MV Amba
From US$ 272 per day
Customer rating
Excellent!
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Length
33m
109 ft
Max 22
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
200% LOWEST PRICE GUARANTEE
At a glance...
  • Operates rare tours in far north atolls, as well as Maldives central and northern atolls
  • Dive The World Gold Range product
  • All cabins have en-suite bathrooms
  • Waterskiing, wakeboarding, 12 & 15l tanks
  • Dhoni has camera table, rinse tanks, oxygen

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'Amba' means 'To your health', and you will certainly feel like you are being pampered aboard this sleek boat.

MV Amba offers nitrox diving and is the only Maldives liveaboard that operate tours in the areas of the Haa Alifu and Haa Dhaalu atolls, meaning that there will be very few other divers in the area, and you will feel like you have the whole underwater paradise to yourself.

All 10 cabins onboard Amba feature air conditioning and en-suite facilities. There are 2 standards of cabin to choose from - Standard cabins and a 25 square metre Luxury cabin on the upper deck which affords you breathtaking panoramic views.

The spacious saloon offers comfortable sofas from which to take in a movie or simply discuss the best dive of the day. There are ample sundecks for those wishing to top up their tan or find a quiet corner to relax, and the upper deck sundeck even has its own bar so there's no need to interrupt the sun worshipping to order an after-dive cocktail!

Quite unusually for the Maldives, the languages covered on the M/V Amba include English, German and Italian. Amba caters mostly, but not exclusively, to German speakers so you can expect a mixed range of nationalities on board.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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More Trip Details...

Special offers: 10% discount for all scheduled trips if you book now! No extra charge for the single cabins if you book the trip 4-11 February 2018. Offer expires: 3 Feb 2018

Notes: Participants need to have a minimum of 30-50 logged dives.

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, return transfers to the boat from Hanimaadhoo Airport, dives (as detailed in the tours above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (10 divers per guide), tanks, weights and weight belts, Green Tax of approx. US$ 46 per week, and special trip surcharge of US$ 57 per week, GST.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment, torches, dive computer and surface marker buoy (these are not available for rent on this boat), dive insurance, GST on all items and services purchased on board. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).

Optional extras: Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (approx US$ 68 per week), dive computer. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival: on board payments in cash (Euros and US dollars) not credit cards.

How to get there: Amba diving safaris depart from Hanimaadhoo, Male, Dharavandhoo or Ifuru. The above trips run from Sunday to Sunday but you can book Saturday to Saturday at no extra charge or any other day of the week with an additional transfer price. For more information on the Maldives see our How to Get to the Maldives. The last dive of the trip will be at around 11:00 hrs on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.

Non-diver rate: 13% off the published price for cruises departing between November and April, 9% off for trips departing between May and October.

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 65% of the published price.

Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 6 guests or more and receive 5% discount. Pay for 11 guests or more and receive 10% discount (doesn't apply to whole boat charters). See whole boat charter price below.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): Low season: 18 guests - US$ 3,311, 20 guests - US$ 3,685. High season: 18 guests - US$ 3,896, 20 guests - US$ 4,172.


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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
There are 7 Standard cabins with portholes on the lower deck, and 2 Standard cabins with windows and 1 Luxury cabin with panoramic windows on the main deck. The Luxury cabin is suitable for families and friends as it can sleep up to 4 guests.

All the liveaboard cabins have:
  • Air-conditioning and fan cooling
  • Portholes or windows
  • Private bathroom with toilet and hot water shower
  • Hand basin and towels
  • Reading lights
  • Bedding, cabinet and mirror
  • Round twin prong 220V mains outlet
  • Fire warning system
  • Life jackets
  • No. of bathrooms / showers - 10 / 10 - hot water

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    Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
    The crew comprises:
    • 2-3 Divemasters
    • 2 Captains
    • Cook
    • Kitchen Helper
  • Compressor Boy
  • Waiter
  • Room Boy
  • Dhoni Crew
  • Enriched air nitrox - Motorised wood hull dive tender and dinghy - 50m² saloon with bar, TV, DVD player, music system, internet facility, books and magazines - 70m² shaded area - 50m² sundeck with sun chairs - Water skiing / wakeboarding available at extra charge

    There are either 1 or 2 diving dhoni tenders accompanying the Amba on each trip. These dhonis are equipped with rinse tanks and camera tables, and also carry oxygen. All the dive gear is kept onboard the dhonis for the duration of the tour, with the compressors being onboard too. These boats will drop you at the dive sites and return you to the liveaboard afterwards.

    Amba also has an additional tender for safety that doubles as a watersking / wakeboarding boat to while away those surface intervals!

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    Menu, Cuisine Type...
    With its modern 20 square matre Nirsoat kitchen and large storerooms, the Amba is certainly not a liveaboard boat that you will go hungry on. The meals are a mixture of international favourites (steak, pasta, roast chicken) and local cuisine, with plenty of fresh vegetables and tropical fruits. Once a week, provided the weather is suitable, you can venture ashore on to an uninhabited island to enjoy an unforgettable beach barbecue.

    • International and Maldivian main dishes.
    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
    • Buffet service in the indoor saloon - 2 main dishes with vegetables and rice or noodles.
    • Vegetarians can be catered for with advance notice.
    • Cakes, biscuits, soft drinks, bottled water and alcohol are available for purchase.
    • No fixed menu.

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    Technical Specifications...
    • Built in year 2004, and refitted annually
    • Size - 33m x 10m
    • Top speed - not known
    • Cruising speed - 12 knots
    • 375 HP Volvo Penta engine
    • 2 Fischer & Lombardini generators - 22 & 10 KW
    • 2 Bauer dive tank compressors
  • 12 & 15 litre aluminium scuba tanks with DIN valves (INT adaptors available)
  • Enriched air nitrox
  • Electricity - 220V 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 5,000 litres
  • Fresh water maker - 6,000 litres per day
  • Fuel capacity - 3,000 litres

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    Navigation, Safety Features...
    • 1 or 2 Dhoni dive tender(s)
    • 6m 115 HP Yamaha motorised dinghy
    • Global positioning system
    • Radar
    • Email
    • Radios
    • No depth sounder
  • Mobile telephone
  • First aid box
  • Oxygen - 12,400 litres
  • Life jackets throughout
  • Fire detectors and extinguishers throughout
  • Customer diving insurance NOT provided - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation

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    Customer reviews:

    Customer rating - Excellent
    "MV Amba is a large and comfortable boat, roomy cabins, good food, motivated diving staff, very helpful boat staff." - , Germany, 28 May 2017 ...

    Customer rating - Very good
    "The dive operator was great with wonderful dive sites. The boat was clean and spacious. The operation was first class and I would consider this liveaboard again for another vacation. The only issue was lack of non-fish menu items, though the crew tried to help accommodate." - , USA, 19 July 2013 ...

    Customer rating - Excellent
    "Amba is a nice, large, clean boat.. good food + crew; easy diving! Current was zero to light ... mantas were there, as advertised!" - , USA, 29 May 2012 ...

    Customer rating - Excellent
    "The German couple running the vessel are an excellent team providing guests with an exceptional scuba diving experience on a safari boat. Their staff are very helpful and friendly and overall the boat is also in very good condition with all the amenities which one can expect. In addition the food was of the highest quality with grilled fresh fish being served nearly every day, lots of vegetables and fruit etc.
    The dive sites selected were extraordinary with untouched corals as far as the underwater visibility allowed for. It was one of the holiday experiences which one could repeat over and over.
    " - , Germany, 6 May 2011 ...


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