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Black Pearl Hulhumale Reviews
Black Pearl - diveboat Apr 02, 2012
The Black Pearl is one of the many safari boats in the Maldives which offers liveaboards. The boat offers both surfing trips and diving trips. You can either join one of the regular tours with another group of random guest or you can choose to arrange a private charter for the entire boat. The regular tours will usually be one or two weeks going to different parts of the islands. A dive trip will generally include 17 dives if it is a one week trip and 35 dives if it is a two week trip. The dives is included in the $200 a day price - but the equipment is not so you either need to bring your own or rent onboard the boat.
The boat is one of the smaller dive boats around the area and it has only got 7 cabins with space for 14 people. In principle there could be more than two persons in one cabin but the dining area has only got 14 chairs so there is no reason to squeeze more people on to the boat. Since the boat only got space for 14 people the group onboard is fairly small which is a great advantage during the dives since the dive sites won’t be too crowded. The flipside of the coin is that the boat is a little more basic than some of the other boats - for instance there are no hot tub onboard the boat - but honestly who need a hot tub when the water in the ocean is 31 degrees at the surface?
One great feature of the Black Pearl is it is accompanied by a small dhoni boat which is used for the diving. This way the equipment isn’t taking up space onboard the main ship - and the noise from the refilling of the dive bottles is minimized since the crew will take the dhoni a bit away from the main boat while they refill the bottles.
The individual cabins are small with only a bed and a small closet for the cloths there are no chairs in the cabin. The cabins do come with a small shower and toilet attaches which got water all day. Though our bathroom had a bit of a flooding issue when you where taking a shower - but the water did stay in the bathroom all the time. The lights in the cabins are a bit dim - but you will most likely only use the cabins when sleeping anyways.
The boat only got one main room on the top deck which got a few sofa groups. During my stay on the boat this room was generally too hot when the boat wasn’t moving so it was hardly used by guest - instead people would stay on the front deck which had both sun chairs and a couple of groups with chairs around a table in the shade. On top there is a sun deck which got a sun sail to give some protection against the equatorial sun.
All meals are served at a table outside at the back of the boat - it is an advantage if you actually like tuna onboard this boat since tuna seems to be an ingredient in most of the meals - and I think we had tuna in 12 different ways. Fortunately the food is quite good and do contain some chicken and beef as well - it is important that the food is tasty onboard since you will have no chance to eat somewhere else during your stay on the boat - and you can’t buy any snacks either.
There are free water, coffee and tea available at all time and there is a bar running on an honesty system which has soft drinks, beers and you can get cocktails as well. The main room has got a large flat screen television but I am not sure if it actually works - it wasn’t on during my stay on the boat - I figure it is only used in case there is somebody watching videos as part of a dive course onboard. Even though you are sailing on a boat in the middle of nowhere in paradise you can still get online if you really need to. There are wifi onboard the boat which you can use for a fee of $35 a week.
The dive crew is probably used to everybody wanting to come and see the same things every week - but they did manage to keep an interest and seemed to be happy when we actually managed to see some of the main thing like manta and whale shark.
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