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MY Amba

Maldives Liveaboards

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Overview

MY Amba is the first and currently only liveaboard to operate in Haa-Alifu, the most northerly of the Maldivian atolls. The build of boat with its deep keel and weight makes it a very comfortable vessel, covering quiet, remote dive sites over the 24 unpopulated and 14 inhabited islands of the region.

A total of 9 roomy standard two-person cabins (7 x lower-deck and 2 x upper deck, with large windows) plus 1 double luxury cabin enables the boat to take 20 guests very easily.

The lower deck cabins have portholes, A/C and ventilation, en-suite shower and additional cabin facilities. On the upper deck, there are two further spacious double bed cabins. All the upper deck cabins have AC and large windows that allow for good ventilation (and lovely views!) in addition to the facilities offered on the lower deck. The Luxury 'panorama' cabin, with double bed, has large windows to front and direct access to a private sun terrace (for this cabin only).

There is a spacious saloon equipped with comfortable sofas and chairs, a TV, DVD player and audio system. There is a bar on board the boat. Once a week a BBQ is organised on an uninhabited island, mooring permitting.

Itineraries

The boat operates a range of itineraries to make the most of local prevailing conditions around the Haa-Alifu and Haa-Dhaal Atoll, where one can expect to have many of the dive sites to yourselves. Arriving via Male, you will take an internal flight of about 40 minutes to Hanimadhoo, which many clients say is one of the above water highlights of the journey, through the stunning views afforded of Maldives' extensive atolls.

Boarding days: Sundays

Twin centre your stay with J Resort Alidhoo. Alternatively, take an additional sea plane transfer to an island located on other atolls.

Specification

Cruiser, Length 33m, Beam 10m, Engine Volvo Penta 430HP, Speed 12 knots, Generators 3 Fischer Panda (super silent), 1 x 22 KW Lombardini, Voltage 380/220 through out.

Navigation / Safety

Life preservers, GPS, Oxygen and First Aid Kit, Compass marine radio, radar and GPS.

Price includes: Flights with Emirates, internal flight, 7 nights standard cabin twin share (lower/upper deck), meals and snacks, drinking water, tea and coffee, and 2 - 3 dives per day (1 night dive per week). 

UK Regional departures with Emirates, Sri Lankan, Qatar Airways, Oman Air, British Airways & charter flights also available, please enquire. Package price may fluctuate according to flight seat availability at time of booking.

Please note that all Maldives products are subject to a Government Sales tax of 12%.

Full charter quotes available.

Supplements per person per night

  • Luxury Panorama Double: from £40
  • Single use - standard lower/upper twin: from £70
  • Non-diver reduction: £20

Equipment:

Due to the location of Amba, it is not possible to offer any equipment hire, including dive lights. Spares are carried for use in an emergency.

  • Nitrox: €53 per week 30 - 32%. (1 Nitrox fill offered free of charge on the morning dive)
  • 15 litre tanks: €39 per week (these must be requested before arrival) 

Guideline drinks prices:

  • Juice/cans: €2
  • Beer: €3
  • Spirits: €4 - €6
  • Red or White wine per bottle: €20

Local sales & service charge payable in resort:

  • Sales tax: 12%

Extras are paid locally on board in Euros or USD.

Schedules & prices

Price includes: Flights with Emirates, internal flight, 7 nights standard cabin twin share (lower/upper deck), meals and snacks, drinking water, tea and coffee, and 2 - 3 dives per day (1 night dive per week). UK Regional departures with Emirates, Sri Lankan, Qatar Airways, Oman Air, British Airways & charter flights also available, please enquire. Package price may fluctuate according to flight seat availability at time of booking.

 

Supplements

  • Luxury Panorama Double: from £40 pppn
  • Single use - standard lower/upper twin: from £70 pppn
  • Non-diver reduction: £20 pppn
  • Nitrox: €53 per week 30 - 32%. (1 Nitrox fill offered free of charge on the morning dive)
     

Equipment: Due to the location of Amba, it is not possible to offer any equipment hire, including dive lights. Spares are carried for use in an emergency.

Guideline drinks prices:

  • Juice/cans: €2
  • Beer: €3
  • Spirits: €4 - €6
  • Red or White wine per bottle: €20

Local sales & service charge payable in resort:

  • Sales tax: 12%

Extras are paid locally on board in Euros or USD.

POA = Price on Application
Date Itinerary Embark Notes Price
15 Nov 2014 Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North
Hanimadhoo - Maldives
40+ Logged Dives - PADI Advanced - Can board Saturday or Sunday £2414
22 Nov 2014 Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North
Hanimadhoo - Maldives
40+ Logged Dives - PADI Advanced - Can board Saturday or Sunday £2414
29 Nov 2014 Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North
Hanimadhoo - Maldives
40+ Logged Dives - PADI Advanced - Can board Saturday or Sunday £2414
06 Dec 2014 Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North
Hanimadhoo - Maldives
40+ Logged Dives - PADI Advanced - Can board Saturday or Sunday £2414
20 Dec 2014 Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North
Hanimadhoo - Maldives
40+ Logged Dives - PADI Advanced - Can board Saturday or Sunday £2761
27 Dec 2014 Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North
Hanimadhoo - Maldives
40+ Logged Dives - PADI Advanced - Can board Saturday or Sunday £2597
03 Jan 2015 Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North
Hanimadhoo - Maldives
40+ Logged Dives - PADI Advanced - Can board Saturday or Sunday £2597
10 Jan 2015 Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North
Hanimadhoo - Maldives
40+ Logged Dives - PADI Advanced - Can board Saturday or Sunday £2414
17 Jan 2015 Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North
Hanimadhoo - Maldives
40+ Logged Dives - PADI Advanced - Can board Saturday or Sunday £2052
07 Feb 2015 Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North
Hanimadhoo - Maldives
40+ Logged Dives - PADI Advanced - Can board Saturday or Sunday £2414
14 Feb 2015 Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North
Hanimadhoo - Maldives
40+ Logged Dives - PADI Advanced - Can board Saturday or Sunday £2414
21 Feb 2015 Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North
Hanimadhoo - Maldives
40+ Logged Dives - PADI Advanced - Can board Saturday or Sunday £2414
28 Feb 2015 Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North
Hanimadhoo - Maldives
40+ Logged Dives - PADI Advanced - Can board Saturday or Sunday £2414
07 Mar 2015 Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North
Hanimadhoo - Maldives
40+ Logged Dives - PADI Advanced - Can board Saturday or Sunday £2414
14 Mar 2015 Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North
Hanimadhoo - Maldives
40+ Logged Dives - PADI Advanced - Can board Saturday or Sunday £2414
21 Mar 2015 Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North
Hanimadhoo - Maldives
40+ Logged Dives - PADI Advanced - Can board Saturday or Sunday £2414
28 Mar 2015 Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North
Hanimadhoo - Maldives
40+ Logged Dives - PADI Advanced - Can board Saturday or Sunday £2597
04 Apr 2015 Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North
Hanimadhoo - Maldives
40+ Logged Dives - PADI Advanced - Can board Saturday or Sunday £2597
11 Apr 2015 Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North
Hanimadhoo - Maldives
40+ Logged Dives - PADI Advanced - Can board Saturday or Sunday £2414
18 Apr 2015 Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North
Hanimadhoo - Maldives
40+ Logged Dives - PADI Advanced - Can board Saturday or Sunday £2414
25 Apr 2015 Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North
Hanimadhoo - Maldives
40+ Logged Dives - PADI Advanced - Can board Saturday or Sunday £2390
02 May 2015 Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North
Hanimadhoo - Maldives
40+ Logged Dives - PADI Advanced - Can board Saturday or Sunday £2247
09 May 2015 Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North
Hanimadhoo - Maldives
40+ Logged Dives - PADI Advanced - Can board Saturday or Sunday £2247
16 May 2015 Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North
Hanimadhoo - Maldives
40+ Logged Dives - PADI Advanced - Can board Saturday or Sunday £2425
16 May 2015 Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North
Hanimadhoo - Maldives
40+ Logged Dives - PADI Advanced - Can board Saturday or Sunday £2247
23 May 2015 Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North
Hanimadhoo - Maldives
40+ Logged Dives - PADI Advanced - Can board Saturday or Sunday £2247
30 May 2015 Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North
Hanimadhoo - Maldives
40+ Logged Dives - PADI Advanced - Can board Saturday or Sunday £2247
31 Oct 2015 Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North
Hanimadhoo - Maldives
40+ Logged Dives - PADI Advanced - Can board Saturday or Sunday £2414

Dive info

Diving in the Maldives is influenced by the seasons. The quality of individual dive sites and marine parks is determined by the ebb and flow of seasonal currents, which in turn affects both the underwater visibility and the marine life. Liveaboards follow these seasonal variations, taking divers to the best sites for the time of the year.

Regaldive operate a range of liveaboards throughout the Maldives. These include classic itineraries following established routes out of Male to new itineraries in remote atolls where the dive sites have only recently been established Maldivian Liveaboards are supported by a ‘dive dhoni’ where all dives are conducted from. The dhoni which carries all cylinders, equipment and compressors.

Classic Liveaboards out of Male

Over the past thirty years an incredible range of world class dive sites have been charted in the atolls surrounding the capital, Male. MV Emperor Voyager, MV Emperor Atoll, MY Mariana, MV Ari Queen, MV Sharifa and MV Carpe Diem and MV Carpe Vita visit many of the Maldives best known dive sites following a flexible itinerary that take account of local diving conditions. The boats will generally operate in both North and South Male atoll, Felidhe and Ari atoll and some operate a limited number of special trips further afield.

Liveaboard Itineraries Beyond Male

The last two years has seen access to some remote atolls in the Maldives improve dramatically. Regaldive feature liveaboards that cover these exciting new atolls, ranging from Haa-Alifu in the far north, to Huvadhoo in the far south. These atolls represent the new ‘frontiers’ of diving in the Maldives and lie well beyond traditional tourist maps. 

Far North Haa Alifu Atoll

Haa Alifu is the most northerly atoll in the Maldives. There is a sizeable local population in the atoll but virtually no tourism development. MY Amba is the first liveaboard to the atoll offering a mix of dives on charted dive sites alongside truly original exploratory diving. Access to the atoll is via Male and involves an internal sea plane flight to Hanimadhoo airport. Main Manta season in this area is September and October for the best sightings, but nearly every week there are Mantas on some of the dive sites.

Far South Meemu Atoll

Meemu, Thaa and Laamu atolls are 3 of the 5 most southerly atolls and MY Sheena, under the expert management of Werner Lau, offers an exhilarating itinerary from the island of Medhufushi. Challenging drift dives make up the majority of the 3 daily dives available on MY Sheena; as many of these islands are yet to be fully dived and explored, many of the dives will be semi-exploratory, suiting divers looking to document some untouched sites in search for the unknown.

Liveaboard and Island Combinations Tailormade

Twin-centre holidays are easily arranged. Regaldive offer flights departing every day of the week on a range of schedule airlines allowing you the flexibility to determine the duration of your holiday. Charter flights are also available, but their weekly schedule may not match the liveaboards departure days.

Diving

Diving in the Maldives can be challenging, and as such it is recommended that divers have a minimum qualification of PADI Advanced or equivalent, with 40+ logged dives, although experienced Open Water divers are not precluded. M/Y Sheena requires a minimum of 60 logged dives, but exceptions may be made on request in certain cirsumstances.

Diving is encouraged to be undertaken in individual self-sufficient buddy teams and small groups, though you may of course choose to follow the guide for ease of navigation.

Flight Options

Emirates via Dubai from Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow. Other regional departures may be available; supplement may apply. Regaldive's prices are currently based on Emirates. Supplements may or may not apply for other airlines dependant on seat availability.

Sri Lankan via Colombo from Heathrow, Qatar Airways via Doha from Heathrow and Manchester, Oman Air via Muscat from Heathrow, British Airways from Gatwick.

Charter Flights: Flights are direct, once a week for 7 and 14 night durations, usually flying overnight on outbound. Charter flight days may not match all the liveaboard departure days, with the exception of Carpe Diem.

Internal Transfers to Your Island Resort from Male

Your resort/boat is reached either by sea plane, speedboat transfer or internal flight from Male airport. Transfers are organised as part of your holiday package, unless requested otherwise.

Seaplane and Boat Transfers

Most islands close to Male offer speedboat transfers.

Island resorts located in Ari atolls, Raa atoll, Baa atoll, Lhaviyani atoll, Felidhe atoll, Meemu atoll, North and South Nilande atolls and Haa Dhaaul atoll are served by seaplane services.

Islands and liveaboards located on Haa Alifu atoll are reached by internal scheduled flight.

Some more distant islands offer a boat transfer as well, although as the transfer crosses between atolls they can often be long and uncomfortable and affected by the currents, so we opt to use the most comfortable option for each island.

If you are transferring by seaplane you should be aware of the following:

  • Seaplanes do not operate a fixed departure schedule, but are planned daily according to the islands and guests that must be picked up and dropped off. The planning is carried out locally 24 hours in advance.
  • Seaplanes often pick up and drop off guests from a number of islands on a single transfer run.
  • Seaplanes only operate during daylight hours, generally 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
  • You may have to wait for a short duration after arriving in Male. On departing, the islands will transfer you back to Male as late a local logistics on that day will allow.
  • On departing your island resort your return seaplane transfer time will be confirmed the day before departure by your resort.
  • If you have a late international flight departing home, it is highly advisable you ask Regaldive to reserve a day use package for you at the Hulhule hotel.
  • Seaplanes are not pressurised flights.
  • Seaplanes typically operate a strict weight policy of 20kg for hold luggage.
  • Excess luggage is currently $2/kilo to the island and $4/kilo on the return.

Inter Atoll Flights - Haa Alifu

Transfers to Haa-Alifu in the North involve an internal pressurised flight from Male. This is arranged and costed as part of your travel package to the north of the Maldives, unless otherwise requested.

Hulhule Airport Hotel - Day use & overnights

International and internal flight schedules occasionally make fairly long connection times in Male Airport inevitable. The Hulehule Airport hotel offers inexpensive day packages to non-residents for use of their beach, pool, showers, left luggage and other facilities. Pre-booked packages are available with Regaldive, for day use with and without a room, and overnight stays (refer to separate webpage on Hulehule Airport hotel).

Passports

Passengers travelling to the Maldives must have six months valid on their passport from the date of return to the UK.

Visas

A free 30 day permit is given to British travellers on arrival in Male. Other nationalities should consult their consular website.

Vaccinations

Vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure. For the most up to date advice please consult your travel clinic or local GP. Further information regarding vaccinations for travel to this country can be found at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk. There are no compulsory vaccinations for travel to the Maldives, but we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A and polio.

Itineraries

Liveaboards out of Haa-Alifu - North

Haa Alifu is the most northerly atoll in the Maldives, with a sizeable local population and virtually no tourism development. Regaldive’s 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.

Regaldive’s Haa Alifu itineraries are conducted from MY Amba, the first liveaboard to operate in these waters. 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 an internal flight to Hanimadhoo airport, which is organised as part of the your travel package.

View a dive site map for MY Amba >

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"Thank you all so much for your help and advice, and for making my husband 50th birthday so very special.

Absolutely first class service from the office and from the rep at Male, best we’ve ever had.

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Dear Claire

Thought it was about time we got in touch to say what a wonderful two weeks we had doing the Northern Itinerary in the Maldives on MV Amba.

Everything went ahead as planned, without too much delay at Mali airport. The boat is huge and very comfortable, designed with stability in mind. Franco and Nicole as dive guides and hosts were fantastic and very accommodating.

The diving was excellent. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this trip to others but they need to be aware that the divers were mostly German, Austrian and Swiss, not British, and language was a barrier at times. But with good will among the guests, this can be surmounted.

We had a great time and the food was wonderful.

Thank you

John Ramsay and Judith Richards
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Hi Iain,

Michael and I had a fantastic time in the Maldives. Thank you for all of your help in making it possible. Thank you as well for the bottle of wine that was waiting for us in our cabin.

The crew of the Amba were all great and it was so nice to have dive sites all to ourselves. We did get to see mantas and a lot of different sharks. There was just so much to see, it was beautiful. We'd both love to go back!

Many thanks again,
Helen
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Hello Michaela

Our trip went very well and the diving was the best I ever experienced and I have been around for a good while.

The boat (the Amba) is lovely and the owners run and manage it - a German and an Italian, so all runs like clockwork, the food is great and no bad tummies at all. I can strongly recommend with a few points to be noted.

1. They are the only boat way up north at the very top of the Maldives. So you are diving on pristine coral.....down side you are very far from help if you have a problem so only for very experienced divers.
2. A MUST… there are very strong currents, so strong that you must use a hook to fix yourself to the rock in strong currents. You stay there in the one place watching out into the blue for Sharks and Rays going past feeding in the current.
3. Like the Red Sea and elsewhere they do not look at tide tables..... so you may well dive on the third hour of the tide on Springs (we did and it was very unpleasant without a hook).

So it was a really good boat and a good trip - so good that I hope to return some day.

Regards

Peadar Farrell
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At a glance

  • Flight time: 10.5 hours
  • Water temperature: 24 - 28°C
  • Highlights on-board: Only liveaboard to operate in Haa-Alifu
  • Highlights underwater: Haa-Alifu and Haa Dhaal Atols