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Pearl of Papua
From USD 324 per day
99 ft
Max 14
At a glance...
  • Specialises in cruises around Raja Ampat and Cenderawasih Bay
  • Runs shorter trips than others - 6 - 10 nights
  • All cabins have ensuite bathrooms
  • Ideal for those with limited time or budget

Customer reviews
Very good!431

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As the name suggests, Pearl of Papua is a traditional Buginese schooner that specialises in dive cruises to Raja Ampat, Indonesia. For most of the year you can see this 28m Raja Ampat liveaboard cutting through the pristine waters of the West Papua Province.

Pearl of Papua sets itself further apart from other Indonesia diving cruises by running shorter trips: from 6 to 10 nights' duration, in and out of Sorong. This makes it a great option for those with constraints on time or budget.

Up to 14 guests can be accommodated in 7 en-suite cabins on board what is a relatively small liveaboard which prides itself on customer service. With 3 dive guides it always means small diver groups and plenty of personal attention. Aiming to provide a luxury experience at a great value, Pearl of Papua features an air-conditioned saloon/dining area with entertainment facilities and a sun deck with chairs and mats for those who prefer to relax outdoors.

Cruises on Pearl of Papua mean that the wonderful dive sites of Raja Ampat are now open to more people, since the shorter tours and affordable prices make it possible for many more scuba divers to experience this wonderful region. If that includes you then, with Pearl of Papua, the world is your oyster.

 English spoken by divemasters  Divemaster bisa bahasa Indonesia

Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

 English spoken by divemasters  Divemaster bisa bahasa Indonesia

More Trip Details...

Dive experience: It is highly recommend that guests have at the very least 50 dives logged and have an advanced certification. But often times it also depends on how comfortable they are in the water.

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, transfers to the boat from local airport and hotels, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max number of 5 divers per guide), tanks, weights and weightbelts, shore visit and topside scenic tours, all taxes.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (incl. torch: US$ 45 per day), dive insurance, port and park fees (Raja Ampat (US$ 240 per trip), fuel surcharge (US$ 40 per trip). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid paid in advance.

Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 5 per dive, max.2 dives/day/diver), 15 litre tank (US$ 10 per day), dive computer (US$ 10 per day). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only - IDR or USD). Note: prices of items purchased onboard are subject to change.

How to get there: Raja Ampat: Pearl of Papua's liveaboard cruises normally depart from Sorong in West Papua. You can fly directly to Sorong from Jakarta, Ujung Pandang (Makassar) and Manado. From Bali there are convenient connections via Ujung Pandang (Makassar) and Manado. We will help you arrange return domestic flights between Bali or Jakarta and the port of departure.
Cenderawasih Bay: Fly direct to the port of Manokwari (from Jakarta or via Makassar or Sorong), the port of Nabire (via Ambon or Manokwari) or the port of Biak (via Makassar).
For trips using other departure ports we will assist you with information on how to get there.
For more details, including airlines, see our West Papua travel information section. Local airport transfers operate from 6-10 am, local hotel pick-ups at 9:30 am. Port departure takes place as 11 am. The last dive of the trip will be at around 4 pm on the second last day of the trip, then the boat will return to shore during the final evening. We recommend you arrange you flight out as between 11 am - 2 pm so you can disembark from the vessel at leisure in the morning after big breakfast. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.

Non-diver rate: None.

Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 60% of the published price per night.

Dive clubs and group discounts: None.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): US$ 5,000.

 English spoken by divemasters  Divemaster bisa bahasa Indonesia

Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
The Pearl of Papua has 7 cabins with en-suite private bathrooms. There are 2 Trevally (Deluxe) cabins (1 with twin beds and 1 with double bed), and 2 Seaview (Luxury) twin or double bed cabins on the upper deck with large seaview windows. On the lower deck there are 2 Seahorse (Standard) twin bunk bed cabins, and 1 Manta (Master Suite) cabin with a double and single bed for double or triple share (not twin share), all with portholes for natural lighting. All beds are 2m long.

All the cabins have:
  • Air-conditioning
  • Portholes/windows
  • Toilet, hot water shower and hand basin
  • Toiletries and towels
  • Refrigerator (upper deck only)
  • Bedside reading lights
  • Cabinet, shelves and mirror
  • Bedding
  • Round 2-pin mains outlet 220 Volts - 24 hours per day
  • Fire warning system
  • Life jackets
No. of bathrooms / showers - 7 / 9 - hot water

 English spoken by divemasters  Divemaster bisa bahasa Indonesia

Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The crew of 15 comprise:
  • Tour leader / Dive Instructor
  • 2 Divemasters
  • Captain
  • Cook
  • 3 Engineers
  • Stewardess
  • Maid
  • Masseuse
  • 2 Deck hands
3 motorised dinghies - 50m² dive deck with shower, toilets, camera table and rinse tanks - 20m² air-conditioned saloon with bar, TV, DVD video, music & computer - Movie and book library and fish ID books - 90m² shaded area and sundeck with sun chairs and matresses - Massage service - Water dispenser

 English spoken by divemasters  Divemaster bisa bahasa Indonesia

Menu, Cuisine Type...
Beginning with lunch on your first day, your dining experience in Raja Ampat on board Pearl of Papua will involve a fusion of Asian and international cuisine. Pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks each day will ensure your hunger pangs are kept at bay.
  • Asian and international meals; 4 different dishes per sitting.
  • Buffet style dining with waitress help in the saloon's dining area.
  • Pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between.
  • Coffee, tea, fruit, drinking water, candy bars, ice cream and biscuits are provided free of charge.
  • Soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits are available for purchase.
  • All dietary needs can be catered for - please send us advanced notice of any special requirements.
  • The dining service begins with lunch on the first day of the cruise.

 English spoken by divemasters  Divemaster bisa bahasa Indonesia

Technical Specifications...
  • Built in year 2010
  • Size - 30m x 7.5m
  • Weight - 160 tonnes
  • Top speed - 9 knots
  • Cruising speed - 8 knots
  • 200 HP Mitsubishi engine
  • 2 x 40 KW Mitsubishi generators
  • 2 x Bauer dive tank compressors
  • 12 litre aluminium scuba tanks with Int. fittings
  • Enriched air nitrox system
  • Electricity 220V and 110V - 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 10,000 litres
  • Watermaker - 2,000 litres per day
  • Fuel capacity - 6,000 litres
  • Waste storage tank

 English spoken by divemasters  Divemaster bisa bahasa Indonesia

Navigation, Safety Features...
  • 2 life rafts (for 15 passengers each)
  • 3 x 40 HP Yamaha motorised dinghies
  • Furuno VHF and SSB radio
  • Koden Global positioning system (GPS)
  • Furuno Radar
  • Furuno Sounder and Fishfinder
  • Satellite phone
  • Medic first aid box
  • Emergency oxygen - 12,000 litres
  • Life jackets in each cabin
  • Fire alarms and extinguishers throughout

 English spoken by divemasters  Divemaster bisa bahasa Indonesia

Customer reviews:

Customer rating - Excellent
"Dive Master and dive crew on board: Organized, safety conscious, attentive, adapted to divers skills and preferences. Great knowledge of sea life. The boat is in need of freshening up. The dining room, decks, & dive operations were adequate. The rooms and bathrooms definitely need service. The engine smells permeated my lower deck room. There was inadequate space in the bathroom to put toiletries. Dive The World were attentive, responsive, friendly, knowledgeable, competent." - , USA, 30 November 2022 ...

Customer rating - Average
"The boat's water pump broke down on the 3rd day and have to change dive plan in order to make port call to get the pump fixed. So the listed trip itinerary showed up to 30 dives but the liveaboard only scheduled 26 dives including the check dive...The website offers a wealth of information for dive holiday research. The representative (Vic) I was communicating with was very responsive." - , USA, 21 November 2022 ...


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