MV Ambai Liveaboard Review

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MV Ambai dive boat review

The MV Ambai is a traditional diving vessel with a luxurious modern twist. Owned and operated by Wallacea Dive Cruises, the vessel offers the best of Indonesia! The company has been operating in the area since 2002 and has a wealth of local experience.

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Cabins & boat amenities

The Ambai is able to accommodate 16 guests over her wonderfully characterful 8 boutique cabins. Each cabin features air-conditioning and a private ensuite bathroom with hot water shower. The cabins are also available in either twin or double configuration depending on your needs.

You can check the availability and prices for this boat here.
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Moreover, the MV Ambai offers spacious social areas both indoor and outdoor. First, a comfortable air-conditioned salon/lounge area with an audio/video entertainment system. Also, you’ll be pleased to learn that there’s a dedicated camera room on board. Plus, the outdoors have plenty of relaxing space to offer. You can admire the views of the Indonesian islands from both covered and sunny outdoor lounges.

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A scuba diving cruise on the Ambai comes with tasty meals and plenty of drinks options! Indeed, the meals are served buffet style and the food is always plentiful. The cuisine includes a delicious mix of western and local flavors. Plus, there are snacks available all day between meals. Also, both soft and alcoholic drinks, as well as vegetarian options for the meals are available.

 

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The vessel

The vessel MV Ambai was built in 2012 from ironwood and hardwood to the latest standards. The ship is loaded with the very latest facilities. Plus, the 32m long diving liveaboard has a powerful 600hp motor which makes short work of traveling between islands and reefs. The dive boat is equipped with 2 air and 1 nitrox compressor, GPS, radar, radio, and satellite phone. Also, for emergencies, there is all the required equipment including; life rafts, first aid, and smoke detectors.

Furthermore, the MV Ambai’s team is highly customer oriented and will guide you through a memorable journey in Indonesia. Indeed, the crew of 16 are always available to assist you and make your stay as comfortable as possible.

The video below is a sneak peek of a diving cruise on the Ambai!

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Dive Indonesia with the MV Ambai

Predominantly, Ambai cruises the stunning waters of Raja Ampat, Komodo, and the Banda Sea. The name Raja Ampat translates as ‘Four Kings’ and is an archipelago of approximately 1,500 islands in the West Papua province of Indonesia. Put very simply, Raja Ampat offers the most prolific and diverse reefs and aquatic life on the planet. Komodo and the Banda Sea are not far behind, each with their specific draws!

In short, Indonesia is more than:

  • 1,200 fish species
  • 600 coral species
  • 700 mollusk species

Of course, this includes all the big hitters such as sharks and rays! You’re also likely to find octopus, moray eels, cuttlefish, turtles, jackfish, dolphins, emperor angelfish, groupers, goatfish, sweetlips, frogfish, pipefish, lionfish, scorpion fish and even leaf fish! Plus, there are loads of invertebrates such as sea fans, sponges, soft corals, feather stars, hard corals, hydroids, whip corals and colorful nudibranchs.

Indonesia is truly a diver’s playground. However, due to the current and drift dive nature of many of the sites, it’s recommended divers have a few dives logged before visiting.

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Now, diving in Indonesia with the Ambai has many perks! The boat offers outstanding installations and a highly experienced crew to guide you! First, the Ambai comes along with 3 dedicated fiberglass dinghies with outboard motors to pick up and drop divers.

You will get to dive about 3 times per day, plus night dives whenever possible. The dive center onboard the Ambai is well organized and leads to an easy diving preparation. Also, Nitrox is available as well as DIN adaptors, if you’ve brought your own European regulators. Plus, the dive guides speak English, French and Indonesian.


Price starts at 2,434€ – 8 days / 7 nights
Various itineraries also available

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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Dive spots reviews in Indonesia & Komodo Island & Raja Ampat

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Batu bolong is a world class dive site! At the surface, we can just see a small rock with hole in it, but underwater it ...
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This dive site is maybe the most extreme of the Komodo National Park! It is a submerged pinnacle located southeast of La...
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Seraya Secret Dive site is THE best site for macro and muck Diving in Bali! It is a perfect place for night diving in Tu...
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Castle Rock is an amazing dive site in the Komodo Islands! It is a huge pinnacle underwater with a top at 4 m deep. As t...
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Lighthouse is a great dive site! Located in the North of Komodo Island National Park not far from castle rock and crysta...
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One of the best dive sites in Bali for muck diving and macro photography! This shallow black sand bay is host to all sor...
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Tatawa Kecil is a small island and is a magical world class dive site for a drifting! Be careful the current there can b...
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Crystal Bay is a very good dive site in Bali but reserved to experienced divers as the current can be quite strong and d...
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This is one of the best dive sites in Komodo national park. It is the best place to dive with manta rays. From September...
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Ghost bay diving site in Amed is an artificial reef with bottles, wheels, etc. But it is a wonderful place for underwate...

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