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Maximize your diving adventure with personalized and professional service on board our traditional Bugis Schooner, the Pearl of Papua. Built in 2010 with safety, practically and comfort in mind.

The Pearl of Papua aims to be your sanctuary at sea with it’s cozy cabins and en-suite bathrooms, delicious and hearty meals, and overall hassle-free adventure for up to 14 guests.
Fully equipped with modern conveniences and staffed with experienced and professional crew, the Pearl of Papua offers liveaboard charters with departures all year round to the pristine Raja Ampat islands in the heart of the Coral Triangle.

Pearl of Papua liveaboard safaris visit all the best underwater treasures around Raja Ampat, highlighting its iconic sites and adventuring off-the-beaten paths with the comfort of home away from home. Our vessel is also available for private charter, non-diving excursions, and research expedition. Come away with us! Experience a comfortable cruise at great value and find out more about our promotional rates.

Raja Ampat Islands
“the best diving place in the world”

(Photo by Diving Specials)

Located of the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, in Indonesia’s West Papua province, Raja Ampat  or the Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising over 1500 small islands, cays and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo, and the smaller islands of Kofiau.

According to Conservation International, marine surveys suggest that the marine life diversity in the Raja Ampat area is the highest recorded on earth. Diversity is considerably greater than any other area sampled in the Coral Triangle composed of Indonesia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea. The Coral Triangle is the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity, making Raja Ampat quite possibly the richest coral reef ecosystem in the world.

The high marine diversity in Raja Ampat is strongly influenced by its position between Indian and Pacific Ocean. Over 1070 fish species, 537 coral species and 699 mollusk species, the variety of marine life is staggering. Some areas boast enormous schools of fish and regular sightings of sharks such as wobbegongs and walking shark.

Raja Ampat is a diver’s paradise, with pristine coral reefs and stunning topside scenery. The unrivaled marine biodiversity makes for spectacular diving. The profusion and diversity of fish life, wildly colorful soft corals, and expansive hard coral gardens are unparalleled and cater for divers of all level and interests. You can expect to see anything from tiny pygmy seahorses to giant oceanic Mantas, and manner of life in between.

Aside from the abundance of fish and corals, there are a number of species that occur here and nowhere else in the world. The Raja Ampat Walking Shark for example, is a highlight for most visitors. This incredible animal can be seen on night divers or night snorkels, as it walk along the reef flats on its pectoral fins, hunting for food.

Divers are offered a wide range of sites to dive, from walls to pinnacles, reef flats, channel and sea-mounds to name but a few. So far more than 250 dive sites have been discovered, and more are found every week.

Southern Part of Raja Ampat, Misool Island

Misool Island is one of the main islands in Raja Ampat Archipelago, West Papua. Misool has an outstanding panorama, ranging from coral reefs to exotic flora and fauna. The sea around the island is home of thousand species such as Harlequin Shrimp and Pygmy Seahorses. The depth of the ocean ranges from 5 to 40 m. The beach is also beautiful. You will see some kind an amusing marine park as the island consists of rocks extending to the west along the eastern section. We will dive around Farundi, Fiabacet and Daram.

Northern Part of Raja Ampat, from Dampier Straits to Wayag Island

Dampier Straits will be the first spot of diving to take, many spots such as Blue Magic, Chicken Reef, Cape Kri, Batu Lima will welcome you at the 2nd day of the cruise. Usually the visitors will take a Northern Route when they come to Raja Ampat for the first time. The highlight of Raja Ampat could be found on this route, from a spectacular diving with the Manta Ray in Arborek, hike into the top of island at Pianemo and Wayag, or visiting the traditional villages at the island.

Activities in Raja Ampat Island

The main activities you can do in Raja Ampat is marine activities, such as diving and snorkeling. The two activities will give you the most exciting experience as the underwater life of the island is so amazing. The underwater life is like a paradise for those who have a chance to see it with their own eyes. There are many rare species found in this island, such as Manta Ray, Wobbegong Shark, Walking Shark, turtles, pellagic, and seahorses. Many of the best dive sites in Raja Ampat can be snorkeled, like in West Mansuar, Yeben, Arborek, Yenbuba, Sauwandarek, Meos and Saonek.

If you can dive or snorkel you don’t need to worry. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the underwater life from the boat. Even the crystal clear of the sea water allows you to see at the depth of 25 m. Apart from marine activities, you can also visit the place like the traditional village at Sawinggrai, Arborek, they made a traditional hand-craft named “Noken” which really liked by the tourist.

Wayag Island and Pianemo Island offers great adventures and breathtaking view to visitors, usually the boat will park around the spot, the the guests hike to the spot of the island, you will enjoy one of very special breath taking view in Raja Ampat, a cluster of small coral islands surrounded by a “lovely” blue-sea and several green vegetation. Once you get down from the mountain, you will have nice and easy picnic on the beach, having relax morning, swimming and snorkeling.

(Photo by: Diving Special)

(Photo by: Diving Specials)

Luxury Accommodation on board Pearl of Papua

Facilities on board the Pearl of Papua are selected to provide the most comfort during the length of your diving expeditions. The air conditioning cabins with en-suite bathrooms are sleek yet cozy, a sanctuary to welcome you home after a long excursion undersea. Our spacious decks provide enough room for everyone to laze privately and group to mingle comfortably.

We have 7 cabins for up to 15 guests; 2 Trevally Deluxe Cabin with doubled bed and two single bed in upper deck; 1 Manta Suite Cabin in lower deck with one single bed and doubled bed; 4 Seahorse standard cabin with bunk bed in lower deck. All cabins in lower deck have portholes and windows. Upper deck cabin has huge window.

Cruise Schedule

We do offer diving and non-diving (leisure) cruise package start from 3 nights – 10 nights to the pristine of Raja Ampat, all year round.
•    For diving trip we do suggest you to take minimum 5 nights 6 days up to 10 nights 11 days, the route could be chosen between Northern or Southern. (click here) to learn about the potential itinerary.
•    For non-diving trip (Leisure) package, you may take minimum 3 nights 4 days to explore Pianemo Islands, combined with traditional village visit, BBQ dinner at Mioskon Island, snorkeling at the best spot in Raja Ampat. (click here) to learn about the potential itinerary.
(click here) to see our cruise schedule

Rate & Surcharge

Charter the entire boat for your group at an affordable price USD 4750 per night (accommodate maximum 15 pax, exclude surcharges)
Individual rate per night will calculated from the cabin rate:
•    Seahorse Standard Cabin: USD 350 per pax per night
•    Trevally Deluxe Cabin: USD 370 per pax per night
•    Manta Suite Cabin: USD 380 per pax per night
Surcharges on board (surcharges subject to change at anytime due to the government policies or other factors):
•    Fuel Surcharge: Included
•    Port Clearance: USD 25 per pax per trip
•    Raja Ampat Marine Park Fee: USD 100 per pax per trip

The price have included with: Day dive and night dive (up to 4 dives per day), professional dive guide, regular air fills, tanks, weight, weight belt, all meals and snack, mineral water, tea & coffee, soft drink, fuel surcharge, airport/ hotel pick up and drop off.

The price excluded with: International & domestic airfare tickets, dive equipment rental, nitrox use (USD 5 per dive), on board telecommunication, on board alcoholic beverage, laundry, hotel stay before/after the cruise, crew gratuities.

Pearl of Papua Specifications & Features

Crafted by the highly respected and renowned boat builders of Tanah Beru in South Sulawesi, our beautiful wooden phinisi schooner is fitted with the latest marine technology and equipments that are ensured to meet with international safety standards

Built in: 2010
Cruise: up to 8 knots
Divers: 14-15 pax

All cabins has
• Individually controlled air  conditioning
• Toilet and hot water shower
• Hand basin, mirror and towels
• Round twin plug 220V mains outlet – 24 hours per day
• Cabinet and shelves
• Bedding
• Fire warning system
• Life jackets

• Length: 98’     (30 m)
• Width: 24’     (7.5m)
• Draft: 6,5’    (2 m)
• Fuel Capacity: 6000 liter
• Fresh Water: 10000 liter  (2 tanks, 5000 liter each)
• Engine: 200 HP
• Engine Type: Mitsubishi type MEBDC 9-1A
• Max Speed: 8 Knot
• Range speed: 7 – 8 Knot
• Fuel Type: HSD
• Generator: 2 x 40 KW,  AE4D-32 PS120
• Fresh Water Maker: 2000 liter per day
• Electricity 220V and 110V – 24 hours per day
• Waste Storage Tanks
• Boat has OWS (Oil Water Separation) system

Safety Support Features
• 2 life rafts (max. 15 pax. In one raft and 10 pax at another)
• 2 x 40 HP fiber speed boat
• VHF & SSB radio
• Global Positioning System (GPS)
• Furuno radar
• Depth sounder
• Furuno fish finder
• Thuraya satellite telephone
• Emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB)
• Equipped with Safety and Radio Transponder (SART)
• Comprehensive medic first aid box
• Oxygen on board
• 40+ Life jackets on board
• Fire extinguishers throughout the boat
• Boat holds Safety Management certification

Dive Equipment
• Compressor: 2 compressor BAUER MARINER 200, Nitrox available on board
• Tanks: 35 unit
• Dive equipment: 10 fullset brand new aqua lung and technisub dive equipment for rent. Please advice in advance to get your size prepared.
at your size prepared.