PEARL OF PAPUA LIVEABOARD
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
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.
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.
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.
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.