Empress II Liveaboard, Indonesia

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Explore Indonesia aboard the unique Empress II liveaboard. Constructed of steel, the Empress II is the perfect budget option for diving Komodo and Raja Ampat. She offers many diver comforts, such as an electric lift to lower divers into the water eliminating the need for a giant stride entry. The MV Empress II offers liveaboard dive trips to Komodo National Park, Ambon, Raja Ampat and the Forgotten Islands. Dive with schools of manta rays, see whales breaching at the surface and spot pygmy seahorses in this amazing and diverse region. Nitrox is available but must be ordered in advance.

Topside the MV Empress offers plenty of space for relaxation. Catering to a maximum of 10 divers, there is 1 triple cabin, 3 twin cabins and 1 single cabin on the lower deck. Each cabin has AC and portholes and bathrooms/showers are shared. The main deck features the large dining area, kitchen, living room, shisha lounge and dive lift. The top deck is home to 2 sun decks, one featuring comfortable mattresses and a day bed, and the other with beanbags.

The MV Empress II is a great budget-friendly option to explore Raja Ampat & Komodo. Book your adventure today.


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Included: VAT, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails, Beach BBQ, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Land Excursions, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels, WiFi internet.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (100-250 USD per trip), Port Fees (100-250 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Alcoholic Beverages, Nitrox, Nitrox Course (160 USD), Private Dive Guide, Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses.

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Boat features

  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Camera room with table and charging point
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Free Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Cabins
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Naturalist Itineraries
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Nearly 1:1 Crew-to-Guest Ratio
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • BBQ Area
  • Available for Charter
  • Naturalist Guide

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Wine Available
  • Beach BBQ
  • Welcome Cocktails

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


Diving

  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Tech diving
  • Rebreather Support
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Sidemount Diving
  • Shaded Diving Area

The crew speaks English, German, Russian, Polish, and Indonesian.


Gear Rental

There is diving gear available on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. Show prices.


Drawings & Vessel Layouts

MV Empress Deck Plan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2010
  • Year renovated 2016
  • Length 267
  • Beam 18
  • Top speed 12 knots
  • Cruising speed 9 knots
  • Engines 2 x 8 cylinder DIESEL MM TD 232 V8
  • Max guests 10
  • Number of cabins 5
  • Number of bathrooms 3
  • Tenders 2
  • Water capacity 5 000 l
  • Fuel capacity 22 000 l
  • Freshwater maker 2 x 2400 l/ 24h

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Fishfinder
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Engine room CCTV
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Empress II Reviews

  • 9.2 Superb
  • 48 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    8.7
  2. Crew
    9.1
  3. Food
    9.5
  4. Diving
    9.4
  5. Value
    9.3
  • 7.2 Good
  • Mike B
  • Germany Germany
Nice friendly people, good food, nice diving.

Highlight Diving Place Shotgun in Komodo (sharks + rays) The boot is good for 10 Guests, crew is friendly and helping where needed. I would come again.

Recommended for
Manta Rays, Komodo Dragon, Sunsets
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Chris P
  • United States United States
Excellent experience and I would highly recommend!

I would have paid much more for this experience! Amazing dives and chances to see plenty of sharks and manta rays. The dive locations were perfect and the dive instructors knew exactly how to navigate so we got the best experience. The crew was great and the services far exceeded expectations.

Recommended for
Oz and Jan were extremely professional and great dive instructors; the food exceeded expectations; the marine life was incredible and has to be seen in person
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Peire P
  • France France
So amazing !

Hi, I went on a liveaboard diving cruise on the Empress II with Scuba Froggy, in the Komodo National Park for 5 days. I must say it was really amazing ! 🤩 the boat was very comfortable, and the cabins well equiped. I slept very well on this boat, because of its size, which allons it to be very stable. The interior were modern and everything is made to feel like you are on your own house. I have to speak about the crew. First, Pii and Oz, the 2 instructors, are so nice ! They took good care about everyone, and we became good friends at the end of the trip. They are really professionnal, and I felt good and confident when diving with the strong currents in Komodo with them. Then, the cook : I don't know how it is possible to have such a quality, but what I know is that I ate like a king during all the trip ! Everything was delicious, and the cook know how to mix Indonesian and European cooking, which is great... a huge thank you for that 👌 The diving sites were amazing as well ! The 2 boatsmen of the crew could drive us everywhere, always with the smile ! They were always helping us to get rid of our equipment, and on the boat, we had fun together. Thanks also to the captain for driving us safely to every site, and a huge thank you to the staff Who cared about our rooms, bathroom and toilets I must say that I didnt expect this kind of service on a basic diving cruise, so I am really impressed and I highly recommend this boat and this crew with Scubba Froggy. I will come with you again !

Recommended for
The instructors, the cooking and the diving sites
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Yin Y
  • United States United States
Best diving trip ever!!!

The Empress II was my first liveaboard experience after having done about 50 dives prior and it has really raised the standards for any of my future diving trips! The ship itself is a great size - we had 8 divers on board and it felt cozy but not at all cramped - and the rooms are all spacious and comfortable. It is a really great deal for the price compared to many of the other liveaboard options. The ship's crew was wonderful and everyone worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make our experience smooth from helping set up dive equipment to keeping rooms and common areas clean to serving some of the best food I've had on my entire trip to Indonesia. The diving itinerary itself is also really great and I was amazed by the diversity of dive sites we visited. Our main dive instructors on board were Oz and Jan - they were both phenomenal and very helpful throughout the trip! They provided great briefings about each dive site but also went above and beyond in helping us with any questions we had whether they were related to diving or just the general experience. Pii was the other divemaster and he was tons of fun and was also an expert at spotting the mantas for us ;) I could not have been happier with my experience on the Empress II! You will not regret going diving with them!

Recommended for
Divemasters and crew, diving itinerary, FOOD
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Hitomi K
  • Japan Japan
Great diving, friendly staff and delicious food!

The trip was the right length and swept me off my feet to another world right away. There was a mix up with the admin team and confusion with the pick up as when I called the office they thought we were getting picked up at the hotel I was staying at after the trip. Other than that, one of the best trips I’ve ever had with ideal crew, diving and food. The shop facilities are basic but does the job and was enough for us.

Recommended for
Crystal Rock, Shotgun, great chef!
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Rok B
  • Slovenia Slovenia
Expectations exceeded

We were 8 divers and the boat was quite cosy for this size of a group. Diving was little affected by the weather and currents. Crew and our diveguides did everything to make safe dives possible. They are very experienced and know all the traps of Komodo. The food was just delicious and plentiful. Crew and the diveguides were genuinely friendly and always did their best to make us feel happy. The only downside was the advertised island trekking and barbecue on a beach which didn’t happen because people are not allowed to enter the island anymore. They should update this on the website. The sodas and beer felt a little to expensive. I had a great time!

Recommended for
Diving, food, friendly atmosphere
  • 10 Exceptional
  • AN J
  • South Korea South Korea
Such a nice and valuable memory in Emress II. Suitable for people who wants budget-efficient and nice drift dive.

Staff Jan and Oz and other local staffs (Pii, Niko and others) are very kind and care about guests all the time. I had enjoyed great time in Empress II. The price of this liveaboard is very cost efficient. I recommend to read more information on www.empressdive.com about what they provide. It says free food, free soft-drinks, and free wifi on liveaboard.com site. But it is little bit different with what they actually provide. They provide 4 gorgeous meals during all days. You can drink free coffee, free tea, free fruits whenever you want. But they charge money on canned-drinks.

Recommended for
food, staff, nice dive sites for drift dive.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Tomoko O
  • Japan Japan
Highly recommended

Friendly local staff on board to accommodate your needs and always alert on your whereabouts while diving, enjoyed variety of foods, boat is comfy and clean. Great diving guides, making sure your safety as the current gets pretty rough but made me feel secure while diving. Overall a great experience.

Recommended for
Value for money, delicious food and friendly staff
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Martin B
  • United States United States
Inexpensive way to experience liveaboard diving

The food is incredible. We had a mix of local and western dishes. Tons of fruit and snacks are provided, so you never go hungry. The diving is absolutely stunning. Dive sites are well preserved, and the guides know just where to drop in for a safe and beautiful experience. We saw a ton of diversity underwater. The guides also had to deal with rough seas which meant small changes to the itenerary. The changes were well planned and I didn't feel like I was missing anything. The entire boat staff is really sweet, but also shared a lot of experience. This made the trip feel personal, but also safe and well orchestrated. I'd recommend this liveaboard to anybody looking for a good value and a focus on diving. The only downside: equipment isn't in the best shape and sometimes malfunctioned

Recommended for
The food, the guides, and the location
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Pui Hay Y
  • Singapore Singapore
Cheap and good diving experience

Learning more diving techniques from the experienced dive guides. The chill and welcoming environment throughout the trip. Fantastic food.

Recommended for
The people, food, diving
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Mark T
  • Australia Australia
Brilliant experience, everything was perfect.

Scenery, crew on board, food was awesome, diving guidance and Professionalism of the whole operation. Great value.

Recommended for
Great diving, excellent locations, well run boat.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Angelo N
  • Italy Italy
Absolutely fantastic

The diving were extremely well thought in terms of time and site. Jan, our dive master, was extremely knowledgeable. All dives felt very safe and stress-free. On board, the absolute highlight was the food cooked by Michael and his assistant! Every meal was different and absolutely delicious! We were a total of 5 clients on the boat so our stay was very comfortable. Yes rooms are quite small but for the amount of actual time you spend int he room that does not bother at all. Summarising: ABSOLUTELY recommended!

Recommended for
Diving, food, schedule
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Joanne N
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
diving ok.... crew amazing!!!!

the crew!

Recommended for
The crew, the food, the other divers
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Anna T
  • Germany Germany
Best Raja Ampat "Budget" Liveaboard

Dive site around Misool were just amazing. Food made by Michael is exceptionally good and varies every day.

Recommended for
Choice of Dive Sites, Great Food, Friendliness and Competence of Dive Guide and Staff
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Charles-Henri B
  • France France
Very good experience overall but...some issues : boat with limited spaces, 1 shower & 1 toilet to share among 8 guests ! and poor visibility during the 2nd half of the week

The best times during this trip have been the dives in Misool area, the discussions with other guests, the divemasters and the crew, and the land short expeditions (the viewpoint excursion and the beach beer and barbecue)

Recommended for
1) The crew and the divemasters, 2) the dive sites (but poor visibility in Central Raja Ampat), the quality/price ratio with exceptional food cooked by a dedicated chef
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Rebecca S
  • Sweden Sweden
A very cool and memorable experience.

Seeing mantas!

Recommended for
The divesites, the food and the crew
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Gennaro S
  • Italy Italy
Small boat. Very nice dives. Ok for budget travellers. Ok when not full.

dive sites

Recommended for
Dive sites, being in a small group of people (4 instead of 10) was making us close, food
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Jean-Christophe V
  • Canada Canada
Great diving in Raja Ampat

We had a good trip to Raja Ampat with the Empress II team. The food is plentiful and amazing onboard. The rooms are well organized and comfortable. Diving was very nice in the park, loads of marine life. This experience was very nice even if this is one of the cheapest liveaboard for the area!

Recommended for
Diving, food, staff
  • 10 Exceptional
  • IGUCHI Y
  • Japan Japan
great staff and Delicious Food

really Appreciate Friendly staffs and Excellent chef !

Recommended for
diving, relax, Meal
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Valter S
  • Brazil Brazil
Excellent and attentive crew. They care about everything and everyone, safety and well-being seems to be their motto

Conceive new diving points, coexistence and exchange of experience with other divers from other parts of the world, concern of the crew with the safety and comfort of all.

Recommended for
Excellent accommodation, even being an old boat Excellent briefings and concern with everyone's safety Great choices of dive sites
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Andrew B
  • France France
Excellente à refaire merci mille fois

Qq plongée.

Recommended for
Organisation,plongée magnifique,équipe au top,nourriture délicieuses.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Joanna T
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Brilliant time! Loved it!

This was our first liveaboard experience and it was fantastic. The crew and diving instructors were very friendly and helpful. We felt safe and comfortable in their hands. The food was delicious, we felt very looked after. The diving was incredible...manta rays, turtles and sharks! They made everything so easy and sorted out all the diving gear etc. The lift off the boat made it super easy to get in and out of the boats. The rooms were comfortable and clean. We did our advanced open water course while we were there and it was great. Met some amazing and interesting people on the boat from all over the world. I would definitely recommend diving with these guys. You get to see so much and dive loads..around 4 a day! We loved it..thank you so much xx :)

Recommended for
The people we met, the food, the diving!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Lovisa G
  • Sweden Sweden
Well worth money

The diving, of course.

Recommended for
The dive sites were amazing, the food was great and the crew were so nice!
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Simon H
  • Taiwan Taiwan
Great diving trip in Komodo

Saw my very first Manta Ray in a strong current and then met many of them in Makassar Reef. It’s amazing!!!

Recommended for
Manta Rays, sharks, and relaxing trip
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Serene G
  • Singapore Singapore
From strangers to a big family

This liveaboard has been more than perfect. The crew was superb and they took care of everything for you! The food was amazing and the accommodation was comfortable. The best part of this - they keep you safe (something inexperienced divers - less than 20 logged dives - like me really want to have!). The dive instructors that went along with you have many years of experience and they ensure your safety all the time - from the briefings, to the checks and to the diving itself. We were treated with great hospitality and it really felt like home away from home. In the past 5 days, we grew from strangers to a big family. It was hard to leave because it was the most amazing experience ever.

Recommended for
The electric lift, the hospitality and warmth from the crew and the FOOD
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Nick K
  • United States United States
Great First-Ever Liveaboard Experience!

Batu Balong was an amazing dive site, and it was so great that we got to go two times! We also really enjoyed Makassar Reef. We saw lots of beautiful sea life on all of our dives. The boat itself was simple, but comfortable. The relaxing areas were excellent! Even with a full boat of divers, we didn't feel crowded. Our dive master, Jan, was informative and friendly. We can't say enough great things about the food! Michael--you are a great chef and we enjoyed every meal! The BBQ on the beach on our last evening was an added bonus. It was a great way to celebrate the completion of our dives and relax & chat together.

Recommended for
The dive sites were incredible; the food was delicious and plentiful; and the relaxing areas (especially the sundeck) were wonderful!
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Marcel W
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Nice trip, old boat

Boo Window And fam islands

Recommended for
Boatsman Jan, locations, food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Vincent C
  • France France
Like at home

All the dive site and organisation of the trip

Recommended for
Ambiance , dive site , food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • nicolo A
  • Italy Italy
Incredible experience

the crew is the best, everybody worked so hard for all the guests. the dive sites were incredible, food really good. this boat is the best value for money you!

Recommended for
The crew the dive sites and the food
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Moon Ki K
  • South Korea South Korea
Great Diving

Finding awesome stuff like blue ring octopus, mimic octopus, pigmy seahorse, bamboo shark, etc.

Recommended for
diving, food, friendly staff
  • 8.4 Very good
  • daeseung K
  • South Korea South Korea
Wonderful Trip

Raja ampat is really world's best diving place. I could see amazing coral, a lot of fish. During trip, EmpressII gave me nice service. I and my wife were very satisfied. But the smog made by the boat made me suffer. If it is fixed, I will not hesitate to choose this boat for my next trip.

Recommended for
amazing underwater, friendly crew, nice fodd
  • 7.2 Good
  • Lesley B
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Budget liveaboard

Some beautiful reefs to dive, saw some new creatures which the guide showed us and he knew where to find them. Also saw mantas and mola mola. A lovely shore visit to the pink beach, with an excellent barbecue on another tiny island. The food was really excellent, although soft drinks were charged $2, which was a first for me on a liveaboard. On the downside - only one toilet and shower for guests to share, and the water ran out mid week (we were warned this may happen, so its probably a regular occurrence, in which case I wondered why the kitchen staff left taps running and sinks overflowing!). I chose this boat as it provided Nitrox, but there was none, and the hired kit was in poor state (neither dump valve worked on my BCD, zips broken on wetsuits). Polish was the main language, so I was slightly marginalised being English - but maybe this is the same on any liveaboard where there is a group booking. Overall good; you get what you pay for so if you want economy and are prepared to queue for the toilet or shower, the staff are committed to safe diving - and that's what I went for, not luxury.

Recommended for
The crew members were really friendly and fun; food was great; good itinerary
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Yoanna L
  • China China
Kid-friendly

My 12YO son and I had a good experience with Empress II this summer. Both Thomas and Michael are very patient helping my son get his AOW. My son loves them and had fun playing cards with them every night. Michael is very professional and serious about the safety of each diver. Thomas is fun and easy to get along with. The rooms are not luxury but functioning well. Food is good. Instructions are clear. Hope the company grows and we divers have affordable options diving in Komodo and Raja Ampat!

Recommended for
Cost-efficient trip, friendly crew, fun people
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Zack K
  • United States United States
Amazing Experience on the Empress II!

All around amazing experience upon the Empress II Liveaboard. Did the 4 nights 3 days of incredible diving in Komodo. Everything from massive mantas to turtles to swarms of fish everywhere. The crew were professional and very fun. Wish I could go back! Definitely, recommend it to anyone looking for a liveaboard at a great price!

Recommended for
Crew, Diving, and Value for Money!
  • 6.4 Review score
  • Yu M
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong
Good value

Great healthy coral reef, very good diving condition. And the schedule very good for people do not have long holidays.

Recommended for
Friendly crew; not much divers; good diving environment
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Martin A
  • New Zealand New Zealand
Fantastic affordable dive trip.

All the dives and the Komodo dragons

Recommended for
The diving, crew and food
  • 7.2 Good
  • Aymeric L
  • France France
Great diving in Komodo

Spotted sharks mutiple times and Manta rays!

Recommended for
Cabin size, diving destinations, small diving group size
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Ngung Chia S
  • Singapore Singapore
Excellent dives and staff; Average boat

Excellent dive sites and saw turtles, sharks (plenty), mantas, eagle rays, all sorts of fishes ... Dive guides extremely knowledgeable and avoided many direct currents. Stayed for two consecutive trips in a fan room. Overall facilities especially dive elevator - save trouble of climbing back into boat after diving. Divers however need to take quick showers otherwise fresh water will be a concern.

Recommended for
Dive Sites, Dive Guides, Staff
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Ngung Chia S
  • Singapore Singapore
Excellent dives and staff; Average boat

Excellent dive sites and saw turtles, sharks (plenty), mantas, eagle rays, all sorts of fishes ... Dive guides extremely knowledgeable and avoided many direct currents. Stayed for two consecutive trips in a fan room. Overall facilities especially dive elevator - save trouble of climbing back into boat after diving. Divers however need to take quick showers otherwise fresh water will be a concern.

Recommended for
Dive Sites, Dive Guides, Staff
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Wae Jan K
  • Malaysia Malaysia
Fantastic diving, great crew and comfortable boat

The crew was very knowledgeable of the dive sites while also ensuring safety of the group including inexperienced divers. We had a great time on board Empress and would definitely like to come back

Recommended for
Mantas mantas mantas
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Maxime C
  • Canada Canada
Value for your money

Night dive in Komodo are extraordinary. Even if it is a challenging itinary, crew on board know everything in this area. Under the sea they are great to communicate. Go with this crew with confiance. Each year there is missing diver at Komodo. We were witnesses of a disappearance in the currents of a diver of another liveabord on July 13, 2017. Believe me you want a team of confidence and security to dive in Komodo. | N'hésitez pas à réserver avec cette équipe, de plus si Audrée accompagné votre groupe vous aurez la chance d'avoir toutes les infos en français!

Recommended for
Vegetarian food, security , crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Ching Yi Y
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong
Great experience

The crew is professional when it comes to diving and boat safety, but they were also a lot of fun to hang out with and are a friendly and easy going. We met great people on the boat from all over and had a wonderful experience diving and socializing with everyone. The dive sites we visited were absolutely amazing!!! Saw lots of turtles and manta rays!:) Dolphins were visible from the surface. The water was wonderful, boat accommodations were a bit small but clean and had everything we needed. Food was delicious. Do yourself a favour and book this dive safari with Empress II:)

Recommended for
dive sites, friendly divers, crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Nana Fie S
  • Denmark Denmark
Amazing diving, delicious food and great staff

Diving, diving and more diving

Recommended for
Diving, good food and lots of fun
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Sonny C
  • United States United States
Awesome

Mantas Sharks and currents

Recommended for
Price Dive sites and crew
  • 8.0 Very good
  • GILBERT C
  • Malaysia Malaysia
Value for Money

Schedule for the dive safari is well mixed with others activities such as Hiking to the Stingless Jellyfish Lake and Raja Ampat Lookout point. Should include Kayaking activities in future schedule.

Recommended for
Good Safety / Good Service / Availability of Lift equipment
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Patrick M
  • Germany Germany
Absolutely amazing trip

The helpful, friendly and fun crew made our Raja Ampat trip in March 2017 an unforgettable time. Our room was very nice, the food was absolutely amazing and plentiful and the dives were planned and briefed very well. We couldn`t have wished for anything else and we'd highly recommend this ship for anyone who looks for an individual experience in an relaxed atmosphere due to the small number of divers on board. We may be back on board any time soon. Thanks again for the great time!

Recommended for
Eat/Sleep/Dive