The world‘s finest diving

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Palau’s Black Pearl is 47 meters (153 feet) of luxury yacht with 11 cabins taking 22 guests.  She will carry divers to all the traditional exciting scuba sites in the Palau waters.

 

A word from Dom :  “The sleek new Black Pearl, which is more a private luxury yacht than a traditional dive liveaboard, should be an exciting option for diving Palau’s marine magic.  She’s now being managed by our friends at Explorer Ventures who do a great job in all their other destinations … and, we expect this to be comparable.  As always, don’t hesitate to contact me if you’re looking for advice about the mix of boats in this region.” ….. Dominick Macan


ON BOARD BLACK PEARL

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LUXURY YACHT WITH DIVING

Black Pearl offers state-of-the-art design and functionality along with luxury amenities.  The immense top sun deck has both covered & uncovered areas and your choice of sofas, sun loungers or tables & chairs.  On the upper deck (bridge deck) you’ll find additional comfy sofa-seating and the exterior bar.  More exterior lounging can be found on the main deck, while a large, sliding glass doors lead into a boutique-style cafe.  Two master cabins with large sea-view windows lie mid-deck behind the bridge.  One level down, on the main deck, are four more sea-view cabins plus the restaurant.   5 standard cabins are located on the lower deck.

You’ll find indoor & outdoor bars & a Jacuzzi on the deck.

LAYOUT & SPECS

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DECK PLAN & SPECIFICATIONS

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Port: Koror, Palau

Built and maintained to the specifications of the local regulatory agencies and the regulations of the country of the flag.

Total Length 46.80m
Total Width 8.60m
Vessel Depth 4.20m
Maximum Speed 12 knots
Type of Vessel Motor Vessel
Registration Belize
Classification Comm. Passenger Vessel
Year Built 2019
Hull Material Steel

MACHINERY

Main Engine 2x 477kW Cummins with Auxiliary Propulsion
Generator 2x 150kVa Cummins
Desalinator 4x Reverse Osmosis Water Maker, 30 tons a day

DIVING

2 All-Purpose Boats equipped with 170HP Twin Inboard Engines,
Top Speed 40 knots
14-Diver Capacity Boats
Boats are equipped with VHF Radios, GPS, Fresh Water Shower, First Aid Kits, DAN Diving Emergency Safety Equipment
Compressor 2x Bauer 320M Mariner, 1x B-Nitrox Membrane System

NAVIGATION

Local Navigation Maps
GPS Chart Plotter
Depth Sounder
Auto Pilot System

COMMUNICATIONS

Global Maritime Distress and Safety System
Automatic Identification System
Emergency Position Indicating Tadio Beacon
Marine VHF Radios
VSAT
SART

SATELLITE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Service Provider KVH Satellite Communication
System TracVision V7HTS Satellite Receiver & TVB Receiver

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Life Jackets
Life Rafts
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ITINERARIES

Black Pearl will offer trips all year round including new moon and full moon spawning trips. {slider Highlights of the trips ..….. open|dest|closed} The final itinerary is, of course, always dependent upon weather, sea conditions and where the best animal sightings are at any particular time of year

Itinerary highlights

Blue corner
Blue Corner is known for its steep walls and abundant fish life.  Interesting geologic formations, thrilling drift dives and great pelagic action top the experience.   Add in swirling shoals of snappers, jacks & triggerfish which are always present.

Blue Hole
Drop into a deep cavern by way of several holes to find walls covered with sponges, crustaceans, black corals and reef fish.  After exploring the sumptuous beauty of the cavern, you can drift dive your way out through a “window” and find yourself at Blue Corner.

German Channel
The channel is a remnant of WWII.  The Germans dredged it to facilitate transport and now, the currents going through are ideal for  manta rays & sharks, including hammerheads.  Nearby shallow reefs offer some super macro critter opportunities.

Peleliu Express
This stunning dive site is both deep and challenging … and reserved for experienced divers due to the current. You’ll find canyons, crevices and caves that cut into the wall covered with corals and sponges.  Expect colorful butterflyfish, angel fish, turtles, sharks and dolphins.

Ulong Channel
Yet another thrilling drift dive carries divers past coral heads and coral formations dotting the sandy bottom of the channel.  Look for resident grey reef sharks, stingrays, snappers, barracuda and other pelagics … but, also great macro life.

Siaes Tunnel
This large, naturally-lit tunnel offers black corals, soft corals and invertebrates on the walls and ceilings.  White tip reef sharks and stingrays like hanging out on the cavern’s sandy bottom. Currents can be very strong.

SPAWNING NEW MOON & FULL MOON

The special spawning itinerary at full moon will give divers an opportunity to catch the spawning aggregations of the red snapper … while the new moon period involves bumphead parrotfish. {/sliders}

READ ABOUT PALAU DIVING


TRAVEL & CRUISE LOGISTICS


International flights take you to Koror (ROR) International Airport.  If you’re arriving on the check-in day, you will be met by a representative holding a sign of M/Y BLACK PEARL. The meeting point is usually at the main exit, immediately after luggage collection. Guests who are coming from a hotel in the city can also be picked up by a representative of M/Y Black Pearl. The meeting is usually in the main lobby or at the reception of the hotel. However, this may be subject to additional charges and should be confirmed at least a day in advance.

Check-In:  Embarkation on M/Y Black Pearl I will be organized starting 4:30PM (local time) on the first day of the cruise.

Check-Out:  On the last day of the cruise, guests will be transferred to the airport at least 2 hours before their time of departure of their flights. Check-out and disembarkation will be organized from 7:00AM to 10:00AM (local time) on the last day. Guests who have extended their stay in Palau, and who are headed to a hotel, may request a transfer to their respective hotels, subject to additional charges.


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