Liveaboard Review

The custom-built lavish liveaboard MV Ambai was launched in July 2012 by the Wallacea Dive Cruises fleet. It is a traditionally designed vessel, constructed from scratch and designed by a marine biologist, Jérôme Doucet, a French-born who used his experience of almost a decade of sailing in the Indonesian Sea. MV Ambai is specifically designed for scuba diving with all the eminent facilities. It assures to provide a comfortable and safe dive cruise adventure. The main itineraries of MV Ambai include Banda, Raja Ampat, and Komodo. These dive sites are considered as the divers’ paradise as it gives an opportunity to explore underwater mountains, corals, pristine reefs, houses of fish, large pelagic, and much more.

Our Overall Review


Things we like:

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    Many people were happy with the diversity of marine life on the dives.
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    Divers said the experience of seeing sharks, mantas and snakes was the highlight of their trip.
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    Many people noted they had a beach cook out that really set the standard for the trip and brought everyone together.
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    The food that was served was delicious and everyone wanted seconds.

Things we don't like:

  • check-markSome divers noted that some locations were lacking in abundance of sea life.
  • check-markDivers said there wasn't some extra large sizes for some of the bigger passengers.

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Diving on the Ambai in Indonesia

MV Ambai – enjoy diving in the diver’s paradise with a luxurious liveaboard

The 32 meters (approx. 105 feet) stylish schooner provides all the vital necessities and is customized according to the divers’ needs. You won’t believe getting all these luxuries for such affordable rates until you experience cruising with Ambai yourself. The stable vessel cruises at the speed of 8 knots/hour. Explore the best dive sites of the Indonesian sea like Banda, Komodo, the Forgotten Islands, and Raja Ampat. All these sites have so much to explore, which makes them the dream of every diver. The Ambai liveaboard gives you an opportunity to enjoy muck diving, wreck diving, underwater mountains, and untouched landscapes. You can also explore vibrant corals, pristine pinnacles and reefs, large pelagic and thousands of fish species.

Boat Interior – stylish exterior with comfortable and furnished interior

MV Ambai is a well-built sturdy vessel, designed and styled to provide maximum comfort to the vacationers onboard. It has the capacity to host 16 passengers in 8 spacious cabins. These cabins can be opted for double occupancy, as it has a double bed and bunk beds. All these cabins are on the lower deck except the 2 master cabins. The 2 master suites positioned on the upper deck are comparatively large in size and provide a charismatic view of the surrounding from the large picture windows. These rooms are embellished with luxurious facilities like a/c with a temperature control system, hot/fresh showers, storage area, and side table with the bed. A daily housekeeping service is provided throughout the stay.

Deck Area – spacious and wide

The splendid vessel has a large dive deck which is partially covered and has a well-placed easy access diving platform. There are individual cabinets, where you can hang the wetsuits and store diving gears. Ambai liveaboard has its personal fiberglass boats which take you to the land excursions and dive sites. The cushioned lounges and chairs on the sundeck are perfect for a short nap or sunbathing. You can mesmerize yourself with the breathtaking vistas of the surroundings while enjoying the massage service.

Food and Entertainment

The indoor salon is a communal area which is incorporated with ultra-modern technologies including a/c, large TV, DVD, mini-library, fish ids, and diving magazine. You can watch and share your diving videos and pictures on the big screen with fellow divers. The dining area is well-designed with a wooden table and chairs and gives a restaurant like-feel. You can enjoy three buffet meals a day with a western and local menu. The food served is not only delicious but also prepared in a hygienic environment by an expert chef. Snacks and multiple beverages are served all day long to make sure no one stays hungry.
When to go

The lavish Ambai offers year-round trips to the best dive destinations in Indonesia. April to August is considered best for Komodo and October to April for Raja Ampat and the surrounding islands. Plan your dive safari vacation with magnificent facilities and safety assurance with the beautiful MV Ambai.

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