Journey with us onboard the beautiful Mermaid II Liveaboard through the stunning reefs of the Togian Islands, swim alongside the whalesharks of Gorontalo, and explore the critter capital of the world-Lembeh Strait in North Sulawesi. This 11-night snorkeling safari is all about exploring the seldom-visited reefs, atolls, and bays of northern Sulawesi.
The focus of this unique trip will be the Togian Islands and the whalesharks of Gorontalo, but because the most convenient start and finish point for this itinerary is in Lembeh, we will, of course, spend time snorkeling the unique reefs in the area which are just packed with the weird and wonderful bottom dwelling critters like seahorses, nudibranchs, wasp fish, frogfish, and so many more!
The Togian Islands are one of the final frontiers for snorkeling in Indonesia, a set of islands located in the Gulf or Tomini in Sulawesi, they are home to some truly outstanding shallow coral reefs in clear blue water. What’s more is that just north of the Togians, around the town of Gorontalo whalesharks have been known to congregate in this large bay as they feed on plankton. With a bit of luck we will be able to find one or several to snorkel alongside! Mermaid Liveaboards have been pioneering safaris to this area, and we are thrilled to be able to charter Mermaid II for this snorkeling-specific liveaboard adventure.
This snorkeling safari is escorted by a Snorkel Venture team member.
*Please note that this particular itinerary covers a lot of territories and therefore involves several overnight crossings between regions where we will be in the open sea and more exposed to the elements, particularly swell. If you have any reservations or hesitations about what it’s like onboard a liveaboard, please get in touch with us and or read this blog about what you can expect for a liveaboard itinerary such as this.
Marine Life Guide
This tour is partnered with Thrive Conservation. Find out how we support Thrive Conservation via this tour here.
*Please note that the itinerary is subject to change due to sea and weather conditions.
Arrive into Jakarta and check into your hotel for the night.
The Mermaid II
M/V Mermaid II is a 33 meter, twin-engine steel motor yacht. One of the most comfortable liveaboards in Asia, she easily accommodates 20 guests in 8 deluxe cabins and 4 guests in a lower deck budget cabin. All deluxe cabins are located on the main deck and offer a choice of either double bed only or twin bed configuration. Each deluxe cabin offers large panoramic sea view windows. Individually controlled air conditioning and ensuite bathrooms.
Below deck, the budget cabins have twin bunks, vanity sink, air conditioning, and share a bathroom with one other cabin via adjoining doors.
There is a wide stern gear up platform with two exit ladders and fresh warm water showers. The back deck is huge with plenty of room to gear up, individual boxes for your snorkel gear, camera tables, and plenty of rinse tanks. Enjoy fresh fluffy towels after each snorkel and hot chocolate after your night and sunset snorkels!
The dining room is at the front of the main deck where delicious Asian and western meals are served. The saloon is large and spacious with comfortable lounges, big windows, a bar fridge, and complimentary fresh roast coffee, tea, soft drinks, and juices. There is a multimedia entertainment center including a large flat-screen TV for briefing and movies, a large library, and a full selection of marine life books.
There are two outside decks–the shade-covered party deck with its comfy cushioned lounge suite around nearly the whole deck and the sun platform in front of the wheelhouse give you the choice to sun bake or not!
We will be reaching most of the snorkeling sites via a zodiac RIB as pictured below, there is a ladder and the Mermaid crew are on hand to assist with water entry and exit. A certain level of fitness is required to climb the ladder – if you have any questions on this you can contact us here.
On this page you will find our Tour Dates & Pricing (see below contact form), a Booking Form and Details of Payment schedule including deposit and final balance. If you have any further questions please complete the form and we will reply within 24-48hrs.
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2025 Tour Dates
11 – 23 February
Deluxe Cabin – US $8,150 per person
Budget Cabin – US $7,400 per person
How to book your place?
Initial deposit to secure your booking is $800 per person
12 Months before departure interim deposit of $1000 per person
6 Months before departure interim deposit of $1000 per person
Balance due 3 months before departure
- Round trip flights from Jakarta – Manado – Jakarta with 40 Ibs of luggage allowance
- One night at a Jakarta hotel with breakfast at the start of the trip
- Group transfers throughout
- 11 Nights on-board the Mermaid II Liveaboard with all meals and snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, tea, and coffee
- Services of Snorkel Venture tour leader throughout
- Guided snorkel sessions as specified
- Marine park fees, port fees, and fuel surcharges
- International flights & visas
- Snorkeling equipment rental
- Travel and health insurance
- Alcoholic drinks, laundry, and general sundries