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Maldives Amba Liveaboard Review (Review Rated 8.7 Out Of 10 & Fabulous)

Maldives Amba liveaboard review
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The Maldives Amba liveaboard – Overall review rating 8.7 out of 10 and 4.5 stars

If you’re set on scuba diving the Maldives, your next decision is whether you do resort based diving vs scuba dive from a liveaboard. But as you’re reading this Amba liveaboard review, it’s possibly safe to assume you intend to dive from a liveaboard.

Maldives Amba liveaboard review: A review of the Maldives Amba liveaboard reveals a 33 metre (108 feet) custom-built boat for scuba divers. Sleeps 22 divers across 11 cabins with en-suites and air-con. Local food and western served buffet style indoors or alfresco with an air-con saloon and bar. Dive trips of 8 days 7 nights to 12 days 11 nights.

The chance to see whale sharks and other sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, turtles wrecks and much much more.

The best way to dive the Maldives is by a scuba diving liveaboard. You can check the latest and best deals on Maldives liveaboards using the following window:

Features of Maldives Amba liveaboard

Features of Maldives Amba liveaboard
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The features that are included with your stay on the Maldives Amba liveaboard are as follows:

  • The Maldives Amba liveaboard is 33 metres (108 feet) in length.
  • Designed for up to 22 divers across 11 luxurious cabins.
  • Cabins have private en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning where some rooms have see views and a balcony.
  • Daily housekeeping.
  • Warm water showers.
  • A sun deck for those sun-worshippers who like to relax and enjoy sunbathing in-between dives.
  • Food includes western style and local food and is served buffet fashion both indoors or outside alfresco style, with all-day snacks.
  • Specific dietary requirements can be catered for including vegetarian options.
  • Indoor air conditioned saloon with bar.
  • Scuba diving facilities include: DIN adaptors, paid-for nitrox available, rebreather support, sidemount diving and equipment and scuba gear rentals.
  • Camera station, camera room and a separate rinse for your underwater camera.
  • Paid for internet.

You can check the availability and prices for this Boat here.

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The diving from the Maldives Amba liveaboard is highly rated and she was custom-built for scuba diving.

On this scuba diving liveaboard, you’ll be in the hands of experienced and professional crew.

Search for your favourite Maldives Liveaboard here:

Table of Maldives liveaboards

This list of Maldives liveaboards is in descending customer rating order, followed by Scuba Diving Luxury Rating (SDE Lux Rating, see below), so the liveaboards with the highest customer rating and the best SDE lux rating will be at the top of the list. If you want to change the list order, use the “Sort by” dropdown below.

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Discover LiveaboardCustomer RatingSDE Lux Rating %Flexible BookingDive CoursesDietary RequirementsNitroxGear Rental
Review: MV Seafari Explorer; Book: MV Seafari Explorer 0 62% YES NO YES YES YES
Review: MV Maldives Blue Force 3; Book: MV Maldives Blue Force 3 0 58% YES YES YES YES YES
Review: MV Dhinasha; Book: MV Dhinasha 0 52% NO NO YES NO YES

The Scuba Diving Earth Luxury Rating (SDE Lux Rating) is explained on each liveaboard review when you click the “Discover Liveaboard” link, and is my own Liveaboard Luxury Rating I’ve assigned to all liveaboards. Choosing between liveaboards is helped by customer scores, and if you get stuck choosing between two or three liveaboards, where each one has a high customer score out of 10, you can use the SDE Luxury Rating to help narrow down your choice.

Think about it like using when searching for the best hotel. also use a customer score where each customer rates hotels out of 10. This is similar to the liveaboard customer rating, which is also rated out of 10. But let’s say you only like to stay in hotels rated 8 and above on, but you also want the hotel to have WIFI or parking, or to have a swimming pool etc. The features each hotel has is usually secondary to the score out of 10. search Maldives-scroll

Scuba diving options on the Maldives Amba liveaboard:

Examples of the dive itineraries on the Amba liveaboard.

  • Special Cruise ((Hanimaadhoo – Hanimaadhoo) – 12 days 11 nights trip. Approx. 27 dives in total. Advanced Open Water certification – 50 minimum logged dives required.
  • Maldives Far North Atolls (Hanimadhoo – Hanimadhoo) – 8 days 7 nights trip. Approx. 17 dives in total. Open Water certification – 50 minimum logged dives required.
  • Dharavandhoo Special Cruise (Hanimadhoo – Dharavandhoo) – 8 days 7 nights trip. Approx. 17 dives in total. Open Water certification – 50 minimum logged dives required.
  • “Manta Manta” One Way Trip DRV – Male: Baa “Hanifaru” – Lhaviyani – North Male – 8 days 7 nights trip. Approx. 17 dives in total. Advanced Open Water certification – 30 minimum logged dives required.
  • Male Atolls (Male-Male) – 8 days 7 nights trip. Approx. 17 dives in total. Open Water certification – No minimum logged dives required.
  • Classic Route – Central Atolls: North Male – South Male – Vaavu – South Ari – North Ari, Rasdhoo (Male-Male) – 8 days 7 nights trip. Approx. 17 dives in total. Advanced Open Water certification – 30 minimum logged dives required.

Some of the diving in the Maldives are deep dives and up to 30 metres (98 feet), with currents so are drift dives and there are night dives too.

On most of these trips divers will see a variety of marine life. This includes nudibranchs, Napoleon Wrasse, moray eels, large schools of reef fish, eagle rays, various shark species including grey reef and white tip sharks, turtles, manta rays and whale sharks.

You will also get the opportunity on some trips to dive some of the most beautiful shipwrecks too.

You can check the availability and prices for this Boat here.

Maldives Amba liveaboard review by customers

Scuba divers that have stayed on the Maldives Amba liveaboard review comments include:

  • A great experience;
  • Friendly crew and uncrowded dives;
  • The trip focused on manta cleaning stations and we were lucky to see them;
  • beautiful trip with perfect dives;
  • baby manta, baby silvertip, baby eagle ray, giant nurse shark;
  • very often the only boat in the neighborhood;
  • Great diving in great company;
  • The cabins are very spacious, and even the en suite was much larger than most liveaboards;
  • The week on the Amba was the best diving I have done yet!!!

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Here’s a review by a customer who rated the Maldives Amba liveaboard 10 out of 10 and 5 stars:

A great experience. “The crew know what they’re doing and how to give their guests the best possible trip. Heaps of manta, sting and eagle rays, nurse sharks and heaps of reef shark , was pity no guitar shark and whale shark.It was fun to dive in strong currents. Lucky we had reefhooks with us. Can’t say anything negative about this trip. It was amazing!!!!!Recommended for: guides, chefs, dive boat crew

Ivo J, Czech Republic

Video of Maldives Amba liveaboard

Haa Alif Atoll aboard the M/Y Amba, January

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I hope you enjoyed this article about the Maldives Amba liveaboard review

I’d love to hear from you. Tell us about your adventures of diving and snorkelling. Please use the comments section below. Please also share your photos. Either from your underwater cameras or videos from your waterproof go-pro’s!

But in particular if you’ve dived either in the Maldives or in particular on the Maldives Amba liveaboard, please share your experiences.

If this article hasn’t answered all of your questions. If you have more questions either about snorkelling or scuba diving (or specifically about the Maldives Amba liveaboard review), please comment below with your questions.

There will also be many more articles about scuba and scuba diving safety tips (and on snorkelling too) for you to read and learn about this fabulous sport.

Have fun and be safe!

Maldives Amba Liveaboard Review (Review Rated 8.7 Out Of 10 & Fabulous)

Article written by Russell Bowyer who has been a scuba diver since diving on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia in 1989. After his first dive he trained as a BSAC diver in the UK. He attained his Diver Leader certification with BSAC. He then went on to become a scuba diving instructor, teaching others how to dive and was voted as Diving Officer and Treasurer for the Saffron Walden BSAC club too. Russell has dived all over the world, including the UK, on liveaboards in the Red Sea, the Caribbean, South Africa and the USA. Russell is experienced in all dive types, including drift diving, deep dives that involved decompression stops and recreational dives too.

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