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MV Empress

Explore Indonesia aboard the unique Empress II liveaboard. Constructed of steel, the Empress II is the perfect budget option for diving Komodo and Raja Ampat. She offers many diver comforts, such as an electric lift to lower divers into the water eliminating the need for a giant stride entry.

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MV Empress Liveaboard

The Overall Review

We spent 7.4 hours reading reviews from experts and divers about MV Empress Liveaboard.
In summary, this is what divers think:

The MV Empress liveaboard, Indonesia
MV Empress Liveaboard
Good Liveaboard

4 reasons to dive

  • Many people said the cabins were spacious and very well maintained.
  • Some divers said the crew was very helpful whenever they went on a dive and came back.
  • Some people stated that the food was good and everyday something new was prepared.
  • Many people said they would return to this liveaboard.

1 reasons NOT to dive

  • A couple of people noted that the engine was a disturbance for cabins in close to the room.

Key facts

Year (re)built: 2016
Max divers 10
Internet Yes (free)
Nitrox Yes ($)
Rental equip. Yes ($)
Camera station Yes
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes


The avarage price for diving with this liveaboard is
per day.

We've calculated this price based on a 7 day stay.
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    Boby Taylor

    Liveaboard Director

    Boby has been diving and guiding on liveaboards since 2005, and love it

    Ron Simon

    Dive instructor/Liveaboard director

    Ron has been a Cruise Director on 10+ Liveaboards throughout the world and has a keen understanding...

    Torben Lonne

    PADI Instructor

    Torben is the Editor of Divein and a true water lover. 


  • Explore Indonesia aboard the unique Empress liveaboard
  • A liveaboard built for diving, focused on diving comfort
  • The perfect budget option for diving Komodo National Park, Ambon, Raja Ampat and the Forgotten Islands
  • Superb diving in remote areas
  • Manta rays, whales breaching the surface, pygmy seahorses
  • Entertainment between dives, both on deck and on land!
  • 2 sundecks, a Shisha Lounge and a cinema under the stars
  • Unique extra surface support for technical diving
  • Nitrox, rental equipment and dive courses available
  • Rebreathers friendly
  • Internet free of charge

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Description and details

Diving on the MV Empress in Indonesia


This is a ‘down to earth’ option, built for exploration, Wreck and Technical Diving and, unusually, it organizes diving trips, among others, to Flores and Komodo, Raja Ampat and the Java Sea. You can join one of the itineraries, very different than other liveaboards in the area.


The Empress, a unique steel vessel, sails the waters of Indonesia. The ship offers recreational trips for all types of diving. The 24 metre dive vessel has been taken over by the Scuba Froggy Fleet, well known for its excellent service, and it uphold reputation.

On a regular individually booked trip, the vessel will welcome up to 9 guests on-board while on a chartered trip, it will allow up to 13 guests. There are 5 Cabins all with air condition, all located on the Lower Deck and each features either a double bed, two twin beds or a combination of both. Needless to say, this dive boat allows lots of flexibility in term of accommodation. Most of the cabins have shared bathrooms. Indeed, only cabin “D”, has an en-suite bathroom. The cabins also include fans, plenty of cabinets storage, reading lamps, pillows and bedding as well as 2 towels per Diver.

The Empress offers an appreciable amount of space where guests can lounge between dives and in the evening. The Main Deck is home to a large Dining Room, the Kitchen and also the new Shisha Loungea cozy shadowed area with mattresses, chess, fans, ect. where the guests can spend their chill-out time and watch movies (TV screen + video available).

There are two Sundecks, both are quite big and comfortable. Indeed, the very top one features mats and bean bags with an open-sky area, while the Upper Deck’s lounge is covered.

The steel hulled vessel is fully equipped for technical diving and features a great layout in term of accommodation. Since the Scuba Froggy Fleet’s took it over in 2016, the interior’s finish are all in teak and ironwoods and the furnitures, inside and out, are all new.

Boat features
  • Laundry Service
  • Leisure Deck
  • Shaded diving deck
  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Photography Station
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Separate rinse for u/w camera
  • Camera room with table and charging point
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms

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