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MV Empress II
From US$ 150 per day
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Length
28m
92 ft
Max 9
Nitrox
PADI
200% LOWEST PRICE GUARANTEE
At a glance...
  • Cruises in Raja Ampat and Komodo
  • Maximum of 13 guests only
  • Cabin for single traveller
  • Recompression chamber and defibrillator
  • Rebreather and tech diving compatibility
  • Steel hulled exploration boat with electric dive lift

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MV Empress II is a unique budget liveaboard option in Indonesia. This is a rough and ready option, built for exploration, wreck and technical diving. You can join their cruises from Labuan Bajo to Komodo and back, or from Sorong to Raja Ampat National Park and back.

These trips are not aimed at tech divers but at general recreational divers on a budget. Tech trips are operated by Empress II in the Java Sea. This is a steel-hulled 28m long motor yacht which can take 9 divers (13 for full charter) in a range of 5 lower deck cabins, mostly with shared bathrooms. Socialising and dining activities can take place in the liveaboard's open-air shaded area, wheel room and sundeck. Saloon entertainment facilities include TV, DVD, music system and computer. Guests can also relax on sun mats or bean bags to work on their tan.

There are many unusual features on MV Empress II including an electric dive lift, a decompression chamber, rebreather compatibility, long hoses and a defibrillator. However such features do not suggest that this is a deluxe liveaboard option. It is a simple, no-frills cruise option for those on a tight budget who want to dive some of the awesome Indonesian dive sites in Raja Ampat and Komodo National Park.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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Special discounted trips highlighted in yellow

October 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
15 Oct 22 Oct 7 Komodo National Park, Sumbawa & Lombok 22 US$ 1,402
December 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
3 Dec 10 Dec 7 Raja Ampat National Park 22 US$ 2,125
13 Dec 20 Dec 7 Raja Ampat National Park 22 US$ 2,125
January 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
8 Jan 15 Jan 7 Raja Ampat National Park 22 US$ 2,125
28 Jan 4 Feb 7 Raja Ampat National Park 22 US$ 2,125
February 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
7 Feb 14 Feb 7 Raja Ampat National Park 22 US$ 2,500
28 Feb 7 Mar 7 Raja Ampat National Park 22 US$ 2,500
March 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
10 Mar 17 Mar 7 Raja Ampat National Park 22 US$ 2,500
30 Mar 6 Apr 7 Raja Ampat National Park 22 US$ 2,500
April 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
9 Apr 16 Apr 7 Raja Ampat National Park 22 US$ 2,500
June 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
1 Jun 5 Jun 4 Komodo National Park 12 US$ 750
7 Jun 11 Jun 4 Komodo National Park 12 US$ 750
13 Jun 17 Jun 4 Komodo National Park 12 US$ 750
20 Jun 24 Jun 4 Komodo National Park 12 US$ 750
26 Jun 30 Jun 4 Komodo National Park 12 US$ 750
July 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
2 Jul 6 Jul 4 Komodo National Park 12 US$ 750
8 Jul 12 Jul 4 Komodo National Park 12 US$ 750
14 Jul 18 Jul 4 Komodo National Park 12 US$ 750
20 Jul 24 Jul 4 Komodo National Park 12 US$ 750
27 Jul 31 Jul 4 Komodo National Park 12 US$ 750
August 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
2 Aug 6 Aug 4 Komodo National Park 12 US$ 750
8 Aug 12 Aug 4 Komodo National Park 12 US$ 750
15 Aug 19 Aug 4 Komodo National Park 12 US$ 750
21 Aug 25 Aug 4 Komodo National Park 12 US$ 750
27 Aug 31 Aug 4 Komodo National Park 12 US$ 750
September 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
2 Sep 6 Sep 4 Komodo National Park 12 US$ 750
8 Sep 12 Sep 4 Komodo National Park 12 US$ 750
14 Sep 18 Sep 4 Komodo National Park 12 US$ 750

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More Trip Details...

Special offers: For special discounted prices, check the yellow highlighted trips in the schedule above.

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, transfers to/from the boat, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s), tanks, weights and weightbelts.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Nitrox for EANx-certified divers (US$ 5 per fill), scuba equipment (US$ 42 full set per day), dive insurance (mandatory), Komodo National Park fee (Monday-Saturday approx US$ 14 per day, Sunday approx. US$ 19 per day, public holidays approx. US$ 71 per day), Ambon park fees approx US$ 250 plus Banda Neira harbour fee (incl. guide plantation visit ect. = approx. US$ 12), Raja Ampat National Park fee (approx US$ 220 per person). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).

Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, torches, dive computer., SMB recommended. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: Komodo:MV Empress II operates from Labuan Bajo. You can fly direct to Labuan Bajo from Bali. For more information see our travel information section. The last dive of the tour will be at around 14:30 hrs on the second last day of the cruise. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. Raja Ampat: The liveaboard departs in the afternoon from Sorong in West Papua. You can fly directly to Sorong from Jakarta, Ujung Pandang (Makassar) and Manado. From Bali there are convenient connections via Ujung Pandang (Makassar) and Manado. We will help you arrange return domestic flights between Bali or Jakarta and Sorong. There is a transfer service from the local airport to and from the boat. For more information see our travel information section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 12 noon on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.

Non-diver rate: 10% off the published price.

Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): There is a single bed cabin on this boat (in fact has 2 beds). Otherwise, this is optional - single travellers may choose to share another cabin or pay a supplement of 70% of the published price.

Dive clubs and group discounts: Whole boat charter prices are equivalent to: Pay for 8 divers and an additional 2 divers can go free of charge (total 10 divers).

Whole boat charter rate (per night): Komodo: US$ 1,429 (9-10 guests), US$ 2,000 (10 guests).


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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
M/V Empress II normally accommodates up 9 guests in 5 lower deck cabins. All cabins have air-conditioning and portholes. There are 3 Standard cabins (2 with double and single bed and 1 with 2 single beds), 1 Deluxe cabin with double bed and ensuite bathroom and 1 Single bed cabin (which in fact has 2 beds but is sold as single). Guests in the Standard cabins and Single cabins share a bathroom and can use the shower on the dive deck.

All the cabins have:
  • Air-conditioning (individually controlled)
  • Cooling fan
  • Portholes in all cabins
  • Shared bathroom with hot-water shower, hand basin, towels & toiletries (except the Deluxe cabin)
  • Hairdryer
  • Reading light
  • Bedding
  • Cabinet, shelves & mirror
  • 24-hour, 220v electricity supply. 2 pin European-style plugs. Adaptors available
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Life jackets

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    Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
    The crew of 5 comprises:
    • Cruise Leader/ Instructor
    • Divemaster
    • Captain/Engineer
  • Cook
  • Deck Hand/Steward
  • 2 Motorised dinghies - 15m² Dive deck with toilet and 2 dive platforms - Rinse tanks - Separate rinse tank and table for cameras - 24m² Wheel room (saloon with TV, DVD and sound system and fan) - Open-air dining area - Computer with CD burner - Movie and book library, games and magazines - Fish ID and diving books - Well stocked bar - Water dispenser - 2 Open-air shaded areas one on the sun deck with bean bags - 20m² Sun deck with sun chairs and mattresses

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    Menu, Cuisine Type...
    On each Komodo cruise you can expect at least 2 BBQs, one of which will be served on the beach with a combination of fish, chicken, salads and different salsas.
    • International and local specialities and BBQs are the themes varied on diving safaris.
    • Main meals comprise breakfast, lunch and dinner with snacks in between.
    • Drinking water, soft drinks, tea and coffee, toast and fruit are free of charge.
    • Beer, wine and spirits are available as additional extras.
    • The menus are not fixed and meals are served buffet style al fresco in the open-air dining area.
    • Vegetarian, halal and other special diets are catered for with prior notice.
    • Catering starts with lunch on cruise check-in day.

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    Technical Specifications...
    • Built in 2010, upgraded in 2016, refurbished annually
    • Size - 28m x 6m
    • Top speed - 12 knots
    • Cruising speed -10 knots
    • 2 x 232 HP Yamaha engine
    • 2 x 25 KW generators
    • 2 x Coltri-Sub dive tank compressors
    • Enriched air nitrox, trimix and long hoses
  • 12 litre aluminium tanks with Int. valves & DIN adaptors
  • 10 x twin sets and rebreather support
  • Electricity 220v - 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 5,000 litres
  • Freshwater maker - 2,400 per day
  • Fuel capacity - 22,000 litres
  • Environmental storage tank

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    Navigation, Safety Features...
    • 2 Motorised dinghies
    • 2 x 12 person capacity life rafts
    • Marine radio
    • Furuno GPS
    • Telstra satellite & mobile phones
    • Underwater radar and side sonar 3D
    • EPIRB
    • Bilge pump alarm
  • Searchlight and horn
  • Emergency lights / signal devices
  • Life jackets in cabins / utility room
  • Fire extinguishers in engine room, kitchen, dive deck, bridge
  • MFA box and trained staff
  • 2,400 litres of oxygen on board
  • Customer dive insurance not included and is MANDATORY - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation

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