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Andaman islands diving

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Mermaid liveaboards run a special Andaman islands diving safari in Indian a few times a year.
Andaman islands liveaboard Mermaid1
Mermaid 1
Andaman islands liveaboard
schedules
, itineraries and prices

These 9 day / 10 night trips leaving from Port Blair include 36 dives around the amazing Andaman islands - an experience not to be missed.
M/V Mermaid I is a 28 metre, double engine steel motor yacht. She comfortably holds 15 guests in 1 Master State Room (king bed), 1 Single and 4 Deluxe Cabins (double or twin beds) and 2 Budget Cabins (double/twin beds) below deck. The master, single and deluxe cabins have ensuite bathrooms, refrigerators and panoramic sea view windows. The budget cabins are below decks Mermaid1 Andaman islandswith ensuite bathroom and refrigerator. All cabins shave TVs so you can review your pictures, DVD access, bathrobes, toiletries and loads of fluffy towels. There is a wide stern dive platform with two exit ladders and fresh water showers. 4 camera rinse tanks and large camera table will please all photographers. Delicious Thai and western meals are served in our “Sawasdee Restaurant” with large windows to enjoy the views. After meals relax in our saloon equipped with TV/DVD and music center and library with a full selection of marine life books. There are two outside decks, one shaded with outside seating and the fabulous sundeck with sunshade plus cushioned sun beds – a great place to relax - EANX NITROX is available on every cruise."

Mermaid 1 Andaman islands schedule

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Because this is an explorer trip done only a few times each year there are only 3 dates on this very special cruise - pleasee book early to avoid disapointment.
2010-2011

Trip

Departure

Arrival

Destination

D/N

MMI 1/10

22-Nov-10

01-Dec-10

PHUKET-BURMA-PHUKET

10/9

MMI 2/10

02-Dec-10

11-Dec-10

PHUKET-BURMA-PHUKET

10/9

MMI 3/10

12-Dec-10

21-Dec-10

PHUKET-BURMA-PHUKET

10/9

MMI 4/10

23-Dec-10

01-Jan-11

PHUKET-BURMA-PHUKE

10/9

MMI 5/10

02-Jan-11

11-Jan-11

PHUKET-BURMA-PHUKET

10/9

MMI 6/10

12-Jan-11

21-Jan-11

PHUKET-BURMA-PHUKET

10/9

MMI 7/10

22-Jan-11

31-Jan-11

PHUKET-BURMA-PHUKET

10/9

MMI 8/10

01-Feb-11

10-Feb-11

PHUKET-BURMA-PHUKET

10/9

MMI 9/10

11-Feb-11

20-Feb-11

PHUKET-BURMA-PHUKET

10/9

MMI 10/10

21-Feb-11

02-Mar-11

PHUKET-BURMA-PHUKET

10/9

MMI 11/10A

06-Mar-11

15-Mar-11

ANDAMAN ISLANDS

10/9

MMI 12/10A

15-Mar-11

24-Mar-11

ANDAMAN ISLANDS

10/9

MMI 13/10

27-Mar-11

05-Apr-11

PHUKET-BURMA-PHUKET

10/9

MMI 14/10

06-Apr-11

15-Apr-11

PHUKET-BURMA-PHUKET

10/9

MMI 15/10

17-Apr-11

27-Apr-11

PHUKET-BURMA-PHUKET

12/11

2011-2012

Trip

Departure

Arrival

Destination

D/N

MMI 1/11

03-Dec-11

12-Dec-11

PHUKET-BURMA-PHUKET

10/9

MMI 2/11

13-Dec-11

22-Dec-11

PHUKET-BURMA-PHUKET

10/9

MMI 3/11

23-Dec-11

01-Jan-12

PHUKET-BURMA-PHUKE

10/9

MMI 4/11

02-Jan-12

11-Jan-12

PHUKET-BURMA-PHUKET

10/9

MMI 5/11

12-Jan-12

21-Jan-12

PHUKET-BURMA-PHUKET

10/9

MMI 6/11

22-Jan-12

31-Jan-12

PHUKET-BURMA-PHUKET

10/9

MMI 7/11

01-Feb-12

10-Feb-12

PHUKET-BURMA-PHUKET

10/9

MMI 8/11

11-Feb-12

20-Feb-12

PHUKET-BURMA-PHUKET

10/9

MMI 9/11

21-Feb-12

01-Mar-12

PHUKET-BURMA-PHUKET

10/9

MMI 10/11A

05-Mar-12

13-Mar-12

ANDAMAN ISLANDS

8/7

MMI 11/11A

14-Mar-12

21-Mar-12

ANDAMAN ISLANDS

8/7

MMI 12/11A

23-Mar-12

30-Mar-12

ANDAMAN ISLANDS

8/7

MMI 13/11

02-Apr-12

11-Apr-12

PHUKET-BURMA-PHUKET

10/9

MMI 14/11

11-Apr-12

20-Apr-12

PHUKET-BURMA-PHUKET

10/9

MMI 15/11

21-Apr-12

30-Apr-12

PHUKET-BURMA-PHUKET

10/9


Mermaid 1 Andaman islands itinerary

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Day

Itinerary

Dives

Day- 0

Guests check in on board Mermaid I between 14:00-16:00 hours. After settling into your

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Cabins, boat safety and cruise briefing, we cruise overnight to our first dive destination.

 

 

 

 

 Day 1

This is an Exploration Cruise in the “fish soup” waters of The Andaman Islands !

 

 

We will dive known favorite dive sites and explore new sites – advanced divers will

4

 

have an awesome time in and around the following islands plus more !

 

 

 

 

 Day 2

Passage Island

 

 

The Sisters

4

 

Invisible Bank, Flat Rock

 

 

Barren Island

 

 

Narcodam Island

 

Day 3

Button Island, Campbell Shoal

4

 

Ritchies Archipelago, Minerva’s Ledge

 

 

Plus more great dive locations

 

 

 

 

Day 4

We will allow 2 days each for diving the incredible volcanic sites of Barren Island

4

 

and Narcodam Island, famous for black sand, underwater hot springs, walls and more !

 

 

 

 

Day 5

Throughout the trip we will select areas for exploration dives so bring your compasses

4

 

 to help chart new and unusual dive sites along the way

 

 

 

 

Day 6

Wherever practicable, an open deck will be offered to maximize dives at these

4

 

wonderous dive sites

 

 

 

 

Day 7

Night dives will be available each night subject to safety. If a night dive is not feasible

4

 

we will do our best to get in a sunset dive to investigate the local marine life habits

 

 

 

 

Day 8

Be some of the early divers in this almost last frontier of diving in the Andaman Seas !

4

 

This is what memories are made of and we look forward to sharing this opportunity

 

 

with you

 

Day 9

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 10

Disembark after breakfast for transfer to your hotel or the airport.

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Please remember to allow  24 hours after last dive before flying !

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL DIVES

36

Mermaid 1 Cabins

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MermaidI - Master cabin for Andaman islands trips
Master cabin

MermaidI - Master cabin bathroom - Andaman islands
Master cabin bathroom

MermaidI - single cabin - Andaman islands
Single cabin

Andaman islands liveaboard
Single cabin bathroom

MermaidI - Deluxe twin for the Andaman islands liveaboard
Deluxe twin cabin

MermaidI - Deluxe double for the Andaman islands diving liveaboard
Deluxe double cabin

MermaidI - Standard cabin
Standard cabin

MermaidI - Upper Deck
Upper deck relaxing area

Mermaid 1 specifications

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Mermaid1 side view - Andaman islands


Length overall 28 m / 94 feet
Beam 7 m / 21 feet
Draft 2.5 m / 8 feet
Water 20000 l
Fuel 18000 l
Cruising Speed 9.5 knots
Max. Speed 12 knots
Max. Guest 15 Persons

 


Mermaid1 Upper Deck - Andaman islands

Engines
Engines Hino 2x 450 HP 
Generator Hino 2 x 50 kw 
Compressor Bauer 2 x 190 l/min
Nitrox Blending panel
Air-con. Hino 

Mermaid1 Main deck - Andaman islands liveaboard


Inventory

Cabin air-con. 7 double & 
1 single with private bathroom
Cabin Staff 4 
Bathroom 8 x with hot water
Shower 2 x at the stern
Saloon 1 x air-con with TV, 
Stereo, VDO
Sundeck 1 x 60 square meter

Mermaid1 Lower Deck - Andaman islands liveaboard


Diving Area
Dive deck 6 m x 7 m 
Dive platform 2.5 m x 7 m
Tanks 20 x 12 l Air
Tanks 10 x 12 l Nitrox
Tanks 5 x 15 l Nitrox or Air
Weights 150 x 1 kg or 2.2 pd

1. Dive platform
2. Dive deck
3. Guest cabin
4. Toilet/shower
5. Sundeck
6. Dining area/salon 
7. Crew quarters 
8. Wheelhouse 
9. Engine room
10. Generator/workshop
11. Galley
12. Galley storage
13. Storage
14. Photo lab

Mermaid 1 Andaman islands prices

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Prices for 2011

Price per pax
Accommodation
9N Andaman Islands 2010
Master Cabin
1 king size bed
€ 3,475 / $ 5,050
Single Cabin
1 single bed
€ 3,475 / $ 5,050
Deluxe Cabin
1 double or 2 twin 
€ 3,195 / $ 4,650
Budget Cabins
2 twin beds
€ 2,825 / $ 4,100
Charter 15 pax max
All cabins - 15 pax
€ 47,285 / $ 68,500
Non diver rate is 90% of the stated price.
Single occupancy suppliment is 90% of the second place to have your own cabin (apart from our single cabin).

The cruise price includes:
transfer to / from the vessel on departure / arrival days from anywhere on Phuket island.
all meals & snacks, fruits, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soft drinks and drinking water
30 dives
tanks
weights and weight belts
diving with experienced Divemasters / Instructors.

The cruise price does not include:
NITROX fills
rental equipment
on board courses
alcoholic beverages
Burma visa entry and park fee for diver and non-diver $ 230
Similan islands marine park fees - $ 40
On Board Courses:   Price
Nitrox incl materials € 185 
Advanced Open Water incl materials € 220 
Digital Underwater Photographer incl materials / excl.camera  € 150 
Discover Scuba Diving- per dive 1st dive / repeat dives € 125 / € 75
Specialty courses:
Deep Diver, Drift Diver, Multilevel/Computer Diver, Night Diver, Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Photographer (does not include camera rental)  € 175
Peak Performance Buoyancy
Rental Equipment Per item/set Price Per Day
Important: Prebook all rental equipment - please give sizes when booking. 
We strongly recommend all divers use a dive computer.
Full Set - items marked * full set* € 18
BCD* item € 6
Regulator/gauges/octopus* item/reg set € 6
Wetsuit - shorty* item € 6 
Wetsuit - long*  item € 6
Mask/Snorkel* Set € 5
Full foot Fins* Set € 6
Open heel Fins plus boots Set € 8
Dive Computer item € 5 
Compass Item € 5
Dive Torch item No charge
Weights/weight belt item No charge
Surface Marker Buoy item No charge
Others Per Price
Nitrox  fill € 6 per fill (-20% for all trip)  
Digital Camera Rental without external strobe day € 40 
DVD Burn DVD € 10 
Red and White Wine bottle € as per wine list 
Beer  can/bottle € 2.00 
Note Port and Park Fees are subject to change depending on government regulation

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Children Policy:
Diving child 10 years or older - pays full diver price.
Non diving child 12 years or older - pays full non diver rate.
Child 12 years or under - non diving - pays 50% of diver rate if shares with 2 parents/guardians
Child 12 years and under - non diving - pays full non diver rate if sharing with only 1 parent/guardian. Parents/guardians have to be with the child at all times. If both parents want to dive and the child remains on board, we will hire an additional dive crew - at euros 30 per day x total number of cruise diving days - at the parent's cost to supervise the child's activities only while the parents/guardians are in the water. We require a minimum of 4 weeks notice to arrange this service.

Mermaid 1 Andaman islands Faqs

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Number of Dives/Site selection:

We plan between at least 36 dives subject to weather conditions and security/safety issues. Dive site selection detailed in the published itinerary is subject to change by the Captain or Cruise Director without prior notice. There are numerous fantastic sites and our objective is to take you to the best of the best and to enjoy the opportunities offered to conduct some real exploration dives !  

What diver certification level is needed for diving in the Andaman Islands ? :
All divers are welcome on board Mermaid Liveaboards, no matter what level your certification. Dive groups and site selection will be chosen to meet your safety, comfort and diving ability – and is subject to the discretion of the Cruise Director.

Dive Guides and Diver Safety:
Our experienced dive crew would be delighted to assist you. Divers are welcome to dive with their buddy on sites deemed suitable by the Cruise Director. For diver safety the use of individual dive computers is mandatory for all divers. Nitrox fills and courses are available on board to enhance your diving safety. Please allow 24 hours between last dive and flying. Guests are requested to show diving certification cards on checking in and dive medical/evacuation insurance is considered mandatory for this cruise (Padi, Dan or equivalent).

Departure and Arrival Times: We will commence boarding from 14:00 hours.
Guests are strongly recommended to arrive at least 1 day prior.
Allow some time either before or after the cruise to explore this fascinating region or simply relax on some of the pristine Please liaise with Mermaid Liveaboards on your arrival times. Guests will disembark on Thursday 17th April – times to be confirmed. All times are subject to reconfirmation.

Transfers: Transfers from/to the airport or hotels anywhere in Port Blair are free of charge. Guests arriving from outside Port Blair are required to make their own way to the New Vehicle Ferry Jetty at the Causeway to Chatham Island in Port Blair. Port Blair is the capital of the Andaman Islands and to get there you need to fly first to Kolkata (Calcutta) or to Chennai (Madras) using domestic Indian carriers.

Pick up times : Start at 14:00 hours

Water Temperature and Wetsuit recommendations:
Water temperatures are a very comfortable 27-28 degrees  –  long wetsuits are recommended – atleast 3mm and for those who feel the chill -  a 5mm long wetsuit.

Equipment on board:
Full rental equipment is available including a good range of long wetsuits and a few open heel fins. Please advise your rental equipment needs including sizes when you book. MV Mermaid I carries mostly 12 litre steel tanks with a few 15 litre steel/aluminium tanks available. Tank valves are international and some DIN adapters are available on board. Any dive equipment failure or loss will require you to rent a replacement from Mermaid Liveaboards at our published rates. If Mermaid Liveaboard equipment is lost/damaged, full replacement cost will be charged at the discretion of the Cruise Director. Published equipment prices are available on board.

Camera Stations :
There is a large camera table on the dive deck with several rinse containers catering for small to super large camera/video setups. There are several power points in every cabin plus throughout the saloon area for charging. Each table in the saloon has an electrical outlet for your laptops. Usually our dive crew will have a laptop available in case you experience any problems with yours. As possible, we also offer a DVD burning service in case you cannot bring your laptop with you.

Electrical current and plugs :
220 volts is standard throughout the boat. 110v adapters are available. Please ask the Tour Leader on boarding if you are not sure what to use. The standard pin type is the US twin rectangular prong or twin round prong. Please bring an international adapter if you are not sure. We have a few available on board.

Meals:
Our Thai cook is excellent, preparing a variety of Thai and Western dishes. Please advise any special meal requirements on the guest information form.

Luggage and what should I bring  :
Please make sure all your luggage is clearly name tagged. All luggage will be taken on board. If you have large bags you do not need on the trip, please arrange to leave at your hotel or we can store it at Mermaid’s office. Please bring your passport, diver certification card and insurance details. Please bring at least 4 passport pictures, your passport plus 1 colour copy of the photograph page of your passport. Other items you may need on board are bathing suits, shorts, t-shirts, sunscreen and a light weight jacket or sweater. 

Can I be contacted while on board :
Yes you can be contacted on our satellite phone which will be on 24 hours a day.The satellite phone number for Mermaid I is +66 2001713. Please note the charge is US$3 per minute for outgoing calls and US$1.50 per minute for incoming calls.

Insurance : Dive Insurance with adequate evacuation coverage is mandatory for this cruise.
You need 2 types of insurance when planning your dive holiday  – 1)  Diving insurance is mandatory due to the high cost for you should you have a diving accident and require hospitalization and/or hyperbaric chamber care. Please contact www.diversalertnetwork.org to check which Dan area can cover you. Click on About Dan for links to all the Dan organizations around the world.
2) General travel/cancellation insurance. There are several companies around the world that can assist and we suggest you look at www.worldnomads.com for reliable and professional service recommended by The Lonely Planet. If you are unable to make your dive trip and the date has past our cancellation terms and conditions we are very sorry but regardless of the circumstances we cannot refund or transfer to another date.

Medical Assistance :
There is a local hospital and recompression chamber on the main island. As necessary evacuation would be arranged to either the mainland or nearest suitable facility. Our dive crews are first aid trained and we have an extensive first aid kit on board plus loads of emergency oxygen. Please bring any of your own medications that you may need. You can help as well by making sure you are in good condition for diving – prevention is always better than the cure. Please remember to dive safely and to make sure your Dan or other dive insurance is up to date.

Immigration Matters : Guests are required to scan mail a colour copy of the picture page of their passport to Mermaid Cruise at least 4 weeks prior to departure.
Guests are required to obtain a Tourist Visa from the Indian Embassy or Consulate in their own country. Guests are recommended to only list their arrival city eg Kolkata or Chennai or you will be required to obtain a special permit. The special permit for the Andaman Islands is available free of charge on arrival in Port Blair – an easier solution for you.

Hotels and Travel Agents :
There are a number of hotels and resorts in Port Blair.2 sites to help you are  www.agoda.com or www.andamanisland.com. Or if you wish to stay at Havelock Island (home of the famous swimming elephants) www.barefootindia.com is well recommended for their resort Barefoot at Havelock.  Holidays@milesworth.com is a suggested local agent based in Chennai that could handle domestic travel arrangements including ground transportation in Chennai, accommodation and land tours.

Airlines:
Keep checking with Thai Airways as the return of the flights from Bangkok to Port Blair is anticipated. In the meantime, you need to fly into Kolkata (Calcutta) or Chennai (Madras) and take a domestic flight from there to Port Blair.  There are 4 methods of flying into Port Blair – contacting in Madras to arrange it for you or contacting the following :- Indian Air www.indian-airlines.nic.in , Jet Airways www.jetairways.com or the budget carrier www.airdeccan.net

Currency:
On board payments are accepted in  US dollars and Euros. We suggest you also have some Indian Rupee available for souvenir and small item shopping. There are a variety of places to arrange cash near our embarkation point. There are ATM machines allowing up to US$500 per day withdrawals and travelers cheques and cash can be exchanged at Money Changers.

Crew Tips/Gratutity:
Our Boat and Dive Crews will try very hard to deliver a high level of service, safety and professionalism tempered with lots of fun to optimize your holiday. Many of our guests use 5-10% of the cruise price as a tipping guideline. Tipping is voluntary and most appreciated !

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