The Black Pearl is a huge 47m (155 ft) state-of-the-art yacht that operates weekly dive safaris in the scuba paradise of Palau. This gem of a yacht was built in 2019 from steel and aluminium and its modern features are creating plenty of waves in the liveaboard diving market.
Guests are attended to by the crew of 16 and are accommodated in 14 well-fitted and proportioned cabins across lower, main and upper decks. Each cabin features a separate shower cubicle in the en-suite bathroom and is sound- and odour-proofed for guest comfort. Guests can also use their own high-definition television equipped with satellite TV programmes. There is also satellite internet throughout.
A favourite spot on the yacht is on the sundeck which was designed to create a relaxed ambience with ‘beach club’ loungers, hammock stand, and 360 degree views of the surrounding scenery. There is a saloon on the upper deck, which features gym equipment, cosy sofa seating, 2 HD TVs, movies, gaming consoles (PS4 Pro & Nintendo Switch), a poker table, and a beer pong table. There is also a large Jacuzzi if you prefer just to relax.". In water yacht toys include a kayak, stand-up paddleboard, inflatable water slide and floats.
The spacious dedicated restaurant is located on the main deck and was carefully designed to make use of natural sunlight to brighten up the room. Daily meals include different varieties of Asian cuisine and are served buffet style. There is free flow of a wide varieties of hot beverages and drinking water dispensers. Eco-friendly water bottles are given to all guests since the boat is a Green Fins (marine conservation) member. Delicious and healthy snacks and smoothies are provided every afternoon to recharge energy for the next dive.
Among the best features of this liveaboard yacht are the 2 aluminium tenders that are used to conduct the dives. These purpose-built boats are equipped with twin 170 HP internal diesel engines, with a top speed of 40 knots. Each boat is designed to carry 14 divers and 1 captain, with front facing seating to ensure guest comfort. They are equipped with VHF radio, GPS, fresh water shower, first aid kit and DAN emergency equipment.
While the Black Pearl does its best to keep guests entertained, its also takes its commitment to environment al conservation and guest safety very seriously. The use of plastic is minimised, eco-friendly and bio-degradable washing and cleaning products are used, and a BIOCON septic waste system is installed. The yacht also has a mooring drill to set up safe anchorage points. The yacht features twin 477 KW Cummins auxiliary propulsion engines, generators, and compressors; 4 water makers, the latest maritime communication and satellite navigation system, plus all the usual safety features that you’d expect. All these back ups have been installed to ensure that no single failure would cause a cruise to be cancelled. Divers are also provided with Nautilus Lifelines, SMBs and reef hooks; all used to assist safety. a portable emergency decompression sickness (DCS) chamber onboard.
Dive experience: 50 previous logged dives are recommended for divers to join these Palau liveaboard cruises, as well as being comfortable diving in strong current conditions.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, fruit juice, two-way transfers strictly between hotel to Malakal Port only, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemasters (max. 5 divers to 1 dive guide), nitrox fills for enriched air divers, reef hooks, SMBs, tanks, weights and weightbelts, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment rental including dive computer (US$ 160 per week), dive insurance (available onboard), marine park permit & port tax US$ 250. From 7 November 2022, a fuel surcharge of US$ 20 per day will be applied. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Optional extras: Transfers between Koror Airport and Black Pearl for arrival and departure days (US$ 25 per per person per way), soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, barista coffee, 15 litre tank (US$ 15 per day), torch (US$ 8 per day), private dive guide, satellite internet packages (1 GB, 2 GB, unlimited use options). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Boarding begins at 2 pm (but the yacht only departs the harbour early on the next morning). Guests are invited to pre-arrange the airport transfer service to the boat on the day of arrival. Disembarkation at the end of the cruise is at 8 am (although the yacht returns to harbour on the previous evening). Again, pre-arranged airport transfers are provided. The last dive of the trip is at 2 pm on the penultimate day of the trip. Please wait 18 hours before flying after diving. For more information see our Palau travel information section.
Non-diver rate: 10% off the published price.
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 80% of the normal published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 12 guests and 2 additional persons can join the cruise free of charge (FOC) (total 14 guests). FOC applies to the cheapest per person rate.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 24 guests and 4 additional persons can join the cruise free of charge (FOC) (max. 28 guests). FOC applies to the cheapest per person rate.
The Black Pearl features 14 guest cabins, all featuring twin beds of 200 cm x 120 cm x 40 cm, an en-suite bathroom with toilet and separate hot/cold shower. There are 2 Seaview Suites on the upper deck, 4 cabins on the main deck, 6 lower deck cabins, and 2 lower deck Tatami cabins (smaller).
Each room features a hassle-free keyless electronic keypad door lock system. Toilets are equipped with a sewage vacuum system to prevent any unwanted odours in the cabins. Cupboards and doors are equipped with shock absorbers to reduce noise intrusion.
All the cabins have:
Windows (main and upper deck), portholes (lower deck)
Bathroom with toilet, hot water shower cubicle and hand basin
HD television equipped with satellite TV programmes and Google cast.
High quality cabin face/bath towels and organic 2-in-1 shampoo/bathing gel
Inter room telephone system
Cabinet and clothes hangers
Safe deposit box
Safety devices like smoke detector and fire alarm system, fire extinguisher
Mains outlet 220 volts - 24 hours
USB ports for charging electrical gadgets
Asian style 2 pin and Australian style 3 pin sockets