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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
2 upper deck TWIN sea view staterooms 3 - 4 dives per day from tenders accommodation & diving airfare & hotels
2 beds (200cm x120cm) plus sofa & large windows
4 main deck TWIN sea view staterooms
2 beds (200cm x120cm) plus sofa & large windows
5 lower deck TWIN staterooms
2 beds (200cm x120cm) & portholes
All are en-suite with shower accessories & hair dryers, have AC and in-room entertainment system.
tenders have vhf radios, gps, fresh water shower, emergency equipment
12L tanks with international-valves
15L tanks available
rental gear available
water temperature: 80 - 82F, 27 - 28C ... 3mm wetsuit recommended
meals, snacks, water, coffee, tea
compressed air, tanks, weights & weight belts
day of arrival & departure airport transfers to & from the boat
use of kayaks and stand-up paddleboards
one snorkeling session in Jellyfish Lake
soft drinks & alcoholic beverages
15L tanks & gear rental
marine park & harbor fees
fuel surcharge (if required)
2 upper deck TWIN sea view staterooms
3 - 4 dives per day from tenders
accommodation & diving
airfare & hotels
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
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
Classification Comm. Passenger Vessel
Year Built 2019
Hull Material Steel
Main Engine 2x 477kW Cummins with Auxiliary Propulsion
Generator 2x 150kVa Cummins
Desalinator 4x Reverse Osmosis Water Maker, 30 tons a day
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
Local Navigation Maps
GPS Chart Plotter
Auto Pilot System
Global Maritime Distress and Safety System
Automatic Identification System
Emergency Position Indicating Tadio Beacon
Marine VHF Radios
SATELLITE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM
Service Provider KVH Satellite Communication
System TracVision V7HTS Satellite Receiver & TVB Receiver
Black Pearl will offer trips all year round including new moon and full moon spawning trips.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.