Amba Liveaboard, Maldives

Excellent boat comfort

“2 x dives with multiple large Manta.”

Lee R, Australia Australia
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Highlights

  • Renovated yearly
  • German Management
  • Western, Thai, and Maldivian cuisine
  • Eco-friendly reusable bottles are gifted to each guest
  • Nitrox license and certification of up to 30 meters are mandatory

The Amba liveaboard offers plenty of indoor and outdoor space. For a maximum of 20 guests on board, there are 10 cabins with individually controlled air conditioning, a fan, and a private bathroom with a sink, shower, and toilet. The upper deck has 2 premium cabins with a large terrace, and 7 more spacious standard cabins are on the lower deck. The standard cabins are equipped with double and/or single beds. A lower deck cabin is in the bow and has a king-size double bed. Communal areas onboard the Amba yacht include the main saloon and dining room, where 3 freshly prepared meals are served daily, along with afternoon snacks/cakes, drinking water, tea, and coffee. The Chefs bake daily fresh Sourdough Bread in the morning for breakfast lovers. The outdoor lounge on the upper deck is perfect for relaxing between dives, and the spacious partially covered sun deck is furnished with sun loungers.

During the week-long Maldives liveaboard trip, 2-3 dives per day are included, including one -or two-night dives (excluding arrival and departure days). In the central atolls of the Maldives, which include Male Atoll, Ari Atoll, Vaavu Atoll, and Rasdoo Atoll, both experienced and very experienced divers can enjoy spectacular reefs, channels, wrecks, manta rays, reef sharks, various rays, large hammerhead sharks, bull sharks, tiger sharks, and many other interesting sea creatures. The dive dhoni accompanies the Amba and offers enough space to put on and store gear and fresh towels after diving.  Before each dive, there is a detailed briefing in English, which can also be translated into German. VAT and fuel charges are included in the price.

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Included: VAT, Airport Transfer, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Night Dives, Nitrox, Land Excursions, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels.

Required Extras: Environment Tax (6 USD per day), Fuel Surcharge (0-100 EUR per activity), Gratuities (25 USD per day).

Optional Extras: Travel Insurance, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Nitrox Course (199 EUR per activity), Rental Gear.

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Boat features

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Rooms with Balcony
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Leisure Deck
  • Bar

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Fine Wines Selection

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
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Shaded Diving Area
  • Free Nitrox

The crew speaks English and German.


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

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Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2023
  • Year renovated 2021
  • Length 34 meters
  • Beam 10 meters
  • Cruising speed 9 knots
  • Engines Volvo Penta / Yanmar 430 HP
  • Max guests 21
  • Number of cabins 11
  • Number of bathrooms 9
  • Tenders 1 Dhoni
  • Water capacity 5000 liters
  • Fuel capacity 4000 liters
  • Freshwater maker 6000 liters per day

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Fishfinder
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Crew trained in first aid

Amba Liveaboard Reviews

  • 8.9 Fabulous
  1. Vessel
    8.5
  2. Crew
    8.5
  3. Food
    9.6
  4. Diving
    8.8
  5. Value
    8.8
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Lee R
  • Australia Australia
Extensive large pelagics diving in currents.

2 x dives with multiple large Manta.

Recommended for
Good passenger / crew interaction. Night dive with large nurse sharks. Easy dive schedule
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Bent V
  • Denmark Denmark
Fabulous

"Almost every dive provided absolutely exceptional experiences. It was incredibly cozy to sit on the bottom and have nurse sharks come up to us. The dives with many mantas were deeply fascinating. The last dive, where we got close to bull sharks, tiger sharks, and plenty of stingrays, was an exciting but also somewhat scary experience. The numerous experiences we had bear witness to a crew with immense knowledge and experience in the area, who had both the courage and expertise to take us to these places. Several of the guests on board Amba had previously been to the Maldives but had never seen as many things as we did on this trip."

Recommended for
Great diving. Lots of sharks and Mantas. Great crew and company on board.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Anna M
  • Australia Australia
Amazing trip!!

I loved this liveaboard! The environment was warm and welcoming! The crew were all fantastic! Alot of laughter was had! The diving locations were brilliant, seeing a wide variety of what the Maldives has to offer! Fantastic, knowledgeable and safety focused guides! I loved the fine details on the boat, private cupboards in the saloon, cool cloths on arrival, amongst many other things. The food was delish! Very much catering to Europeans, which personally isn't my preference, but great nonetheless! I hope to one day join you guys again for many laughs and fantastic diving! I also thought the boat itself was great, an older girl, she was very clean and organised, well renovated, incredibly roomy!! Amba has a lot of character with a colorful crew! Thank you so much Stefan and Co!

Recommended for
Crew, locations, diving
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Mark B
  • Israel Israel
Can't be better!

I highly recommend it! Stephan, the manager and the sole of Amba has three passions: 1. Diving. 2. Cooking. 3. Make his guests enjoy every moment of the safari. All these made our experience unbelievable and unforgettable. Best dive sites, outstanding meals, and permanent care are the overall impression of our stay. Special thanks to Amba's most professional dive guides, who assured the safe and interesting dives in any weather and currents!

Recommended for
Caring by the team. Dive sites. Best diving ladder I have ever used.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Alexander G
  • Germany Germany
Fantastic Crew, well organised and superb diving!

I had the pleasure of staying on this dive vessel for a week in Dec/Jan 23/24. From the first moment you stepped on board you got the impression that this boat is well managed. This is due to Stephan, the manager, and his fantastic crew. They were very attentive and always customer oriented. Guests were well looked after. Diving around the Centre Atols was amazing. Jalal with his 30+ years of diving experience lead the dive guide team supported by Amu and Neo which were my dive guides. They were both fantastic and fun to be around with. Everyone on board spoke English. Communication was excellent and the briefing was detailed and very thoroughly. Food: veg and non-veg food was available. With Stephan being a former Chef himself he paid a lot of attention on food quality and taste. Cabins: I was lucky to have had a cabin for myself due to some cancellations. They were functional and cleaned several times during the day. Overall the AMBA is under great management and a very good value for money with focus on everyones wellbeing which probably attracted the right and more experienced divers who value honest diving over luxury. I will definitely book again!

Recommended for
Management, Diving, Food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Trond S
  • Norway Norway
Friendly, great food, value for money

Manta, sharks, variety of dives excellent 👍

Recommended for
dives, crew, boat - all great
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Pei Li Y
  • Singapore Singapore
Definitely the best I have been on so far

Love the manta night dive and Alimatha jetty dive. Sebastian is very attentive and helpful. Boat crews are very friendly and helpful. Stephen’s cooking is superb!!

Recommended for
Well organised, clean, well planned
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Anthony K
  • Canada Canada
Amazing

Hello beautiful divers is the phrase you wake up to every single morning by Amba Liveaboard, this review is for anyone who's looking for awesome diving and very comfortable (family like) not luxurious Liveaboard. I'm gonna be very specific in my review, here you go: first of all the liveaboard new owner Fabian is one of the most modest, friendly and a very approachable person you could meet with his cruise director Stefan a very punctual and safety first person both of them form a pretty good team. the crew is a family like crew with a beautiful spirit helping every diver guest at their best. Concerning the dive guides: Hassan was one of the most funniest, very helpful and kind dive guide you could ever meet he's a freelancer on Amba but if you get the chance to meet him you'll be well pleased. Bina an SDI instructor well-qualified, very experienced and professional diver who looks out for every single person during the dive. Uwe a divemaster dive guide very reachable, friendly and has good music taste while chilling on the deck, looks out pretty well for his crew while diving. Sebastian a PADI instructor extremally attentive for his group and professional handling anything that could happen very approachable person too. the food is excellent since the cruise director Stefan is a chef you won't have to worry about the food it's always very good. the boat as i previously said is a very family like boat and if you're looking for a nice Diving vacation i would definitely recommend it since the new owner Fabian bought the boat i think Amba would become famous and would succeed a lot with this wonderful team. The diving experience is one of the most beautiful ones you could have. I would definitely be a guest at Amba again.

Recommended for
Diving
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Sven R
  • Germany Germany
Maldives = Always AMBA!

Everything :)

Recommended for
The unmatched positive vibe, professionalism and all people I met during this amazing trip :)
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Annett P
  • Germany Germany
Die Bestatzung war sehr nett.

Wir haben Haie, Mantas und viele Arten von Fischen gesehen.

Recommended for
Der Tauchguide war sehr gut. Man hat versucht auf alle Wünsche einzugehen.