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Length / Width

18 m / 6 m

Year built / renovated

1994  / 2014

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  • Up to 50m visibility and an abundance of macro critters makes Milne Bay ideal for underwater photography
  • Review your footage and recharge equipment on the camera tables onboard or unwind on the partially shaded sundeck during surface intervals
  • MV Chertan offers unlimited diving for the enthusiast, as well as a fascinating introduction to local culture
  • From Dugouts to Dugongs, from plunging coral drop-offs to towering volcanic mountains, skull caves and thermal springs, from hammerheads to manta rays - experience everything!
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Welcome to some of the finest scuba diving experiences in New Guinea, and some of the best opportunities to discover nature's most unusual creatures.

Join us aboard the luxury dive vessel MV Chertan, captained by Rob van der Loos and his experienced, capable crew. A cruise on Chertan offers unlimited diving for the enthusiast as well as an introduction to the local culture.

What you can expect 

Papua New Guinea (sometimes known as PNG) is well-known as offering world class diving and M.V. Chertan Liveaboard Dive Adventures is waiting to show you all PNG has to offer. Their vessel, MV Chertan, is one of the premier boats operating the area. The operator of the MV Chertan, Rob van der Loos, has spent over 35 years diving the area and has a unique expertise in the local waters.

The MV Chertan was originally built in 1994 and was given a renovation during 2014 ensuring that she is compliant with latest standards. She is 20m in length and 6.2m in beam. Her more modest overall size gives her lucky guests a more intimate and personal voyage.

Being slightly more modest in overall size than some liveaboard safari vessels, the maximum number of guests is only 10. There are 3 cabin options depending on budget and circumstance. Standard Base Cabin – this is a twin occupancy bunk cabin with air-conditioning, wash basin and toilet. Middle Deluxe Cabin – also a twin occupancy bunk cabin, this cabin is slightly larger that the Standard Base Cabin with the same great facilities. 2 Shared Showers are located on the Main Deck. Double Executive Cabin with en-suite facilities – for couples or Single Occupancy this double bed cabin is a great choice. Situated at the bow of the boat and at approximately double the size of the previous cabin it has a very spacious atmosphere. In addition, it has individual air-conditioning.

Topside there are other nice touches and facilities. The Dining Area, serving an amalgam of  tasty and pleniful Local and Western Cuisine in a buffet style ( look out for Molly's Muffins and Key Lime Pie) there is also a Bar. After the diving is done, relax with a cold beer and chat with your fellow guests. Your package includes full board, including water, tea, coffee, snacks between meals and after dives. Soft drinks, local beer & wine, alcohol can be purchased onboard.

The Lounge/Salon area is also a place to relax and check your photos on the TV. The boat also has camera facilties; ample places to charge equipment and camera tables for budding photographers.

Chertan has a partially covered Sun-deck where you have to option to lie and tan on surface intervals or, alternatively relax in the shade with a book.

M.V. Chertan, beyond simply a dive experience...

Our itineraries are all about adventure, challenge and discovery in conditions that few have experienced. From Dugouts to Dugongs, from plunging Coral Drop-offs to towering Volcanic Mountains, Skull Caves and Thermal Springs, from Hammerhead Sharks to Manta Rays, the region is truly unique. Equally special is the ambiance on board Chertan where the crew's priority is your comfort and enjoyment. This is definitely a liveaboard Dive Safari you will remember for all of your life.


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For your safety

  • Fire Alarm
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Life Jackets
  • Life Rafts
  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon

Languages spoken

  • English

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • 15L Tanks Available
  • Nitrox ($)
  • Rental Equipment ($)

Diving Facilities

  • Battery Charging Station
  • Warm-Water Showers
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

Boat Amenities

Amenities & services

  • En-Suite Bathroom
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Spacious Diving Platform

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling

Food & drink

  • Buffet
  • Alcohol


  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Power Socket Adapters


  • Cash


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