Now owned and operated by the team behind Wakatobi Dive Resort, Pelagian has been completely refurbished to offer top-quality accommodation and diving facilities. The quality and assurance of one of Indonesia’s most reputable dive operations combined with the luxury of the Pelagian means that, for the first time, it is possible to explore these remote and incredible reefs with their abundance of unique marine creatures while diving and cruising in total comfort. Furthermore, Pelagian is fully integrated into Wakatobi’s award-winning marine conservation and community development programme. A portion of your trip funds contribute to this programme, and in return, access to the diving sites in the Greater Wakatobi region has been granted to Pelagian.
Fully air-conditioned and with only six cabins (all with en-suite bathrooms), Pelagian offer plenty of space for each diver. Built to cruise the world’s oceans in safety and comfort, Pelagian cruises at nine knots and has a range of over 8,000 nautical miles. Onboard water-makers and capacity to hold 20-tons of fresh water in her tanks means no constraints when it comes to showering or camera rinsing. Of the six cabins available for guests, there are two Standard Cabins, two Deluxe Cabins and a Superlux Cabin on the lower deck. The fabulously spacious Master Suite is located on the main deck at the centre of the boat so there is no staircase to negotiate before or after the dive. There is a very spacious bathroom with a shower cabin, large mirrors, wash hand basin and lavatory. The bathroom is bright and comfortable, which makes a welcome change if you have ever experienced cramped conditions and hand-pump facilities which can be so tedious to use! The spacious aspect of this cabin is carried through to the bedroom which has a king-sized bed, a sofa and easy chair and an entertainment centre with stereo, DVD and large-screen TV. There is a small make-up room at the front of the cabin. There is ample storage space. Although this lovely suite has by far the most floor space and the best amenities on board, the downside is that this is the cabin where the anchor chain is most heard. Accessed by its own staircase from the main salon, the Superlux Cabin is at the back of the boat. A lower double bed and an upper single bed are laid out in a ‘V’ shape with a lowered seating area between. There is a spacious en-suite bathroom. Whilst not so very spacious as the Master Suite, this is a very popular cabin as it is the quietest cabin on the boat and is in a very private location. The two Deluxe Cabins are located downstairs, one on each side of the boat and forward of the main salon. They each have one double and one single bed and ample shelving and storage. The several port holes make these cabins particularly light and airy. There is an en-suite bathroom for each cabin. Standard Cabin 4 is centrally located between the two Deluxe Cabins. It is the smallest cabin on the boat and the one with the least natural light, though also, due to its central location, the one with the least movement of the boat. It has two beds, one above the other, and an en-suite bathroom. Standard Cabin 6 is on the starboard side of the boat and in front of one of the Deluxe Cabins, but is accessed from a separate stairway from the camera room. It has an en-suite bathroom and two single beds, one above the other. A special and very pleasant feature of this room is that one of the beds looks straight out at the ocean, just above sea level – a most pleasant place to relax. There is ample storage space.
On Pelagian you can expect well-cooked and appealingly presented meals from international and local cuisines. Tea, coffee, water and juices are available at all times and beer and wines are available for purchase from the bar. Meals are taken in the attractive salon area on the main deck. A sundeck and a new, shaded seating area on the upper deck is where most divers relax between dives.
Underwater photographers are well-catered for on Pelagian with a camera workshop and re-charging station. Standard 2-prong, 220 volt electrical outlets are available and power rails can be found in the camera room. An extensive VCD and DVD collection, CD and book library, are available. Most dives are carried out from one of the two, 9-metre RIBs and, for speed and convenience, tanks are quickly filled using whips from the mother ship. Nitrox is available at an extra charge.
Pelagian operates out of Wakatobi Dive Resort and the 7, 10 or 11 nights cruises are run in parallel with Wakatobi packages. Your first day starts with a morning charter flight from Bali to the island of Tomia. After a short drive to the jetty, a 20 minute boat ride will bring you to Wakatobi Dive Resort and you can board the boat. Usually meals will be taken at the resort on the first and last evenings of the charter. On the return journey clients leave Wakatobi in the morning and are due to arrive back in Denpasar in the afternoon. Overnights stays in Denpasar are required prior to Wakatobi trips and are strongly recommended on departure in case of delays.
Price from $2150 for a 5 nights cruise; from $2530 for a 6 nights cruise; from $2940 for a 7 nights cruise; from $4080 for a 10 nights cruise; from $4430 for an 11 nights cruise. Includes: road and boat transfers between Wakatobi Airport and Pelagian at Wakatobi Dive Resort; 7, 10 or 11 nights full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on a twin/share basis in a Standard Cabin on Pelagian, including coffee, tea and biscuits 24 hours per day; 6, 9 or 10 days diving (4-5 dives daily including some night diving where appropriate), dive guide.
Supplement to upgrade to a Deluxe cabin: $250 for 5 nights, $290 for 6 nights, $290 for 7 nights, $410 for 10 nights and $460 for 11 nights.
Supplement to upgrade to a Superlux cabin: $500 for 5 nights, $420 for 6 nights, $460 for 7 nights, $650 for 10 nights and $690 for 11 nights.
Supplement to upgrade to a Master cabin: $750 for 5 nights, $870 for 6 nights, $760 for 7 nights, $1110 for 10 nights and $1160 for 11 nights.
There are reductions for extra stays, for returning clients and for non-divers. Single Occupancy Supplement: 75% of the applicable package price.