The MV Ambai

The MV Ambai

The MV Ambai is a wonderful 32 m long  liveaboard built in July 2012. Designed with diving in mind, everything is done to offer the best diving conditions. Rest in outside or inside lounge or share your underwater photography with fellow divers in the dedicated camera room while the MV Ambai staff of 16 take cares of everything.

Included

  • Transport to and from the airport
  • On board accommodation
  • All inclusive board service (exc. alcoholic bev and some soft drinks)
  • Dives according to itinerary
  • Land excursions according to schedule

Not Included

  • Port clearance and Harbour tax
  • National park and local fees
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Dive insurance – compulsary

We love it for

  • Traditionally built from Iron and other tropical wood
  • Modern ship, made in 2012
  • Spacious camera room

The MV Ambai in details

The MV Ambai has 8 cabins for 16 guests. She  is built in traditional Indonesian style from iron and tropical hard wood, and especially designed to offer the best liveaboard diving cruise experience.

At the rear of the deck, a large dive deck extended by a platform offers an easy and direct access to three dive tenders.

Last but not least, the 16 person staff aboard the Ambai is always ready to provide you the best service. All you need to do is to enjoy the dives, and let them take care of the rest – even loading and unloading your heavy diving equipment!

Facilities - Cabins - Decks

Her 8 cabins all have individually controlled air conditioning and private bathrooms with hot water. There are large shaded outside areas and a nice sun deck to chill out. Comfortable inside lounge and restaurant provide optimal comfort in any time of the day.

Photographers will enjoy a dedicated room for the maintenance and preparation of their camera, as well as a large screen in the lounge to share pictures and videos.

Specifications

Compressors

  • 2 air compressors, 1 nitrox LP compressor

Navigation

  • GPS, chart plotter, Depth sounder, Radar,

Communication

  • Radio VHF, SSB, satellite phone

Safety

  • Smoke detectors, Engine room CCTV, 2 lift rafts @20 pax, EPIRB

Dive boats

  • 3 fiberglass dinghies with Yamaha 4 strokes 50 HP outboard engines

Crew

  • 16 crew including 4 dive guides. 1 western cruise director/ dive instructor

The MV Ambai in pictures

Select your schedule and cruise destination

Rates, Itineraries & Schedule

Rates, Itineraries & Schedule

MV Ambai ofers several different cruises. If you want additional information regarding the area reached by Ambai, please kindly check the “Locations & Diving” tab.

These rates do not include the following fees: Port clearance, Harbour tax, National park fee, Local fee, Fuel surcharge.

Book a cruise in Raja Ampat with Ambai in 2017 and get the park fee and harbour fee for free! Worth 200€ per person!

august 2017

22aug - 31aug 221:00 pmaug 31Komodo - MV Ambai9 Nights - €2390 - Bima to Labuan Bajo

september 2017

3sep - 12sep 31:00 pmsep 12Komodo - MV Ambai9 Nights - €2990 - Labuan Bajo to Bima

14sep - 24sep 141:00 pmsep 24Komodo - MV Ambai10 Nights - €3190 - Bima to Maumere

27sep - 8octsep 271:00 pmoct 8Alor Archipelago - MV Ambai11 Nights - €3290 - Maumere to Alor

october 2017

27sep - 8octsep 271:00 pmoct 8Alor Archipelago - MV Ambai11 Nights - €3290 - Maumere to Alor

11oct - 23oct 111:00 pmoct 23Forgotten Islands - MV Ambai12 Nights - €3590 - Alor to Saumlaki

december 2017

8dec - 19dec 81:00 pmdec 19Raja Ampat - MV Ambai11 Nights - €3990 - Sorong to Sorong

25dec - 2jandec 251:00 pmjan 2Raja Ampat - MV Ambai12 Nights - €4356 - Sorong to Sorong

january 2018

25dec - 2jandec 251:00 pmjan 2Raja Ampat - MV Ambai12 Nights - €4356 - Sorong to Sorong

8jan - 18jan 81:00 pmjan 18Raja Ampat - MV Ambai10 Nights - €3690 - Sorong to Sorong

21jan - 1febjan 211:00 pmfeb 1- 1:00 pmRaja Ampat - MV Ambai11 Nights - €3990 - Sorong to Sorong

february 2018

21jan - 1febjan 211:00 pmfeb 1- 1:00 pmRaja Ampat - MV Ambai11 Nights - €3990 - Sorong to Sorong

4feb - 15feb 41:00 pmfeb 15Raja Ampat - MV Ambai11 Nights - €3990 - Sorong to Sorong

18feb - 1marfeb 181:00 pmmar 1- 1:00 pmRaja Ampat - MV Ambai11 Nights - €3990 - Sorong to Sorong

march 2018

18feb - 1marfeb 181:00 pmmar 1- 1:00 pmRaja Ampat - MV Ambai11 Nights - €3990 - Sorong to Sorong

3mar - 14mar 31:00 pmmar 14Raja Ampat - MV Ambai11 Nights - €3990 - Sorong to Sorong

31mar - 11aprmar 311:00 pmapr 11Raja Ampat - MV Ambai11 Nights - €3990 - Sorong to Sorong

april 2018

31mar - 11aprmar 311:00 pmapr 11Raja Ampat - MV Ambai11 Nights - €3990 - Sorong to Sorong

13apr - 24apr 131:00 pmapr 24Raja Ampat - MV Ambai11 Nights - €3990 - Sorong to Bitung

july 2018

23jul - 2augjul 231:00 pmaug 2Komodo - MV Ambai10 Nights - €3390 - Denpasar to Labuan Bajo

august 2018

23jul - 2augjul 231:00 pmaug 2Komodo - MV Ambai10 Nights - €3390 - Denpasar to Labuan Bajo

5aug - 14aug 51:00 pmaug 14Komodo - MV Ambai9 Nights - €2990 - Labuan Bajo to Bima

16aug - 25aug 161:00 pmaug 25Komodo - MV Ambai9 Nights - €2990 - Bima to Labuan Bajo

28aug - 6sepaug 281:00 pmsep 6Komodo - MV Ambai9 Nights - €2990 - Labuan Bajo to Bima

september 2018

28aug - 6sepaug 281:00 pmsep 6Komodo - MV Ambai9 Nights - €2990 - Labuan Bajo to Bima

19sep - 29sep 191:00 pmsep 29Alor Archipelago - MV Ambai10 Nights - €3800 - Maumere to Alor

october 2018

16oct - 26oct 161:00 pmoct 26Banda Sea - MV Ambai10 Nights - €4090 - Ambon to Saumlaki

28oct - 11novoct 281:00 pmnov 11Raja Ampat - MV Ambai14 Nights - €5250 - Saumlaki to Sorong

november 2018

28oct - 11novoct 281:00 pmnov 11Raja Ampat - MV Ambai14 Nights - €5250 - Saumlaki to Sorong

13nov - 24nov 131:00 pmnov 24Raja Ampat - MV Ambai11 Nights - €4090 - Sorong to Sorong

27nov - 8decnov 271:00 pmdec 8Raja Ampat - MV Ambai11 Nights - €4090 - Sorong to Sorong

december 2018

27nov - 8decnov 271:00 pmdec 8Raja Ampat - MV Ambai11 Nights - €4090 - Sorong to Sorong

11dec - 22dec 111:00 pmdec 22Raja Ampat - MV Ambai11 Nights - €4090 - Sorong to Sorong

25dec - 6jandec 251:00 pmjan 6Raja Ampat - MV Ambai12 Nights - €4570 - Sorong to Sorong

january 2019

25dec - 6jandec 251:00 pmjan 6Raja Ampat - MV Ambai12 Nights - €4570 - Sorong to Sorong

Locations & Diving

Locations & Diving

Learn more informations about the wonderful area you could discover and dive aboard the MV Ambai!

Alor Archipelago

Alor Archipelago

Where is Alor?

  • Alor Archipelago (consisting of seven main islands) lies at the end of the Lesser Sunda Islands chain in Indonesia. The narrow Pantar straight, within which lie five small, charming islands (Kepa, Pura, Buaya, Ternate and Tereweng island), separates the main island Alor from Pantar.

Underwater

  • A combination of unspoiled, colorful reefs and abundant marine life makes Alor an absolutely world class diving destination. Whether you are into muck, macro, big fish or beautiful coral, Alor caters for every need. As a result of volcanic activities the topography varies from outstanding walls, rock slides, valleys, seamounts and pinnacles. Some dive sites are renowned for big fish (schools of big eye jackfish, dog tooth tuna, sharks, giant groupers, Napoleon wrasse, eagle rays and occasionally mola-mola …).
  • The diversity of invertebrates, anemones, hard and soft corals is truly impressive. There are some muck sites famous for critters. The colorful slopes around Pura Island are home to the cute mandarin fish, frogfish, blue ribbon eel, scorpion leaf fish, harlequin ghost pipefish, pygmy sea horses, etc… It is common to encounter pilot-whales, hundreds of dolphins and seasonally (from Oct to Dec) even whales, passing to the Pacific Ocean. The waters have occasionally strong currents.

General informations

  • Dry Season: june to December
  • Rainy Season: January / February
  • Air temperature: 27 – 32°C
  • Water temperature: 26 – 29°C
  • Current: Mid to very strong
  • Best time to dive: End of March until the end of December
Banda Sea

Banda Sea

Where is Banda Sea?

  • Banda Sea is located in the center of Maluku islands, surounded by hundreds of islands on one and Halmahera and Ceram seas on the other side.

Underwater

  • It was well hidden from divers for some time. Its remoteness and low human population contributed to bursting underwater livelihood. Here you find extra vigorous, healthy reef systems. Two main characteristics that outline diving in this area are mobula rays and dogtooth tuna. There is plenty to see under water, for example large schools of fusilier and plenty of redtooth trigger fish, mandarin fish, native Ambon scorpion fish, and so many more.

General Information

  • Dry Season: May – November
  • Rainy Season: high rainfall January /February
  • Air temperature: 27 – 32°C
  • Water temperature: 26 to 29°C
  • Current: mild, but can be strong
  • Best time to dive: October – December and March – April
Forgotten Islands

Forgotten Islands

Where are the Forgotten Islands?

  • The so called forgotten island are a long chain of islands staring at Timor and extending up to West Papua.

Underwater

  • The Forgotten Islands include Kei archipelago, Taninbar , Koon, Dai , Manuk, are still being explored.   keep your eyes on the bleu for pelagic, October / November is the season of school of Hammerhead, they are often spotted at Manuk and Koon. You’ll also enjoy the variety of dive sites which provide a superb mix of wide angle and macro subjects as most Indonesian guide are incredible spotters.

General Informations

  • Rainy Season: January / february
  • Air temperature: 27 to 34°C
  • Water temperature: 27 to 29°C
  • Current: moderate to strong
  • Best time to dive: October/November/December
Komodo

Komodo:

Where is Komodo?

  • Komodo, also belonging to the Lesser Sunda chain, lies between the islands of Sumba and Flores. Komodo, Rinca and Padar are the three main islands that along with numerous smaller ones form Komodo Marine Park. A Combination of many small islands and relatively shallow seas between Flores and the west coast of Komodo create ideal conditions for diving in swift currents at tidal changes.
  • The island is also famous for its Komodo dragon monitor lizard, the largest lizard in the world. An alert and agile predator and scavenger that can reach 2.5 meters in length and 125 kg. Nowadays more than a thousand inhabit the island and about half that number that live on nearby Rinca Island.

Underwater

  • Komodo diving can easily be categorized as being one of the world’s best dive destinations. It is one of the most diverse and rich marine environments in the world and has two totally different marine environments. The north side offers clear warm waters flowing from the Flores and Banda seas. Underwater is stunning with vibrant colors, diverse exotic fish life, exceptionally healthy corals, reefs crammed with invertebrates and packed with reef fish. Current-swept deep cool water sea mounts, walls and pinnacles are patrolled by sharks, tuna and other big fish. The south plankton rich waters (making visibility ‘slightly reduced) host eagle rays, manta rays, sunfish and abundant fish life as well as macro life and critters such as leaf fish, frogfish, sea apples, pygmy seahorses, a variety of ghost pipefish, many different nudibranches, and much more.

General informations

  • Dry Season:
  • Rainy Season:
  • Air temperature: 27 – 32°C
  • Water temperature: 23 – 29°C
  • Current: Mid to strong
  • Best time to dive: All year round. January to March can have rough surface conditions at the northern dive sites. July and August can have rough seas in the south and Rinca. But these conditions rarely interfere to any great extent with the liveaboard schedules.
Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat

Where is Raja Ampat?

  • Raja Ampat (literally translates as “The Four Kings”) is at the far eastern reaches of the Nusa Tenggara island chain. The main four islands are Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool.

Underwater

  • The most bio-diverse marine region on earth. There are vertical walls, reef flats, slopes, ridges, sea mounds, mucky shallow bays and mangroves, lagoons with channels overhung by rainforest, pinnacles, and offshore reefs with raging currents…
  • The reefs are supporting an unbelievable variety of colorful soft and hard corals, reef fish plus a copious amount of schooling fish. Dolphins, manta rays, devil rays, whales and turtles are some of the larger animals found here. Sharks such as wobbegongs and the small Epaulette Shark are often found lying on the sea grass.

General informations

  • Dry Season:
  • Rainy Season:
  • Air temperature: 27 – 32°C
  • Water temperature: 26 – 29°C
  • Current: Mid to strong
  • Best time to dive: October till May
Triton Bay

Triton Bay

Where is Triton Bay?

  • Triton Bay – the next frontier of Indonesian diving- lies on the western peninsula of the island of New Guinea. It is one of three regions in Indonesia’s West Papua province that comprise the Bird’s Head Seascape (together with Raja Ampat and Cenderawasih Bay) which is considered the center of Coral Triangle with the highest marine biodiversity on the planet. In 2008 Kaimana Regency declared a 6000 sq km Marine Protected Area around the waters of Kaimana and Triton Bay which were cited for having nesting grounds for green turtles, a population of coastal Bryde’s Whales  and last but not least – whale sharks.

Underwater

  • Over 30 dive sites are already identified and many more to be explored. Many of them lie in Iris Strait between Aiduma Island and mainland, others in Triton Bay itself as well as on the outer reefs off of bigger islands in the area.  Triton Bay is becoming best known for its beautiful soft coral gardens and abundance of fish but area’s underwater topography offers much more to be admired: spectacular pinnacles, huge boulders draped in colorful corals, massive black coral bushes, drift and wall dives. Critter hunting is yet another highlight of Triton Bay diving.

General informations

  • Dry Season: tropical equatorial climate all year raining
  • Air temperature: 27 – 32°C
  • Water temperature: 24 – 27°C
  • Current: Mid to strong
  • Best time to dive: October till May
Extensions

Extensions

You have more time available and you would like to extend your stay in Indonesia?

We can make tailor made plans for you in resorts or liveaboards and we take care of all your plane tickets so you don’t have to worry about anything!

Just let us know what you’re interested in, your arriving and departures dates and locations and we will get back to you with a tailor made plan!

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