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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 nights54 Dives
Mermaid II

MV Mermaid II

16 days / 15 nights54 Dives
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Itinerary with MV Mermaid I Biodiversity Super Special – Maumere – Alor – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat
Dives

Day 1

Check-in on board Mermaid I. Guests are required to arrive the day prior. You will do two dives today. One dive at the fabulous critter sanctuary provided by the pier and another super reef dive just a few hours from Maumere. Cruise overnight to Kawula, 100 nautical miles.

Dives

2

Day 2

Lewaling Bay – Kawula Island


The first day of diving will be done at Lewaling Bay at the island of Kawula. With the background of a volcano rising from the western shores of Lewaling Bay, the last two dives of the trip will be done at two different capes, Cape Bacatan and Cape Sirumerang. Both dive sites have a mix of ridges, walls with overhangs, white sandy slopes and very shallow reef tops.


Cruise overnight to Alor.

Dives

4

Day 3

Alor


Alor is one of the old time favourite dive spots for divers coming to 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.

Dives

4

Day 4

Wetar


At Wetar, you will do three dives at the small island of Reong and at Cape Nunukae. Pulau Reong is a small island on the northwest coast of Wetar and is 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 and 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 and soft corals on the slopes in the deeper areas. Strong currents can be had at the end of the ridge, where large aggregations of schooling fish can be found.


Mermaid I will begin crossing the Banda Sea. Cruise overnight to Gunung Api.

Dives

4

Day 5

Gunung Api – Banda Sea


Weather depending, you will dive Gunung Api, a small volcano in the middle of the Banda Sea. Gunung Api is one of those very rare and special places where not many divers get to dive. Here, you will find underwater ridges, steep slopes with black sand and walls covered in soft corals. But the most amazing feature of this small volcano is the amount of sea snakes that can be found surrounding the island.


Spend the time between dives observing the hundreds of frigates that live on the island.


Cruise overnight to Damar.

Dives

4

Day 6

Pulau Damar – Banda Sea


Today will be spent diving around the three small islands surrounding the island of Damar: Neus Leur, Terbang Utara, and Terbang Selatan. With white sandy beaches and completely covered by tropical forests, these islands have some of the prettiest and healthiest reefs in the Banda Sea. Walls covered with massive barrel sponges and gorgonian sea fans. Reef tops full of soft corals and small tropical reef fishes. And visibility up to 50 metres.


Cruise overnight to Pulau Nila.

Dives

4

Day 7

Pulau Nila – Banda Sea


Approximately 26 nautical miles northeast of the island of Nila in the Banda Sea, there is a submerged reef called Nil Desperandum. It is comprised mainly of walls and steep slopes going several thousand metres deep, with beautiful hard corals at the reef top. The reef is several miles long and it can be dived all around. Napoleons wrasses, turtles and reef sharks are usual sightings at this reef.


5 nautical miles east of Nila lies an atoll called Dusborgh, with similar topography to Nil Desperandum. With crystal clear water, it is another great place to see pelagic fish including tunas, mackerels, jacks, rainbow runners and more passing by.


Cruise overnight to Manuk.

Dives

4

Day 8

Manuk – Banda Sea


Manuk, an extinct volcano about 65 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.

Dives

4

Day 9-10

Banda Islands


The next two days will be spent in the Banda Islands, formerly known as the Spice Islands. Many of the dive sites around the Bandas 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 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 Koon.

Dives

7

Day 11

Pulau Koon – Ceram


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.

Dives

3

Day 12-13

Misool – Raja Ampat


The next two 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 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 Dampier Strait.

Dives

8

Day 14

Dampier Strait – Raja Ampat


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, schools of bumphead parrotfish, massive schools of 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 Raja epaulette sharks, toadfish, frogfish and crocodile fish.


In the afternoon between dives, you can visit traditional Papuan villages, meet the locals and walk on white sandy beaches.

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 I 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 I staff will transfer you to the airport.


This is a sample itinerary and is subject to changes beyond the operator’s control. The exact itinerary for your cruise may be adapted to best suit the weather conditions, tides and currents, season and other prevailing events.

Dives

-

Total Dives: 54
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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. Guests are required to arrive the day prior. You will do two dives today. One dive at the fabulous critter sanctuary provided by the pier and another super reef dive just a few hours from Maumere. Cruise overnight to Kawula, 100 nautical miles.

Dives

2

Day 2

Lewaling Bay – Kawula Island


The first day of diving will be done at Lewaling Bay at the island of Kawula. With the background of a volcano rising from the western shores of Lewaling Bay, the last two dives of the trip will be done at two different capes, Cape Bacatan and Cape Sirumerang. Both dive sites have a mix of ridges, walls with overhangs, white sandy slopes and very shallow reef tops.


Cruise overnight to Alor.

Dives

4

Day 3

Alor


Alor is one of the old time favourite dive spots for divers coming to 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.

Dives

4

Day 4

Wetar


At Wetar, you will do three dives at the small island of Reong and at Cape Nunukae. Pulau Reong is a small island on the northwest coast of Wetar and is 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 and 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 and soft corals on the slopes in the deeper areas. Strong currents can be had at the end of the ridge, where large aggregations of schooling fish can be found.


Mermaid II will begin crossing the Banda Sea. Cruise overnight to Gunung Api.

Dives

4

Day 5

Gunung Api – Banda Sea


Weather depending, you will dive Gunung Api, a small volcano in the middle of the Banda Sea. Gunung Api is one of those very rare and special places where not many divers get to dive. Here, you will find underwater ridges, steep slopes with black sand and walls covered in soft corals. But the most amazing feature of this small volcano is the amount of sea snakes that can be found surrounding the island.


Spend the time between dives observing the hundreds of frigates that live on the island.


Cruise overnight to Damar.

Dives

4

Day 6

Pulau Damar – Banda Sea


Today will be spent diving around the three small islands surrounding the island of Damar: Neus Leur, Terbang Utara, and Terbang Selatan. With white sandy beaches and completely covered by tropical forests, these islands have some of the prettiest and healthiest reefs in the Banda Sea. Walls covered with massive barrel sponges and gorgonian sea fans. Reef tops full of soft corals and small tropical reef fishes. And visibility up to 50 meters.


Cruise overnight to Pulau Nila.

Dives

4

Day 7

Pulau Nila – Banda Sea


Approximately 26 nautical miles northeast of the island of Nila in the Banda Sea, there is a submerged reef called Nil Desperandum. It is comprised mainly of walls and steep slopes going several thousand metres deep, with beautiful hard corals at the reef top. The reef is several miles long and it can be dived all around. Napoleons wrasses, turtles and reef sharks are usual sightings at this reef.


5 nautical miles east of Nila lies an atoll called Dusborgh, with similar topography to Nil Desperandum. With crystal clear water, it is another great place to see pelagic fish including tunas, mackerels, jacks, rainbow runners and more passing by.


Cruise overnight to Manuk.

Dives

4

Day 8

Manuk – Banda Sea


Manuk, an extinct volcano about 65 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.

Dives

4

Day 9-10

Banda Islands


The next two days will be spent in the Banda Islands, formerly known as the Spice Islands. Many of the dive sites around the Bandas 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 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 Koon.

Dives

7

Day 11

Pulau Koon – Ceram


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.

Dives

3

Day 12-13

Misool – Raja Ampat


The next two 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 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 Dampier Strait.

Dives

8

Day 14

Dampier Strait – Raja Ampat


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, schools of bumphead parrotfish, massive schools of 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 Raja epaulette sharks, toadfish, frogfish and crocodile fish.


In the afternoon between dives, you can visit traditional Papuan villages, meet the locals and walk on white sandy beaches.

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.


This is a sample itinerary and is subject to changes beyond the operator’s control. The exact itinerary for your cruise may be adapted to best suit the weather conditions, tides and currents, season and other prevailing events.

Dives

-

Total Dives: 54
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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

All guests are required to arrive the day before the cruise departure as there will be two dives on the first day before travelling to the next diving spot. Arrival time back will be 0800 hours giving 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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The boat is in-port for its yearly maintenance schedule

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      05
      Nov
      2019
      MMI 29/19SP

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

      Duration: 16D 15N

      Return: 20 Nov 2019

      Mermaid I

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      MMII 41/19SP

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      Return: 09 Dec 2019

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      Nov
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      MMI 29/20SP

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      Return: 21 Nov 2020

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      Return: 14 Dec 2020

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      MMI 30/21SP

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      Return: 30 Nov 2021

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      05 Nov 2019

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      MMI 29/19SP

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

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      20 Nov 2019

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      24 Nov 2019

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      MMII 41/19SP

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

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      09 Dec 2019

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      06 Nov 2020

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      MMI 29/20SP

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

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      21 Nov 2020

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      29 Nov 2020

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      MMII 42/20SP

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      14 Dec 2020

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      15 Nov 2021

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      30 Nov 2021

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