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A Magnificent Journey from Raja Ampat to Ambon Through the Islands of Banda Sea - Mermaid I goes on another biodiversity trip across 500 nautical miles from the heart of Raja Ampat all the way to Ambon considered one of the best macro destinations in Indonesia.
In between Raja and Ambon the Banda islands with amazing clear waters, covered with fish, walls of corals and swim throughs. Flat seas, clear skies, dolphins tagging along and even giant whales were spotted from Mermaid I as we headed to the dive sites. Oceanic Manta rays from day 1 followed by schools of Jack’s and Bumpheads parrotfish. Not only the big guys but several species of Pygmy sea horses, nudibranchs and flatworms that were also spotted along the dives in Raja Ampat. Stunning night dives with multiple Blue-ringed octopus and our friendly Walking shark that kept everyone’s excitement high!
Heading towards the Banda Sea with a stop over in Koon island. Raja Ampat-Banda Sea-Ambon Diving Cruise with Mermaid I Mar 17 - 28, 2017. Raja Ampat-Banda Sea-Ambon Diving Cruise with Mermaid I Mar 17 - 28, 2017. CHANGOO, an adventurous dive site located East of Kawe island, North of Raja Ampat. - A combination of swimtroughs, sharks, and large schools of fish.
When the current is right this place can be superb, schools of Jacks and Barracudas on the very shallows and a swim-through right at the start of the dive. A great amount of Surgeon fish and Penjalo snappers can sometimes nearly block the way out of the tunnel. A good idea to bring a dive light to see the colorful sponges and the vivid red of Penjalos that live in the rocks formations.
Down bellow, around 30m deep, a great place where you can find Sweetlips schooling which is an awesome subject for the wide angle photographers. Shark Mecca - Years ago, well before Raja Ampat became a marine protected area, it was a mecca for sharks.
As a result of the devastating effects of shark finning, the shark population was decimated. Thanks to the protective measures from conservations groups, shark fishing and all other forms of commercial fishing have been banned within the marine protected area. Despite the fact that sharks are slow reproducers, every year we are seeing more and more sharks. Every dive we encounter several of the larger grey reef sharks, black tips are prevalent in the whole area as well as white tips and everyones favorite, the wobbegongs ,which are everywhere on the northern parts! M/V Mermaid II Schedules - 2016 Schedule 2017 Schedule Back on top.
Limitless - Exploring Raja Ampat on land and underwater, it would seem that there is a limitless quantity of things to see.
On the surface, the mysterious karst islands that have the appearance of being made out of melted wax dot the horizon. Where to Start... - Where to start, where to start, where to start.
It’s difficult to write a concise summation of a sixteen day diving trip through the worlds richest oceans where every location holds unbelievable encounters. Do I start with the rich marine life and expansive un touched reefs of the Banda Sea, the close encounters with giant scalloped hammerhead sharks, the whale sharks that drifted over the top of me, or the repeated encounters with the worlds most illusive whale as it voraciously scooped up plankton next to Mermaid II?
Surprises In the Sea - From East Flores to West Papua, 16 days diving walls, reefs, slopes, pinnacles and crossing four different seas – that’s what the crossing trip is all about.
From the tiniest Pygmy Seahorses to giant majestic Oceanic Manta Rays, Chinese Sea Snakes, Dolphins, Frogfishes, Sharks and schooling fish life – “biodiversity” topside and underwater is what we are looking for! As we cruise in smooth and calm waters towards Damar Island in the Banda Sea, a Sperm Whale allows us to get close for the perfect shot when the fluke rises up with the sunset in the background before the whale dives down. A Hammertime, A Hammertrip - It is our second trip crossing the Banda Sea and reverse route from Ambon to Maumere in East Flores.
Expectations are high since conditions were beyond perfect on our last trip: flat calm seas plus perfect weather, stunning visibility, lots of critters, big fish and of course Hammerhead Sharks. Who would have thought this could get even better? Already on the second day of the trip all guests had great and sometimes very close encounters with the Hammerheads. Our lucky streak continues as we bump into bigger schools of Hammerheads, down in the deep though, but thanks to clear blue waters it still allows for great pictures and footage. A big Silver Tip Shark is mingling amongst the weird looking Big Hammerheads. MAUMERE-ALOR-BANDA SEA- AMBON or reverse (RING OF FIRE) - Diving At The Ring Of Fire 26 Nov 2016Eastern Indonesia and the area between Bali to Papua is also know as “The Ring of Fire”.
Famous for lots of volcanic activities which have created some unique underwater seascapes and inhabiting marine life. The Banda Sea is famous for …Mountains of Fish 26 Nov 2016When you have a whole collective of fish in tight groupings, they are referred to as schools, or shoals. While these terms may be the scientific description of large aggregations of fish, it doesn’t really do much as far a …Marine Mammals 12 Nov 2016Komodo is famous for its biodiversity in marine life, stunning coral reefs, challenging currents and big fish. Wildlife Above, In and Below The Water - Marine Mammals - Komodo is famous for its biodiversity in marine life, stunning coral reefs, challenging currents and big fish.
What we tend to forget though is the fact, that it’s also a very good place for spotting cetaceans – marine mammals like whales and dolphins. Cheeky Butterfly Fish - If you’ve spent any reasonable amount of time underwater in the tropics, whether it be diving or snorkeling, you’ve most likely encountered the alien like cuttlefish. Komodo fore example, has many different species of cuttlefish, from the infamous flamboyant to the larger reef and broad club cuttlefish. This is the time of year where the common reef cuttlefish come up from the depths and lay their eggs within the intricate structures of the coral as a means of protecting the soft eggs from predators. During this process the cuttlefish are completely non bothered by divers so you can get a front row seat this this fascinating maternal behavior.
Like In An Aquarium - Diving in Komodo can feel like swimming in a gigantic aquarium with countless numbers and species of fish, calm and clear waters – only difference being that there is no glass windows! Mental Preparation - Before joining a Mermaid cruise through Komodo, it’s good to do a bit of mental preparation by running some different scenarios though your head. No, I’m not talking about mentally run through all the different underwater emergencies. Mermaid’s safety is impeccable and that won’t be anything you’ll need to concern yourself with. I’m talking about making a game plan for encountering multiple bucket list creatures at the same time! There’s so much to see here in Komodo, and on many occasions, they all present themselves in front of your mask at the same time. Without any rigorous drilling before hand, you’ll look like a golden retriever who has just found a stick, a tennis ball, and a steak at the same time.
Best Scuba Diving Holidays. If you have any questions regarding our liveaboard trips or any other inquiries, please contact us by calling or e-mailing us. We promise a response to emails in less than 24 hours; if you do not receive a response or have an urgent question, please contact us by. Raja Ampat Archives - Komodo Archives - BioDiversity Special Cruises with Mermaid I & II - For the Biodiversity Cruise starts in Maumere, you will need to fly to Denpasar international Airport before continue with domestic flight to Maumere airport while for the Biodiversity Cruise starts in Sorong, you will need to fly to Sorong Airport which located in West Papua – Indonesia.
Transfer before & after the cruise: 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. Although there are several flights from Bali – Maumere (and return) on daily basis, guests are recommended to arrive one day prior, to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area and to be sure you can make your cruise connection. Highway To Heaven -
Banda Sea Liveaboards. 12 Days Diving Itinerary by Mermaid I & II. Manta Convention Mermaid 1 Aug 18, 2018. Best Scuba Diving Vacations. Grand Slam 19 Aug 2016Mermaid II’s most recent trip through Komodo, Sangeang Volcano and north cost of Sumbawa was an absolute grand slam. Banda Sea Scuba Diving. No Place Like It - Raja Ampat Snorkeling Cruise with Mermaid Liveaboards. Banda Sea Liveaboards. PJ Raja Ampat Pictures - Ketut Saves the Day 16 Jul 2016It’s heartbreaking to see such as small beautiful animal like this juvenile hawksbill sea turtle entangled in a discarded piece of fishing net. Luckily there was still time to turn this situation around. While on a surface interval at Castle …How Good is Komodo? Komodo-Bali Scuba Diving Cruise on Mermaid Liveabroad. Ambush Season - Raja Ampat Snorkeling Cruise with Mermaid Liveaboards.
Complete Scuba Diving Package. Ambush Season 6 Jul 2016From Komodo to Sangeang Volcano it’s hard to not find a bommie (coral head) that is not completely engulfed with a cloud of orange sweepers (little orange and silver fish). Welcome Back By Unusual Suspects - Mermaid Liveaboards. M/V Mermaid II - Mermaid Liveaboards. Click here to view Mermaid II’s position in South-east Asia. Maumere-Komodo-Bali Scuba Diving Cruise on Mermaid 1 Liveaboards May 17-26, 2016. Komodo Liveaboards.
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