MSV Amira is a traditionally-built wooden Phinisi schooner constructed in 2010. This beautiful, high-quality boat runs Indonesia liveaboard diving charters in West Papua (Raja Ampat) and to the top dive destinations of Komodo and the Banda Sea. At 52 metres in length and with a maximum of just 18 guests on board, you are guaranteed space, comfort and top-quality service as you explore the very best diving in Indonesia.
The vessel is elegantly furnished with wood panelling throughout that enhances the feeling of luxury. There are double and single cabins on the upper deck and twin bed cabins on the lower deck. All of these high standard, spacious cabins have private en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning.
The large dive deck has been designed to give each guest plenty of room and their own individual storage space. Diving is conducted from one of the 3 dinghies, each equipped with radio and emergency oxygen tanks. In addition each scuba diver wears an ENOS locator device for safety purposes, and nitrox is available to those who are certified.
When not diving or enjoying one of the delicious meals, guests can relax in the air-conditioned TV lounge area, in the shaded open-air area, or on the huge sundeck equipped with chairs and loungers for sun-lovers. The attentive, enthusiastic cruise staff are always on hand to see to your every need.
Other facilities include a massage service, dedicated camera room with storage area, an internet facility (available in harbour only) and computer room with CD/DVD burning facilities to edit and save your photos. If you like to travel in style and enjoy the finer things in life on your Indonesian liveaboard diving holiday then a stay onboard the Amira is perfect for you.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, land tours, transfers to the boat from the airport and hotels, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max of 4 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, ENOS diver locator system.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 33 per day), dive insurance, Raja Ampat, Misool & Triton Bay, Banda fees (harbour, national park, local taxes, fuel surcharge) (US$ 445), Komodo fees (harbour, national park, local taxes, fuel surcharge) (US$ 225) fees to be paid upon booking. Fuel surcharge for safaris over 400 nautical miles. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 180 - 11 nights and US$ 18 per additional diving day), torches, dive computer, Poseidon Discovery MKVI rebreather system (to be booked in advance, please ask us about details and prices). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Raja Ampat: Amira departs from Sorong in West Papau. You can fly direct to Sorong from Bali or Jakarta. We will help you arrange return domestic flights between Bali or Jakarta and Sorong. There is a transfer service from the local airport and all hotels in Sorong to and from the boat. Komodo: These liveaboard charters depart when all guests have arrived. The trip starts and ends in Bali, or in Labuan Bajo or Maumere in Flores and will therefore require a one way, or return, domestic flight. There is a minibus transfer service from the airport and all hotels to the boat. For more information see our travel information section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 03.00pm. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: 20% off the published price. 2 non-divers sharing - 10% off the published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 50% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 8 guests and receive 1 extra space free of charge. Pay for 12 guests and receive 2 extra spaces free of charge. See whole boat charter rate below, which is equivalent to pay for 19 guests and receive 5 extra spaces free of charge.
There are 5 double/twin bed cabins and 2 single cabins on the upper deck and 3 twin bed cabins on the lower deck. All of these high standard, spacious cabins have private en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning.
All the cabins have:
Air-conditioning and ceiling fan
Windows on upper deck, large portholes on lower deck
En-suite bathrooms with hot-water shower and hand basin
3 Zodiac dinghies - Free nitrox system - Fully-closed re-breathers for rent (for EANx-certified divers) - 80m² dive deck with fresh water showers & toilets - Camera room with charging stations, table and rinse tank - 30m² air-conditioned saloon with TV, video and music system - 40m² dedicated restaurant with bar - Computer room & internet while in harbour - Satellite telephone - Movie library, books and magazines, diving books - 90m² shaded area - 120m² sundeck with sun chairs and mattresses - Water dispenser
Delicious dishes are served buffet style on this West Papua liveaboard charter and there are 4 meal times – pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch and dinner. The 2 on board chefs prepare a variety of international and Indonesian food using fresh ingredients wherever possible, and all diets can be catered for. Snacks are also available should you feel peckish after an exciting dive.
Indonesian food is served buffet style for lunch and a fixed Western menu for evening meals.
All meals are served in the air-conditioned restaurant.
Coffee, tea, drinking water, biscuits, toast and fruit are provided free of charge.
Soft drinks and beer are also available for purchase.
All dietary requirements can be catered for - please send us prior notice.
"Amira is really great. Service, diving, food is perfect. Safety is also considered very important and all the dives are very well briefed and guided. " - Dane Erbeznik, USA ...
"Service was great all around. Crew were at the hotel early to meet us. Welcome tour was thorough and friendly. Staff were well trained, knowledgable and friendly. Ship, equipment, zodiacs etc. were all in good condition. Food was very good." - Ian Kerr, USA ...