MSV Amira is a traditionally-built wooden Phinisi schooner constructed in 2010. This beautiful, high-quality boat runs Indonesia liveaboard diving charters in West Papua (Raja Ampat) and to the top dive destinations of Komodo and the Banda Sea. At 52 metres in length and with a maximum of just 19 guests on board, you are guaranteed space, comfort and top-quality service as you explore the very best diving in Indonesia.
The vessel is elegantly furnished with wood panelling throughout that enhances the feeling of luxury. There are double/twin bed cabins on the upper and lower deck and a single bed cabin on the lower deck. All of these high standard, spacious cabins have private en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning.
The large dive deck has been designed to give each guest plenty of room and their own individual storage space. Diving is conducted from one of the 3 dinghies, each equipped with radio and emergency oxygen tanks. In addition each scuba diver wears an ENOS locator device for safety purposes, and nitrox is available to those who are certified and nitrox is free for 2020 cruises.
When not diving or enjoying one of the delicious meals, guests can relax in the air-conditioned TV lounge area, in the shaded open-air area, or on the huge sundeck equipped with chairs and loungers for sun-lovers. The attentive, enthusiastic cruise staff are always on hand to see to your every need.
Other facilities include a massage service, dedicated camera room with storage area, a computer room with CD/DVD burning facilities to edit and save your photos. If you like to travel in style and enjoy the finer things in life on your Indonesian liveaboard diving holiday then a stay onboard the Amira is perfect for you.
Dive experience: A minimum of 50 logged dives are required for all AMIRA dive trips.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, land tours, transfers to the boat from the airport and hotels, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max of 4 divers per DM), nitrox (from 2020 cruises) tanks, weights and weightbelts, ENOS diver locator system.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 33 per day), dive insurance, fees (harbour, national park, local taxes, fuel surcharge) 2019: Komodo 11 nights - US$ 165, Raja Ampat 11 nights - US$ 395, 2020: Komodo 11 nights - US$ 215, Raja Ampat 11 nights - US$ 440 (for other cruises please check with us) fees to be paid in advance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash Indonesian Rupiahs only) or credit card (VISA or MC only).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 16 per diving day), (nitrox fills are included for enriched air certified divers for trips in 2020) upper deck surcharge of US$ 16 per night, torches, dive computer, Poseidon Discovery MKVI rebreather system (to be booked in advance, please ask us about details and prices). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Raja Ampat: Amira departs 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 and all hotels in Sorong to and from the boat. Komodo: These liveaboard charters depart when all guests have arrived. The trip starts and ends in Bali, or in Labuan Bajo or Maumere in Flores and will therefore require a one way, or return, domestic flight. There is a minibus transfer service from the airport and all hotels to the boat.
Sangalaki: Other trips depart in the afternoon from Tanjung Batu pier after land transfer from Berau. You can fly to Balikpapan and then on to Berau. There are direct flights to Berau from Singapore or Jakarta. We will help you arrange return domestic flights. The crew will arrange the transfer service from the boat to and from the nearest airports.
North Sulawesi & Togian Islands: Fly direct to the port of Bitung (Manado) (from Jakarta, Guangzhou, Nanking, Shanghai!), the port of Luwuk (from Makassar and Manado), or from the port of Gorontalo (from Jakarta, Makassar and Manado). Alor & Flores: Fly direct to the port of Alor (direct from Bali), the port of Maumere (direct from Bali, or via Makassar from Jakarta or Kuala Lumpur). Forgotten Islands: Fly direct to the port of Saumlaki (from Ambon connecting to Jakarta and Makassar).
For more information see our travel information section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 15:00 hrs. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: 20% off the published price. 2 non-divers sharing - 10% off the published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): There is 1 lower deck double bed cabin for single occupancy without a supplement: Alternatively single travellers may choose to share another cabin or pay a supplement of 50% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 7.5 guests and 0.5 additional person can join the cruise free of charge (total 8 or more guests). Pay for 10.5 guests and 1.5 additional persons can join the cruise free of charge (total 12 guests). Pay for 16 guests and 3 additional persons can join the cruise in free of charge (total 19 guests.) See whole boat charter rate below.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): 2020: Komodo 11N - US$ 6,640, all other cruises 11N - US$ 7,952.
2021: Komodo 11N - US$ 6,960, all other cruises 11N - US$ 8,528.
MSV Amira has 10 cabins in total: 9 double/twin cabins (4 Upper deck cabins, 5 Lower deck cabins) and 1 lower deck cabin which can be used as single occupancy. All cabins are of a high standard, spacious and have private en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning.
All the cabins have:
Air-conditioning and fan
Windows on upper deck, large portholes on lower deck
En-suite bathrooms with hot-water shower and hand basin
3 Zodiac dinghies - Nitrox system - Fully-closed re-breathers for rent (for EANx-certified divers) - 80m² dive deck with fresh water showers & toilets - Camera room with charging stations, table and rinse tank - 30m² air-conditioned saloon with TV, video and music system - 40m² dedicated restaurant with bar - Computer room & internet while in harbour - Satellite telephone - Movie library, books and magazines, diving books - 90m² shaded area - 120m² sundeck with sun chairs and mattresses - Water dispenser
Delicious dishes are served buffet style on this West Papua liveaboard charter and there are 4 meal times - pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch and dinner. The 2 on board chefs prepare a variety of international and Indonesian food using fresh ingredients wherever possible, and all diets can be catered for. Snacks are also available should you feel peckish after an exciting dive.
Indonesian food is served buffet style for lunch and a fixed Western menu for evening meals.
All meals are served in the air-conditioned restaurant.
Coffee, tea, drinking water, biscuits, toast and fruit are provided free of charge.
Soft drinks and beer are also available for purchase.
All dietary requirements can be catered for - please send us prior notice.
"Amira is really great. Service, diving, food is perfect. Safety is also considered very important and all the dives are very well briefed and guided. " - Dane Erbeznik, USA, 2 September 2014 ...
"Service was great all around. Crew were at the hotel early to meet us. Welcome tour was thorough and friendly. Staff were well trained, knowledgable and friendly. Ship, equipment, zodiacs etc. were all in good condition. Food was very good." - Ian Kerr, USA, 23 May 2013 ...
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