MV Ambai is a 32m mono-hulled motor yacht built from ironwood in traditional Indonesian style. Up to 16 guests can be comfortably accommodated on board in cabins with ensuite bathrooms during these Indonesia liveaboard diving safaris around Raja Ampat and the greater Banda Sea area.
Guests relax in the air-conditioned saloon and dining area plus on deck where there are many shaded areas as well as a large sundeck for those who want to bask in the sun between dives. The saloon includes a full entertainment system with TV, DVD, music system, books, magazines and games. With a large crew of between 16 and 18, you can expect plenty of personal attention in English and French on these cruises.
There are 3 x 50 HP fibreglass speedboat tenders that take divers to the sites, and both 12 and 15 litre tanks available as well as DIN adaptors and free nitrox. Photographers will appreciate the separate rinse tanks for cameras and camera table on the dive deck plus the dedicated camera room. For added comfort and convenience the deck includes 2 toilets and 2 fresh water showers.
Notes: Guests must be fully vaccinated against COVID and PCR Tests need to be administered upon arrival and before departure.
Dive experience: Komodo, Banda Sea, Halmahera: Level 2 / 50 logged dives. Raja Ampat, Triton bay, Sulawesi: Level 2 / 30 logged dives. This is a recommendation.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemasters (max. 4 divers per guide), enriched air nitrox for certified divers, tanks, weights and weightbelts. Many itineraries include land visits like to the nutmeg plantation of Banda Neira. All safaris include return airport transfers to and from the boat.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 44 per day - includes computer and torch, needs to be pre-booked), dive insurance, port and park fees: Raja Ampat US$ 274, Komodo US$ 274, Halmahera US$ 274 (subject to change), fuel surcharge US$ 219 (subject to change). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only - EUR, USD, CHF, IDR).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, torch (US$ 9 per day), dive computer (US$ 11 per day), 15 litre tank (US$ 82 per cruise). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Raja Ampat: These cruises depart in the evening 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 free transfer service from the boat to and from the nearest airport. Triton Bay: Fly direct to the port of Kaimana in the south of West Papua, from Sorong, connecting to Jakarta. Forgotten Islands: Fly direct to the port of Saumlaki (from Ambon connecting to Jakarta and Makassar) or the port of Kupang (direct to Jakarta). Alor: Fly direct to the port of Alor (direct from Bali). Ambon/Banda: Fly direct to Ambon from Jakarta (or from Sorong or Surabaya). North Sulawesi & Halmahera: Fly direct to the port of Bitung (Manado) (from Jakarta, Bali, Singapore, Guangzhou, Nanking, Shanghai).
For more information see our travel information section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 16:00 hrs 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): 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 7 divers and 1 extra person can join the cruise free of charge in a lower deck cabin (total 8+ guests), pay for 10 divers and 2 extra persons can join free of charge (total 12+ guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Equivalent to pay for 13 guests and 3 additional persons can join the cruise free of charge.
Free nitrox - 3 Motorised dinghies - 45 m² dive deck with, ladders, toilets and fresh water showers - Camera room with table and rinse tanks - 70 m² air-conditioned saloon & dining area with TV, DVD player & music system - 3G wifi - Satellite telephone - Fish ID & general books, diving magazines - Shaded open-air social area - 30 m² sundeck with deck chairs - Water dispenser
PADI certification courses available including Advanced Open Water Diver, Nitrox and Rescue.
The dining on MV Ambai can take place in either the air-conditioned dining area or in the open air. Meals are served rather than buffet style for that added bit of class. The menu consists of international cuisine as well as BBQs, Chinese and Italian influences.
Chinese, Italian, BBQ and international main dishes - 3 choices per sitting.
Meals served buffet-style with waiter assistance in the saloon or open-air.
Pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Coffee, tea, fruit, biscuits, toast and drinking water are all free of charge.
Soft drinks, beer and liquors are also available for purchase.
All diets can be catered for - please send us your requirements.
The dive operator rates the onboard catering as fundamental to the cruise.
The safari dining service begins on guest arrival.
"I enjoyed everything about the cruise! The diving was great and all of the dive guides were excellent. They gave is so much personal attention . The food was delicious. My room was organised and tidiesd during each dive - so nice. The cruise director was super friendly and accommodating and gave us very informatve information about the dive sites and local areas. Thank you for a fantastic holiday!" - Sonja Soper, USA, 5 May 2018 ...
"Everything about the boat was excellent. Diving was great. We enjoyed the wonderful reefs and marine life. We also enjoyed diving a few sites that were not normally on the itinerary. Mantas! Wobbegongs! Muck diving! The staff was great. Thank you! Some of the guests with big cameras did not follow the dive plans...damaged reefs taking pictures. It's not Ambai's fault but those guests were allowed to continue their bad behaviour for the entire trip at the other guests' expense." - Peter Nebauer, USA, 5 May 2018 ...
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