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Our tours offer incredibly beautiful diving spots, lots of quiet and unforgettable experiences. There is a very large biodiversity, so both our macro and large fish lovers get their money's worth. Very experienced divers as well as novice divers appreciate the professionalism of the boat management and the diving instructors as well as guides. Instead of making general decisions, decisions are made individually and for the benefit of each individual diver.

 

In 2021/22 the AMBA will offer 3 different tours:

 

 

8 day tour MLE-MLE South and North Male, Felidhoo

 

11 day tour MLE-MLE S-N-Male, Felidhoo, South and North Ari, Rasdhoo

 

12 day tour MLE-MLE S-N-Male, Felidhoo, South and North Ari, Rasdhoo

 

On-board check-in and pick-up from the airports:

 

 

For Male-Male tours, you will be greeted by a English-speaking employee at 2 p.m. in the airport's Counter Number 14 "Mookai Hotel" and brought to the Amba. Since we mainly offer back to back trips, we need the time before 2 p.m. to prepare the ship for the new guests. Earlier check-in is therefore unfortunately not possible. If possible, we ask you to take this into account when booking your flight.

 

 

Additional activities:

 

 

- snorkeling

 

- SUP - Stand Up Paddle board

 

 

Equipment and cabins:

 

 

There is space for up to 20 guests on board. Accommodation is in 6 standard cabins on the lower deck, as well as 2 standard cabins and 2 luxury cabins on the upper deck with a fantastic view of the Indian Ocean. The luxury cabins are larger and also have a private sun / shade terrace. All cabins are equipped with double and / or single beds, individually adjustable brand new air conditioning, fan and private bathroom with sink, shower and toilet.

 

The generously designed sun deck, partly also covered, invites you to relax with its deck chairs and a large sunbathing area. The shade deck, which has been designed in lounge style, is an excellent place to relax after diving.

 

Food is served in the salon three times a day and in the afternoon Snacks and cakes are served. There is also a small library and various games on board.

 

WiFi is available on board for a fee. Diving torches etc. can be conveniently charged in the salon with german power sockets. Please remember to bring a adapter with you.

 

The ship has electricity 24 hours a day with 230 volts.

 

Catering:

 

Full board includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks, cakes and dinner. Drinking water, Nescafe and tea are also included. Above all, our guests praise the good quality and variety of dishes that our chef has been preparing for more than 15 years. Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are to be paid for on site in cash Euro or US Dollar only. Creditcards or banktransfers are not accepted.

 

Diving operation:

 

3 dives from the large Dhoni are offered daily, and one night dive per trip. The dive sites are selected with great care and a short but detailed briefing in English prepares the divers for the dive.

 

On board the Amba diving is only done with Nitrox, air fillings are not offered for safety reasons. SSI-PADI and RAID courses are offered on board and taught in English. The nitrox course can be done in just a few hours. If you plan to take part in a course, we ask you to present a written declaration from your family doctor regarding "no concerns for scuba diving" at check-in.

 

There is no diving on the day of departure. Due to the current Covid-19 situation, it is not possible to dive one day before you are heading back home. In some cases a  Covid-19 test must be taken before you fly to your next destination. We have organised a On board PCR test one day before your departure. The test costs 100 EURO and has to be paid  with the total bill on the last day.

 

 

Requirements for participation in diving operations:

 

-Each diving guest must be certified for a depth limit of 30 meters. We are well aware of the differences between the training organizations and will therefore adapt our decision. (PADI, SSI, CMAS etc.) We kindly ask you to have your certification (also just as a photo) ready at check-in.

 

-Each diving guest must be Nitrox certified for their own safety and for the diving group organization, as we will do not provide tanks with normal air for diving in the future. Courses can be booked inexpensively on board without prior registration. A English speaking SSI-RAID-PADI diving instructor is on board at all times.

 

 

- 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). We do not accept any exceptions! Replacement or 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 required.

 

- The minimum age to take part in a tour is 12 Years

 

- Very experienced divers are allowed to dive independently in the buddy team near a dive guide.

 

- If the last dive was more than 2 years ago or the diver is not sure about her or his experience level , we recommend to take a refresher course in advance.

 

What is included in the trip price?

 

The prices listed are calculated per guest. The tours include 3 dives per day.  Also included in the price are transfers from the departure airport, breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and cakes, dinner, drinking water, Nescafe, tea, towels, room service, weights, air tank (please refer to the nitrox prices) and all dives. The dives are led by English-speaking experienced and certified guides. 

 

Safety:

 

-Fireextinguisher in every room and public areas.

- two evacuation boats

- Fire Alarm in every room

- Radio

- Satelite Phone

- Bilge Alarm

- Nautilus GPS for guides

- Sonar

- Radar

- 24 hour Watchguard Nightshift Duty System operated by the crew

- International certfied Captain, highly motivated and experienced Crew

- weekly emergency trainings

- All Crew are certified Emergency first Responder and Oxygen provider

 

Technical specifications:

 

Length: 34 m

 

Width: 10 m

 

Engine: Volvo, 430 hp

 

2 Fischer Panda Generators, 1 Kohler Generator

 

2 Bauer compressors á 320 liters

 

Nitrox membrane system

 

Nitrox for a fee

 

230 V, German plug

 

Diving Dhoni with toilet

 

 

Board language:

 

German, English, Dhivehi. A English speaking contact person is on site all year round.

 

Covid-19 prevention:

 

Basically, every visitor to the country must submit a negative test no older than 96 hours upon entry. As the operator of the AMBA, we take the safety of the guests and our crew very seriously and have therefore drawn up a detailed hygiene concept. Here are a few main points:

 

 

-Each guest as well as the crew must thoroughly disinfect their hands before they come on board the ship.

 

- In the future, deliveries will no longer be brought on board by suppliers, but by our own crew.

 

- Local carpenters are only allowed on board after a temperature check has been made and the hands have been thoroughly disinfected. A Mask have to be worn at any times for external staff.

 

- Wherever it is not possible to keep a distance of at least 1.5m, we ask both our guests and the crew to wear mouth and nose protection.

 

- Before the guests arrive, the ship is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

 

- Towels and sheets are washed at 90 degrees boil and then disinfected in the rinse cycle by a professional Laundry Company

 

- As usual, rental equipment is treated thoroughly with a disinfectant solution before rental

 

Costs extra:

 

We ask you to take note of the new extra price list on our website.

 

Diving accident and evacuation insurance:

 

We ask you to make sure that you have a valid diving accident and evacuation insurance.

 

Payment on board:

 

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

 

In response to multiple inquiries, we recommend our guests to have around 300-400 euros per guest in cash.

 

Also due to many inquiries the common amount of tip is between 100 and 150 Euro per diver for the entire crew. Foreign Instructors and guides will not be part of the tip, but of course they are very happy if they are taken in consideration.

 

Geography:

 

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.

 

Climate:

 

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 °.

 

Languages:

 

Dhivehi is spoken in all parts of the Maldives. However, most Maldivians also speak English. English is spoken on board the Amba.

 

Currency:

 

The Maldivian currencies are Rufiyaa and Laaree. At the current time (date of creation of this document) the exchange rate is MVR 15.42 per Euro and dollar. One rufiyaa has 100 laarees. The euro and the US dollar are the most common foreign currencies.

 
Local time:

 

In the Maldives it is 3-4 hours later than in the UK, depending on the summer or winter time.

 

Immigration:

 

All visitors receive a free visa for 30 days upon arrival. No prior visa is required. However, the passport must be valid for at least 6 months after leaving the Maldives. Due to the current Covid-19 situation, a negative test result, which must not be older than 96 hours, must be presented upon entry. Also very important is to complete the registration at the IMUGA on our Website at the online check in.

 

Duty free:

 

Duty free shopping is only possible in the departure terminal of Male International Airport. In the lounge there are individual shops for electrical appliances, watches, cameras, fashion, alcoholic beverages, jewelry, tobacco products and much more.

 

Alcohol:

 

It is forbidden to bring alcohol into the Maldives, as well as pork and pornographic material. Since we have an alcohol license on board the Amba, we offer a variety of fine wines, schnapps, cocktails, soft drinks, etc.

 

We ask our guests to not offer any alcohol/beer to our Maldivian and Bangladeshi Crew at any time. All are muslim and not permitted to drink alcohol by law.

 

Cigarettes:

 

On board the Amba, smoking is allowed in the open stern lounge. To protect non-smokers, we ask smokers only to smoke in this area. Not only are cigarettes difficult to come by, they are also very expensive. It is advisable to buy the maximum number of cigarettes in the duty free shop and take them on board. Of course, we also have cigarettes ready for sale on board in an emergency.

 

Drugs and Medicines:

 

It goes without saying that drugs of any kind are strictly prohibited in the Maldives and on the ship. We recommend checking the country's import regulations for taking personal medication with you.

 
Healthcare:

 

The Tree Top Hospital in Hulhumale is a very modern Hospital and has highly developed medical care. Pressure chambers are located on Kuredu, Kuramathi and Bandos.