Ambai is a deluxe standard liveaboard, offering professional scuba diving trips in Indonesia according to the seasons, it can accommodate up to 16 guests.

Paolo&Flavia

25/01/2019

Cruise in Raja Ampat on January. The boat is not brand new, but well organized, spacious and comfortable. The food was delicious and the overall service was perfect. You are always pampered in every...

Description

Boat

Ambai measuring 32m in length and 7.5m in width, with average cruising speed at 8 knots per hour. It started operations since July 2012. Traditionally built in Sulawesi, built from Iron wood and other tropical hard wood, the design is especially conceived as a dive liveaborad.

Ambai will bring you on an amazing diving liveaboard in Indonesia by a professional dive team from France.

The air-conditioned restaurant on the main deck also serves as the place to brief divers before each dive. There is a large flat screen in the middle of the room: photographers and videographers use it to present their captures and footage at the end of the day.

There is a large shadow deck lounge areas and a beautiful relaxing sun deck complete the common parts, both with comfortable sitting area for relaxation.

The photographers will enjoy a dedicated room for the maintenance and preparation of their cameras, as well as a large screen in the lounge to share pictures and videos.

At the rear of the deck, a large dive deck extended by a platform offers an easy and direct access to the three dive tenders. Also well equipped with personal dive lockers, rinse tanks are conveniently located for washing dive equipment and cameras. The aft of the dive deck is equipped with fin storage and two fresh water showers.

Ambai offers four great Indonesian local dive guides and a western PADI instructor will accompany you underwater and make all your dives a safe and enjoyable experience.


Cabin

Ambai has 8 double guest cabins, It can welcome up to 16 divers in absolute comfort:

All cabins are equipped with individually-controlled air-conditioning, ensuite bathroom with hot shower and ample storage for personal belongings.

2 Double Cabins:
Located on the upper deck, each cabin comes with one double bed, seaview windows.

2 Twin/Double Cabins:
Located on the lower deck, each cabin comes with double bed and single bunk above, portholes.

2 Twin Cabin:
Located on the lower deck, each cabin comes with two single bunk beds, portholes


Diving

  • 3 to 4 dives per day, depending on conditions and route.
  • No dive on the embarkation and disembarkation day.
  • Only 1 - 2 dives will be provided on the last diving day.
  • All diving will provide experienced guide to lead the dive.
  • Divers should be AOW with at least 50 logged dives or above.
  • Sea kayaks available for use free of charge.

Other Informations

  • Nitrox:Available free of charge for Nitrox divers
  • 15L Tanks:Available with additional cost
  • REBREATHER Dive:Not available at the moment
  • Technical Dive:Not available at the moment
  • Dive Equipment Rental:Available with additional charge
  • Dive insurance:Divers must have valid dive insurance
  • Wi-Fi Internet :Not available at the moment
  • Laundry Service:Available with additional cost
  • Massage Service:Available with additional cost
  • Payment on board:By cash (IDR/USD/EUR/CHF)
  • Crew Number:18, including 4 dive guides

Itineraries

Ultimate Raja Ampat | 11D/10N - 13D/12N | Oct - Apr

The most popular Raja Ampat liveaboard itineraries, and the one to choose if you want to experience the best diving in Raja Ampat. You will visit and dive Misool and Dampier Strait, renowned for its world-class wide-angle dives, one-of-a-kind soft corals, and a density of fish like nowhere else in the world. Also known for its manta rays and amazing macro dives at Batanta. In North Raja Ampat, you will see firsthand Wayag’s iconic landscape, with lots of small islands and turquoise water, alongside some great dives. We always include at least non-diving activities during our cruise such as beach hopping, beach barbecues, a climb in Wayag for its breathtaking view, local village tours, jellyfish lake trip, Blue River visit, and a trek to see the birds of paradise.


Raja Ampat Misool & Dampier Strait | 10D/9N | Oct - Apr

If you’re short on time but want to dive the best of Raja Ampat, then this is the itinerary for you. We will take you to the same dive sites and areas as the Raja Ampat Ultimate itinerary, minus the North, guaranteeing a spectacular time for divers and non-divers alike.


Banda Sea | 12D/11N or 15D/14N | Sep - Nov

You'll across the Ring of Fire and the forgotten islands, steeped in history and blessed with some of the finest diving in the country, with an immense variety and volumes of both large and small species. We visit many different islands and a great variety of dive sites. To make the experience unique, our itineraries mostly combine the Banda Sea with another great destination like Raja Ampat, Alor, Triton bay, Ambon etc.


Triton Bay | 12D/11N or 15D/14N | Nov - Mar

The destination is special: although superb, we never devote an entire cruise. Thus Triton Bay is either at the beginning or at the arrival of a cruise which also visits the Raja Ampat, the Banda Sea and its Ring of Fire or even, in 14 nights, both! In our safaris, we take you not only to dive and cruise Triton Bay in Kaimana District but also to the famous Raja Ampat and the northern part of the Banda Sea and the Ring of Fire!


Halmahera | 11D/10N or 15D/14N | April & May

This off the beaten track destination is a gem. Located in the center of the Coral triangle, right on the equator with one of the lowest density of population of Indonesia, Halmahera archipelago has everything a nature lover is expecting...and even more. As far as diving and snorkeling are concerned, Halmahera has all types of diving: wrecks, muck dives, pelagic, drift dives, walls, and everywhere those so colorful corals surrounded by schools of small and big fish.


North Sulawesi & Wakatobi | 11D/10N or 15D/14N | May - Aug

Two itineraries that visit the East coast of Sulawesi and the Togian islands and end in Luwuk. Beautiful dive sites on the East coast in the areas of Ratatotok, Tanjung Flesko, and Gorontalo (fabulous walls and whale sharks !). We then dive the best spots of the Togian islands, especially around the islands of Una2. the two last days are spent in the Tompotika area.

Wakatobi is a beautiful diving zone Jacques Cousteau defined as an underwater Nirvana. Macro is well represented but not only. Walls, cliffs, ridges, dries, pinnacles... incredible seascapes, pristine beaches, hundreds of species of corals and fishes.


Komodo | 9D/8N or 13D/12N | Jun - Sep

In the north, you can find a collection of the world’s most beautiful varieties of reefs, boasting a rich combination of hard and soft corals, shoals of anthias, wrasses, angelfishes, and also predators—reef sharks, tunas, and giant kingfishes. In the south, you will see more soft corals with an amazing profusion of colors, and even more macro (and manta rays too!). The water is rather cold and the temperature can drop down to 23°C in July and August.


Derawan Islands | 10D/9N or 12D/11N | Jun - Sep

You will dive in its 4 main islands: Kakaban, Sangalaki, Maratua, and Derawan. The dive sites greatly vary with plenty of caves, wrecks, muck, walls, and reefs to choose from. Other species that may be seen in the area include hammerhead sharks, thresher sharks, leopard sharks, dolphins, dugongs, and barracudas. And in Kakaban, you can swim with various species of endemic jellyfish!

More

Destinations Derawan Archipelago, Raja Ampat, Komodo, Banda Sea, North Sulawesi, Triton Bay, Wakatobi
Facilities Nitrox support, Camera station, Water Toys, Massage or Spa, Laundry
Languages spoken English, French

Schedules & routes

Date Duration Destination Departure - Arrival Price
02/10/2022 to 13/10/2022 11 nights Banda Sea Bitung - Ambon From $4,708.21 Detail
15/10/2022 to 27/10/2022 12 nights Banda Sea Ambon - Sorong From $5,138.14 Detail
29/10/2022 to 12/11/2022 14 nights Banda Sea Sorong - Ambon From $5,987.51 Detail
14/11/2022 to 26/11/2022 12 nights Banda Sea Ambon - Kaimana From $5,138.14 Detail
28/11/2022 to 09/12/2022 11 nights Banda Sea Kaimana - Sorong From $4,708.21 Detail
09/12/2022 to 20/12/2022 11 nights Raja Ampat Sorong - Sorong From $4,708.21 Detail
12/12/2022 to 23/12/2022 11 nights Raja Ampat Sorong - Sorong From $4,708.21 Detail
26/12/2022 to 07/01/2023 12 nights Raja Ampat Sorong - Sorong From $5,138.14 Detail
09/01/2023 to 21/01/2023 12 nights Raja Ampat Sorong - Sorong From $5,138.14 Detail
24/01/2023 to 04/02/2023 11 nights Raja Ampat Sorong - Sorong From $4,708.21 Detail
06/02/2023 to 17/02/2023 11 nights Raja Ampat Sorong - Sorong From $4,708.21 Detail
20/02/2023 to 03/03/2023 11 nights Raja Ampat Sorong - Sorong From $4,708.21 Detail
05/03/2023 to 16/03/2023 11 nights Raja Ampat Sorong - Sorong From $4,708.21 Detail
19/03/2023 to 31/03/2023 12 nights Raja Ampat Sorong - Sorong From $5,138.14 Detail
03/04/2023 to 14/04/2023 11 nights Raja Ampat Sorong - Sorong From $4,708.21 Detail
16/04/2023 to 28/04/2023 12 nights Raja Ampat Sorong - Sorong From $5,138.14 Detail
01/05/2023 to 13/05/2023 12 nights Raja Ampat Sorong - Bitung From $5,138.14 Detail
01/07/2023 to 12/07/2023 11 nights Derawan Archipelago Tolitoli - Tarakan From $4,708.21 Detail
15/07/2023 to 25/07/2023 10 nights Derawan Archipelago Tarakan - Tarakan From $4,278.29 Detail
27/07/2023 to 06/08/2023 10 nights Derawan Archipelago Tarakan - Tarakan From $4,278.29 Detail
09/08/2023 to 19/08/2023 10 nights Derawan Archipelago Tarakan - Tarakan From $4,278.29 Detail
21/08/2023 to 31/08/2023 10 nights Derawan Archipelago Tarakan - Tarakan From $4,278.29 Detail
03/09/2023 to 12/09/2023 9 nights Derawan Archipelago Tarakan - Tarakan From $3,848.36 Detail
14/09/2023 to 24/09/2023 10 nights Derawan Archipelago Tarakan - Tolitoli From $4,278.29 Detail
28/09/2023 to 12/10/2023 14 nights Banda Sea Bitung - Ambon From $5,987.51 Detail
15/10/2023 to 26/10/2023 11 nights Banda Sea Ambon - Saumlaki From $4,708.21 Detail
29/10/2023 to 12/11/2023 14 nights Banda Sea Saumlaki - Kaimana From $5,987.51 Detail
14/11/2023 to 28/11/2023 14 nights Banda Sea Kaimana - Saumlaki From $5,987.51 Detail
01/12/2023 to 12/12/2023 11 nights Raja Ampat Sorong - Sorong From $4,708.21 Detail
15/12/2023 to 25/12/2023 10 nights Raja Ampat Sorong - Sorong From $4,278.29 Detail
28/12/2023 to 09/01/2024 12 nights Raja Ampat Sorong - Sorong From $5,138.14 Detail
12/01/2024 to 24/01/2024 12 nights Raja Ampat Sorong - Sorong From $6,102.85 Detail
26/01/2024 to 07/02/2024 12 nights Raja Ampat Sorong - Sorong From $6,102.85 Detail
10/02/2024 to 22/02/2024 12 nights Raja Ampat Sorong - Sorong From $6,102.85 Detail
24/02/2024 to 07/03/2024 12 nights Raja Ampat Sorong - Sorong From $6,102.85 Detail
10/03/2024 to 22/03/2024 12 nights Banda Sea Sorong - Kaimana From $6,102.85 Detail
24/03/2024 to 05/04/2024 12 nights Banda Sea Kaimana - Sorong From $6,102.85 Detail
08/04/2024 to 20/04/2024 12 nights Raja Ampat Sorong - Sorong From $6,102.85 Detail
23/04/2024 to 05/05/2024 12 nights Raja Ampat Sorong - Sorong From $6,102.85 Detail
07/05/2024 to 21/05/2024 14 nights Raja Ampat Sorong - Bitung From $7,119.99 Detail
19/09/2024 to 03/10/2024 14 nights Banda Sea Maumere - Ambon From $7,119.99 Detail
07/10/2024 to 19/10/2024 12 nights Banda Sea Ambon - Saumlaki From $6,102.85 Detail
24/10/2024 to 07/11/2024 14 nights Banda Sea Saumlaki - Sorong From $7,119.99 Detail
08/11/2024 to 22/11/2024 14 nights Banda Sea Sorong - Kaimana From $7,119.99 Detail
22/11/2024 to 04/12/2024 12 nights Banda Sea Kaimana - Sorong From $6,102.85 Detail
09/12/2024 to 21/12/2024 12 nights Raja Ampat Sorong - Sorong From $6,102.85 Detail
24/12/2024 to 05/01/2025 12 nights Raja Ampat Sorong - Sorong From $6,102.85 Detail

Prices & conditions

Destination Duration Cabin Price
Raja Ampat 10 nights Lower Deck From $4,278.29
Raja Ampat 10 nights Upper Deck From $4,488.01
Raja Ampat 11 nights Lower Deck From $4,708.21
Raja Ampat 11 nights Upper Deck From $4,938.91
Raja Ampat 12 nights Lower Deck From $5,138.14
Raja Ampat 12 nights Upper Deck From $5,389.80
Raja Ampat 14 nights Lower Deck From $7,119.99
Raja Ampat 14 nights Upper Deck From $7,413.60
Banda Sea 11 nights Lower Deck From $4,708.21
Banda Sea 11 nights Upper Deck From $4,938.91
Banda Sea 12 nights Lower Deck From $5,138.14
Banda Sea 12 nights Upper Deck From $5,389.80
Banda Sea 14 nights Lower Deck From $5,987.51
Banda Sea 14 nights Upper Deck From $6,281.11
Derawan Archipelago 9 nights Lower Deck From $3,848.36
Derawan Archipelago 9 nights Upper Deck From $4,037.11
Derawan Archipelago 10 nights Lower Deck From $4,278.29
Derawan Archipelago 10 nights Upper Deck From $4,488.01
Derawan Archipelago 11 nights Lower Deck From $4,708.21
Derawan Archipelago 11 nights Upper Deck From $4,938.91

Included

  • Air tanks & weights & weight belts
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Land transfer on arrival/depature date
  • All meals & complimentary beverages (water & tea & coffee)
  • Soft drinks in bottles and/or cans
  • Dive guide service
  • Nitrox fills
  • Dinner on final evening
  • Land tour & Island visit
  • Boat accident insurance

Not included

  • Domestic flights
  • Alcoholic beverages (beer or/and wine)
  • Dive courses on board
  • Crew gratuity
  • Dive equipment rentals
  • Dive insurance
  • Travel insurance ( cancellation insurance)
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Larger tank (15 L)
  • Marine park fees/Port fees

Useful information

Raja Ampat

Period : The diving season is year-round. Best diving season is December to March with the best overall visibility. Most liveaboards avoid Raja Ampat from mid July - mid September due to the likelihood of experiencing both strong winds / surface swells and rain.

Visa's : For most nationalities worldwide, a tourist entry visas valid for 30 days can be obtained on arrival at the first Indonesian airport for USD 25.00 in cash. These entry visas cannot be extended on arrival.

Climat : Raja Ampat lies on the equator and has a hot and humid tropical climate. The air temperature is fairly contant year round and can drop to 24°C overnight whilst the daytime maximum is 31°C. The average humidity is 83%.

Water : The water temperature is a fairly constant and warm 27°C - 29°C.

Clothing : Light airy clothes are ideal, can be cool with rain. Sun protection is a must.

Plugs : Type C Europlug, 230V @ 50Hz

Flights : The town of Sorong in West Papua is the main gateway to Raja Ampat. Sorong is mainly accessed via connections from Jakarta, Denpasar Bali and Makassar.

  • Airport taxes on departure are levied at every Indonesian airport. These taxes need to be paid cash in Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). The fees for domestic departures vary between IDR 20.000-40.000 per person. At international airports the charges are higher, between IDR 100.000-150.000 per person.
  • Please note that baggage allowance on any domestic flights ticketed separately may be limited to 15kg (33bs) per person only, and any additional weight will be subject to surcharges per kilo.

Currency : Official currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), Money-Exchanger can be found in most of the place. International ATM's are available (Visa/Masterd Card/Unionpay). Credit Cards not always accepted, Some fees may only be paid in cash.


Komodo

Period : Liveaboards run trips year round. May to October are usually the high season.

Visa's : For most nationalities worldwide, a tourist entry visas valid for 30 days can be obtained on arrival at the first Indonesian airport for USD 25.00 in cash. These entry visas cannot be extended on arrival.

Climat : Tropical South Equatorial climate. Wet from Jan to March, Dry from June to Nov. Average daily temperature range is 26° - 30°C (can be 35° to 38°C on land during trekking)

Water : Water temps vary from 24°C in the south of Komodo, to 29°C in the north most of the year

Clothing : Light airy clothes are ideal, winds can be brisk during the dry season of July - September.

Plugs : Type C Europlug, 230V @ 50Hz

Flights : Domestic flights to Labuan bajo is connect from Bali only.

  • Airport taxes on departure are levied at every Indonesian airport. These taxes need to be paid cash in Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). The fees for domestic departures vary between IDR 20.000-40.000 per person. At international airports the charges are higher, between IDR 100.000-150.000 per person.
  • Please note that baggage allowance on any domestic flights ticketed separately may be limited to 15kg (33bs) per person only, and any additional weight will be subject to surcharges per kilo.

Currency : Official currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), Money-Exchanger can be found in most of the place. International ATM's are available (Visa/Masterd Card/Unionpay). Credit Cards not always accepted, Some fees may only be paid in cash.


North Sulawesi

Period : Diving is conducted year round although conditions will vary throughout the year in the different areas.

Visa's : For most nationalities worldwide, a tourist entry visas valid for 30 days can be obtained on arrival at the first Indonesian airport for USD 25.00 in cash. These entry visas cannot be extended on arrival.

Climat : Manado has a typical equatorial climate, the wet season runs from November to April and the dry season is from May to October. The air temperature remains fairly constant throughout the year, ranging between 23°C – 30°C and the average humidity is 80%.

Water : The water temperature is a fairly constant and warm 27°C - 29°C, (dropping to 25°C in Lembeh Strait in July / August).

Clothing : Rain and sun protection clothes are a good idea, along with light airy clothes for the daytime.

Plugs : Type C Europlug, 230V @ 50Hz

Flights : Manado's Sam Ratulangi Airport fields international flights to/from Singapore (3.5 hours). There are also frequent flights to Jakarta (3hr 15min) and Makassar (1.5 hours).

  • Airport taxes on departure are levied at every Indonesian airport. These taxes need to be paid cash in Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). The fees for domestic departures vary between IDR 20.000-40.000 per person. At international airports the charges are higher, between IDR 100.000-150.000 per person.
  • Please note that baggage allowance on any domestic flights ticketed separately may be limited to 15kg (33bs) per person only, and any additional weight will be subject to surcharges per kilo.

Currency : Official currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), Money-Exchanger can be found in most of the place. International ATM's are available (Visa/Masterd Card/Unionpay). Credit Cards not always accepted, Some fees may only be paid in cash.


Wakatobi

Period : Liveaboards trip around Wakatobi can be offered year round.

Visa's : For most nationalities worldwide, a tourist entry visas valid for 30 days can be obtained on arrival at the first Indonesian airport for USD 25.00 in cash. These entry visas cannot be extended on arrival.

Climat : The air temperature is a constant 26 - 30°C all year. Wakatobi is one of the most arid regions in Indonesia with sunshine on most days. The air humidity is mostly only about 65 - 75%.

Water : The warmest water is found in the upper water layer around late October, when temperatures can reach a maximum of 30°C. The coolest water falls in July to August with a minimum temperature of 26°C.

Clothing : Light airy clothes are ideal, can be cool with rain. Sun protection is a must.

Plugs : Type C Europlug, 230V @ 50Hz

Flights : The main gateway to the Wakatobi archipelago is Matahora Airport on Wangi-wangi Island.

  • Airport taxes on departure are levied at every Indonesian airport. These taxes need to be paid cash in Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). The fees for domestic departures vary between IDR 20.000-40.000 per person. At international airports the charges are higher, between IDR 100.000-150.000 per person.
  • Please note that baggage allowance on any domestic flights ticketed separately may be limited to 15kg (33bs) per person only, and any additional weight will be subject to surcharges per kilo.

Currency : Official currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), Money-Exchanger can be found in most of the place. International ATM's are available (Visa/Masterd Card/Unionpay). Credit Cards not always accepted, Some fees may only be paid in cash.

Diver's reviews (5)

Paolo&Flavia, 25/01/2019

Cruise in Raja Ampat on January. The boat is not brand new, but well organized, spacious and comfortable. The food was delicious and the overall service was perfect. You are always pampered in every way. Diving activities went smooth and we enjoyed every dive. Great crew and great job! Thanks to our cruise director Daniel! Raja Ampat is absolutely worth visiting.

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Spadacini Guy, 10/11/2016

croisière Mer de Banda du 25/10 au 8/11/2016 . Groupe de 16 plongeurs sur le MV AMBAI pour 15 jours : superbe croisière sur ce beau bateau , avec un équipage efficace et sympathique , qui est supervisé par Hakim guide et responsable de ce bateau . Nous vous remercions pour ce bon moment que nous avons partagé en votre compagnie pendant cette croisière . Amitiés Guy

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刘岩, 10/02/2016

我和老公在Ambai度过了愉快的12天全程高氧潜水,潜导非常有经验,所有船员都非常热情和贴心!船舱宽敞整洁!有机会我们还会参加Ambai的科莫多行程:)

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Leslie, 10/02/2016

愉快的潜水旅行。专业的潜导,贴心的服务!有机会我们还会来参加Ambai的其它行程!

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Elena, 24/01/2015

Amazing diving experience with friendly and professional cruise director and crew members, in stunning Raja Ampat.I definitely recommend Ambai for Indonesia! I will be back for sure.

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