Bio Diversity Special Liveaboard Diving Raja Ampat 12D11N

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Bio Diversity Special Liveaboard Diving Raja Ampat 12D11N

Sorong – Raja Ampat – Banda Sea – Ambon Diving 12D/11N  Diving  Package.
The most interesting thing about this trip, is diving in 3 completely different areas, Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, and Ambon – and so the biodiversity will be amazing !

Raja Ampat has been documented as one of the last frontiers of unspoilt diving. The Bird’s Head Seascape holds: 2,500 islands and reefs, 1,320 fish species, 550 coral species and all that is yet to be discovered. The archipelago’s pristine reefs are not just rich but proves to have the greatest coral reef bio diversity for its size in the world.

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Sea ​​horse at Raja Ampat Island, Indonesia. Raja Ampat is the seascape’s crown jewel. Fittingly, the name means “four kings.” The four main islands or “Kings” of the archipelago: Waigeo in the north, Salawati west of Sorong, Batanta north of Salawati, and Misool in the south.
Deep Coral at Raja Ampat Island, IndonesiaVisit Waigeo and dive the famous Dampier Strait, some of Raja Ampat´s most action-packed dive sites. Exhilarating current dives and reliable manta cleaning stations where you can experience these majestic giant pelagics dance for hours along with many other treasures such as the tasselled wobbegong shark.

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Coral at Raja Ampat Island, the beautiful and unique mangrove areas of Yanggefo and Gam islands where the tips of healthy acropora corals contrast with the lush green of the mangroves making excellent split images, while just beneath the surface schools of archerfish hunt among the forest of mangrove roots. . Batanta Island, known for its excellent muck diving and amazing variety of nudibranchs including the endemic Thecacera sp. Black sand slopes full of wonderful critters and frequent sittings of the rare mimic octopus. . Misool area in southern Raja Ampat is a must for those who enjoy radiant coloured soft corals.

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There are stunning walls, pinnacles and reefs with masses of huge gorgonian fans and sea fans hosting an array of the famous pygmy seahorses. The vast area and variety of dive sites makes it ideal location to be discovered via liveaboard.

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2016 Departures

26-Mar to 06-Apr-2016
07-Apr-16 to 18-Apr-2016

2017 Departures

17-Mar-17 to 28-Mar-2017
29-Mar-17 to 09-Apr-2017


The most interesting thing about this trip, is diving in 3 completely different areas, Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, and Ambon – and so the biodiversity will be amazing !

Day 01.
Check-in on board the ship. 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 Dampier Strait area.

Day 02/03/04.
The next 3 days will be spent around the Dampier Strait, the strait between the island of Waigeo, the Bird’s Head peninsula and the northern side of Batanta island. The Dampier Strait is known for the variety of diving, from giant mantas, to mangroves, beautiful reefs, many pinnacles and sea mounts covered in schooling fish, aggregations of sweetlips, schooling barracudas, schools of bumphead parrotfish, massive schools of fusiliers, and lots of wobbegongs sharks. It is also a great location for critters and macro subjects, with several species of pygmy seahorses, and a large variety of nudibranches. There are also several jetties to do some great night dives, where we can see raja epaulette sharks, toadfish, frogfish and crocodilefish.
In the afternoon, between dives, we can visit several traditional Papuan villages, meet the locals and walk in white sandy beaches.
Cruise overnight to Misool. Total 11 dives.

Day 05/06.
The next 2 days will be around the island of Misool, where there literally hundreds of dive sites. Misool is a heaven for wide angle photographers. The prettiest soft corals reefs in the world are located in Misool, as well as having multiple pinnacles surrounded by masses of schooling fish, barracudas, jacks and snappers. There will be some excursions with the tenders through some amazing inner lagoons, fantastic scenery and wild life sightings.
Cruise overnight to Pulau Koon, Seram. Total 7 dives.

Day 07.
Pulau Koon is a small island on the south-east of Ceram, half way between Raja Ampat and the Banda Islands. Walls covered in soft corals, and sandy slopes with hard coral bommies. But the most interesting feature of this island is the amount of schooling fish and pelagic, barracudas, bigeye trevallies, aggregation of red snappers, pompanos, batfish, and giant groupers. Cruise overnight to Manuk. Total dives 3.

Day 08.
Manuk, an extinct volcano about 65 nm south of the Banda Islands, is one of 2 places in Indonesia where there are huge aggregations of sea snakes, Chinese sea snakes and banded sea kraits. It is an incredible experience to dive surrounded on all sides by sea snakes. The island is surrounded by black sandy slopes with hard coral reefs, volcanic ridges covered in gorgonians with zillions of fusiliers and pelagic fishes such as spanish mackerels and dogtooth tunas passing through. Cruise overnight to the Banda Islands. Total dives 4.

Day 09-10.
The next two days will be spent in the Banda Islands, also know in the old days as the Spice Islands. Many of the dive sites around the Bandas are wall dives. Walls covered in massive gorgonians, soft corals, barrel sponges and some very interesting swimthroughs. But there are other attractive dive sites such as pinnacles with enormous groups of schooling pyramid butterflyfish, triggerfish and pelagic fishes such as tunas passing through, spectacular hard coral reefs next to the volcano, and great muck dives with lots of mandarinfish in the local jetty.

The Banda Islands are much more than diving. It is also a cultural and historical experience. We will spend one morning walking around the village of Banda Naira with a local guide, and visit the local museum, the Old Dutch fort, the old colonial governor’s house, the local fish market, and we will have breakfast at a nutmeg plantation. Cruise overnight to Nusa Laut, Saparua Island, or to Ambon. Total dives 7.

Day 11.
The last diving day of the trip will be around either the island of Nusa Laut, or in Ambon Bay. Nusa Laut is a small island, next to the island of Saparua, which has some beautiful hard coral fringing reefs as well as walls similar to those of the Banda Islands. Or we will spend the day around Ambon, where there are several options such as wreaks, caves or doing some really interesting muck dives looking for rhynophias, frogfish (including the psycodelic frogfish), harlequin shrimps, and many other critters. Total dives 2.

Day 12.
08.00am check out time.  We will arrange transfer to the airport or your hotel.

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  • Crew & Experienced Dive Master/Instructor
  • Full Board Meals, snacks, coffee, teas, hot chocolate, soft drinks and drinking water
  • Harbor Clearance
  • Ship to Shore Transfers
  • Tanks, weights, weight belts

Not Included

  • Beer, Wine, and any Alcoholic Beverages
  • Land Transfer and Land Program
  • Dive Gear rental equipment, on board courses, massages, souvenirs.
  • Nitrox fills (€6)
  • Fuel Surcharge ( if applicables ) & Laundry
  • Gratuities & Tips for Crew
  • National park/Port Fees Komodo/Alor cruises €90, Raja Ampat cruises €200
  • Transfers outside of the free of charge zones outlined in our FAQ section

Package Fares/Rates

Cabin Type:

  • Master EUR 4,500 /pax double occupancy
  • Single EUR 4,500 /pax single occupancy
  • Deluxe EUR 4,200 /pax double occupancy
  • Budget EUR 3,900 /pax double occupancy

Cabin Type:

  • Master EUR 5,200 /pax double occupancy
  • Single EUR 5,200 /pax single occupancy
  • Deluxe EUR 4,900 /pax double occupancy
  • Budget EUR 4,500 /pax double occupancy

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The Ship & Facilities On board

The ship is modern motored vessel.  LOA 28 metre, double engine steel motor yacht.

Cabin options

She comfortably holds 15 guests in 1 Master State Room (king size bed), 1 Single and 4 Deluxe Cabins (double or twin beds) and 2 Budget Cabins (double/twin beds) below deck. All cabins are air conditioned, have flat-screen TV and DVD players, bathrobes and toiletries and loads of fluffy towels. Our huge purpose built dive deck and wide stern dive platform with two exit ladders and fresh water showers are a diver’s dream. 6 camera rinse tanks means your valuable equipment is well looked after. The master, single and deluxe cabins have ensuite bathrooms, refrigerator and panoramic sea view windows. The budget cabins are below decks with ensuite bathroom and refrigerator.

Meals on board

Delicious Thai, Indonesian and western meals are served in our “Sawasdee Restaurant” with large windows to enjoy the views or how about trying our delicious BBQs ! After meals relax in our saloon with our TV/DVD and music center, or select from our extensive library and full range 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. NITROX is available on every cruise.

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Acceptance of the booking means that you and/or your agent agree to the terms and conditions as outlined below in their entirety. Payments are to be made by telegraphic transfer in Euros, remitter to pay all charges, to the account nominated on your invoice only. Please send a copy of your transfer advice by scan email to as soon as you process payment and we will confirm receipt as soon as it arrives in our bank. Alternatively you may choose to pay via PayPal to email address
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We accept payments via PayPal for all invoiced services, with no additional charge. PayPal can charge to your credit card or bank account – as per your instructions. We do not accept cruise payments via Credit Card, Traveler’s cheques, Personal cheques or Money orders. On board sales are accepted in Euros, US dollars, Indonesia Rupiah or via credit card at no fee. Please note on board credit card charges will be processed in Indonesian rupiah only as per government regulation.

The ship reserves the right to alter published rates without prior notice and/or to introduce any other fees as deemed necessary by the company eg fuel surcharges. The ship also is held accountable solely by the laws of Indonesia and as they apply to the parent company. Any contractual laws from countries other than Indonesia remain the responsibility of the agent to manage. National Park and Port fees are subject to increase and/or amendment by government policy and are out of the control of The ship and parent companyt

Prices include:
Transfers from/to airport and all free of charge points outlined in the FAQ tab section below, all meals & snacks, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soft drinks and drinking water, tanks, weights, weight belts and diving with experienced Dive masters/Instructors.

Prices do not include:
Transfers outside of the free of charge zones outlined in our FAQ section , national park/Port Fees Komodo/Alor cruises €90, Raja Ampat cruises €200, Fuel Surcharges if applicable, Nitrox fills (€6), rental equipment, on board courses, massages, souvenirs and alcoholic beverages

Please fill in the guest information form when you book your cruise and forward immediately to Please ensure you provide an email address and phone contact number for each guest plus complete the emergency contact information section.

VIP: All passports must have a minimum of 6 months validity including the period you will be in Indonesia plus some free pages. Failure to have a valid passport may have you stranded in your home country or another country outside of Indonesia !

Transfer information is required to be provided a minimum of 4 weeks prior to the cruise. Guests may go directly to the ship vessel in port however please contact to check on arrangements and suitable times

All divers are required to complete a liability release waiver and to show proof of diving certification and dive medical insurance such as Padi, Dan or equivalent on check in. Please have these available in your hand luggage.

Deposits, Payments & Cancellations

  • Deposit 30% within 10 days of booking
  • Final Payment 60 days prior to departure
  • Last Minute Bookings
    in example:  less than 60 days 100% payment within 2 days of booking or before boarding for bookings made on day of departure


  • More than 90 days prior departure: Refund of deposit less €100.00 administration charge
  • 90 to 60 days prior departure: Deposit lost
  • Less than 60 days prior departure: No Refund

The ships and its parent company reserve the right to cancel any trip if there is less than the equivalent of 3 deluxe cabin guests. We will do our utmost to transfer guests to a vessel we deem to be of equal or better standard. Alternatively, we may ask the guest to transfer to the date before/after the cruise. In the event none of these options are possible, we will offer a full refund (allow maximum 1 week process time)

The ships and its parent company do not accept any legal liability for loss or damage to any luggage or dive equipment while being transferred to/from the vessel nor while on board. We will offer every assistance possible to help with any insurance claims for lost or damaged property. Guests will be charged for repair/replacement of damaged/lost equipment deemed by the Tour Leader/Cruise Director/company management to have occurred due to the guest’s negligence. The ship is not responsible for any loss or damage to a guest’s personal belongings while on any portion of the trip.

Lastly, The ships and its parent company do not offer refunds in the event of personal injury, airplane delay, mechanical breakdowns, weather, sickness, strikes, war, criminal acts, quarantine, acts of god, if another guest requires immediate evacuation and the vessel must return to port or any other event beyond its actual control. Please have your Travel Insurance here.

Guests are strongly advised to have valid dive medical, travel and cancellation insurances. Guests are also strongly recommended to plan their holidays to arrive in the departure ports at least 1 day prior to the cruise. Please remember you are going to some truly exotic locations where the infrastructure is still being developed.

Be prepared for some of the world’s best diving plus a maximum of comfort, service and safety on board – Welcome on board !


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  • Number of Dives/Site selection
    Each itinerary outlined the approximate number of dives planned for each cruise destination. This is always 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 in all the areas we visit and our objective is to take you to the best of the best ! Repeat guests – we’ll take you to some new sites or more of those you really love!
  • What diver certification level is needed for diving in Indonesia? 
    Everyone is welcome on board, 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. Our professional dive crew will take you on the easy route or to another site if you don’t like currents. If you are up for it, we’ll take you right into it for all the action the site offers ! You may wish to bring a reef hook for some dive sites or buy one on board.
  • 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 are strongly recommended to have valid dive insurance (Padi, Dan or equivalent).
  • Departure and Arrival Times
    Bali Departures
    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 Bali at Sanur Beach where you can leave your luggage in safety till boarding transfer at 14:00 hours. After meeting the friendly crew at All 4 Diving you can relax on the beach, enjoy a massage, and go sight-seeing or shopping till 14:00 hours when you will be transferred to the vessel.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
    – The time is to be advised for other locations in Bali
    – If you are making your own way to the port
    – please let us know at least 2 weeks prior to the cruise. Boarding time for “own transport” guests is 13:00-14:00 hours please.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 enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area and to be sure you can make your cruise connection. Why not visit the Three Colour Lakes in the craters of Keli Mutu volcano! Please contact us on to assist you with hotel, flight and transfers.Lembeh – Manado Transfer Times
    This cruise does not focus on Lembeh so it is a great idea to combine a Lembeh land based dive trip with your cruise for the best of the best ! 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 method to collect you and advise. If you arrive early why not dive Bunaken or Bangka islands or Lembeh or take a highland tour to visit local flower market and lunch in a restaurant located above Tondano Lake. Feel free to contact us at for any assistance. Transfers from/to the airport and within Manado city are free of charge. Price on application for other locations.Ambon Transfer Times
    We will co-ordinate with you for your arrival or departure transferring you from/to the airport or from/to your hotel within the Ambon city limits.Sorong Raja Ampat Transfer Times
    Sorong Raja Ampat Transfer Times: Transfers: please note guests will be collected from their hotels at 12 noon for transfer to the boat. Guests flying in same day as boat departure days will be collected from airport and taken directly to boat. However we encourage guests to arrive the day prior. This it is a good safety buffer for delays/luggage issues and more fun as guests will be transferred from their hotel to the boat at 8am on boat departure day and 2-3 extra dives will be available !

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. We are happy to assist with ground transport, accommodations, resort stays/local diving, air fares etc. Please let us know and we will assist you to arrange.

  • Domestic Flights
    The majority of local flights need to be booked in Indonesia. Some airlines accept internet bookings such as Silk Air and Lion Air and surely more will come on line too. However we are happy to assist and we only add a nominal service fee to cover admin fees. Guests are strongly advised to arrive at least 1 day prior to their cruise to avoid any delays.
  • Water Temperature and Wetsuit recommendations
    The Flores Sea with its usually clear blue waters, great visibility has water temperatures of approx. 26-28 degrees (northern dive locations) – a 3-5 mm shorty is okay with most guests comfortable with a 3-5mm long. The Sumba Sea (southern dive locations) has an average temperature of approx. 24 degrees – the awesome diving lets you forget about the cooler waters! Think about a 5mm long possibly adding a vest or renting a shorty to go over the top if you feel the cold. Hood, gloves and booties are strongly recommended for these cooler waters. The Alor region can also share some surprisingly cool waters like Komodo so a thicker suit is recommended and we have rentals available on board.Raja Ampat/Misool area :
    The water temperature around the 4 Kings of Raja Ampat and Misool area is 28-30 degrees Celsius year round. We recommend a 3 mm long wetsuit. If you get chilly, maybe a vest for under you suit.Biodiversity Special:
    Water temperatures will range between 26-30 degrees Celsius. We have a selection of long and short wetsuits on board which you can rent if you are cold or change into if you are too warm in your suit.
  • Equipment on board
    Rental is charged on a per diving day basis. Full rental equipment is available. Dive computers are mandatory – 1 per diver. Please advise your rental equipment needs including sizes when you book. Both vessels carry mostly 12 litre tanks plus some 15 litre tanks available.
    There is no additional cost for a 15 litre tank or 15 litre nitrox fill – however it is subject to availability and the Cruise Director’s discretion as to who needs the larger tanks on each cruise. 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 are several large tables on the dive deck with many rinse containers for small to super large camera/video setups. There are charging stations in every cabin plus throughout the the saloon area. 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. We have a few adapters on board.
    The cabins can handle both the following plug types:
  • Meals
    Our Thai cook is excellent, preparing a variety of Thai, Indonesian and Western dishes. Please advise any special meal requirements on the guest information form.
  • Currency
    Please pay all on board costs in € Euros, $ US or Indonesian Rupiah. We can also accept credit card payment for all on board costs. We suggest you also have some rupiah for souvenir shopping, massages, small items etc. Exchange rates vary throughout Indonesia – the further away from Bali the lower the exchange rate. The airport’s rate is lower than the rate you find at most small currency exchanges in Bali.
    Bank rates are low and take a long time. $ US and € Euros are accepted by the souvenir sellers in the Komodo National Park but rupiah is preferred. There are several currency exchange services and ATM machines near Mermaid Liveaboards in Sanur and in all areas we cruise. Have a plentiful supply of rupiah for the more exotic cruises as the local villagers will come to the vessels with affordable and magical souvenirs you will not be able to resist.
  • 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!
  • Luggage and what should I bring
    All luggage will be taken on board.For Komodo cruise only:
    if you have large bags you do not need on the trip, please arrange to leave at your hotel if possible or at Mermaid Liveaboards office in Sanur. Other items you may need on board are bathing suits, shorts, t-shirts, sunscreen, mosquito repellant and a light weight jacket or sweater. Good walking shoes for your time in Komodo National Park and for hiking to view points and also walking through the jungles in search of the wondrous Bird of Paradise in Raja Ampat (Trainers are fine – slip on sandals not recommended).
  • Can I be contacted while on board
    Both our vessels are equipped with state of the art satellite phone systems. The numbers are – IDD code +870 773 185 631.
    Guests can keep in touch with the families and loved ones at many points throughout their cruises via mobile phone and the Tour Leader will advise when signal is available. For added security, please note the satellite number and share with families and friends as the phones are on 24/7. Incoming calls and outgoing calls are available for a nominal fee of euros €3 per minute.
  • Insurance:
    You need 2 types of insurance when planning your dive holiday
    1) Diving insurance is strongly recommended due to the high cost for you should you have a diving accident and require hospitalization and/or hyperbaric chamber care. Please contact 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 one we can suggest for reliable and professional service recommended by The Lonely Planet, Please Click here for purchasing this travel insurance. Note: 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
    We cruise to remote areas however we are prepared to handle most accident or medical emergencies. Ship’s management team is available 24 hours a day via our satellite communications to expedite tried and tested emergency evacuation plans to the nearest re-compression chamber and/or hospital in Bali or Makassar or the nearest available chamber. 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 Diver’s Alert Network or other dive insurance is up to date.
  • Guests over the age of 75 are required to provide medical clearance to dive assessed within 1 month prior to the set cancellation terms if any refund will be required.
  • Malaria
    Raja Ampat area.
    There is malaria in the region for the Raja Ampat cruise – this area is around the equator and we recommend you discuss this with your doctor. Certainly when we walk in the jungle early mornings you will need to cover up well and also use mosquito repellant. We have a supply on board but suggest you bring your preferred brands. And from the Raja Ampat Tourism Association: Papua is a malaria area and you are advised to take precautions and follow the advice from your local health centre. Note that the medication Lariam has limited effectiveness in this area due to a resistant strain of Malaria and is not recommended. Alternatives could be Malarone or doxicycline.Malaria – Komodo area
    Generally speaking basic precautions such as covering at dawn/dusk and using mosquito repellent for land tours is satisfactory. If you are in doubt whatsoever, please liaise with your doctor.
  • Children’s 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 40 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. Please give a minimum of 4 weeks’ notice to arrange this service.