Why you should choose Amba:
Offering a mix of Maldivian, Asian and Western Cuisine with freshly baked goods this recently renovated Liveaboard offers Free Nitrox and GST included in the trip price.

Amba liveaboard provides ample indoor and outdoor space for up to 22 guests in 11 cabins each equipped with individually controlled air conditioning, a fan, and a private bathroom with a sink, shower, and toilet.
On the Upper Deck, there are 4 Upper Deck cabins consisting of 2 lux cabins with a double bed and a private balcony and 2 Upper Deck Standard cabins, one with a double bed and one with 2 single beds in a bunk bed configuration, whilst the Lower Deck houses 4 cabins with a double bed and a single bed, 2 cabins with twin beds only and 1 bow cabin with a double bed.

The week long Maldives liveaboard trip includes 3 dives per day, including one or two-night dives (excluding arrival and departure days).
Divers can explore the best the central atolls of the Maldives — Male Atoll, Ari Atoll, Vaavu Atoll, and Rasdhoo Atoll experiencing spectacular reefs, channels, wrecks and encounters with manta rays, reef sharks, various rays and potentially hammerhead sharks, bull sharks and tiger sharks along with many other fascinating sea creatures.
A dive dhoni accompanies the Amba, offering ample space for gear storage and fresh towels after diving.
Detailed dive briefings are provided in English before each dive.

In addition to diving, guests can take advantage of opportunities for beach excursions to explore the pristine islands and beaches of the Maldives.
Overall Amba Liveaboard provides a perfect blend of comfort, adventure, and hospitality, making it an ideal choice for those looking to explore the beauty of the Maldives both above and below the water.

Communal areas on the Amba include the main saloon and dining room, where guests are served three freshly prepared meals daily, along with afternoon snacks, drinking water, tea, and coffee.
Dining on board the Amba is a delight, with meals prepared using fresh, local ingredients, offering a variety of international and Maldivian dishes and the dining area provides a wonderful setting for enjoying meals while taking in the breathtaking ocean views.
For breakfast lovers, chefs bake fresh sourdough bread each morning.
The upper deck's outdoor lounge is ideal for relaxing between dives, and the spacious, partially covered sun deck is furnished with sun loungers.

Some of the most frequently asked questions about the Maldives.
When is the best time to dive the Maldives - How to get to the Maldives - The top 10 reasons to join a Liveaboard in the Maldives - Maldives Diving and the Dive sites - What are the advantage of a Liveaboard over Shore diving - Information about the Maldives - Are these trips suitable for non-divers / snorkellers - The Latest Maldives Travel Information - Other general FAQs

Amba - schedule

Amba - prices and what's included

Prices are per person per trip and based on 2 persons sharing a cabin.
Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the time of year, destination and the length of the trip and sometimes special offers are available.

The trip price includes :
Short travel transfer from the airport and back to the airport.
3 dives per day (Approx 16 dives per week).
Diving weights, 11.1-liter cylinder filled with Nitrox.
Dive guide service, with a ratio of 10:1.
Experienced diver can request indirect supervision.
Daily room service. Towels, Shampoo, Body and Handwash are provided.
Full board with breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner. Drinking water, coffee, tea.
GSTax 16%

The trip price does not include :
Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages (Juices are served only for breakfast)
Larger 15-liter cylinder and rental gear
Service charge 28 dollars per guest and per night (No additional tip is expected)
Green tax 6 US$ per guest per night
Dive insurance is mandatory as is your own personal dive computer (You can rent one for the trip if you do not have your own).
As well as the Mandatory Dive Insurance we highly recommend Trip and Travel Insurance on the off chance of missed or cancelled flights / lost baggage, documents, money or passport / Covid issues or any other unforeseen problems that could possibly occur.
Dive Assure Insurance offers cover for all these eventualities as well as complete Dive Insurance all in one package.

Single Occupancy Offer:
If you would prefer a private room there is a single supplement of +65% in addition to the displayed trip price (165% of the advertised trip price) due to each cabin normally being for 2 persons.
If you are a solo traveller and are happy to share then you are charged at the normal advertised rate and you wil be allocated a cabin buddy, who will be another guest, by the cruise director once on board.

If you are a non-diver, there will be a 10% discount from the advertised trip price

Diving Equipment Rentals per day in USD
Full Set (regulator, octopus, BCD, wetsuit, mask, fins, dive computer) $50
Regulator with octopus $12
Computer $12
BCD $12
Wetsuit (shorty 3mm) $12
Mask $12
Fins $12
Torch $12

Booking Payment and Cancellation Terms and Conditions.
Booking deposit: 30% of your invoice total is required within 7 days of booking to confirm your booking.
Final payment of 70% is due to 90 days prior to the departure date to complete your invoice payment.
Individual bookings made less than 90 days before the departure date will be payable in full upon booking to confirm your booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already paid.
Payment can be made via Credit or Debit card (Visa, AMEX, Mastercard), Revolut pay, Wise, Bank transfer or Apple and Google pay at no extra charge.

Amba - cabins

Amba liveaboard provides space for up to 22 guests in 11 cabins each equipped with individually controlled air conditioning, a fan, and a private bathroom with a sink, shower, and toilet.
On the Upper Deck, there are 4 Upper Deck cabins consisting of 2 lux cabins with a double bed and a private balcony and 2 Upper Deck Standard cabins, one with a double bed and one with 2 single beds in a bunk bed configuration, whilst the Lower Deck houses 4 cabins with a double bed and a single bed, 2 cabins with twin beds only and 1 bow cabin with a double bed.

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    Upper Deck Lux Double / Twin Cabin

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    Upper Deck Lux Double / Twin Cabin

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    Upper Deck Twin Bunk Cabin

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    Lower Deck Bow Cabin

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    Lower Deck Double / Twin Cabin

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    Lower Deck Double / Twin Cabin

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    Lower Deck Double / Twin Cabin

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    Lower Deck Double / Twin Cabin

Upper Deck Lux Cabin
The spacious upper deck cabins with a private and secluded terrace overlooking the Indian Ocean make your Maldives diving safari an unforgettable experience.
Enjoy the dive-free time in a private atmosphere on your own private sun terrace.
The cabins feature a generously sized sleeping area with individually adjustable air conditioning, a fan, and a private bathroom with a hot water shower, hand basin, and western toilet.
The upper deck cabins can only be booked as a single or double cabin.
Triple occupancy is not possible.

Upper Deck Standard Bunk Cabin
The spacious upper deck bunk bed cabin has a beautiful bathroom with hot water, a western toilet and a spacious fresh water shower.
The lower berth in the sleeping area is 200 cm long and 120 cm wide. The upper bed is 200 cm long and 90 cm wide.
The large windows of the cabin can be opened to enjoy the sensational view of the Indian Ocean.

Upper Deck Standard Double Cabin
The slightly smaller upper deck double bed cabin, as well as the upper deck bunk bed cabin, feature a nice bathroom with hot water, a western toilet, and a spacious freshwater shower.
The bed in the sleeping area is 200 cm long and 140 cm wide.
The cabin’s large windows can be opened to enjoy the sensational view of the Indian Ocean.

Lower Deck Standard Cabin
In the lower deck, there are 7 additional cabins with a very comfortable space offering. 4 cabins have a double bed and an additional single bed. 2 cabins are equipped with two single beds each.
A large bathroom with shower, toilet, and hand wash basin is available in each cabin.
Each cabin has individually adjustable air conditioning, an additional fan, and ample storage space for your luggage.
One of the 7 cabins is the bow cabin.
A very spacious cabin with a large double bed in the middle. Of course, this cabin also has its own bathroom and individually adjustable air conditioning.
All cabins can only be booked as a single or double cabin.
Triple occupancy is not possible.

Amba - itineraries

Please choose your Itinerary
The Best of Central Atolls 7 nights
The Best of the North 11 nights (Male to Hanimaadhoo)
The Best of the North 11 nights (Hanimaadhoo to Male)

Arrival and departure questions and answers..

What is the ideal check in time ?
12 pm
What is the earliest check in time ? - The earliest collection pickup is at 12:00 p.m
What is the latest check in time ? - There is no "last call" check-in time.
Guests are to meet the tour leader at the airport by noon, but, however, they are flexible and will pick up guests at any time after noon if your flight arrives late.
Where are you met on the day of boarding ? - The meeting point is at the Airport Burger King Restaurant at the airport.
Is there a check out dive on the boarding day or it is the following morning ? - The first dive is the morning after the boarding day
What time does diving end on the day before check out (how many dives on the last day) ? - There is 1 dive finishing about 9am on the day before disembarkation to allow 24 hours no fly time.
What time is check out on the last day ? - 6.30 - 9.30am, Transfer option 1 takes place at 6:30 a.m, Transfer option 2 takes place at 09:30 a.m. (late check out is not available)

Once on board Amba, guests are greeted with a welcome drink and a short briefing, after which you can immediately move into your cabins.
A few hours later, guests are invited to check in and set up their diving equipment.
The detailed boat safety briefing takes place in the evening after dinner.
Between arrival and dinner, freshly baked butter cake and homemade sandwiches are served for those with a small appetite.
During check-in, guests can order rental equipment, which is as good as new and always well-maintained. Pre-orders are not necessary.
The detailed diving safety briefing takes place the next morning and lasts approximately 30 minutes.
All other briefings are short and last no longer than 5 minutes.

All the "Best of Central Atolls" trips with Amba start and end in Malé, the capital of the Maldives.
Guests are conveniently picked up from the airport by the diving boat and returned at the end of the tour, eliminating the need for domestic flights for these tours.

The "Best of the North" tours begin either from the home port in Malé to Hanimaadhoo with the return trip via domestic flight or the opposite direction tour starts in Hanimaadhoo and returns to Malé by boat.
Domestic flights for these tours are arranged by the ship operator and are paid in cash on board at a rate of 200 euros per person.

Near the first anchorage, there is an opportunity to refresh diving equipment and skills at an easy dive site at the beginning of the tour.
Typically, there are three dives a day, although this may be reduced to two in the event of channel crossings or bad weather.

We recommend that you check your travel insurance will cover anything interrupting your travel plans as well as offer great dive insurance
We recommend Dive Assure Insurance as it offers cover for all these eventualities as well as complete Dive Insurance all in one package.

Some of the most frequently asked questions about the Maldives.
When is the best time to dive the Maldives - How to get to the Maldives - The top 10 reasons to join a Liveaboard in the Maldives - Maldives Diving and the Dive sites - What are the advantage of a Liveaboard over Shore diving - Information about the Maldives - Are these trips suitable for non-divers / snorkellers - The Latest Maldives Travel Information - Other general FAQs

Amba - diving

Arrival and departure days are dive-free on Amba but on all other days, guests have the opportunity to dive three times a day and explore the underwater world of the Maldives.
During long channel crossings, which are infrequent, there are only two dives per day.
Each week includes an exciting night dive as part of the usual three dives.

To ensure the safety of all guests, strict diving safety protocols are in place, and a professional attitude towards diving is expected.
This includes a certification for diving up to 30 meters and a Nitrox certification, as all dives are conducted with Nitrox.
Divers who completed their training many years ago are advised to verify that their certifications are up to date.

A minimum of 50 dives is required, and diving is done in two groups of up to 10 guests each.
These are guided groups, meaning divers follow the guide in a buddy system but must also be able to ascend safely on their own.
Experienced divers familiar with the Maldives who wish to dive independently can register with the tour guide at the beginning of the tour.

Professional diving equipment required includes a diving suit, head hood, mask, snorkel, buoyancy compensator, fins with booties, surface marker buoy, signal whistle, cutting tool, current hook, Nitrox-capable dive computer, compass, and a regulator with an alternative air source.
Gloves can be brought but are requested to be worn only on dives where tiger sharks are expected.
On all other dives, guests are asked to refrain from wearing gloves.

Some of the most frequently asked questions about Maldives Diving
When is the Best time to Go / Maldives Dive Seasons
About Maldives Diving and the Dive Sites
How to get to the Maldives
The top 10 reasons to join a Liveaboard in the Maldives
What are the advantage of a Liveaboard over Shore diving
Are these trips suitable for non-divers / snorkellers