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.
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$ 360 per week), dive insurance, port and park fees (Raja Ampat (US$ 150 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).
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 information 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 50% of the published price per night.
The Pearl of Papua has 7 cabins with en-suite private bathrooms. There are 2 Trevally (Deluxe) twin or double bed cabins, 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) 2- or 3-share double/twin bed cabin, all with portholes for natural lighting. All beds are 2m long.
All the cabins have:
Toilet, hot water shower and hand basin
Toiletries and towels
Refrigerator (upper deck only)
Bedside reading lights
Cabinet, shelves and mirror
Round 2-pin mains outlet 220 Volts - 24 hours per day
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
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.
"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." - Stephanie Sales, USA, 30 November 2022 ...
"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." - John Ye, USA, 21 November 2022 ...
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