Pearl of Papua, Indonesia

  • Rating 8.5 out of 10 8.5 Fabulous
    • Nitrox available
  • from $ 323 / day
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“My family of 4 did the 8D/7N Northern Raja Ampat cruise in June 2024 on the Pearl of Papua (POP). June is not peak Raja Ampat divi…”

Thomas C, Flag of United States United States


  • Custom-designed for diving expeditions
  • Dedicated camera table and charging station
  • Professional chef prepares fresh gourmet meals
  • Nitrox available on board

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, a dedicated camera table, charging stations, 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 offers.

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

Required Extras: Park, Port and Fuel Fees (240 USD per trip), Rental Gear (460-495 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Travel Insurance, Gratuities, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Nitrox (5 USD per activity), Private Dive Guide (50 USD per day), Snorkel Gear (80-110 USD per trip).

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Pearl of Papua Reviews

  • Rating 8.5 out of 10
  • 8.5 Fabulous
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  • Rating 8.0 out of 10
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Thomas C
  • Flag of United States United States

Excellent value, great dive operation and healthy reef sites

My family of 4 did the 8D/7N Northern Raja Ampat cruise in June 2024 on the Pearl of Papua (POP). June is not peak Raja Ampat diving so most of the Raja Ampat liveaboards boats were in Komodo. Consequently we only saw a few other dive skiffs which were operated from local island resorts. The Pearl of Papua is a great mid level dive boat, attentive crew, efficient dive operations. Food is plentiful, tasty and varied. Lots of covered space on two levels of fore deck. Dive operation is well run, indvidual baskets for your gear and all your gear put on the 2 dive skiffs so you just have to grab your wetsuit and mask and get on the skiff. Dives at 7:00, 11:00, 15:00 with a multiple night dive options. 2 rinse showers and camera/gear rinse tanks on fantail. Hot water showers in en-suite bathrooms, A/C in all rooms, Highly recommend the Sea View cabins. For ~$200 more than the cheapest bunkbed cabin, you get a much larger room with a full 180 degree glass view. Quite spectacular, the best cabins we've ever had. POP requests that you do battery charging in the main salon so bring 2 AC charge adapters (European style) one to use while in your room and one for the charging station. Diving was very good but mostly overcast skies so not the best visibility. Varied dive sites, some high current dives, saw all the hoped for critters (mantas, woebegone & epaultette sharks, reef sharks, turtles, bumpheads, cuttlefish, etc). Healthy reefs with lush corals and clouds of fish, very high bio-diversity. The Pearl of Papua visited the famous sites in northern Raja Ampat, had good food and efficient diving operations; overall an excellent value.

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Excellent value, great dive operation and healthy reef sites
  • Rating 10 out of 10
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Jerry M
  • Flag of 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!!

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The opportunity to explore a few islands, the crew's helpfulness, macro diving
  • Rating 6.8 out of 10
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Peter S
  • Flag of United States United States

Very good boat in a traditional Indonesian way

The worlds best dive spot - raja ampat

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Great diving, good food, comfortable boat

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