2019 Mermaid II Raja Ampat Liveaboard

  • 18 Jan 2019
  • 26 Jan 2019
  • Raja Ampat, Sorong, Papua Indonesia


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Raja Ampat 2019
Mermaid II

Rainbow Divers
9 days and 8 nights
aboard Mermaid II

2 sessions available
January 18 to 26, 2019
January 27 to February 4, 2019

First session is sold out with wait list.

Members only package price:
  • $3200 deluxe cabin share (based on Euro exchange rate of 1.30)

A trip of a lifetime, for you and 17 other lucky Rainbow Divers, exploring exotic Raja Ampat. As stunningly beautiful above water as it is below, Raja Ampat (which literally translates as “The Four Kings”) has a startling diversity of habitats to explore. Each of these – from the stark wave-pounded slopes that drop away beneath the karst cliffs of Wayag and Uranie to the deep, nutrient-rich bays of Mayalibit, Kabui and Aljui to the “blue water mangrove” channels of Kofiau and Gam to the plankton-rich upwelling areas of Misool and the Dampier Strait – are home to unique assemblages of species that, when taken together, add to produce the most impressive species lists ever compiled for a coral reef system of this size.

The charter boards on a Friday and ends on a Saturday, making midweek international travel possible, and return in time for work Monday. Many carriers offer round trip travel to Jakarta or Bali. Separate domestic travel to Sorong is cheap and easy to book.  

Pre or post-trip options may be offered at a later date.  

Facilities and Services onboard

  • Air conditioned cabins with bathroom and shower
  • A tray of toiletries in each cabin
  • Dining room and bar
  • 24 hours tea, coffee and fresh water
  • Vegetarian food available upon request
  • Easy access to swim/ dive platform
  • Fresh water shower on deck
  • Regular air fills, tanks, weights, belts
  • Computer with Adobe Photoshop
  • Satellite communication
  • Water maker
  • Camera station with 220V electric
  • Air blower camera cleaner


  • Transfers to/ from Sorong airport
  • Accomodation & all meals
  • Tea, coffee, bottled water, tea-time snacks
  • Guided land excursions
  • 8 days diving
  • Up to 4 guided dives per day

Not included
  • Optional dive gear rental
  • Optional Nitrox fills, 6 euro per, or 120 euro for the trip
  • National park fees - 200 euro payable onboard
  • International or domestic flights
  • Airport taxes and departures fees
  • Visa and entry fees
  • Gratuities
  • Optional beer or wine
  • Any items of a personal nature
  • Travel or dive accident insurance

Getting There

Don’t book flights without first consulting the trip leader. Most likely you will book a round trip to Jakarta, Surabaya, Bali, or maybe even Manado or Makassar in Indonesia. From those you’ll book on a domestic carrier to get to Sorong (SOQ.) Most likely you will overnight at your port of entry before traveling on to Sorong. Traveling from Jakarta to Sorong is a bit like getting from LA to somewhere in the midwest. So after a long 24 hour trip to Indonesia, you'll want to rest before your domestic flight. 

Direct domestic flights are much preferred over connecting, so your choice of international arrival port may be dictated by the most optimal last leg of travel. The dive operator has much experience with domestic travel and can assist in booking those flights.

Disembarkation will be early morning. Multiple direct domestic flights are available to start your journey back, making it possible to make your connection to an international flight. 

Optional extensions to either Lembeh, Ambon, or Bali are being considered. 


  • $3200 per person shared deluxe cabin
  • Based on Euro exchange rate of 1.30
  • Further Euro strengthening could result in a price change
  • Excess cash flow will be rebated back to divers after the trip 
Rainbow Divers is a 501(c)7 non-profit mutual benefit organization, and can only organize activities and trips for its members. Membership is cheap and comes with a bunch of new lifelong friends at no extra charge. So if you’d like to participate in this trip, please join us.

Payment plan

  • $580 at time of registration
  • $580 due October 2017
  • $680 due March 2018
  • $680 due June 2018
  • $680 due Sept 2018
If you'd like a different payment plan just ask. We can be pretty flexible. 

Pricing can be adjusted up or down based on currency exchange fluctuations or unanticipated fuel surcharges. NCRD does not retain a profit from trips so any increases or decreases in trip cost need to be passed through to participants. 

Payments are generally non-refundable. If you sign up and your plans change there may or may not be someone interested in taking your spot. If you cancel without having made all payments it is your responsibility to find someone to pay your obligation in full. It is a very good idea to carry trip insurance to cover such an eventuality.

Trip payments may be made by PayPal or by personal check. PayPal will accept credit card payments, regardless of whether you have a PayPal account. The price is the same regardless of payment method.  Please consider using PayPal, as electronic payment greatly simplifies the work of our volunteers.  Please send PayPal payments to paypal@rainbowdivers.org

All divers on this trip should be comfortable diving in currents and have good buoyancy skills.  Divers are required to carry valid, in-force dive accident insurance, such as Divers' Alert Network (DAN).

Divers must agree to NCRD's Event Terms and Conditions to participate in this trip. Follows these links please:

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