Pearl of Papua, Indonesia


M/V Pearl of Papua is a 30m liveaboard scheduling fantastic value diving holidays year-round in Raja Ampat, Indonesia, home to the highest marine biodiversity on Earth. This variety of marine life makes Raja Ampat the ultimate diving destination. The 12 member crew of Pearl of Papua is highly knowledgeable and intimately familiar with Raja Ampat and strives to provide five-star service. The MV Pearl of Papua was custom designed for diving expeditions, with rinse tanks, dedicated camera table and charging station and kitting-up stations for each diver available. There are also 3 tenders to make getting to and from the dive sites as comfortable as possible. The dive staff will work with divers to create the most unforgettable underwater excursions Raja Ampat has to offer.

Topside, the Pearl of Papua liveaboard Indonesia offers premium air-conditioned cabins and en-suite bathrooms. Two Master cabins with double bed and two single beds are located on the upper deck, a Suite is located on the lower deck, along with 4 standard cabins. Spacious decks throughout the boat provide ample space to laze privately or mingle with the rest of the group. A professional chef prepares fresh gourmet meals and snacks throughout the day to please every palette.

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Included: VAT, Environment Tax, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails, Beach BBQ, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Land Excursions, Snorkeling Guide, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels.

Required Extras: Fuel Surcharge, National Park Fees, Park, Port and Fuel Fees (190 USD per trip), Port Fees.

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Alcoholic Beverages, Nitrox, Private Dive Guide (50 USD), Rental Gear (45 USD per day), Snorkel Gear.

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Boat features

  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Nearly 1:1 Crew-to-Guest Ratio
  • Leisure Deck
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Beach BBQ
  • Welcome Cocktails
  • Half-board Option
  • Full-board Option

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Shaded Diving Area

The crew speaks English.

Gear Rental

There is diving gear available on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. Show prices.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

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Boat Specifications

  • 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 liters
  • Fuel capacity 6'000 liters
  • Freshwater maker 2'000 liters per day

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Fishfinder
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Search light
  • Crew trained in first aid

Pearl of Papua Reviews

  • 8.6 Fabulous
  • 38 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Shaun K
  • United States United States
Excellent trip, professional and friendly staff

Everything about this trip was outstanding, my travel companion and me will be back again.

Recommended for
The food, excellent cook. The diving, very pristine coral. The staff, friendly and caring.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • carolyn P
  • United States United States
The crew and the diving was wonderful!

Lovedthedivingand all the Awesome folks

Recommended for
Friendly crew, Outstanding dive guides, Amazong food and plenty of ut
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Azura A
  • United States United States
Good value

Great way to dive in Raja for an affordable price. With this in mind, it is a more budget liveaboard but you go to the places the other more expensive liveaboards go. If seeing Raja is your goal, the pearl is just fine.

Recommended for
Diving, staff, guests
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Douglas R
  • United States United States
Great Staff & Dive Guides

Flexibiliry in dealing with individuals and special conditions. Made 3 land stops to explore or party! The boat is relaxed with a lounging area on the upper deck.

Recommended for
Everything went smoothly! They really baby you and set up all the equipment.
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Peter S
  • United States United States
Very good boat in a traditional Indonesian way

The worlds best dive spot - raja ampat

Recommended for
Great diving, good food, comfortable boat
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Caren L
  • United States United States
Best diving on the planet

I knew that Raja Ampat was famous for soft and hard coral, although I have never seen anything like that in my 30 years of diving. Also the quantity of life under water. The food was amazing and the crew very nice and helpful. It was a great trip

Recommended for
Diving , food , crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Jerry M
  • United States United States
The perfect mix of diving and exploring tropical islands

Although I believe the diving in Raja Ampat to be a little bit over hyped, we still had a great week of diving. There were many creatures that I had never seen before, as well as some beautiful underwater coral gardens. Something unique to this live aboard that I have never experienced before was the opportunity to get off the boat and explore a few islands. We did a great hike to a mountain top one morning, went to a beautiful beach for an afternoon of swimming with sharks, and then wrapped up with a BBQ party one evening (under the rain). It made for a special trip that was centered on diving, but gave some variety in activities. Highly recommended!!

Recommended for
The opportunity to explore a few islands, the crew's helpfulness, macro diving
  • 7.6 Good
  • Sean E
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Raja Ampat diving tour

This was the most exotic location dive trip weve done in 15 years diving around the world - it didnt disappoint. The area is stunning both in and out of the water.

Recommended for
Great itinerary, experienced dive trip leader and the best diving
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Lisa B
  • Germany Germany
had a good time!

Wd do it again!

Recommended for
diving crew food
  • 7.2 Good
  • Linus N
  • Sweden Sweden
Budget liveaboard

Great friendly crew, great dive instructor, well organised, Food allright but not enough variation Not so good: All the pollution, smell of diesel, smoke, fumes, also visible for guests around the vessel, black stuff and oil pumping straight out in the sea, so you can't really swim near to the boat,, the engines and generator needs fixing, filters etc, and when you are in this natural reserve and you see the pollution that you are causing it dosent really make you feel as good as you should in this beautiful setting,

Recommended for
The diving, warm showers, the price
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Jean-Christophe D
  • Switzerland Switzerland
A fabulus week!

Vevey good! Professional and friendly staff, fabulous sites under and over the sea.

Recommended for
Dives Staff Food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Alexander H
  • Germany Germany
Amazing Divetrip

Amazing natur and a good people

Recommended for
Blue Magic in Misol, islands, diving in a fishsoup
  • 7.6 Good
  • Vishal B
  • India India

Seeing the Manta's

Recommended for
Manta's, Manta's , Manta's
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Erik R
  • Sweden Sweden
Good diving, nice boat and crew

The dives Mayhem & Blue Magic

Recommended for
diving, crew sundeck
  • 7.6 Good
  • David G
  • Australia Australia
We had a great experience. Well cared for by the staff, both in and out of the water. Unfortunately we couldn't go south due to bag weather. The chef was great as there was pleanty of good food.

Good diving with a knowledgable instructor and good food. The bed was comportable but the room could have had more over head storage.

Recommended for
Diving and wonderful scenery.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • michael M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Tremendous diving ,phenomenal biodiversity great crew and stunning scenery

Great dive masters, endless reefs incredible biodiversity.islands of paradise beachesOMG, Mantas cuttle fish nudibranchs fish eagles frankly hte whole trip was a highlight

Recommended for
oceanic mantas ,unbelievable coral,giant schools of fish
  • 7.6 Good
  • Joe M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Some amazing dives, good service from the crew

Seeing Manta Rays up close on a number of dives.

Recommended for
The dive sites, the friendly crew, the fellow divers
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Qi Tian T
  • Singapore Singapore
Awesome experience

Diving, spotting dolphins/whales on the boat, BBQ on an island. Really friendly crew, great company.

Recommended for
Crew, diving, food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Helga B
  • Italy Italy
Wonderful week

Wonderful dives, great choice of diving sites.

Recommended for
Dives, company, staff
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Dorota L
  • Poland Poland
Safe and marvelous diving and great staff

diving spots: Melisas Garden, Cape Kri, MAgis Rock hiking on island in Wayag Archipelaguo and marvelous view from the top.

Recommended for
safe diving (all spots were controlled by divemasters before diving of the whole group - guests); staff on board helpful and kind, overall atmosphere
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Becky Y
  • Canada Canada
Home away from home!

Pearl of Papua is a very nice and big dive boat. Everywhere was so clean---especially the en-suite bathroom that I shared with my roommate!(There was even an adapter for me with my North American plugs---very considerate!) On hot sticky days and in between dives, we could hide in the salon (dining room) with its AC, reading up on its collection of novels in many languages, learning about what we saw UW in its many marine life catalogs and watching its voluminous collection of current Hollywood DVDs (I did!).There was a camera table with many outlets, There is even a sink to wash our hands and all kind of drinks and all sort of snacks available at all hours! Another thing notable about Pearl of Papua was the fact that they provide 2 tanks of fresh water for us to soak our dive gears in after each dive and…tanks with Dettol (disinfectant) after our last dive on the liveaboard! (Not too many dive boats would do that!) Very nice touch indeed. They even had a permanent huge tank with fresh water just dedicated for the myriad of divers’ cameras to soak in and an air hose for the UW photographers to use (Again, the first time I saw on a dive boat!) Now, the food was divine and every meal was different! Our chef, Cindy (the first woman I saw, working on a liveaboard, anywhere in the world. Bravo!) was a genius who put out 5-star restaurant meals 3X a day for a whole week! I think that all of us had all gained weights, eating non-stop! Cindy was also a very good dancer too at our end of the week BBQ Party on the Bat Island!---That was another memorable feast by itself and the crew had gone over the top making unique sand sculpturing and demonstrating the thrilling Raja Ampat soccer to us! Our mouths were agape <--- definitely THE highlight and a very fitting ending for the trip! This liveaboard had 13 divers who came from all over the world, very diverse and with varied ages and backgrounds. I have been on many liveaboards, but this one is different as we all got along famously---everyone chatted with everyone else, there were no disagreements and we all tried to get along together. By the end of the trip, we seemed to be like a great big multi-cultural family! I‘d like to give our Fearless Bald-headed crew leader (whose name escaped me just now!) credits for doing such a good job to make sure that all our wishes and request were attended to and that the crew, under his tutelage, couldn’t have done more to make sure all the divers happy! You know, the 13 of us are still writing emails to one another, sharing photos and talking about the dive trip! Remarkable trip!

Recommended for
Food, camaraderie, boat
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Marie C
  • Australia Australia
Fabulous diving and wonderful crew

Blue ringed octopus on our check out dive! Soft coral heaven at Black Rock; hard coral heaven at Melissa’s Garden; spectacular variety and abundance of reef fish; 3 excellent night dives; hike up to the stunning lookout at Wayag. Cuttlefish, octopus, tiny bobtail squid, pygmy seahorses, shrimps of all types including mantis shrimp, leaf fish, scorpionfish, pipefish, comet fish, big moray eels, some white tip and black tip sharks and a grey reef shark. Unfortunately no oceanic mantas and only brief encounters with 2 reef mantas. Not as much big pelagic life as we expected, but still spectacular schools of barracuda, trevally and reef fish. Contrary to the website, Manta Suite and Seahorse cabins have NO windows, and there is no masseuse onboard. Sundeck could do with more shade and more comfortable chairs, but it was still fine for our small group. Demands of large tips came as an unpleasant surprise on the last day. But overall a wonderful trip with excellent crew - I wish it had been a few days longer!

Recommended for
Great diversity of bizarre and beautiful critters, only 11 passengers, very friendly helpful crew who set up and lift your dive gear
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Robert A
  • Philippines Philippines
Never a dull moment!

On top of the diving 3-4x a day, the crew also planned out other activities like treks, beach BBQ’s, village excursions and even jumping at the equator!

Recommended for
Experienced chef, friendly staff and cruise director, great dive sites
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Albert B
  • Spain Spain
Good quality-price for Raja Ampat

It is a very advisable live-aboard. Raja Ampat must be dived this way due the sheer size of the area. I believe the Pearl of Papua is the right balance between price and quality

Recommended for
Good service, friendly staff, good food
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Jungyun P
  • South Korea South Korea
Greatest moment ever!

Dive guides were so good. They showed me lots of fish, mantas, small creatures....Felt safe and secure even when there were very strong currents thanks to the help of dive masters there. The crew were super kind and friendly, making me smile all the time.

Recommended for
Crew, Dive Master Service, BBQ Dinner
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Shirhan H
  • Australia Australia
A great trip . Very well looked after by crew and food was plentiful and excellent.

Diving of course! Seeing oceanic manta cleaning station, sharks and turtle.

Recommended for
Great diving. Relaxing sundeck. Wonderful food.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Nicholas S
  • Australia Australia

Great dive service. Great fun and great staff.

Recommended for
The wonderful service and staff friendliness. Diving was world class
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Jaakko A
  • Finland Finland
Great service and staff with a week of top tier diving

Food was excellent, crew very friendly and helpful, diving was calm and relaxing. Everything went well, althoug we didn't get to see so many mantas as I hoped.

Recommended for
Dives, food and company
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Amira M
  • Australia Australia
Great mid range option for Raja Ampat

Seeing wobbegongs, octopus, turtles and loads of different corals. International crowd of people and very reasonable accommodation. Beautiful unspoilt islands. The beach party was amazing. English was limited with some dive guides, this could be better for divers.

Recommended for
The food was consistently good in quality and variety. Dive briefings were mapped and explained.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Jeonghun S
  • South Korea South Korea
Old cabin but nice crew service and good food

Diving is great (Dive master is a kind, well-known many spots and boat crew is very kind) I like sundeck on the boat. (with good food and beverage)

Recommended for
nice crew service , good food , good dive guides
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Christiane F
  • Germany Germany
Raja Ampat is a must go!!!

Diversity of diving, the friendly and helpful crew! We had a great time!

Recommended for
diving, bamboo sharks, colourful underwater world
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Ulf L
  • Sweden Sweden
"Budget Friendly" Liveaboard that needs some renovation

Diving with Mantas, and a lot of different spices. The other guests, and the food.

Recommended for
Diving & guests
Origin: US