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Maumere – Alor – Maumere

Mermaid Liveaboards with many years experience exploring the best of Indonesia scuba diving, now doing special cruises on the Alor archipelago. The port of embarkation and disembarkation is at Maumere port.

We dive the best of the best, we know where and when it’s running ! Return guests will also appreciate some new sites and experiences we can share through our extensive experience with the Nusa Tenggara.

Maumere – Alor – Maumere

Maumere – Alor – Maumere with

Mermaid I

MV Mermaid I

12 days / 11 nights27 Dives
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Itinerary with MV Mermaid I Maumere – Alor – Maumere
Dives

Day 1

Check-in on board MV Mermaid I between 12:00-15:00 hours in Maumere Harbour, Flores. After the boat and safety briefing, we'll set up equipment and you can settle into your cabin. Dinner will be served at 19:00 hours as we cruise into the sunset on our overnight journey to Kawula Island, east of Flores.

Dives

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Day 2

We will start the trip by spending the day at Lewaling Bay, in the north of Kawula Island. The scenery of the bay is amazing since there are 2 volcanos in each side of the bay. There we will do 4 dives.

The diving at Lewaling Bay is very diverse, consisting of walls, slopes and muck dives. With a great combination of large and small critters, from schooling barracudas and lots of schooling fish to pygmy seahorses.

We will finish the day with a muck dive as a night dive in front of the village of Watu Warawutun, which stands at the bottom of one of the volcanos. After dinner we will cruise overnight to the Alor Islands, which are about 7 to 8 hours away.

Dives

4

Days 3-5

The next 2 days we will spend diving around the Pantar Strait, which is the strait between the 2 major islands of Alor and Pantar Island.

There are 4 islands in the Pantar Strait, Ternate in the north, Reta and Pura in the middle and Treweg in the south.

Between these 4 islands plus the islands of Pantar and Alor, there are several dozen dive sites with an incredible variety of diving sceneries: walls with huge overhangs and hard coral gardens in the shallows, fringing reefs covered with pristine hard and soft corals and all kind of sponges surrounded by zillions of anthias and damsels, black sandy slopes covered with thousands of anemones, and muck dives where we can find rhinophias, fire sea urchins with coleman’s shrimps and zebra crabs, channels between the islands where you just drift with some strong currents and look out for pelagic fish passing by.

The water temperature can vary greatly in this area. In the northern and middle area, the temperature is usually around 27 C. And in the south, it can vary from 21C to 25C. Currents can be extremely strong in the Pantar Strait, which usually makes for 30m-plus visibility.

Dives

12

Day 6

On the fifth day of the trip, we will skip the 2 morning dives in order to visit a traditional village at Alor Island, where the locals will perform a local dance and where the guests will be able to buy locally made handicrafts. Then we will return to Mermaid I in order to have lunch and do 2 more dives at the Pantar Strait.

Dives

2

Day 7

Today Mermaid I will start cruising early in the morning in order to get to a small bay at the south tip of the Pantar Strait called Beanbagan, where we will spend the whole day. Or we will do 1 or 2 dives at Treweg Island and then move to Beanbagan.

The dive sites at Treweg island consist of rocky slopes covered in all sorts of soft corals, and where one can just drift looking for all kind of pelagic fish such as dogtooth tunas and giant trevallies.

The diving at Beanbagan Bay and village is very different from the rest of Alor. It consists mainly of blackish and grayish sand which is the perfect environment to find all kinds of different critters such as frogfish, ghost pipefish and different species of octopi.

There is also a jetty at the village with large schools of scads and batfish. And it is also a great place to find more critters and all kind of nudis. The water temperature in the south of the Alor Islands can vary from 21C to 25C. After dinner we will cruise overnight to the village of Lamakera, in the south of Kawula Island

Dives

4

Day 8

We start the day doing a dive at a fringing reef in front of the whaling village of Lamalera. And then we will move to the small island of Suangi, in the south of Kawula Island, to do 1 more dive.

The waters surrounding Suangi and streaming with schooling fish, pelagic fish and it is also a place where sharks are usually spotted. We will again move the boat after the 3rd dive to finish the day in the Solar Strait, south of Adonara Island, in order to do a muck dive as a night dive.

Dives

3

Day 9

The last day of diving will be at the small island of Serbete, just northwest of Adonara island, where we will finish with 2 dives.

Spectacular walls covered in soft corals and sponges, where one can spend time looking for tiny critters among the soft corals and sponges, or just drift along the wall looking at the spectacular views of the walls. Sadly, after the 2nd we will start heading back to Maumere, approximately 6 hours away. 

Dives

2

Day 10

Disembark  after breakfast at 8 am.


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

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Total Dives: 27
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Departure Port

Maumere

Arrival Port

Maumere

Free Transfers

Transfers are included on departure and arrival days from and to Maumere airport (MOF), and hotels in Maumere town. 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 – which is conveniently located in the main town of Maumere a quick 30 minute ride from the airport.

Departures and Arrivals

All cruise departure will be approximately 15:00 hours and arrival time back will be 08:00 hours giving a lot of time to catch a same day flight.

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.

Maumere – Alor – Maumere Upcoming Departures

In-Port

The boat is in-port for its yearly maintenance schedule

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      Date Trip Code Itinerary Master Single Deluxe Lower Deck Status
      06
      May
      2020
      MMI 12/20MA

      Maumere – Alor – Maumere

      Duration: 12D 11N

      Return: 17 May 2020

      Mermaid I

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      08
      May
      2021
      MMI 12/21AL

      Maumere – Alor – Maumere

      Duration: 10D 9N

      Return: 17 May 2021

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      18
      May
      2021
      MMI 13/21AL

      Maumere – Alor – Maumere

      Duration: 10D 9N

      Return: 27 May 2021

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      12
      Oct
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      MMI 27/21MAM

      Maumere – Alor – Maumere

      Duration: 10D 9N

      Return: 21 Oct 2021

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      Date

      06 May 2020

      Trip Code

      MMI 12/20MA

      Itinerary

      Maumere – Alor – Maumere

      12D 11N

      17 May 2020

      Mermaid I

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      Date

      08 May 2021

      Trip Code

      MMI 12/21AL

      Itinerary

      Maumere – Alor – Maumere

      10D 9N

      17 May 2021

      Mermaid I

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      18 May 2021

      Trip Code

      MMI 13/21AL

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      Maumere – Alor – Maumere

      10D 9N

      27 May 2021

      Mermaid I

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      12 Oct 2021

      Trip Code

      MMI 27/21MAM

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      Maumere – Alor – Maumere

      10D 9N

      21 Oct 2021

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