Price from US$ 193 per day
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'Amba' means 'To your health', and you will certainly feel like you are being pampered aboard this sleek boat.

Length: 33 metres / 109 feet
Beam: 10 metres / 33 feet
Cruise: 12 knots
Divers: 22
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The Maldives liveaboard MV Amba

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 facilites. There are 2 standards of cabin to choose from - Standard Staterooms and a 25 square metre Deluxe Suite 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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April 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
30 Apr 7 May 7 Maldives Far North Atolls 19 US$ 1,544
May 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
7 May 14 May 7 Maldives Far North Atolls 19 US$ 1,544
14 May 21 May 7 Maldives Far North Atolls 19 US$ 1,544
21 May 28 May 7 Maldives Far North Atolls 19 US$ 1,544
October 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
1 Oct 8 Oct 7 Maldives Far North Atolls 19 US$ 1,879
8 Oct 15 Oct 7 Maldives Far North Atolls 19 US$ 1,879
15 Oct 22 Oct 7 Maldives Far North Atolls 19 US$ 1,879
November 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
12 Nov 19 Nov 7 Maldives Far North Atolls 19 US$ 1,879
19 Nov 26 Nov 7 Maldives Far North Atolls 19 US$ 1,879
26 Nov 3 Dec 7 Maldives Far North Atolls 19 US$ 1,879
December 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
3 Dec 10 Dec 7 Maldives Far North Atolls 19 US$ 1,879
10 Dec 17 Dec 7 Maldives Far North Atolls 19 US$ 1,879
17 Dec 24 Dec 7 Maldives Far North Atolls 19 US$ 1,879
24 Dec 31 Dec 7 Maldives Far North Atolls 19 US$ 1,879
31 Dec 7 Jan 7 Maldives Far North Atolls 19 US$ 1,879
January 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
7 Jan 14 Jan 7 Maldives Far North Atolls 19 US$ 1,879
14 Jan 21 Jan 7 Maldives Far North Atolls 19 US$ 1,879
21 Jan 28 Jan 7 Maldives Far North Atolls 19 US$ 1,879
28 Jan 4 Feb 7 Maldives Far North Atolls 19 US$ 1,879
February 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
4 Feb 11 Feb 7 Maldives Far North Atolls 19 US$ 1,879
11 Feb 18 Feb 7 Maldives Far North Atolls 19 US$ 1,879
18 Feb 25 Feb 7 Maldives Far North Atolls 19 US$ 1,879
25 Feb 4 Mar 7 Maldives Far North Atolls 19 US$ 1,879
March 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
4 Mar 11 Mar 7 Maldives Far North Atolls 19 US$ 1,879
April 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
1 Apr 8 Apr 7 Maldives Far North Atolls 19 US$ 1,879
8 Apr 15 Apr 7 Maldives Far North Atolls 19 US$ 1,879
15 Apr 22 Apr 7 Maldives Far North Atolls 19 US$ 1,879
22 Apr 29 Apr 7 Maldives Far North Atolls 19 US$ 1,879

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More Trip Details...

Special offers: Take advantage of no single surcharges for April and May 2017 trips. Check out MV Amba Special Offers for more details. Offer closes: 21 May 2017

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, Maldivian Bed Tax and 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. Green tax (US$ 6 per person per night) to be paid in advance, 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$ 53 per trip), 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. It is necessary to organise return domestic flights from Male to Hanimaadhoo and this can be done by the operator or using MaldivianOpens in a new window. 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 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 2014: 18 guests - US$ 2,929, 20 guests - US$ 3,259. High season 2014: 18 guests - US$ 3,445, 20 guests - US$ 3,690.


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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
There are 7 Standard Staterooms with portholes on the lower deck, and 2 Standard Staterooms with windows and 1 Deluxe Suite with panoramic windows on the upper deck. The Deluxe Suite 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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