Mermaiding is the act of “becoming a mermaid” by wearing a mermaid tail for swimming, modelling or performance art.
Never heard of it? Not likely, unless you went to the same D-A-I-Y-E spa as Zoolander, you’ll recall his mermaid modelling photos (er, merman). Then a lot of models did it for Vogue in 2012. The Gigi Hadid of Bali Inka Williams did it in Komodo with the Island Mermaids team. And Cara Delevigne did it in Pan.
Bottom line, models love mermaiding. And now the rest of us can also have our very own sequinned or scaled mermaid tails and underwater mermaid pictures.
MERMAID TAILS AND FINS
Mermaid tails for children and adults are sold in stores and online. A huge range of products has become available, with prices from $30 up to $300 for bejeweled silver and gold mermaid tails.
Jl. Pantai Berawa 150
Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara, Bali
Bali’s first mermaiding company
Mermaid tails and shark fins for kids
For safety, it is important to know which are mermaid tails specially designed for swimming, versus tails which may be intended as costumes for dress up only, so be sure to check.
Tasteful women’s seashell bikinis, one-piece mermaid swimsuits and mermaid accessories are here. Nothing like the mermaid costumes of your childhood, sequinned nylon has been swapped for real seashells and high-quality Lycra.
MERMAID BIKINI SET BY ISLAND MERMAIDS; TOP: ONE SIZE FITS A-D; BOTTOM: S, M, L
HAND BEADED BIKINI BY ISLAND MERMAIDS; COLOURS: PINK, GOLD; SIZES: S, M, L
KERANG ONE PIECE BY ISLAND MERMAIDS; COLOURS: BLACK, NUDE; SIZES: S, M
Thoughtfully designed, carefully produced and beautifully modelled, these swimsuits really caught my eye. Each one is made locally and responsibly in Bali (needless to say, so are the high-quality swimmable tails from Island Mermaids). Now, which one should I buy?
MERMAIDING DAY TRIPS
If like me, you prefer the swimwear and don’t want to buy a mermaid TAIL for keeps, you can trade your legs for fins just for a day. Mermaiding at a gorgeous tropical beach is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and swimming with a finned tail doesn’t come naturally to everyone, so mermaiding outings with instruction are popular.
First-timers “Discover Mermaiding” package:
- Pick up and drop off in Bali
- Captained boat
- Snorkel equipment
- Mermaid tails
- Mermaiding instructor
- Go Pro for underwater photos
Island Mermaids’ professional mermaids will take you to secret mermaiding locations, transform you into a sparkling mermaid goddess and teach you to swim beautifully with your heels together.
MERMAIDING PHOTO SHOOTS
More experienced mermaids can arrange a photo shoot in the ocean and on the sandy shores and rocky outcrops around Bali, Gili Trawangan or Lombok, and take home professional photographs. Mermaiding workshops and mermaid parties are also on offer for groups.
With Disney’s live action version of The Little Mermaid coming soon, mermaiding is sure to be the next big thing.
ALL IMAGES BY ISLAND MERMAIDS.