MV Empress Liveaboard Review

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MV Empress dive boat review

The Empress II is a liveaboard, mostly specialized in technical diving, which sails the waters of Indonesia. The ship also offers recreational diving trips. The 28 meters dive vessel has been taken over by the ScubaFroggy fleet and will operate and uphold it’s reputation.

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Boat Cabins & Layout

On a regular, individually booked trip, the vessel will welcome up to 9 guests on-board while on a chartered trip, it will allow up to 13 guests. There are 5 cabins, all located on the lower deck and each features either a double bed, two twin beds or a combination of both. Needless to say, this dive boat allows lots of flexibility in term of accommodations.

 You can check the schedule & prices here for other boats sailing in Indonesia.

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Moreover, the cabins all come with air-conditioning and most of them have shared bathrooms. Indeed, only the cabin “D”, which is pictures below, has an en-suite bathroom. The cabins also include fans, plenty of cabinets storage, reading lamps, the pillows and bedding as well as 2 towels per diver.

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Empress’s on-board facilities

The Empress offers and appreciable amount of space where guests can lounge between dives and in the evening. Indeed, the main deck is home to a large dining room, the kitchen and also the living room. On the technical side, the main deck is also where you can find the lift and the decompression chamber.

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Furthermore, there are two sundecks on the outside and both are quite big and comfortable. Indeed, the very top one features mats and bean bags with an open-sky area while the upper deck’s lounge is covered.

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Vessel Layout

The steel hulled vessel is fully equipped for technical diving and features a great layout in term of accommodation. Indeed, the interior’s finish is all in newer teak and iron woods and the furniture, inside and out, is new from the ScubaFroggy fleet’s take over in 2016.

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Scuba Diving with the Empress

The dive vessel is fully equipped for technical diving so if you take either a tech dive trip or a simple recreational scuba diving cruise with them you’ve got it all covered! Indeed, the vessel is more than ready for anything with all the latest and best safety and navigation amenities. There’s a 5 BAR decompression chamber right on board, first aid necessities, compressors, NITROX, Trimix, diving lifts, lifeboats, winches, etc.


Prices vary on itineraries and time of the year. 

Please visit their website for extensive schedule and price list!

Where does this liveaboard dive boat go?

Check out the fabulous places where this dive boat travels to.
Note: some destinations may not be listed below, please enquire for more details.

Komodo Island

Diving in Komodo is all about action! It is BIG fishes land! With wonderful coral, it is just incredible diving all year round.

Komodo Island Diving Review

Wakatobi

Wakatobi has some of the finest coral in the world, amazing biodiversity and one of the best places in the world for macro photography! On the right day, the visibility can be outstanding!

Wakatobi Diving Review

Raja Ampat

Richest Reef in the World, Amazing Biodiversity, Wonderful Coral, perfect place for underwater photography.

Raja Ampat Diving Review

Gili Islands, Lombok

Diving in Gili islands is great for swimming with Turtles! It can also be a great spot to take your next diving course as the dives here are relatively cheap.

Gili Islands, Lombok Diving Review

Lembeh Strait

Best Muck Diving in the World! One of the Best spot in the World for Macro Underwater Photography. Amazing Biodiversity!

Lembeh Strait Diving Review

Bunaken, Manado

Diving in Bunaken is just fantastic for wall Diving, Coral gardens, endless visibility, incredible biodiversity. Also staying on an isolated island is something really special to experience!

Bunaken, Manado Diving Review

Tulamben

One of the best Wreck Dives in the World!!! And the most easy for sure, 30m from the Shore and starts at 4m deep! Fantastic Marine life and great Coral!

Tulamben Diving Review

Pemutaran, Lovina

No current, Good visibility, unusual Marine Life and one of the BEST Diving sites around Bali for Muck Diving: Puri Jati (P.J.).

Pemutaran, Lovina Diving Review

Padang Bai

Night Diving, Underwater Macro Photography, Resident Whitetip Reef Sharks, Huge green Turtles, and crystal clear water! Also a great Snorkelling spot!

Padang Bai Diving Review

Menjangan Island

Menjangan Island is famous worldwide for Wall diving with small caverns to explore. The reef and Coral are also great. A very nice wooden wreck from the 19th century: Anker Wreck.

Menjangan Island Diving Review

Nusa Penida / Nusa Lembongan

One of the best spots in the world to see the rare Mola Mola and the graceful Manta Rays! Big fishes and action with lots of sharks. Very good Visibility and stunning Coral.

Nusa Penida / Nusa Lembongan Diving Review

Candidasa

It is all about action! Big pelagic fishes, hunting action in the current, and many Sharks! Regular seeing of Hammerhead Sharks and Mola Mola!

Candidasa Diving Review

Bali

Diving in Bali is incredible for BIG Fishes, Macro Diving, Drift Diving and Excellent Visibility!

Bali Diving Review

Indonesia

Diving in Indonesia will suit every diver's hopes and desires. In a land of opportunity, dive spots range from those suited to beginner divers wishing to learn in perfect easy conditions to unexplored dive sites with fierce currents for those more experienced divers looking for a challenge.

Indonesia Diving Review

Amed

Magnificent coral, no current, relaxed and easy diving, possibilities for night diving, good place for underwater macro photography, and a great snorkelling spot.

Amed Diving Review

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