Pearl Of Papua
PEARL OF PAPUA; TREASURES OF THE SEA ABOUND.
This Buginese schooner was traditionally built in Sulawesi in 2010. The tropical wooden construction has a length of 30- and a beam of 8 meters. Specially designed as a diving vessel, it is fitted with the latest in nautical and safety technology. High standards are met for the comfort of 14 guests. We organise diving expeditions to Raja Ampat and Cendarawasih for 4 to 10 nights. Swimming with whale sharks and wreck diving are just a few of the possible adventures in these rich tropical waters of Western Papua.
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Included: VAT, Accommodation, Complimentary toiletries, Transfers/pickups from airport, Tanks, Weights, Belts, Dive master services, All meals, Towels Provided
Excluded: International and domestic air transportation, Hotels and meals ashore before and after the cruise, Travel insurance, Private tours, Laundry, Marine Park Fees (from USD 100 per person), On board telecommunications, On board alcoholic beverages, Nitrox use (USD 5/dive), Rental gear full set USD 275 for 7 night cruise, USD 390 for 10 night cruises, Fuel Surcharge (exclude Raja Ampat/Cendrawasih trips), Crew gratuities (usually $10 per pax per day), marine park fee & clearance ( Raja Ampat $125, Manokwari $150)
The ship has 7 attractive cabins. All are air-conditioned with private bathrooms, 220V outlets, reading lights, cabinets and shelves. 2 master cabins on the upper deck have a double bed or two single beds. The lower deck has 1 spacious suite cabin with a single bed and a double bed, and 4 standard cabins with bunk beds. All cabins on the lower deck have portholes for windows. Upper deck cabins have huge windows. Housekeeping and provision of clean towels are taken care of on a daily basis.
Our welcoming crew consists of 12 people providing you with 5-star service. The lounge is the indoor communal place with a library, multimedia entertainment, comfy furniture and saloon. The sundeck with reclining chairs is perfect for your après-dive recharging and after dinner sunset delight. On board, we have a dedicated spa/massage room as well as a laundry service for your convenience.
Experience the flavours of Asian cooking or enjoy western gourmet food on our liveaboard journeys. Our professional chef will satisfy everyone’s taste and surprise you with delicious entremets. Fresh vegetables and fruits are part of the everyday menu. If you have special alimentary requests as a result of religious beliefs or food allergy, please inform us at the time of your booking.
Partly because of the geographic location between the Indian- and the Pacific Ocean, these waters surrounding West Papua are of an incredible fertility and biodiversity. Our guides have great knowledge of remote and unspoilt diving sites. Not only scuba diving but also snorkelling will blow your mind on each occasion. The shaded dive deck has warm water showers, rinse tanks and charging stations for your camera equipment. We run a diving gear rental service including nitrox. Courses are available. Evening dives/snorkelling is always very much appreciated.
These are example itineraries to give you an indication of the liveaboard cruises. The final cruise might be different due to weather, sea conditions and/or guest experience. The final call is always with the boat manager and the captain of the liveaboard. This to ensure your safety as well as to give you a dive holiday never to forget.
- Departure Port: Sorong
- Return Port: Sorong
- Length: 8 Days / 7 Nights (Approximately 25 dives in total)
- Experience level: Open Water – 50 minimum logged dives required.
Raja Ampat – 8 Days Day One : Sorong
Arrive in Sorong Airport. Our crew will be waiting outside the arrival hall and ready to escort you to the ship for immediate boarding. After 15 minutes driving we onboard the vessel, refresh with the welcome drink. Your official check in time is 1PM. Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departure. Take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel, make yourself comfortable. Lunch and dinner will be served while departing towards Raja Ampat National Park.
Day Two : Dampier Straits
Welcome to Dampier Straits areas. We will have check dive at Mioskon. Monitoring your buoyancy skill and make yourself comfortable with water and your gear. For some of you who has not dive for a long time, check dive is always a good way to refresh your skill.
We have many excellent dive spot around the area. Cape Kri is a great start of the day with most fish and coral species accounted on a single dive site. Truly dive sites like Cape Kri, of Dr. Allen’s 30-year lifetime record fish count. Cape Kri has probably the largest concentration of big fish of any sites in northern Raja Ampat. Mioskon, Cape Kri and Mike’s point are among the sites for day two.
Day Three : Wayag
We will be arriving in the morning in Wayag Island – one of “must see” itinerary for Raja Ampat cruise. We park the boat in the front of Mount Pindito, we will have nice and easy picnic on the beach, having relax morning, swimming and snorkeling. Take our tender boat to marvel the spectacular hidden bay and little lagoon. We will make time to have couple of dives around northern part of Raja Ampat Aljui Bay or Gam.
Day Four : Sel Pele Bay
Sel Pele is a very large bay located on the western side of Waigeo Island, and is renowned as the best place in Raja Ampat for critter hunting. The bay has a large mouth with a small island in the centre. Sometimes between our dives we make tour and visit the pearl farms. Dinding Selatan; Kebung Kerang; and Pearl farm Pier (The Jetty) are among our selection for day and night dives in the area.
Day Five : Fam and Penemu Island
Spread over nearly 700 square kilometer of ocean just above the midway point on Raja Ampat’s north-south axis, Pam and Penemu vivid corals thrive while withstanding, indeed reveling in, some of Dampier’s strongest current. We will have fun drifting away with current at Melissa Garden, Barracuda and Angelina Passage.
Day Six Dampier Straits
We can’t get enough of Dampier Straits. It contain some of Raja Ampat’s most action packed dives. This times we dive Chicken Reef, Sardine, Blue Magic. The dive spot that offer an unforgettable diving experience where you could spot huge schools of fish parade by barracuda and pale or blue tail surgeonfish patrol the reef top, while below schools of trevally and fusiliers whiz past and encircle you. Manta is usually seen. Sheer numbers of fish here. Of course there are great schools of trevallies and tuna in numbers that practically block out the light. But you can also be enthralled by vast numbers of bumpheaded parrotfish as they charge around and devour the coral.
Day Seven : Arborek
On the way back to Sorong we will stop by at the famous Arborek, the dive spot selection in this area are abundant. Manta sandy and Manta Ridge will be among our dive spot selection where you can spot group of Mantas circling and swimming. For safety precautions we will have only two shallow dives in our last dives day.
Day Eight : Sorong
After breakfast, prepare for disembarkation. Your official check out time is 10 AM. Be ready to leave the boat and you will be transferred to Sorong Airport for you next destination. Your diving journey has ended and we shall look forward to welcoming you onboard again.
Raja Ampat is a diver’s paradise, with pristine coral reefs and stunning topside scenery. The unrivalled 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.
Misool is one of part Raja Ampat group island is a diver’s place recommended. Located about 40 miles ( 60 km ) southwest of the island of New Guinea. Flat lowlands cover the coastal region, except in the south, which is hilly and mountainous.
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. Experienced dive operators often have explored secret sites, which are known only to them, and are not described in any of the dive guidebooks. These operators will be able to show you sites far from other divers, and drop you in on reefs that perhaps no one else has ever dived before. Diving in Raja Ampat is not particularly seasonal. September and October bring massive schools of bait fish, which attract bigger hunting fish and manta rays. The south winds in May and June bring more sharks and pelagic. Visibility tends to be at its best in November and February/March.
* Sailing itineraries and daily program are subject to change due to weather and sea conditions, availability of safe anchorage, government regulations and other factors. Every effort will be made to carryout the program as planned. Program changes may take place during the cruise to take advantage of local cultural events, to adapt to sailing conditions, or in response to other factors. * Diving schedule will be designed by our Cruise Director who will be used updated weather forecasts and sea conditions to plan the best spot to dive.
CENDRAWASIH BAY - KWATISORE, WHALE SHARK
- Departure Port: Manokwari
- Return Port: Manokwari
- Length: 8 Days / 7 Nights (Approximately 21 dives in total)
- Experience level: Open Water – 50 minimum logged dives required.
Manokwari: When you arrive at Manokwari (Rendani Airport) our Cruise Director / Dive Manager will be waiting for you outside the arrival hall, after collecting your luggage we will escort you to the harbour where our tender boats will take you out to the Pearl of Papua and our friendly crew will greet you with a cold refreshing drink.
This will be followed by cabin allocation and boat orientation. When all guests are on board the Cruise Director will give you a presentation about the Pearl of Papua and diving recommendations.
Pulau Roon: Tanjung Ayami is a sloping reef with huge slabs of rock and Pulau Auri is a cluster of small islands with a similar topography but Groovy Passage is a sloping reef but has no slabs of rock.
Dive 1. Tanjung Ayami ‘WIDE ANGLE’ (huge blocks of rock & hard / soft corals)
Dive 2. Pulau Auri ‘WIDE ANGLE’ (huge blocks of rock & hard / soft corals)
Dive 3. Groovy Passage ‘WIDE ANGLE’ (fan corals, soft corals, sponges, turtles, Cenderawasih endemic Caitlin’s dottyback / Pictichromis caitlinae)
Mangguar: Tanjung Mangguar is a cape on the main island of Papua. There are several small islands formed from volcanic rock making interesting dives, with slopes, walls, small caves, cut backs and overhangs.
Dive 1. Tanjung Mangguar ‘WIDE ANGLE / MACRO’ (soft corals, whip corals, fusiliers, snappers, reef sharks, rays)
Dive 2. Rock’n’Roll ‘WIDE ANGLE / MACRO’ (soft corals, whip corals, fusiliers, snappers, reef sharks, rays)
Dive 3. Kwatisore ‘WIDE ANGLE’ (whale sharks)
Dive 4. Lemon Slope ‘WIDE ANGLE / MACRO’ (Cenderawasih endemic Epaulette Shark / Hemicyllium galei)
Kwatisore: Welcome to Kwatisore, the high light of diving in Cenderawasih. This is where you shall see whale sharks (Rhincodon typus), normally they are seen on their own when they are feeding and when they are not feeding they live in more than 1,200 meters below the surface of the water.
But here we see them together (adults and juveniles) below the bagans (fishing platforms). Originally when the locals brought up their nets in the early morning catching millions ikan puri (small bait fish) the whale sharks followed the nets and were seen sucking on the nets. This is strange behaviour for the world’s largest fish which normally only eats plankton is truly unique to Kwatisore, it is believed that they get nutrients and oils from the bait fish.
Dive 1. Bagan ‘WIDE ANGLE’ (whale sharks)
Dive 2. Bagan ‘WIDE ANGLE’ (whale sharks)
Dive 3. Lemon Slope ‘MACRO / WIDE ANGLE’ / (Cenderawasih endemic Epaulette Shark / Hemicyllium galei)
Tridacna Atoll: Small caves, cut backs, overhangs, this area is where we can find some of the best hard corals in the Cenderawasih Bay National Park.
Dive 1. Tridacna Wall ‘WIDE ANGLE / MACRO’ (hard corals, sponges, fan corals, endemic fusiliers)
Dive 2. Spag Point ‘WIDE ANGLE / MACRO’ (hard corals, barrel sponges, vase corals, jacks, barracuda, surgeon fish)
Dive 3. Boomerang Atoll ‘WIDE ANGLE / MACRO’ (hard corals)
Dive 4. Boomerang Atoll ‘MACRO / WIDE ANGLE’
Pulau Purup: A group of small islands / islets close to mainland Papua.
Dive 1. PP1 ‘WIDE ANGLE’ (hard corals, fusiliers, snappers, Cenderawasih endemic Damsel Fish / Chysiptera pricei)
Dive 2. PP2 ‘WIDE ANGLE’ (hard corals fusiliers, snappers, red tooth trigger fish, reef sharks)
Dive 3. PP3 ‘WIDE ANGLE’ (elephant ear sponges, fan corals, whip corals, fusiliers, Cenderawasih endemic flasher wrasse / Paracheilinus walton)
Sungai Omi: Black quartz sand beach mixed with small stones and here there is a small river that enters the sea creating different bottom marine life.
Dive 1. Tanjung Mupi ‘MACRO’ (Cenderawasih endemic mantis shrimps / Odontodactylus)
Dive 2. Sungai Omi ‘MACRO’ (nudibranchs, estuarine sea horse)
After breakfast the Cruise Director will escort the guests to either the airport / hotel and will assist with checking in. Sorry to say that your Pearl of Papua trip has come to an end and we look forward to welcoming you on board again.
We arrive in Sorong Port early in the morning. Guests can check out from the boat at 10 am or early should they need to fly out with morning flight.
- Year built: 2010
- Length: 30 meters
- Beam: 7.5 meters
- Top speed: 8 knots
- Cruising speed: 6 knots
- Engines: Mitsubishi MEBDC 91A 200HP
- Max guests: 14
- Number of cabins: 7
- Number of bathrooms: 7
- Water capacity: 10’000 litres
- Fuel capacity: 6’000 litres
- Freshwater maker: 2’000 litres per day
- Depth Sounder
- Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
- E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
- Emergency Rafts
- Life Vests
- Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
- First Aid Kits
- Satellite & mobile phones
- Crew trained in first aid