Mermaid I liveaboard itinerary Sorong – Raja Ampat – Sorong
10 days 9 nights
No trip is the same with so many different sites to visit and explore so itinearies are very flexible.
Day 1: Check-in on board MV Mermaid I. As guest arrivals take place all through the day depending on flights you are welcome to board when you arrive and spend some time looking around Sorong, gearing up etc. Following the boat and safety briefing – its overnight to the Misool area.
Day 2-4: Misool area – with literally 100’s of dives around this magnificent area we will be in diver’s paradise for a few days. Gorgonians and some of the prettiest soft corals in the world. Lots of pygmy seahorse. Pinnacles with masses of fish. Blue water mangroves (crocs depending!) islands Plus Sagof Islands, Wagma and Farondi islands; Wailbatan and Warakaret Island, Kalig, Pele Islands.
Day 5-8: Fiabacet and Farondi Island diving. Between dives exploring the lagoons in the dinghy for amazing sights and wildlife. Then we may head north to Waigeo Island.
Perhaps we will spend the day around Batanta Island, a black sand environment, great muck diving. Dampier Strait for the manta ray cleaning stations as well as the fabulous macro diving (Pegasus sea moth, Pontohi Pygmy Seahorse).
Two dives at a small island called Arborek, with a lovely village. The jetty pillars are covered in soft corals and critters such as signal gobies, nudibrancs and more Pohtohi’s etc. Dive around the island of Kawe a great place for schooling fish, and beautiful reefs covered in black coral bushes.
Diving in Alyui Bay equally good for macro and wide angle. Walls covered in soft corals and sea fans with lots of nudies and pygmys. We can tour the pearl farm in the bay to learn the process of pearl farming. Diving Alyui bay jetty is also a great night dive with Raja Epaulette sharks (walking sharks), wobbegongs, crocodile fish, toadfish and frogfish.
Dive around the island of Yanggefo – beautiful mangrove areas, stunning reefs covered in orange and pruple soft corals and submerged reef with lots of schooling fish.
Diving the Strait of Dampier, well known for the amount of schooling fish as well as manta rays. Fish covered pinnacles and capes for schools of barracudas, bigeye jacks, snappers, fusiliers, surgeonfish and more. And lots of wobbegongs.
Day 9: 2 dives in the Strait of Dampier. Then back to Sorong.
Day 10: Breakfast then transfer ashore.