General Informations:

 

Arrival at Male Airport:

Upon arrival in Male, you as our guest will be meet and greet by our Male staff at the exit from the arrival hall at the airport with a signboard “ AMBA-Maldives” and you will be accompanied either directly to the „AMBA-Maldives“ or to the domestic flight ... depending on your booked route, to get to the boat. If you have a stay at a resort / guesthouse / safari boat before your stay on „AMBA-Maldives“, you will be picked up by our staff at the destination’s domestic airport after this stay and brought to the boat. If your tour starts from Male, you will receive a meeting point and time from our staff.

 

On the return journey from Amba to Male Airport:

The domestic flights are timed so that the international flights from Male are easy to reach. You can be back in Male starting from around 7:00 in the morning.

 

For guests who fly home from Male in the evening:

Check out from „AMBA-Maldives“ is 8:00 a.m. at the latest. You can fly straight to Male at around 10:00 a.m. and possibly visit the main island of Male or spend the day at the pool at the Airport Hotel HIH or in a guesthouse in Hulhumale. Depending on availability, it is possible to stay on board for a fee of EUR 50.00 per person until afternoon. 

 

The Ship:

„AMBA-Maldives“, the only safari ship in the North of the Maldives for over 16 years, offers an unforgettable diving holiday away from mass tourism under German / Bavarian management. The ship is getting refurbished during the summer months every year. „AMBA-Maldives“ offers you a generous amount of space both indoors and outdoors. There are 4 out of 10 cabins on the upper deck and 6 spacious cabins on the lower deck.

 

Do you want to have a dive site all to yourself, don't want to meet other divers? Then you are exactly right with us.

The colorful North offers incredibly beautiful dive sites, a lot of peace and unforgettable experiences. There is a very large biodiversity, so both our macro and big fish lovers get their money's worth. Only „Amba-Maldives“ is been cruising to the dive sites in the Haa Alifu Atoll and Haa Dhaalu Atoll, in the far North of the Maldives, around 280 km from Male and can be reached in just 45 minutes non-stop flight (85 minutes with a stopover) by propeller plane. The main routes of the ship are in Haa Alifu and Haa Dhaalu Atoll, but also offers regularly special tours to the Baa and Raa Atoll starting from Hanimaadhoo. Popular manta and whale shark spots like "Hanifaru" are located there. From Male, there are also special tours to Raa Atoll and some "Classic Route - Central Atolls" tours, where no domestic flight is required. Remote reefs with manta rays and reef sharks, but also stingrays, guitar rays, leopard sharks and a variety of "Critters", which are more typical of Indonesia, invite you to unforgettable dives. Underwater photographers especially appreciate the large, colorful fields of soft corals in the North of the Maldives.

 

Additional activities:

- - Beach BBQ (depending on weather conditions and route)

- - Visit a local island (depending on weather conditions and route)

- - snorkeling

- - SUP - Stand Up Paddle board

 

Equipment and cabins:

Up to 20 guests can be accommodated on board. Accommodation is in 6 standard cabins on the lower deck and 2 standard cabins and 2 luxury cabins on the upper deck with a fantastic view of the Indian Ocean. The luxury cabins are more spacious and have their own private sun / shade terrace. All cabins are equipped with double and / or single beds, individually adjustable air conditioning, fan and private bathroom with sink, shower and toilet. There are enough towels in the bathroom, sun towels for the sun deck and fresh towels for the diving dhoni are provided.

The generously designed sun deck, partially shadowed, invites you to relax with deck chairs and a large sunbathing area. On the shadow deck, designed in lounge style, you can relax really well after diving.

In the saloon, food is served several times a day or you can meet at the bar. There is also a small library, magazines and various games. WiFi is available on board for a fee. Diving lights etc. can be conveniently charged in your locker inside the saloon. The ship has 24 hours of electricity with 230 volts and German sockets.

 

Catering:

The full board includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner, as well as drinking water, coffee and tea. Our guests especially praise the good quality and variety of the dishes that our cook has been preparing on board for more than 13 years. Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages must be paid on site.

 

Itineraries:

Different routes are offered depending on the season, these are adapted to the weather and sea conditions. „AMBA-Maldives“ cruises mainly in the Haa Alifu and Haa Dhaalu Atoll. In the Manta season  From October to November, there are tours to Baa Atoll, where the famous manta and whale shark spot "Hanifaru" is located. We also go on tours to the Raa Atoll and 10 nights of "Best of North" tours. From April, when the sea can get a little rougher again, we are on the Amba again in the far North (Haa Alifu and Haa Dhaalu Atoll) ... there the atolls are smaller and more protected. The 7-night turns run from Sunday to Sunday. In addition to the fixed arrival day, an individual arrival is also possible upon request and at additional cost.

 

Diving operation:

Every day 2-3 dives are offered from the Dhoni and if possible one night dive depending on the route and replacing a day dive per week (in total on a 7 night tour up to 17 dives). The dive sites are selected with great care and a detailed briefing provided in German and English will prepare the divers for the dive.

Nitrox is mandatory on board. Courses are offered on board.

On „AMBA-Maldives“ no diving on the day of arrival and departure.

 

IMPORTANT: Diving accident insurance is compulsory. This can be purchases on board. The minimum requirement to participate in the diving program is 30 logged open water dives and the last dive should not be more than 1 year ago. Every diver needs complete diving equipment including diving computer, reef hook and buoy with at least 5 meters of rope.

 

Safety:

CB set, GPS, cell phone, depth gauge, radar, first aid, oxygen, life jackets, fire extinguisher, smoke detector.

 

Technical specifications:

- Length: 33 m

- Width: 10 m

- Engine: Volvo, 430 HP

- 2 Fischer Panda generators, 1 Kohler generator

- 2 Bauer compressors, each 320 liters

- Nitrox membrane system

- Nitrox for a fee

- 230 V, German plug

- Diving dhoni with toilet

- Rental equipment available

 

On-board language: German, English, Dhivehi and Thai. A German contact is on site all year round

 

Payment on the spot:

Payment on board (green tax, drinks, nitrox, WiFi etc.) is only possible in cash in Euros or USD (or Maldivian Rufiyaa), credit cards are not accepted.

 

Medical support: 

The Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) in Male has a very high medical standard, as does the ADK and Tree Top Hospital. Pressure chambers are located on Kuredu, Kuramathi and Bandos.

Only the most necessary medicines for emergency care are available on board the Amba. It is therefore strongly recommended to bring your own first-aid kit with funds such as against stomach and intestinal problems, ear drops, seasickness, cold and of course your own medication.

International health insurance is recommended. Diving accident insurance is compulsory and can be purchased on board.

 

Climate and clothing:

The Maldives have a tropical, humid climate all year round. The average temperature is 28 ° C all year round. Every now and then, there are heavy rain showers and wind. Therefore, a jacket should be in your luggage. Otherwise, light clothing such as shorts and a T-shirt are sufficient enough.

 

If you have any questions, we are of course happy to help.