Dive Advice Travel
dive liveaboard specialists .... the world's finest diving
The 46-meter (151-foot) Mutiara Laut sleeps16 guests offering luxurious living, her itineraries include Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih, Triton Bay, Ambon & Halmahera.
A word from Dom: "A wonderful schooner, one of the sleekest and most elegant dive boats currently operating in Indonesia, with refined accommodation and excellent crew ! She runs a few trips which individuals can book into but is largely available for charter. I strongly recommend her, especially for those who love to sail. " ....Dominick Macan
1 main deck KING master suite up to 4 dives per day from 5M Zodiacs accommodation & diving airfare
king bed, dressing room, desk, sofa, wardrobe & picture windows
2 lower deck TWIN / DOUBLE deluxe staterooms
1 large double bed or 2 twins, wardrobe & portholes
4 lower deck TWIN / DOUBLE deluxe staterooms
queen bed + single bed/sofa (which can be used as twin bed) wardrobe & portholes
All are air-conditioned, offer TV & wifi and are fitted with private toilets, showers and sinks.
12L tanks (15L tanks at extra charge)
Aqualung gear rental available (please request in advance)
nitrox available (extra charge)
Water temperature: up to 79 - 80F, 26 - 27C (Raja Ampat & adjacent areas)
75 - 80F, 24 - 27C (Komodo)
in general, a 3mm shorty is sufficient but many divers prefer a 5mm full wetsuit
meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages
airport & hotel transfers
laundry & ironing service
kayaks, wake boards, paddle boards
compressed air, tanks, weights and weight belts
nitrox & 15L tanks
Aqualung rental gear (please request in advance)
fuel surcharge (if applicable)
port fees & National Park fees
1 main deck KING master suite
up to 4 dives per day from 5M Zodiacs
accommodation & diving
The stunning Mutiara Laut, “Pearl of the Sea”, was constructed to ensure comfortable luxury. Her design is based on that of an 18th century North Atlantic schooner combined with local Indonesian influences of the traditional “Phinisi” sailing ships. She's a thoroughbred sailing yacht and, unlike many dive liveaboards, her sails are not just for show!
You'll find extra large day-beds & soft chairs on the deck where you can relax between dives and this lovely space also offers a magnificent setting for all meals: breakfasts under the canopy, ocean view lunches and al-fresco dining under the stars. Inside, on the same deck, you can take a break in the air conditioned salon, complete with entertainment system, large flat screen TV and a media library. Meals can be enjoyed in the elegant interior dining area just next to the salon, should the weather dictate. At the stern on the main deck is the spacious master cabin which offers magnificent sea views and there's a luscious covered stern deck where you can hide away with a book or a refreshing drink. Six more tastefully decorated cabins are on the lower deck.
Meals start with breakfast on deck and lunch will be buffet-style. A 3-course dinner, served at the table will include high quality meats imported from New Zealand or Australia, and the freshest fish and seafood sourced locally, often directly from fishermen who come alongside the ship.
Diving is always done from two 5 meter Zodiacs which are also used for shore trips when appropriate during a cruise. Mutiara Laut offers plenty of water sports including snorkeling, water skiing, sea kayaking, wakeboard and stand up paddle.
LAYOUT & SPECS
Main deck .... blue background (exterior lounge & dining area, plus interior dining & salon plus master cabin at the stern)
Lower deck ... all other cabins
Year built: 2009/2010 in Kalimantan
Builder: Leendert Philippus Van Ostenbrugge
Hull: Ulin wood
Length: 46 meters
Beam: 9.3 meters
Draft: 3.2 meters
1 x Engine 6 AYM – ETE : 485 KW/ 720 HP ,
Gear Box YXH - 240
3 x Onan Generators
1 x Hydropores
1 x Cleaning system for fuel with pump (Seperator & filter)
3 x Air Ventilation and Exhaust System
2 x Bilge Pump
2 x Hydro Pump fixed on Generator 40/60 KVA
4 x Battery
2 x Day tanks (Solar) 750 ltr each
Navigation : Navigation light
Deck Light : 2 x Foremast, Steel 300 mm
2 x AFT mast, Steel 300 mm
Search light : 1 x
Radar : Furuno : Navnet 3 D / Scanner DRS 4 H
Chartplotter : C MAPS / Monitor Navnet 3 D
Autopilot : AP_9 TMQ
Windmeter : Furuno WS_200
Depthmeter : Furuno DFF1
GPS : Furuno GP 320 B
Navtex : Furuno NX 300
Ais : Furuno FA 150
Fishfinder : Furuno
Main Switches : Panel
Morse : 2 x Kobelt
Steering Power Unit : 1 x Hydraulic
Weather : WS_200
Magnetic Compass : Lilley & Gillie
Satellite Telephone : 1 x Immarsat
SSB : Furuno FM 8800 S
VHF : Furuno FS 2570
2 x Inflatable life raft 25 person
2 x EPIRB Samyung
2 x SART Samyung
25 Life jackets D 493 A
6 Life jackets Atunas
Rubber Boat : 1 inflatable boat 5.50m Cholamark
1 inflatable 5.20 Seery 2013
1 Crane : 1500 ES Steelhead
2 Suzuki Outboards 90 Hp : 4 stroke (1 x 2013 and
1 x 2010)
On Mutiara Laut's itineraries you will dive the well-known highlights of areas like Komodo National Park, the Raja Ampat conservation zone or the remote Banda Islands, but just as often they will also contain exploratory diving in the Moluccas or East Nusa Tenggara. Every itinerary will also contain a healthy dose of non-diving activities. Of course, you can also charter this lovely vessel and design your own itinerary with the help of their expert team.
Trips to specific regions are, of course, based on the best time of year to experience the region's finest diving .. and Mutiara Laut does a magnificent job of providing creative itineraries, many of which take you off the beaten track..
Ambon – If you love crazy critters, Ambon is hard to beat. Get your lens ready for rhinopias, pegasus sea moths, countless varieties of frog fish, seahorse, flamboyant cuttlefish, ghost pipe fish and star gazers. Lesser known is the south side of Ambon, which features great colourful walls, caves, swim throughs and healthy reef life with large fish … and more critters.
Banda Sea, Alor - In Alor & the Banda Sea, you'll find clear waters full of masses of fish & loads of invertebrates ... plus alluring critters. As to topography, you'll find shear drops, huge pinnacles, great walls ... all covered with rich & thriving corals which attract diverse fish life. Add to that, visiting pelagics and you have a magical mix.
Halmahera - The largest island in the Maluku chain, features sparkling clear water, loads of fish, some super drift dives, healthy, thriving coral reefs, some fascinating mangroves with intriguing critters … and fabulous volcanic landscapes. Some of the sites border on the deep blue and put you up close to grey reef sharks, eagle rays and immense schools of blue fin trevally.
Lembeh Strait - The undisputed critter capital of the world, Lembeh Strait, will WOW you with its weird & wonderful species: stonefish, sea robins, stargazers, devil fish, weedy scorpion fish, ghost pipefish rhinopias, multiple species of frogfish, flamboyant cuttlefish, blue-ringed octopus, wonderpus & mimic octopus, coconut octopus & hairy octopus and oh my, the list goes on. In addition to simply finding the creature, you’re likely to have the opportunity to observe innate behaviors which will fascinate.
Komodo - Perhaps the most diverse of all diving in the Indonesian archipelago. There are seamounts, walls, canyons and pinnacles as well as the spectacular coral gardens. There a hot spring at an underwater volcano, great night dives on black sand slopes with creepy, crawly critters. Numerous sites tout pelagic fish, sharks & mantas but, be assured that at each dive site, you'll experience something different.
Misool - Pure beauty awaits you here. This pristine area is a protected reserve. You’ll dive amongst splendid corals, experience drift dives & swim throughs, see large schools of pelagic fish and brightly colored reef fish. There are mantas, too … and plenty of fabulous critter action for macro photographers.
Raja Ampat - Indonesia's shining underwater star, Raja Ampat has something of nearly everything a diver could want. You’ll dive channels, plateaus, walls & caves … and just plain mud, for the delight of “muck” diving. You'll swim amongst great swirls of fish and feast your eyes on sponges & corals in scintillating colors. You’ll meet up close & personal, everything from pygmy seahorses to colossal manta rays.
Seram - Seram II is all about diversity, diversity of speci & dive sites. There are some areas where soft corals & sea fans dominate, others with amazing hard corals, sea grass beds, mangroves, shallow reefs, drop offs, muck, caves, black sand, white sand, new lava flow... Then there are the fish, lots of them! Plus, all the levels of the food chain are well represented – from pygmy seahorses to top predators. Something for everyone ...
Triton Bay - Divers love the whale sharks who visit the fishing platforms, but the true star of this region is a profusion of speculator soft corals gardens & the schooling fish - anthias, damsel fish, fusiliers, sweetlips & snappers. With lots of nutrients in the water, photographers beware : the viz is limited at many sites. But, you’ll love the massive black coral bushes, the drift and wall dives and the opportunities for critter hunting.
Mutiara Laut thoroughly explores the spectacular Indonesian archipelago, she goes off the beaten path in search of diving adventures and memorable experiences. Embarkation time on Mutiara Laut is before 12 noon. Please make sure to schedule flight arrival times that allow for the crew to arrange embarkation before 12 o’clock.
The check-out time on the last day of the trip is 11 am. Guests with an early morning departure flight will be taken to the airport well in time to make their flight. For guests with a late afternoon departure flight, the crew will organize a transfer at noon to a hotel or a location near the harbor or the airport.