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MV Amba

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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 foot
Beam: 10 metres / 33 foot
Cruise: 12 knots
Divers: 22
Enriched air nitrox is available hereInternet is available here
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The MV Amba - photo courtesy of David Hettich

MV Amba offers nitrox diving and is the only Maldives liveaboard that operates 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 MV 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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October 2014
Dep: 26 Oct Ret: 2 Nov Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,264
November 2014
Dep: 2 Nov Ret: 9 Nov Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,264
Dep: 9 Nov Ret: 16 Nov Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,264
Dep: 16 Nov Ret: 23 Nov Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,264
Dep: 23 Nov Ret: 30 Nov Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,264
Dep: 30 Nov Ret: 11 Dec Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 3,047
Dep: 30 Nov Ret: 7 Dec Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,264
December 2014
Dep: 7 Dec Ret: 14 Dec Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,264
Dep: 11 Dec Ret: 21 Dec Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,770
Dep: 14 Dec Ret: 21 Dec Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,264
Dep: 21 Dec Ret: 28 Dec Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,264
Dep: 28 Dec Ret: 4 Jan Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,264
January 2015
Dep: 4 Jan Ret: 11 Jan Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,264
Dep: 11 Jan Ret: 18 Jan Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,264
Dep: 18 Jan Ret: 25 Jan Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,264
Dep: 25 Jan Ret: 1 Feb Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,264
February 2015
Dep: 1 Feb Ret: 8 Feb Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,264
Dep: 8 Feb Ret: 15 Feb Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,264
Dep: 8 Feb Ret: 15 Feb Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,264
Dep: 15 Feb Ret: 22 Feb Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,264
Dep: 22 Feb Ret: 1 Mar Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,264
March 2015
Dep: 1 Mar Ret: 8 Mar Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,264
Dep: 8 Mar Ret: 15 Mar Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,264
Dep: 15 Mar Ret: 22 Mar Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,264
Dep: 22 Mar Ret: 29 Mar Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,264
Dep: 29 Mar Ret: 5 Apr Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,264
April 2015
Dep: 5 Apr Ret: 12 Apr Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,264
Dep: 12 Apr Ret: 19 Apr Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,264
Dep: 19 Apr Ret: 26 Apr Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,264
Dep: 26 Apr Ret: 3 May Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 2,264
May 2015
Dep: 3 May Ret: 10 May Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 1,680
Dep: 10 May Ret: 17 May Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 1,680
Dep: 17 May Ret: 24 May Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 1,680
Dep: 24 May Ret: 31 May Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 1,680
September 2015
Dep: 6 Sep Ret: 13 Sep Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 1,680
Dep: 13 Sep Ret: 20 Sep Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 1,680
Dep: 20 Sep Ret: 27 Sep Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 1,680
Dep: 27 Sep Ret: 4 Oct Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 1,680
October 2015
Dep: 4 Oct Ret: 11 Oct Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 1,680
Dep: 11 Oct Ret: 18 Oct Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 1,680
Dep: 18 Oct Ret: 25 Oct Maldives Far North Atolls US$ 1,680

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More Trip Details....

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 trips 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): Scuba equipment and torches (not available for rent on this boat), dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (customers might provide their own where appropriate at no extra cost): onboard payments in cash (Euros and US dollars) not credit cards.

Optional extras: Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (all dives with nitrox is approx US$ 63), 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: The Amba departs 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 are 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.

Non-diver rate: 13% off the published price for trips 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 traveller 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$ 3,488, 20 guests - US$ 3,882. High season 2014: 18 guests - US$ 4,104, 20 guests - US$ 4,395.

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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 - 50m saloon with bar, TV, DVD player, music system, internet facility, books and magazines - 70m shaded area - 50m 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 cruise, 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 the its modern 20 square matre Nirsoat kitchen and large storerooms, the Amba is certainly not a 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 dive insurance NOT provided - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation
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Customer reviews: 

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

"Amba is a nice, large, clean boat.. good food + crew; easy diving! Current was zero to light ... mantas were there, as advertised!" - Earl Engan, USA ...

"The German couple running the vessel are an excellent team providing guests with an exceptional diving experience on a diving 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 diving 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." - Mathias Eick, Germany ...

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