to Nila Island, 90 nautical miles.

    Dives

    3

    Day 6

    Surrounding Nila Island there are two atolls, Dusborgh and Nil Desperandum. It’s at these two atolls that there is a good chance of seeing hammerhead sharks. Even without the hammerheads, the reefs are fabulous, with healthy walls and big schools of fish. Cruise to Serua Island, 20 nautical miles.

    Dives

    4

    Day 7

    Serua Island is probably one of the most emblematic spots in the Banda Sea to see schooling hammerhead sharks. Also an amazing side to see schooling fish such as big eye trevallies, pinjalo snappers and others. Cruise to Manuk, 55 nautical miles.

    Dives

    4

    Day 8

    Manuk, also known as the Snake Volcano. Don't need to be afraid! The site also offers a black sand reef dive with loads of fish and pretty hard and soft corals. We will spend the whole day here doing four day dives, then cruising to the Banda Islands, 60 nautical miles.

    Dives

    4

    Day 9-10

    Banda Islands for the next 2 days! Walls, swim throughs, sponges and sea fans – good diving and great for wide angle. Several sites have swim throughs large enough for several people to go through at the same time and is especially nice for wide angle shots, as they are covered in soft corals and sponges.


    Dive sites in the Banda Islands drop down thousands of metres, offering spectacular walls and stunning reef tops, with visibility usually in the 40-50 metre range.


    The sunset dive is at the pier in front of an old colonial hotel! Black sand and volcanic rocks with an unusual amount of large and not shy mandarin fish – also great for critters.


    For the second day here, in addition to great diving, you will go on land for an excursion on the island of Banda Neira visiting the local museum, Dutch fort, nutmeg plantation and local market. You will even get to have breakfast at the nutmeg plantation! Cruise overnight to Koon Island, 80 nautical miles.

    Dives

    7

    Day 11

    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 Misool, 100 nautical miles

    Dives

    3

    Day 12-13

    The next two days will be spent around the island of Misool, Raja Ampat, 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. 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 the Dampier Strait, 90 nautical miles.

    Dives

    7

    Day 14

    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 a great night dive, where you can see the Raja epaulette shark, toadfish, frogfish and crocodile fish.

    Dives

    4

    Day 15

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

    Dives

    2

    Day 16

    After breakfast, Mermaid I staff will transfer you to the airport or hotel in Sorong.


    This is a sample itinerary and is subject to changes beyond the operator’s control. 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

    Dives

    -

    Total Dives: 49
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    Day
    Itinerary with MV Mermaid II Biodiversity Super Special – Maumere – Alor – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat
    Dives

    Day 1

    Check-in on board Mermaid II. We recommend all guests to arrive the day before the cruise departure. After all the guests have settle into the cabins and set up the diving equipment, we will start cruising overnight to our first destination at Kawula Island, 90 nautical miles.

    Dives

    -

    Day 2

    Dive Cape Bacatan and Lewaling Bay at the island of Kawula. Three dives along walls and ledges covered in sea fans and soft corals – chance for pygmy seahorse and critters here as well.


    Cape Bacatan is a good place to spot whitetips, blacktips and occasionally, grey reef sharks. Also a popular spot for eagle rays and Napoleon wrasse with loads of schooling fish. A great muck night dive will be done in front of a traditional fishing village. Cruise overnight to Alor, 70 nautical miles.

    Dives

    4

    Day 3

    Alor is a favourite dive spot for divers coming to dive Indonesia year after year due to its variety of dive sites. Healthy reefs, pinnacles, walls, great muck dives, cold water, warm water, strong currents and protected areas. Alor has it all. Cruise overnight to Wetar, 95 nautical miles.

    Dives

    4

    Day 4

    In Wetar you will dive at the small island of Reong and at Cape Nunukae.


    Pulau Reong is a small island on the northwest coast of Wetar and separated by a small channel only 700 metres wide. More walls, like many of the dive sites in the Banda Sea, covered in small soft corals but of a great variety of colours, with zillions of triggerfish of every species.


    Cape Nunukae, about 6 nautical miles southwest of Pulau Reong, is a large ridge with slopes on both sides, covered with a hard coral reef on the shallow area of the ridge, with soft corals on the slopes in the deeper areas. There can be strong currents at the end of the ridge, where large aggregations of schooling fish can be found. Cruise overnight to the Damar Islands, 150 nautical miles.

    Dives

    3

    Day 5

    Today you will dive several small islands – Neus Leur, Terbang Seletan and Terbang Utara. The island of Damar and its three surrounding small islands have spectacular diving. Like many dives in the Banda Sea, there is crystal clear water and beautiful walls covered in massive sponges and beautiful soft corals.  Cruise overnight to Nila Island, 90 nautical miles.

    Dives

    3

    Day 6

    Surrounding Nila Island there are two atolls, Dusborgh and Nil Desperandum. It’s at these two atolls that there is a good chance of seeing hammerhead sharks. Even without the hammerheads, the reefs are fabulous, with healthy walls and big schools of fish. Cruise to Serua Island, 20 nautical miles.

    Dives

    4

    Day 7

    Serua Island is probably one of the most emblematic spots in the Banda Sea to see schooling hammerhead sharks. Also an amazing side to see schooling fish such as big eye trevallies, pinjalo snappers and others. Cruise to Manuk, 55 nautical miles.

    Dives

    4

    Day 8

    Manuk, also known as the Snake Volcano. Don't need to be afraid! The site also offers a black sand reef dive with loads of fish and pretty hard and soft corals. We will spend the whole day here doing four day dives, then cruising to the Banda Islands, 60 nautical miles.

    Dives

    4

    Day 9-10

    Banda Islands for the next 2 days! Walls, swim throughs, sponges and sea fans – good diving and great for wide angle. Several sites have swim throughs large enough for several people to go through at the same time and is especially nice for wide angle shots, as they are covered in soft corals and sponges.


    Dive sites in the Banda Islands drop down thousands of metres, offering spectacular walls and stunning reef tops, with visibility usually in the 40-50 metre range.


    The sunset dive is at the pier in front of an old colonial hotel! Black sand and volcanic rocks with an unusual amount of large and not shy mandarin fish – also great for critters.


    For the second day here, in addition to great diving, you will go on land for an excursion on the island of Banda Neira visiting the local museum, Dutch fort, nutmeg plantation and local market. You will even get to have breakfast at the nutmeg plantation! Cruise overnight to Koon Island, 80 nautical miles.

    Dives

    7

    Day 11

    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 Misool, 100 nautical miles

    Dives

    3

    Day 12-13

    The next two days will be spent around the island of Misool, Raja Ampat, 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. 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 the Dampier Strait, 90 nautical miles.

    Dives

    7

    Day 14

    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 a great night dive, where you can see the Raja epaulette shark, toadfish, frogfish and crocodile fish.

    Dives

    4

    Day 15

    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 Mermaid II must go back to Sorong. The crew will take care of rinsing your equipment and there’s time to pack during this 4-5 hour run.

    Dives

    2

    Day 16

    After breakfast, Mermaid II staff will transfer you to the airport or hotel in Sorong.


    This is a sample itinerary and is subject to changes beyond the operator’s control. 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

    Dives

    -

    Total Dives: 49
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    Departure Port

    Maumere

    Arrival Port

    Sorong

    Free Transfers

    Transfers are included on departure days from Maumere airport (MOF) and arrival days to Sorong airport (SOQ). The free transfers will ensure hassle free transport to and from Mermaid I and Mermaid II.

    Convenient Departure Location

    We depart out of Maumere Harbour only a quick 20 minute ride from the airport.

    Departures and Arrivals

    We recommend all guests to arrive the day before the cruise departure. Guests will disembark at 08:00  having a lot of time to catch a same day flight out of Sorong.

    First class luxury liveaboard at affordable prices

    We offer exceptional value when compared to other boats operating in the region in both price and in comfort.

    Airlines Recommendation

    Below are the airlines that fly to this destination. Should you wish to have a streamlined travel experience for your trip, we will be happy to arrange your flight, please inform us when making an inquiry through our inquiry form.

    • Garuda Indonesia

      Garuda Indonesia is the national airline of Indonesia. Named after the holy bird Garuda of Hinduism from the national emblem of Indonesia. Garuda flies to most of our ports of embarkation and disembarkation. At the time of writing they offer an extra 23kg baggage allowance for sports gear, including scuba diving equipment.

    • Batik Air

      Batik Air is a full-service airline which began operations in May 2013. This airline is part of the Lion Air group. Batik Air flies to many of Mermaid’s destinations. They offer some convenient options such as direct flights from Jakarta to Sorong, for our Raja Ampat cruises, or to Ambon to join some of our most exciting cruises.

    • Lion Air

      Lion Air is an Indonesian low-cost airline and is the second largest low-cost airline in Southeast Asia after AirAsia and the largest airline of Indonesia. The airline operates domestic as well as international routes, which connects different destinations of Indonesia. Wings Air is part of Lion Air and flies to the more remote destinations. Batik Air is also part of the Lion Air group. Between all these airlines, Lion, Wings and Batik can fly you to any of the area where we operate.

    • Sriwijaya Air

      Sriwijaya Air is an Indonesian airline based in Jakarta. Garuda Indonesia group recently took over the operation of Sriwijaya Air. This airline is the country’s third largest carrier and offers flights to various Indonesian destinations and a few international destinations. Sriwijaya also offer convenient direct flights from Jakarta to Sorong for our Raja Ampat cruises.

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        25
        Sep
        2022
        MMII 33/22SP

        Biodiversity Super Special – Maumere – Alor – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat

        Duration: 16D 15N

        Return: 10 Oct 2022

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        Nov
        2022
        MMI 30/22SP

        Biodiversity Super Special – Maumere – Alor – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat

        Duration: 16D 15N

        Return: 28 Nov 2022

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        17
        Nov
        2022
        MMII 38/22SP

        Biodiversity Super Special – Maumere – Alor – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat

        Duration: 16D 15N

        Return: 02 Dec 2022

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        Oct
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        MMI 26/23MA

        Biodiversity Super Special – Maumere – Alor – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat

        Duration: 12D 11N

        Return: 12 Oct 2023

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        MMI 28/23SP

        Biodiversity Super Special – Maumere – Alor – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat

        Duration: 16D 15N

        Return: 10 Nov 2023

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        25 Sep 2022

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        10 Oct 2022

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        13 Nov 2022

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        Biodiversity Super Special – Maumere – Alor – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat

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        28 Nov 2022

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        17 Nov 2022

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        MMII 38/22SP

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        Biodiversity Super Special – Maumere – Alor – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat

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        02 Dec 2022

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        01 Oct 2023

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        Biodiversity Super Special – Maumere – Alor – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat

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        12 Oct 2023

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        26 Oct 2023

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        MMI 28/23SP

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        Biodiversity Super Special – Maumere – Alor – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat

        16D 15N

        10 Nov 2023

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