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Year built / renovated
2004  / 2016
Cabins
10
Length / Width
33 m / 10 m
Internet
YES ($)
Nitrox
YES ($)
Rental equip.
NO

Highlights

  • Diving far away from the crowds, Amba is the only boat in the Northern Maldives (HaaAlifu, HaaDhaalu atoll)
  • Special trips to Ba and Ra atolls available
  • Abundant marine life, sharks, soft corals, guitar sharks, manta rays, leopard sharks and bountiful fish species
  • Diving from dhoni
  • Usually one shore excursion per week
  • Recommended for advanced divers who would like to go off the beaten path
  • Spacious saloon with board games, library, battery charging station (24 h. 220 Vac Power) to relax between the dives.
  • Sundeck on the upper deck with tables and beanbags to enjoy the sun and shadow.
  • Nitrox available

Description

Explore the Northern Maldives on a trip off-the-beaten-path on the only liveaboard in this area, luxurious Amba

If you do not want to share a diving spot with other diving groups and you like unspoiled and lively Reefs and Thilas (underwater mountains) then you can enjoy the exclusive Northern Maldives. Nicole and Franco, who have been working in the Maldives for more than 25 years, look after their guests on board almost all year long. The two are supported by a perfectly attuned crew who has worked together in the same constellation for many years. The colorful Northern Maldives represent amazing diving spots, tranquility and memorable impressions far away from the standard routes. Secret dive spots mostly discovered by Amba's crew over the years will show you a very large variety of species, so macro and big fish photographer will be happy. The Amba is the only safari boat diving since 2004 in Haa Alifu Atoll and Haa Dhaalu Atoll, in the far north of the Maldives, about 280 km from Male and reachable in only 35 minutes by the propeller plane. The ship cruises mainly in Haa Alifu and Haa Dhaalu Atoll, but also regularly offers special tours to Baa and Raa Atoll as well as some tours from / to Male. There is the popular Manta and whale shark point "Hanifaru" which we drive to September - December. In addition to the fixed arrival day Sunday, on request, an individual daily arrival by arrangement and surcharge is possible. The 7 nights turns are from Sunday to Sunday. Every year we also offer a few 10/11 nights special tours and 14 nights with 2 different tours (see tour schedule). Reefs with manta rays and reef sharks, but also stingrays, guitar rays, Leopard sharks and a variety of otherwise typical for Indonesia "critters" invite you to unforgettable dives. Not only the underwater photographers appreciate the big, colorful fields of soft corals in the north of the Maldives, even more as the last El Nino destroyed a part of the hard corals in the Maldives.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

In 2016, the Amba was completely renovated and is updated every year during the summer months. The Amba offers a generous amount of space both indoors and outdoors. The upper deck has 3 cabins and 7 more spacious cabins are located in the lower deck. The 10 experienced crew members speak English, Italian and German. The ship's hull is fitted with a stabilizer system enabling a smooth and steady trip across the Indian Ocean.

Up to 20 guests can be accommodated on board. The accommodation is in 7 standard cabins in the lower deck and 2 standard cabins and 1 luxury cabin on the upper deck. The luxury cabin has a private sun / shade terrace. The standard cabins are equipped with double and / or single beds, individually controlled air conditioning, fan and private bathroom with sink, shower and toilet. The luxury cabin is a bit bigger and has a fantastic view of the Indian Ocean. All cabins have individually controlled, very quiet air conditions. Towels are in the bathroom sufficiently available, even towels with pillows for the sundeck and daily fresh towels for the Diving Dhoni will be provided.

The generously designed sundeck, partly covered, invites you to relax with deckchairs and a large sunbathing lawn. On the shadow deck, which has been redesigned in a lounge style, it is really relaxing after diving. In the salon the food is served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also the multimedia area with TV, DVD, Hifi, board games and library can be found here. Wi-Fi is available on board for a fee. Diving lights ect. can be conveniently charged in the salon. The ship has 24 hours electricity with 230 volts and German sockets.

During your seven nights aboard the Amba, you will be served from a varied menu including both international and Maldivian dishes.

Full board includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks/cakes, drinking water, coffee, tea and dinner. Dietary restrictions can be catered for if the crew is notified in advance. Extra snacks, juices, soft drinks and alcohol cost extra and may be purchased on board.

HOW TO GET THERE

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CONFIRMATION

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24H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 24 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment terms

  • 25% of the total booking amount is due at the time of booking
  • 75% (balance) is due 75 days prior to arrival

Cancellation fee

  • 30% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 91 days prior to arrival
  • 50% will be charged if you cancel between 91 and 61 days prior to arrival
  • 75% will be charged if you cancel between 61 and 31 days prior to arrival
  • 85% will be charged if you cancel between 31 and 15 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 15 days prior to arrival

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Cabins

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Upper Deck Stateroom with double bed

Large cabin with double bed (140 cm) on the upper deck. Cabin has fantastic views. private bath, toilet, sink, shower, fan and air conditioning overlooking the Indian Ocean. 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

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  • Size:  12 m²
  • Beds:  1 Double
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  No
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

Standard Stateroom with 2 single beds - Lower Deck - #3 & 5

Bright large cabin with 2 single beds. 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

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  • Size:  12 m²
  • Beds:  2 Single
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  Yes
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

Deluxe Luxury Suite - Upper Deck

1 luxury cabin (double and single bed) with bathroom and private sun / shade terrace, equipped with fan and air conditioning. Panoramic windows on the upper deck. 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

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  • Size:  12 m²
  • Beds:  1 King
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  No
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

Standard Stateroom with 1 double bed and 1 single bed - Lower Deck- #1,2,4,6 &7

Comfortable bright cabins with 1 double bed and 1 single bed. (Nos. 1, 2, 4, 6, 7) are equipped with double and single beds (no bunk beds). Cabin 4 in the bow has an extra large double bed and a single bed. 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

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  • Size:  12 m²
  • Beds:  1 Double and 1 Single
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  Yes
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

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DIVING SERVICES

Equipment

  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Nitrox ($)

Diving Facilities

  • Battery Charging Station
  • Warm-Water Showers
  • Fish Id And Diving Books
  • Spacious Dive Deck
  • Separate Zodiac/Dhoni

Safety

  • Fire Alarm
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Life Jackets
  • Life Rafts
  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio
  • Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Italian

Boat Amenities

Facilities

  • Air-Conditioning
  • Wi-Fi ($)
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • European (2 Pin) Power Sockets

Entertainment and family

  • Games
  • Movies

Activities

  • Land Excursions
  • Snorkeling

Food and drink

  • Buffet
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food

Payments

  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Eur)
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