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Pearl of Papua

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.

Length: 28 metres / 92 foot
Beam: 7 metres / 23 foot
Cruise: 7 knots
Divers: 15
Enriched air nitrox is available here
Raja Ampat liveaboard, the Pearl of Papua, for Indonesia diving cruises

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 15 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.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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July 2016
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
1 Jul 8 Jul 7 Cenderawasih Bay 21 US$ 2,310
10 Jul 24 Jul 8 Raja Ampat National Park 24 US$ 2,640
10 Jul 18 Jul 8 Cenderawasih Bay 24 US$ 2,640
31 Jul 5 Aug 5 Cenderawasih Bay 13 US$ 1,550
September 2016
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
1 Sep 8 Sep 7 Cenderawasih Bay 21 US$ 2,310
21 Sep 30 Sep 9 Raja Ampat National Park 32 US$ 2,970
October 2016
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
16 Oct 23 Oct 7 Raja Ampat National Park 21 US$ 2,310
November 2016
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
3 Nov 13 Nov 10 Raja Ampat National Park 30 US$ 3,100
January 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
26 Jan 2 Feb 7 Raja Ampat National Park 21 US$ 2,310
February 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
23 Feb 2 Mar 7 Raja Ampat National Park 21 US$ 2,310
March 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
4 Mar 12 Mar 7 Raja Ampat National Park 21 US$ 2,310
14 Mar 21 Mar 7 Raja Ampat National Park 21 US$ 2,310
23 Mar 31 Mar 7 Raja Ampat National Park 21 US$ 2,310
April 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
25 Apr 2 May 7 Raja Ampat National Park 21 US$ 2,310
May 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
4 May 11 May 7 Raja Ampat National Park 21 US$ 2,310
14 May 21 May 7 Raja Ampat National Park 21 US$ 2,310
23 May 30 May 8 Raja Ampat National Park 24 US$ 2,640
June 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
7 Jun 15 Jun 8 Cenderawasih Bay 24 US$ 2,640
18 Jun 26 Jun 8 Cenderawasih Bay 24 US$ 2,640
28 Jun 5 Jul 7 Cenderawasih Bay 21 US$ 2,310
July 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
8 Jul 18 Jul 10 Cenderawasih Bay 30 US$ 3,500
21 Jul 28 Jul 7 Cenderawasih Bay 21 US$ 2,310
30 Jul 6 Aug 7 Cenderawasih Bay 21 US$ 2,310
August 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
9 Aug 19 Aug 10 Cenderawasih Bay 30 US$ 3,500
22 Aug 29 Aug 7 Cenderawasih Bay 21 US$ 2,310

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More Trip Details...

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, transfers to the boat from ariport and hotels, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max number of 5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts. Transfers: Raja Ampat - transfers to the boat from Sorong Airport in West Papua Province, Cenderawasih - transfers to the boat from Manokwari or Biak Airports in West Papua Province.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 45 per day), dive insurance, port and park fees and fuel surcharge to be paid in advance (US$ 400 per person per 7-11 night trip). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).

Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (due to limited capacity, only 1 nitrox tank per day at US$ 5), torches, dive computers. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: Pearl of Papua's liveaboard cruises normally depart from Sorong in West Papua. You can fly direct to Sorong from Bali or Jakarta. We will help you arrange return domestic flights between Bali or Jakarta and the port of departure. There is a transfer service from the local airport to and from the boat. For more information see our West Papua travel information section. For trips using other departure ports we will assist you with information on how to get there. The last dive of the trip will be at around 04.00pm on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.

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 US$ 175 of the published price per night.

Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 6 guests and receive a 10% discount. Pay for 9 guests and receive 1 extra space free of charge. See whole boat charter rate below.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): US$ 3,500.


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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
The Pearl of Papua has 7 cabins with en-suite private bathrooms. There are 2 Trevally (Master) twin or double bed cabins on the upper deck with large seaview windows. On the lower deck there are 4 Seahorse (Standard) twin bunk bed cabins and 1 Manta (Suite) 3-share double/twin bed cabin, 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
  • 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

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Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The crew of 13 comprise:
  • Tour leader / Dive Instructor
  • 2 Divemasters
  • Captain
  • Cook
  • 3 Engineers
  • Stewardess
  • Maid
  • Masseuse
  • 2 Deck hands
2 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

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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.

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Technical Specifications...
  • Built in year 2010
  • Size - 28m x 7m
  • Weight - 160 tonnes
  • Top speed - 9 knots
  • Cruising speed - 7 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 - 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 10,000 litres
  • Watermaker - 2,000 litres per day
  • Fuel capacity - 6,000 litres
  • Waste storage tank

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Navigation, Safety Features...
  • 2 life rafts (for 15 passengers each)
  • 2 x 40 HP Yamaha motorised dinghies
  • Furuno radio
  • Global positioning system (GPS)
  • Furuno Radar
  • Furuno Sounder
  • Medic first aid box
  • Emergency oxygen - 12,000 litres
  • Life jackets in each cabin
  • Fire alarms and extinguishers throughout
  • Customer dive insurance is NOT provided and is MANDATORY - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation

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