The AMBA has been a comfort class diving safari ship for more than 15 years with a lot of individual charm and a very experienced and friendly crew.
Over the years, the crew has grown together and feels like a family. The guests notice and appreciate this very much and are accepted into the family from the very first moment.
The large and well-maintained yacht can accommodate a maximum of 20 guests, mainly from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. as well other english speaking Countries.
Every planned trip is confirmed with only one guest. This offers great planning security for your vacation and is almost unique in the world.
On the various tours, divers have the chance to see spectacular reefs, manta rays, whale sharks, reef sharks, stingrays, Guitar rays, hammerhead sharls, tiger sharks, thresher sharks, whales, bull sharks and a wide variety of small animals as well as a healthy variety of corals and experience unforgettable dives.
Care is taken that divers who have a lot of air are allowed to dive for a long time. There is a maximum of 60 minutes and 50 bar at the beginning of the 5 minutes at 5 meters safety stop.
The large and well-maintained yacht can accommodate a maximum of 20 guests, mainly from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
The ship is 34 meters long and 10 meters wide. With a width of 10 meters and the carefully built-in stabilizers, the AMBA is a very safe and quiet ship. There are a total of 4 floor levels, but for safety the ship is more wide than it is built high.
The motors and generators are very quiet and at night you will hear next to nothing but the sound of the sea. Even the cabins on the lower deck, which are close to the generators, are very quiet at night.
The ship was completely and carefully renovated over several months during the Corona crisis at the turn of 2020/2021 and offers a lot of space and comfort both inside and outside.
In addition to a lot of technical work, new individually adjustable inverter air conditioning systems were installed in the cabins and the entire ship was freshly painted inside and out with a high-quality, non-smelling paint.
During the summer break in June, July and partly in August, renovations and painting will take place again.
The upper deck has two premium and two luxury cabins, on the cabin deck there are 6 further spacious standard cabins with their own bathroom, individually adjustable new air conditioning and an additional fan.
The mattresses and pillows are new, meet a good european standard and are thoroughly disinfected and cleaned before each tour.
The bed linen and mattress covers are washed by a professional industrial cleaner before each departure.
The cabins are equipped with either double beds or single beds. Please ask your tour operator about this or take a look at the cabin categories with the new pictures taken in May 2021 on our website.
The luxury cabins on the upper deck are larger and offer a fantastic view of the Indian Ocean from the spacious private terraces, half of which are covered.
The cabins can be cleaned daily and provided with fresh towels if requested.
We try not to unnecessarily pollute the underwater world with dirty water and therefore ask our guests to use towels several times.
We produce fresh water on board the AMBA ourselves. Two large, recently serviced systems ensure very good water quality that can also be used for brushing teeth. Both fresh water tanks and therefore all connections and pipings are cleaned and disinfected with chlorine before every trip and during the basic cleaning.
On the first day you may still notice a slight smell of chlorine. We certainly don't have any bacteria in the shower water anymore.
In the moderately (26 C) air-conditioned main salon, three fresh international meals are served daily as a buffet. The breakfast is international and the bread rolls are baked on board from fresh dough.
At lunchtime there is a delicious soup as well as a rice or pasta dish, fresh salad, bruscetta, and of course a fresh fruit salad.
In the evening, everything your heart desires is properly served up. Fresh apples, bananas and oranges are available all day. The kitchen crew has been working on board the AMBA for more than 14 years and conjures up the most delicious dishes with fresh products from a local organic supplier who completely dispenses with pesticides. Of course, there is also really freshly caught fish for fish lovers. We support local small fishing families and buy the fish caught on the same day during the tour. Of course, this can also lead to days without fish.
First-class, very pure drinking water, black tea and instant coffee are included in the price. Good wines, cocktails, long drinks, beer, freshly brewed coffee or espresso as well as soft drinks and delicious fruit shakes and Electrolyte drinks as well as homemade iced tea are available at moderate prices from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the bar in the salon.
The covered outdoor saloon on the upper deck offers shade and is ideal for relaxing between dives or in the evening. A large sun deck, which is partially covered, invites you to sunbathe with sun loungers and spacious loungers.
Internet is available on board for a moderate fee. 5 GB for 25 euros.
During the different tours, a maximum of 3 dives per day and a night dive that is included in the 3 dives are offered during the entire tour.
You can see the estimated number of dives in the tour descriptions. Please keep in mind that dives may have to be canceled without replacement. All dives are made by the accompanying spacious escort ship of the VARA. It offers enough space to store the equipment and to gear up the equipment.
A toilet and a fresh water shower are of course available. On board the AMBA, each cabin has its own large compartment in the saloon to store and charge dive computers, cameras, etc. safely and dryly.
Batteries can be charged safely in the compartments, but not in the cabins. Nitrox is mandatory and all guests must be certified for a depth of 30 meters. A minimum of 50 open water dives is expected.
The tours that are taken mainly consist of drift dives and each dive site has an average depth of 25-30 meters. If you are not certified for Nitrox or 30 meters at the beginning of the safari, you can take the courses on board the AMBA with an experienced English-speaking diving instructor.
For safety reasons, we do not offer air fillings and we are very strict about diving safety and diving equipment. Stage or additional sidemount tanks as well as 15 liter tanks with a maximum of 32% Nitrox can be booked cheaply. Before every dive there is an informative but short briefing in English that prepares the divers for the dive. It is not possible to dive on the day of arrival and after the first dive on the day before departure and on the day of departure itself.
We ask that proof of certification (also just a photo) be kept ready at check-in. A logbook does not have to be presented.
In addition to the usual diving equipment, every diving guest must carry a cutting tool, buoy with reel, diving lamp, signal whistle and a dive computer (per diver) with them on every dive.
We do not accept any exceptions and expect that every diver adheres to the given safety rules. If you do not agree, you will not be able to dive on board the AMBA!
Rental equipment is available on board if pre-ordered. We ask divers who have their own dive computer to change their batteries before the tour. Regular servicing of the equipment is a prerequisite. Spare equipment and tools are available in limited quantities. Experienced divers with at least 300 drift dives, 200 of which have to be done in the Maldives, are welcome to dive independently with a diving partner at the same experience level.
In this case we ask you to present a logbook. If the last dive was more than 2 years ago or the diver does not feel safe, we ask you to take a refresher course in a good dive center in advance at home.
One day after arrival, the first thing in the morning is a check dive. During this dive, the dive crew wants to make sure that the divers are able to clear their mask, recover their regulator, and use the buoy from a depth of five meters. We are of course happy to help if the skills are a bit rusty.
Guests with experience of diving appreciate the AMBA because of the relaxed, uncomplicated and competent support provided by the experienced German management. Diving beginners feel very comfortable in the hands of the boat management, the experienced guides and diving instructors because the crew takes care of each guest individually and warmly. Every crew member, even the cooks and room boys, are trained and refreshed annually to become oxygen providers and first aiders. Bit by bit, the management at the AMBA trains every employee who shows interest to become a Divemaster, on the one hand to take care of their future and to take care of new dive guides within the company. On the other hand, to develop a good understanding of the diving community and the diving guests as well as the underwater world. Diving equipment is assembled and dismantled by the guest on board the AMBA. Service is offered to a high degree, diving and ensuring that the equipment is set up correctly, and the guest himself has to;) If you have any disabilities, we are of course always at your side.
To enter and board the AMBA, every guest needs a negative PCR test result that must not be older than 96 hours from the time of departure in their home country. We ask you to read the official information of the Maldivian government before departure. Tourists must also register on the IMUGA website 24 hours before entering the country. If you are already in the Maldives and would like to do a so-called split stay on the Amba, we ask that you provide us with proof of a negative PCR test that must not be older than 24 hours before boarding. An antigen test will not be accepted and those who have already been vaccinated must also show a test.
A Covid-19 test must be taken one day before your departure, depending on the regulations of the airlines or home countries. For this purpose, we are organizing a mobile PCR test team that comes on board the AMBA immediately after entering the port in Male at around 4 p.m. on the day before departure. You will receive the result by email within 10-15 hours. The test costs 100 euros and must be paid for with the on-board bill. In the event that a guest or crew member tests positive, all passengers must be in an isolation hotel for 14 days. This costs between 70 and 200 euros a day and is selected by the Health Protection Agency. Each guest bears the costs for himself. We expressly exclude recourse claims of any kind. On board the AMBA we act according to the hygiene concept for safari ships of the Health Protection Agency (HPA) of the Maldivian government. We offer and expect everyone to be treated responsibly. Passenger and the crew.
The guests will be picked up by the crew at 2 p.m. at counter 14 of the airport. During the crossing to the AMBA the diving equipment is set up. Please pack your diving gear so that you have quick access. When you arrive at AMBA there is a welcome drink and an ice-cold lime towel for refreshment.
If guests arrive earlier at the airport, our partner Hotel Mookai offers a DayStay including transfer in Male for a maximum duration of 6 hours or up to 10 hours at a fair price of either 65 euros or 100 euros per person. Booking is easy with the online check-in as soon as you have booked your trip and the flights have been confirmed.
To check out, guests are asked to leave the ship at 8 a.m. The transfer to the airport starts at 8 a.m. If guests have booked a late flight home, a day stay including transfer can of course also be booked here at short notice on board at the same conditions.
Year of construction: 2004
Length: 34 meters
Width: 10 meters
Engines: Volvo Penta / Yanmar 430 HP
Generators: 2 Fischer Panda 40 KW, 1 Kohler 80 KW
Compressors: 2 Bauer compressors, 1 membrane for Nitrox
Scuba tanks: 12 liters aluminum, 15 liters, DIN valves
Navigation: radio, GPS, depth gauge, 3 captains. With a little luck we will arrive;)
Many languages are spoken on board the AMBA. However, German and English are the main languages. The guests come mainly from German-speaking countries. Of course, we also warmly welcome any other nationality. Asian and Russian divers like to be among themselves and usually book boats where their language is the main language on board.
Please take a look at the price list. Experience has shown that guests take between 400 and 600 euros in cash on board. Credit cards or bank transfers are not accepted. The crew is happy to receive a tip, which experience has shown is 100 euros per diver for short trips and 150 to 200 euros for long trips. Of course, tips are always up to you
We ask you to ensure that you have a valid diving accident and evacuation insurance. A regular foreign health insurance or health insurance usually does not cover accidents related to diving.
In times of the pandemic, it is also advisable to take out Covid insurance or the like.
There is no prejudice on board the AMBA. Everyone, regardless of their origin, religion or sexual preference, is welcome on board and can feel free, safe and warmly welcomed. Gay or lesbian couples or, of course, singles should and can feel absolutely free and safe. If anyone of the other guests is bothered by it, we have a small dinghy or a walk in fridge to linger until a light comes on;)
T-shirts and shorts or skirts are sufficient. It can sometimes rain, so we recommend taking a thin jacket with you. Our crew is very modern and has been used to dealing with tourists for 15 years. So you don't have to make sure that pants are long enough or that the shoulders are covered. There is no dress rule on board. However, it is desirable that shorts and outerwear be worn at mealtime. We strongly advise against taking too much laundry on board. It's hot in the Maldives. Experienced Maldives travelers have 2 shorts and 2 T-shirts as well as pretzels, chocolate and German coffee for the instructor in their luggage;)
1,190 coral islands, which form an archipelago of 26 larger atolls with an extension of 820 kilometers in north-south direction and 120 kilometers in east-west direction. 202 of these islands are inhabited and 87 are exclusive resort islands, and AMBA is right in the middle
Generally warm and humid. The sun shines all year round and the average temperatures are between 29 ° C and 32 ° C. Water temperature between 27 ° and 29 °.
It is strictly forbidden to bring alcohol into the Maldives and is punished with heavy fines.
Porkmeat and pornographic material is also strictly forbidden. Since we have an alcohol license on board the AMBA, we offer a variety of fine wines, schnapps, cocktails etc.
Our prices are very moderate and you are not allowed to consume your own beverages on board the Amba. We also have more than enough coffee capsules and ask for your understanding that we do not allow you to use coffee capsules you have brought with you.
Our Maldivian and Bangladeshi crew is subject to a very strict alcohol ban. We ask not to invite the crew for a beer either. Our European crew Stefan and Chris may see it differently;)
If you still bring a special drop with you and consume it on board, we charge € 20 cork fee per bottle of wine, schnapps, € 40 cork fee and € 2 cork fee per coffee capsule.
On board the AMBA, smoking is permitted in the open stern lounge and on the private terraces of the luxury cabins. The latter of course only for guests who have booked a luxury cabin. To protect non-smokers, we ask smokers to only smoke in this area. Of course, we also have cigarettes ready for sale on board for emergencies.
It goes without saying that drugs of any kind are strictly forbidden in the Maldives and on the ship. We recommend checking the country's import regulations for taking personal medication with you. Please bring a small medicine cabinet with you including seasickness tablets, diving drops and nasal spray. The health system in the Maldives is good. The Tree Top Hospital in Hulhumale meets European standards. Hyperbaric chambers are located on Kuredu, Kuramathi and Bandos.