Amba is the first and currently an only liveaboard that operates diving liveaboard trips in the Northern Maldives - Haa Alifu atoll. Run by a professional German team, it can accommodate up to 20 guests.
Amba is a professional wooden dive liveaboard, with 33 meters in length and 10 meters in breadth. Since 2004, it started to offer divers the chance to dive in the far Northern Maldives, and till now, it is still the only boat that operates in Haa Alifu atoll.
Amba build a stabilizer system directly in the hull to prevent swings of the ship at rough sea. With its deep keel and weight, will make the cruise very comfortable and smooth even at the rough sea.
On the main deck, there is the large salon with TV, Stereo, DVD, telephone, board games, library, battery charging station (24 h. 220 Vac Power), bar, covered deck (60 sqm / 645 sq ft), coffee shop, modern Nirosta-kitchen ( 20 sqm / 215 sq ft), storerooms, captain and crew areas.
The upper deck is a perfect place for sunbathing and leisure, with 50sqm in size and equipped with lounge chairs, table and chairs to enjoy the sun and shadow!
Amba also can provide a weekly BBQ night on an uninhabited island during the trip.
In addition, all diving is done from the dive dhoni boat, which provide comfort and function at the same time. All the equipment stay in the dive dhoni (compressors, tanks etc.) in order to keep the noise away from the main boat when filling the tanks.
Amba has 10 spacious guest cabins onboard, it can hosts up to 20 guests per trip :
All cabins are stylishly designed and in a generous size.
All cabins are equipped with: ensuite bathroom, air conditioning, storage srea.
1 Luxury Suite:
Located on the upper deck, with a double bed and an extra size bed, panoramic window views, TV & DVD player, as well as a privat sundeck (20 sqm).
1 Double Bed Cabin:
Located on the upper deck, with a double bed, seaview windows.
1 Double Cabin: Located on the upper deck, with a double bed and a single bed (bunk style), seaview windows.
5 Double Cabins:
Located on lower deck, with a double bed and a single bed alongside, portholes.
2 Twin Bed Cabins:
Located on lower deck, with two single beds, portholes.
17 dives per week, include 1 night, depending on conditions.
Only 2 dives will be provided on the day before departure.
No dive provided on the day of arrival and departure.
All diving will provide experienced guide to lead the dive.
- Nitrox：Available with additional cost
- 15L Tanks：Not available at the moment
- REBREATHER Dive：Not available at the moment
- Dive Equipment Rental：Not available at the moment
- Dive insurance：Divers travelling aboard must have valid dive insurance
- Wi-Fi Internet ：Not available at the moment
- Laundry Service：Not available at the moment
- Massage Service：Not available at the moment
- Payment on board：By cash (USD／Euro)
- Crew Number：13, include 2 dive guides
Haa Alifu + Haa Dhaalu Atoll
Hanimaadhoo - Hanimaadhoo, 8D/7N
"Haa Alifu" is the northernmost atoll from the Maldives and the distance to the capital Male is 480 miles.
With a sizeable local population and virtually no tourism development. The itineraries follow a combination of established dive sites alongside truly virgin sites that have rarely been dived until now. This is adventurous, pioneering diving, characterised by waters that are heavily populated with rays, game fish and abundant corals.
This area will appeal to divers looking to travel well beyond the tourist map and experience some truly original diving. Access to Haa Alifu is via Male and involves two-way domestic flights to Hanimadhoo airport, which can be organised as part of the your travel package.
Baa Atoll - Haa Dhaalu Atoll or Haa Dhaalu Atoll - Baa Atoll
Dharavandhoo - Hanimaadhoo or Hanimaadhoo - Dharavandhoo, 8D/7N
"Haa Dhaalu Atoll" (also known as Southern Thiladhunmathi Atoll or Thiladhunmathi Dhekunuburi) is an administrative division of the Maldives. It is a famous place for leopard sharks, they often shelt from the currents at Anemone thila or Keylakuna thila. After the shark fixes, the time comes to look for manta in Haa Dhaalu. Nellaidhoo thila is a must, especially with your camera! Manta soar above a school of bat fish and giant travellies. Macro lovers will also be delighted with the wealth of nudibranch and flabellina, espcially at Theefarido thila. Bodu Cave is an unusual dive and easy for all experience levels. Dive through the shallow cracks as the light bounces off the walls - simply spectacular!
In "Baa Atoll", there are many sites to choose from. Dhonfanu Thila has a busy fish life and when current swept, sharks, eagle rays and napoleons will be seen. Dhigu Thila is usually the third dive of the day. A long ridge with good hard coral on top. In slack water it is a great photography dive, in pumping current a long drift revealing a series of pinnacles that takes you on to another reef. During the Manta season at Hanivaru (July - November) one of the day dives will be substituted with a chance to dive or snorkel with this huge manta congregation. This is an incredible natural phenomenon and whalesharks are often also found, following the plankton into the lagoon. Maavaru Kandu is a long north facing channel wall. The many overhangs are festooned with a stunning array of soft coral nicknamed Swedish reef. from the predominant blues and yellows. While you are having breakfast, small journey north to dive 2. Fares, a remote shallow reef with large pinnacles on the western side. A real activity dive swimming around and through these huge rocks with good fish life and great coral. In season, a repeat dive/snorkel at Hanivaru can be made. Get your camera ready!
With Amba to the most northern atolls of the Maldives until Baa Atoll , a mixture of hot spots and pristine dive sites. Start from Hanimaadhoo within 1 week to Baa Atoll. From Baa Atoll (Dharavandhoo) within 1 week back to Hanimaadhoo.
You can start/end the safari in Hanimaadhoo or in Dharavandhoo. The domestic flight to Dharavandhoo or Hanimaadhoo can be directly booked from us for the same price. Drift diving, reefs and Thilas with big fishes, soft and hard coral gardens, and night diving.
General diving information
Amba offer 2-3 dives per day incl. 1 night dive a week. On the arrival / departure day (Sunday) is no diving. Decompression dive are forbidden. It is necessary to have your own dive computer and SMB (surface marker buoy). There is no rental-equipment on board.
Every diver has to have min. 30-50 open water dives. Diving-weight, cylinder and diveguide is included. Diving in the Maldives is limited to a diving depth of 100 feet (30m). A diving insurance is required. For insurance reasons there is a max. depht limit of 18 meter for PADI OWD (or equivalent). This may mean the exclusion of various dives.
Amba offer Advanced Open Water Diver and Nitrox courses according to PADI standards. Similarly, a private dive guide (instructor/-in) can be booked. Other courses, prices and availability on request.
If you need anymore information, please contact us to know ;-)
|Languages spoken||English, German|
Schedules & routes
Prices & conditions
- Air tanks & weights & weight belts
- Daily housekeeping service
- Land transfer on arrival/depature date
- All meals & complimentary beverages (water & tea & coffee)
- Dive guide service
- Dinner on final evening
- Land tour & Island visit
- Boat accident insurance
- Domestic flights
- Alcoholic beverages (beer or/and wine)
- Soft drinks in bottles and/or cans
- Dive courses on board
- Crew gratuity
- Dive insurance
- Travel insurance ( cancellation insurance)
- Nitrox fills
Period : Liveaboards to the north Maldives run trips from September through to May every year.
Visa's : Visas are not required in advance but are issued on arrival. Travelers will be issued a 30 days visa free of charge with a passport of at least 6 months validity.
Climat : Northeast Season: December-April (dry monsoon). Southwest season May-November (wet monsoon). Temperatures are around 30˚ C and humidity is 60-80%. Cyclones are rare but possible in April/May and October/November. Average daily air temperature ranges from 28°C to 34°C throughout the year.
Water : Water temps stay fairly consistent all year round at 27°C, though cooler water can come in from the deeper waters surrounding these northern atolls, with the temp occasionally dropping to 24°C.
Clothing : Light airy clothes are perfect. Be prepared for plenty of sunshine most of the year especially from November to May.
Plugs : Type G, 2-pin electrical plugs with 230 V @ 50Hz
Flights : International flights arrive directly from many locations to Male. Domestic flights to and from Hanimaadhoo are needed to reach the vessels.
- Alcohol and pork products are prohibited. A ‘reasonable quantity’ of tobacco is permitted.
- A local Airport Development Charge (ADC) of US$25 for all international travellers over 2 years of age may be introduced shortly.
Currency : The Local currency is the Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR/Rf), but is rarely used on tourist resorts. Most transactions are made in US Dollars but other currencies are accepted. Travelers cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted but 5% may be added for credit card transactions. Banks in Male will cash travelers cheques into US Dollars and Rufiyaa may also be purchased. ATM’s can be found in Male.
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