Chertan, Papua New Guinea

Excellent food and drinks

“The freedom given, the friendliness of the crew, the overall informality.”

paul B, United States United States
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Discover untouched diving in the pristine waters of Papua New Guinea with MV Chertan. The 20m MV Chertan offers 5 air-conditioned cabins, and caters to only 10 guests, ensuring personal attention on board. The largest cabin located at the bow of the boat is the Double Executive, and has individually controlled AC and an en-suite bathroom. This is perfect for a family with a child, or 3 adults. The two Middle Deluxe Cabins are fitted with 2 single beds, toilet and wash basin, and the Standard Base Cabins located at the stern have two single beds and use of the 2 shared bathrooms and showers. There is an indoor lounge, dining and bar with TV to check out the day’s photos.

The diving in PNG is undoubtedly the highlight of the trip. Offering everything from rare critters, nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses to big marine life such as dugong, manta rays and whale sharks, diving in the crystal clear waters of up to 50m visibility with the MV Chertan offers something for all levels of divers. The captain and crew of the MV Chertan have more than 30-years experience in PNG, and every trip is a new experience.

Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to explore this unique area. Call us or book online today to reserve your space.

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Included: VAT, Airport Transfer, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels.

Required Extras: Chamber Fees (25 USD per day).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Nitrox, Rental Gear.

Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.

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Boat features

  • Camera Station
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Naturalist Itineraries
  • Leisure Deck
  • Bar
  • BBQ Area
  • Fishing

Food & Drinks

  • Beer available
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Wine Available

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.


  • Nitrox available
  • 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.

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 1994
  • Year renovated 2014
  • Length 20
  • Deck area 18
  • Beam 6.2
  • Top speed 7.5
  • Cruising speed 7
  • Max guests 10
  • Number of cabins 5
  • Water capacity 10000
  • Fuel capacity 7000
  • Freshwater maker 1500

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
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Chertan Reviews

  • 8.4 Very good
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • paul B
  • United States United States
I jokingly called it at point 'the home of the 90 min dive,' as one can much dive until 500 psi at your leisure, free to study the undersea world at one's own pace, w/o trying to keep another's pace.

The freedom given, the friendliness of the crew, the overall informality.

Recommended for
The autonomy one has as an experienced diver to create one's own profile. Some might be uncomfortable with the lack of organization, supervision.
  • 6.0 Review score
  • Spain Spain
very good

very nice diving

Recommended for
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Gabor D
  • Hungary Hungary
Magnificent macro experience

We joined a trip specializing on nudibranchs and the input we received from the captain, the crew and from our fellow divers on these creatures exceeded all expectations. One cannot imagine the diversity and beauty of critters you find at divesites in this region. Expert guidance is a must here and guests receive all the attention and more from divemasters required to make the most out of the days spent aboard Chertan. No wonder professionals frequent this boat so often, you name the species you wish to see and the trip is tailored to have the highest chance to take the photo or video you seek. We will be repeaters for sure.

Recommended for
nudibranchs, pristine reefs, professionalism