46M charter yacht BLACK PEARL I reviewed
Let your worries slip away on a drift dive among the scintillating Palau charter grounds aboard luxury yacht BLACK PEARL I - designed to make the most of life on the water at a great introductory rate.
Although she has been designed with Scuba diving as her primary purpose, BLACK PEARL will appeal to those seeking an escape into beautiful untouched surroundings while still having all the modern day indulgences on hand.
Contemporary interior design
Having only been launched in 2019, M/Y BLACK PEARL has all the latest technology fitted on board for comfort and efficiency, and her gorgeous contemporary interiors have the benefits of large light-suffused interiors and top-of-the-range entertainment systems.
The largest room on board is the dining room, furnished with an abundance of velvety blue armchairs in a warm wooden panelled environment. The collection of tables allows for smaller groups and more intimate conversations, with buffet dining providing numerous options each day of the charter. The large bar has a wide range of soft drinks and spirits for everyday refreshments and partying in the sunshine.
The media lounge on the upper deck is a hub for entertainment, fitted with widescreen TVs and games consoles, a card table, darts board, gym equipment, and cosy seating for post-workout relaxation over coffee with friends.
Amazing outdoor spaces
Even when M/Y BLACK PEARL is at full capacity, guests will find there is room to spare so that guests can roam and savour some peace and quiet outdoors: The foredeck has great views of the location and receives full sun, while the main deck aft has a Jacuzzi along the stern shaded by the upper deck overhang.
Across the decks guests will find numerous alfresco seating areas for meals and time at rest outdoors, and the largest of these is the sundeck. The central area is furnished with sun loungers and deep sunbeds that have headrests, with a table at the end for drinks and casual meals without ever leaving the area. As the highest deck on board, the sundeck is also used for observation and guests can use the telescope to watch distant dolphin pods or gaze at the stars.
When it comes to partying outdoors the upper deck aft is where to be, where circular seating around drinks tables creates an intimate atmosphere along the stern and the wet bar will keep the drinks flowing after a day of fishing, diving and exploring the rich waters surrounding Palau.
Diving, fishing and water toys galore
As a superyacht created for diving expeditions, BLACK PEARL has an extensive diving store full of equipment, plus its own emergency decompression chamber and qualified Dive masters among the crew.
There is also a comprehensive list of fishing gear for big game fishing such as bluefin tuna, wahoo and marlin, which you professional chef can cook up and serve for lunch to your group.
Even guests who are nonplussed about diving and fishing have plenty to keep them entertained, with the water toys store containing a water slide, paddle boards, kayaks and even an inflatable unicorn.
There are many other amenities on board to complement the selection of water toys, including a Jacuzzi, spa massage services with two massage therapists on board, and the upper deck media lounge will keep groups entertained for hours while cruising between destinations.
Generous guest accommodation
There are 14 en-suite cabins to accommodate 14-20 guests, and each one is well equipped with twin beds, LED TVs, a safe box and all the other amenities you would normally expect from a luxury hotel. The en-suite bathrooms provide a sink, toilet and shower finished to a high standard.
While the lower deck and main deck cabins are relatively similar in size, the upper deck cabins are known as the sea view suites and have the additional benefit of a sofa in the room beneath the large windows.
Whatever the itinerary calls for, guests will return to welcoming and tranquil surroundings for rest and recreation in a personalised space.
Wildlife encounters unlike any other in Palau
The South Pacific seems like an endless blue ocean with scattered tropical islands just waiting to be discovered, and Micronesia has some incredible history from World War II hidden metres below the waves. Diving season in Palau is year-round and divers of all experience levels can find incredible sites suited to their abilities, from shallow coral reefs to tunnels, caves, walls, night dives and drift dives. This island's location within the coral triangle is not to be dismissed - over 1,300 species of fish and 550 coral species thrive in this bio-diverse region and your group might encounter five different turtle species, reef sharks, black tip and white tip sharks, whales, dolphins, dugongs and manta rays and eagle rays.
One of the most spectacular experiences however is the stingless jellyfish lake, a 10 minute uphill walk from a beach among the Rock Islands.
On land, Palau has gorgeous bird species, many of which are as vibrant as the fish in the sea. Cameras should be at the ready to snap eclectus parrots and red-tailed and white-tailed tropic birds as they fly over forests, and along the coast there's the chance to see the bright-faced red-footed booby.
You might choose to spend all your free time snorkelling and kayaking among the stunning archipelagos, visiting blue holes and having a natural spa treatment in the mud of the Milky Way. However, Palau also has beautiful tracks leading to Ngardmau Falls at the heart of the main island, and Koror is the centre for shopping, nightlife and culture.
M/Y BLACK PEARL is more than an affordable luxury charter vacation option capable of catering to large groups; she offers once-in-a-lifetime adventures with a layout and capacity specifically designed for activities in remote locations.
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