Meet our Crew, our greatest asset!

M/Y Black Pearl Explorer is a beautiful vessel. But she is definitely more than that thanks to the crew, the smiles, the attitude and the professional knowledge of her staff. Learn more about the people who make a cruise onboard M/Y Black Pearl Explorer so special.

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Maria & Gabriel

Cruise Directors

Both from Argentina, Maria and Gabriel built most of their career in the diving and hospitality industry in South America, Red Sea and the Maldives. Avid divers, dive instructors passionate about the ocean and its conservation, Gabriel and Maria will bring you to discover the beautiful waters of Palau and the Rock Islands. They will make sure that you make the most of your trip, both underwater and on board our yacht.



From a young age Captain Meidy Mardesa knew that traveling was a big passion of his. Originated from Indonesia, he has been a master onboard different type of traditional Phinisi boats and steel yachts. Do not be fooled by his serious mood… Captain Meidy has a good sense of humour!


Chief Engineer

Always busy but always smiling! Andi is originated from Indonesia and spent more that 12 years working on traditional Phinisi boats as a Chief Engineer before leaving for Italy where he has been trained to work on superyachts. After some years spent in the Caribbeans, we are proud to have him onboard M/Y Black Pearl.



Hailing from Bali, Indonesia, Chef Kadek is an avid foodie with a passion for fresh ingredients, herbs and spices. He expresses his culinary creativity on board with his love of international flavors and simple dishes for all tastes and any dietary requests.



Hailing from Bangladesh, Rasel has been onboard M/Y Black Pearl since almost her launch. When not busy filling the tanks, you will certainly find Rasel taking care of the deck area.

I Wayan


A colourful cocktails and mocktails will make your sunsets even more enjoyable… Wayan is from Bali, Indonesia. A stickler for quality and technique, he expresses his creativity on board with his love of freshness and refreshing drinks.



She is a sunshine! Melisa will always be around to make sure that our guests do not miss anything. Born and raised in Manado, Indonesia, she knew that traveling was a big passion of her. After several years spent cruising the vast Indonesian archipelago, we are proud to have Melisa part of our crew in Palau.