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Raja Ampat Liveaboard Charter Pearl of Papua

Duration: 5D4N Raja Ampat Expedition

Overview

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.

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.

Highlights

Raja Ampat

Located off 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 1,500 small islands, cays and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo, and the smaller island of Kofiau. It encompasses more than 9.8 million acres (40,000 km²) of land and sea, which also contains Cenderawasih Bay, the largest marine national park in Indonesia. It is a part of the newly named West Papua (province) of Indonesia which was formerly Irian Jaya. The islands are the most northern pieces of land in the Australian continent.

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 ecosystems in the world.

The area’s massive coral colonies along with relatively high sea surface temperatures, also suggest that its reefs may be relatively resistant to threats like coral bleaching and coral disease, which now jeopardize the survival of other coral ecosystems around the world. The Raja Ampat islands are remote and relatively undisturbed by humans.

The high marine diversity in Raja Ampat is strongly influenced by its position between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, as coral and fish larvae are more easily shared between the two oceans. Raja Ampat’s coral diversity, resilience, and role as a source for larval dispersal make it a global priority for marine protection.

Over 1,070 fish species, 537 coral species (a remarkable 96% of all scleractinia recorded from Indonesia are likely to occur in these islands), 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.

Itinerary

6.30 AM   : Arrival at Dominique Eduard Osok – Sorong Airport
7.00 AM   : After collecting the luggage, directly transfer to Pelabuhan Usaha Mina – Pearl of Papua
7.30 AM   : Breakfast served onboard Pearl of Papua
10.00 AM : Heading to Waisai, it will takes + 8-9 hours sailing
12.00 PM : Lunch served onboard Pearl of Papua
4.00 PM   : Snack time onboard Pearl of Papua
7.00 PM   : Arrive at Fam Island. Relax by the Sundeck until dinner time
7.00 PM   : Dinner served onboard Pearl of Papua

7.30 AM   : Breakfast onboard Pearl of Papua
8.30 AM  : We will hike to the Pianemo Island, bring your camera, your hat and your walking shoes. We 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 we get down from the mountain, we will have nice and easy picnic on the beach, having relax morning, swimming and snorkeling.
11.00 AM : We will take our tender boat to look around the beautiful little lagoon Penemu Island, and then back to the boat
12.00 PM : Lunch served onboard Pearl of Papua
2.00 PM   : Snorkeling at the Melissa Garden spot
4.00 PM   : Snack time onboard Pearl of Papua and relax by the sundeck until dinner time
4.00 PM   : Heading to Mansuar Island
7.00 PM   : Dinner served onboard Pearl of Papua

7.30 AM   : Breakfast onboard Pearl of Papua
8.30 AM  : We’re heading to first spot of snorkeling at Mansuar, the crystal clear of the sea water allows you to see the underwater life up to the depth of 5 to 10 m.
12.00 PM : Lunch served onboard Pearl of Papua
2.00 PM   : Heading to Pasir Timbul for swimming and snorkeling (according to ocean tides timing)
4.00 PM   : Snack time onboard Pearl of Papua
7.00 PM   : Barbeque time served at the island (Dinner)

7.30 AM   : Breakfast onboard Pearl of Papua
8.30 AM   : We’re heading to Yenbuba Village to know the traditional culture and do snorkeling around Yenbuba                             Beach
12.00 PM : Lunch served onboard Pearl of Papua
2.00 PM  : Heading to Yenbeser Village
3.00 PM  : Snack time onboard Pearl of Papua
4.00 PM  : Heading to Mioskon Island for sunset trip
7.00 PM  : Dinner served onboard Pearl of Papua
7.30 PM  : Heading to Sorong

1.00 AM  : Arrive at Pelabuhan Usaha Mina – Sorong 7.00 AM  : Breakfast served onboard Pearl of Papua 8.00 AM  : Preparing for disembarkation, our crew will be drop you to the airport as your flight schedule . Your  journey has ended and we shall look forward to welcoming you onboard again.

More Information

  • Charter price quoted above base on per night for maximum 15 persons
  • Full-board accommodation & meals.
  • Tea/coffee, spring water, tea-time snacks.
  • Transfer to & from vessel between airport in Sorong.
  • Certified Tour Guided.
  • Certified Dive Master.
    Note: Only available when there is an advance booking prior to the cruise with a minimum of 2 divers.
  • Cruise Accident Insurance
  • Use of snorkeling and fishing gear
  • Harbor and anchor fees.
  • Government Tax.
  • International/domestic airfare and airport tax
  • Raja Ampat conservation fee for whole year at USD.145 per person
  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Gratuities to guide and crew
  • Laundry service
  • Corkage fee for wine and spirits bring onboard
  • We strongly recommend guests bring their own dive gear but if you need to rent equipment, The Pearl of Papua has various sixes of Aqualung Dive Equipment on board. If you have more specific requests for equipment rental please inform us long in advance for availability. You can pay cash onboard.

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