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 4 dinghies, each equipped with radio and emergency oxygen tanks. In addition each scuba diver wears an ENOS locator device for safety purposes, and free nitrox is available to those who are certified.
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. There are 4 sea kayaks are onboard for guests to paddle to some of the most remote beaches on Earth, drifting over magnificent coral reefs, accessing the little visited areas of uninhabited picturesque Islands. 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 (incl. Espresso machine), 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), enriched air nitrox for certified divers, tanks, weights and weightbelt, ENOS diver locator system, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (full set with dive computer: US$ 31 per day), dive insurance, fees (port, park, local taxes, fuel surcharge - 11 night sample, payable in advance) Komodo - US$ 460, Raja Ampat - US$ 440 (for other cruises please check with us). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash - IDR only (foreign cash for crew tips only)) or credit card (VISA or MC only).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, torch (US$ 5 per day), 15 litre tank (US$ 14 per day), Poseidon Discovery MKVI rebreather system (available on board until June 2023, 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: These liveaboard charters depart during the morning according to flight schedules once all guests have arrived. If you plan to arrive during the afternoon, then you will need to arrive 1 day early and overnight before the cruise start date. 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: 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: Trips depart 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. Amira always returns to port on the penultimate night so guests can arrange flights that leave in the the morning of the final day. 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): 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 for their own cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Discounts apply for groups of 8 or more. Please ask us for details.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 16 guests and 3 additional person can join the cruise free of charge (total 19 guests).
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
4 Zodiac dinghies - Nitrox system - 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 - AMIRA is plastic-free (for conservation purposes)
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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