Mermaid 1 - The Most Popular Indonesian Liveaboard Dive Boat

MV Mermaid 1

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Indonesia Indonesia
Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Ambon / Bali / Maumere, Flores / Sorong, West Papua
No. of guests: 20
Prices from: 4,127 USD
3,301 USD
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While most Indonesian diving liveaboard boats are locally-designed (Phinisi) with a wooden hull, MV Mermaid 1 is a specially-designed diving ship, purpose-built for scuba diving in all sea conditions in Indonesia. The boat has three decks, and plenty of space for guests to find privacy or socialize in groups. All of its 8 cabins are air conditioned, have en suite bathrooms, refrigerators and flat-screen televisions with AV entertainment systems. The dive deck and equipment facilities and storage areas are all large and well designed for comfortable diving cruises of up to two weeks in length.

At 28 metres in length & 7 metres wide, MV Mermaid 1 is an ideal size to cruise around some of the best dive sites in the world. Everything is designed and fitted with convenience and safety in mind. The boat can cruise at nearly 10 knots, and effortlessly reach far-away diving destinations during the day or night. Such is the comfort on board that it can be difficult for guests to want to leave the boat and jump in the water. However, the choice of Mermaid 1’s diving locations at any time of year ensure that it is well worth the plunge. Komodo National Marine Park and Raja Ampat offer some of the best diving in the world, with Manta Rays or Whale Sharks sighted on almost every trip. After each dive, guests can return to the luxurious surroundings of the boat, and enjoy a hot shower and delicious meals in the air-conditioned saloon. At any time during the cruise, there are plenty of opportunities to sunbathe or enjoy the sea breeze in the shade, alone or in groups.

The designers appreciate that guests have a wide range of tastes when it comes to sleeping arrangements. Therefore, on MV Mermaid 1 there are single, twin, & double-bed cabins to choose from. All are beautifully decorated and well-furnished, including private refrigerators. In addition, the master, deluxe & single cabins have large windows that offer wonderful sea views. Naturally, daily housekeeping services ensure that guests always feel comfortable when inside.

Dive-Deck-onboard-mermaid-1Mealtimes are very special on MV Mermaid 1. Although there are always fruits, snacks & drinks available, the main meals each day are a feast of Thai, Indonesian & western cuisine. The chefs and kitchen staff are happy to cater for special requirements and tastes. Don’t expect to return from the cruise any slimmer than when you join!

A vitally-important part of any liveaboard diving boat is its dive deck & platform. On Mermaid 1, there is more than enough space for guests and dive staff to prepare for each dive, walk around, enter & exit the water, and rinse & store photographic equipment.

Prices & Schedule

MV Mermaid 1 Diver Prices Overview 2024 / 2025
DestinationsDuration Budget Deluxe Single Master
( 27 Dives)
9D / 9N Budget4,127 USD Deluxe4,561 USD Single5,756 USD Master5,213 USD
, Whale Shark Bay
( 28 Dives)
9D / 9N Budget4,127 USD Deluxe4,561 USD Single5,756 USD Master5,213 USD
( 29 Dives)
9D / 9N Budget4,996 USD Deluxe5,430 USD Single6,516 USD Master5,973 USD
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( 33 Dives)
11D / 11N Budget5,430 USD Deluxe5,973 USD Single7,059 USD Master6,516 USD
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( 35 Dives)
11D / 11N Budget5,430 USD Deluxe5,973 USD Single7,059 USD Master6,516 USD
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( 41 Dives)
13D / 13N Budget6,082 USD Deluxe6,842 USD Single8,145 USD Master7,602 USD
Mermaid 1 Special Offers Coming Up
, Whale Shark Bay
(28 Dives)
Departs: 03 Jun 2024
Return: 12 Jun 2024
9D / 9NBudget
Special Offer
4,127 USD
3,714 USD
Special Offer
4,561 USD
4,105 USD
Single 5,756 USDMaster
Special Offer
5,213 USD
4,692 USD
Included In The Price
Transfers to & from the airport
Transfers to and from local hotels
Tea / coffee
Drinking water
Weights & weightbelts
Standard tanks
Dive master services
Soap & Shampoo
Luggage storage
Not Included In The Price
Dive equipment
National park fees
Dive computer
Alcoholic drinks
Dive insurance
Larger tanks
Tips / Gratuities
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Booking / Enquiry

Mermaid 1 has several itineraries, so please check and choose carefully from the list below. Komodo & Raja Ampat trips normally depart from and return to the same place, but at the beginning and end of the Komodo high season Komodo may start or finish at Maumere.

'Crossing trips' (for example Raja - Ambon) go in one direction or the other, and usually visit the same locations but in the reverse order.

Please note that the length of trip may be shown elsewhere on the internet as longer than we show. For example 10D/9N, when we show 9D9N. This is because there is often no diving on departure day, and never on the final day because guests disembark after breakfast.

The use of a dive computer is mandatory on Mermaid 1.

Unguided buddy diving is permitted at certain dive sites, and always at the disretion of the cruise leader.

The itineraries below are the most-common for each trip, but these can sometimes be changed for a number of reasons. Small changes are made due to weather & sea conditions, special marine life sightings, overcrowded dive sites, local-authorities' instructions, and the needs & requests of the paying guests. The safety & comfort of all guests is most important at all times.

Itinerary Name (click the itinerary name to open) Days / Nights Number of dives
Raja Ampat 9 Days / 9 Nights 29 Dives

Facilites, Layout and Specifications

Facilities Available with MV Mermaid 1
Nitrox Available
En Suite Available
Air con
TV in Cabin
Courses Available
Free Pickup
Suitable for Children
Single cabins available
All Cabins En Suite
AV Entertainment
Vegetarian Food Available
Double Beds Available
Shaded Sundeck
MV Mermaid 1 Layout


Although nearly all guests who join MV Mermaid 1’s trip are certified divers who just want to enjoy the cruise, there are often those who want to take part in a PADI or SSI diving course while on board. This is easily done with advance warning, but not necessarily confirmation. Advanced Open Water and Enriched Air (Nitrox) courses are the most popular.

Courses Prices
Discover Scuba Diving 1 dive/repeat dives
136 USD
(81.450075 USD) for repeat dives
EANX: Nitrox including materials and 2 dives on nitrox
163 USD
Digital Underwater Photographer
Including: Materials/excluding camera
163 USD
Specialty courses
Peak Performance Buoyancy, Deep Diver, Drift Diver, Night Diver, Underwater Naturalist
190 USD
Specialty courses
Peak Performance Buoyancy, Deep Diver, Drift Diver, Night Diver, Underwater Naturalist
190 USD
AOW: Advanced Open Water
Including: Materials
239 USD

Transfer details

Boarding & Disembarking Times
Bali-Komodo-Bali Board - Benoa Pier, Bali 13:00-15:00 Disembark - Benoa Pier, Bali 08:00-08:30
Bali-Komodo-Maumere Board - Benoa Pier, Bali 13:00-15:00 Disembark - Maumere, Flores 08:00-08:30
Maumere-Komodo-Bali Board - Maumere, Flores 12:00-14:00 Disembark - Benoa Pier, Bali 08:00-08:30
Raja Ampat Board - Sorong, Papua 07:00-14:00 Disembark - Sorong, Papua 08:00-08:30
Maumere -Raja Ampat Board - Maumere, Flores 12:00-14:00 Disembark - Sorong, Papua 08:00-08:30
Raja Ampat-Maumere Board - Sorong, Papua 07:00-14:00 Disembark - Maumere, Flores 08:00-08:30
Raja Ampat-Lembeh Sulawesi Board - Sorong, Papua 07:00-14:00 Disembark - Bitung, Lembeh 08:00-08:30
Lembeh Sulawesi-Raja Ampat Board - Bitung Lembeh 12:00-14:00 Disembark - Sorong, Papua 08:00-08:30
Maumere-Alor-Maumere Board - Maumere, Flores 12:00-14:00 Disembark - Maumere, Flores 08:00-08:30
Raja Ampat-Ambon Board - Sorong, Papua 07:00-14:00 Disembark - Ambon 08:00-08:30
Ambon-Raja Ampat Board - Ambon 10:00-12:00 Disembark - Sorong, Papua 08:00-08:30


South Bali: Airport, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Kuta Beach, Seminyak, Benoa, Sanur Beach = Free of Charge

Central & Northern Bali : Price per person each way: Ubud, Padangbai, Candi Desa, Tanah Lot = €30

Price per person each way: Amed, Tulamben, Lovina Beach, Permuteran and northern points = €50

Raja Ampat / Maumere / Ambon / Lembeh

Transfers from/to airport and hotels within city limits = Free of charge

Transfers to island resorts = On application



Departure and Arrival Times:


Boarding time at Benoa Passenger Pier at Benoa Harbour Bali is between 13:00-15:00 hours for our 16:00 hour departure. Final cruise departure time is subject to guest arrival times. Please liaise with Mermaid Liveaboards if your flight times cannot fit this schedule.

Transfers from/to the airport or hotels in the south are free of charge. From destinations in central and northern Bali, there is a small charge. Please refer to the price list.

Guests arriving before 12 noon on departure day will be transferred to Mermaid Liveaboards guest lounge at All 4 Diving at Sanur Beach where they can leave luggage in safety until boarding transfer at 2pm. 

Bali transfer times :

12:30 Nusa Dua, Ullawatu, Canggu, Kerobokan, 13:00 Jimbaran, Seminyak. 13:30 Kuta Beach, Legian, 14:00 Sanur Beach; 11:00 Tulamben; 12:00 Candi Desa, Padangbai, Ubud.

For other locations in Bali, please contact us.

Guests making their own way to the port must let us know at least 2 weeks prior to the cruise.

Boarding time for “own transport” guests is 1-2pm.



Maumere, Flores

Transfer Times: We will meet all flights and bring you straight to the vessel on cruise departure day or from your hotel by approx. 12 noon.

Guests are recommended to arrive one day prior, to be sure you can make cruise connections.




Transfer times: 

We will meet you at the airport or your hotel in Manado City area by 12pm to transfer to the vessel on cruise departure date.

Or if you are staying in Lembeh, we will coordinate the best transfer method with your resort and advise.


Transfers from/to the airport and within Manado City are free of charge.

Price is on application for transfers from other locations.



Sorong, Raja Ampat

Transfer times: We will coordinate your arrival and collect you from the airport or your hotel and bring you direct to the vessel. There are several reasonable hotels in Sorong plus there are some wonderful island retreats around and about that you may wish to stay at before or after your cruise. 




Transfer Times: We will coordinate with you for your arrival or departure transferring you from/to the airport or from/to your hotel within the city limits.


Domestic Flights: The majority of local flights need to be booked in Indonesia, and international credit cards are difficult to use. Some airlines accept internet bookings such as Silk Air and Lion Air.

Guests are strongly advised to arrive at least one day prior to their cruise to avoid any delays.

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