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MV Ambai, DIN

Experience Unmatched Diving with MV Ambai Liveaboard

Dive into Indonesia’s best marine sites aboard the expertly designed MV Ambai

A trip on board the Ambai

10 Reviews


What we love about the Ambai

Diverse Itineraries: Explore top dive destinations like Raja Ampat, Komodo, Banda Sea, and Halmahera.

Comfortable Cabins: Air-conditioned cabins with en-suite bathrooms for maximum comfort.

Photographer-Friendly: Dedicated camera room and rinse tanks, plus a media center for sharing footage.

Eco-Conscious: Commitment to sustainable practices and responsible diving.

MV Ambai, Ship
MV Ambai, Ship
Beach Evening, MV Ambai

The MV Ambai is a 32-meter wooden dive liveaboard designed specifically for diving, offering unparalleled adventures in some of Indonesia’s most biodiverse regions, including Raja Ampat, Komodo, the Banda Sea, and Halmahera. Built in 2012 and operated by Wallacea Dive Cruises, the Ambai combines traditional craftsmanship with modern amenities to provide an exceptional diving experience.

Accommodating up to 16 guests in 8 well-appointed cabins, each with individually controlled air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms, the Ambai ensures comfort and privacy. The cabins are available in various configurations, including twin, double, and seaview options. The indoor lounge is air-conditioned and features a media center, a small library, and a dining area where delicious meals are served buffet-style. Outdoor spaces include a large shaded deck and a sun deck, perfect for relaxing between dives.

Diving aboard the MV Ambai is a dream come true for underwater enthusiasts. The vessel is equipped with two air compressors and one nitrox compressor, making nitrox available for enhanced diving experiences. With a spacious dive deck, dedicated camera room, and three fiberglass tenders, divers can enjoy easy access to some of the world’s most stunning underwater landscapes. Dive sites in Indonesia offer a rich variety of marine life, including manta rays, whale sharks, reef sharks, and vibrant coral reefs teeming with fish.

The water temperature in Indonesia ranges from 27°C to 30°C (80°F to 86°F), with visibility typically between 15 to 30 meters (50 to 100 feet). The diverse diving conditions, from gentle drift dives to challenging current dives, cater to both novice and experienced divers. Non-diving activities such as kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and land excursions are also available, making the Ambai a perfect choice for mixed groups.

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Amenities on board the Ambai

air conditioning

Air conditioning & private bathroom




All meals



eco friendly

Eco friendly




Kayaks on board

laundry service

Laundry service



doctor's suitcase

Medical Services


Nitrox (free)

bathroom (private)

Private Bathroom




Room Safe


Snorkel gear (free of charge)


Standup paddle boards


Transfers to and from ship


Wetsuits (can be rented)

Food & Drinks on board the Ambai

Dining aboard the MV Ambai is a delightful experience, with a mix of Western and Indonesian cuisine prepared using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Meals are served buffet-style, and snacks are available throughout the day. The menu caters to various dietary preferences, ensuring all guests are well-fed and energized for their diving adventures.

Sustainable Tourism

The MV Ambai is committed to sustainability and eco-friendly practices. The vessel uses biodegradable cleaning products and minimizes single-use plastics onboard. The crew promotes responsible diving practices to preserve the delicate marine ecosystems they explore.

Cabins categories on board the Ambai

Seaview Double, C7, MV Ambai
Seaview Cabin



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Double:Twin, C2, Lower Deck, MV Ambai
Double/Twin Cabin


Double/Matrimionial (convertible)

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Twin, C5, C6,  Lower Deck, MV Ambai
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Technical details of Ambai

Phinisi Yacht
Gross tonnage
171 GT
2.5 meters
Cruising speed
9 knots
7.5 meters
32 meters
Year built
Crew members
Phinisi Schooner
Main Engines
2 x 500 HP Yanmar
220V, European-style plugs
2x 25-man life rafts, smoke detectors, emergency oxygen units, VHF radios on tenders​

Reviews of Ambai

Maria-Mikhail Kisehou

MV Ambai


We are very satisfied with the dive sites and the marine life. Food was perfect, and staff very helpful.

Milind K

MV Ambai


am repeated customer of Ambai liveaboard. I found their service very excellent in all aspects. What a diver requires, these people knew exactly and make our stay heavenly and dives wonderful,safe. The boat and all the facilities are very nice. Best camera room, deck for dive equipments are upto mark. Dive guide are very capable and knowledgeable. The manager Mr Phillipe is a kind hearted,nature loving , caring and wonderful guy.

Christopher B

MV Ambai


Amazing! MV Ambai Raja Ampat. The crew was fantastic! The cruise director Phil was incredible with planning and communication to the guest the plan for the day. The dive sites were beautiful. The boat accommodations were extremely comfortable the staterooms were cleaned and beds made twice a day. The boat was clean and tidy. The food service was top notch. The food was very well prepared and tasty. The guests were comfortable with each other except for the one gentleman who hogged the meal conversation then passed the conversation off to his wife (took 8 days to find out about other guests just by separating ourselves from chatty Kathy)the rest of the guests were friendly and respectful the crew took care of all our needs!! Thank you Yoga, Jhui, Marlon, Bob, Oliver, mama bear, and Capt. Barbosa and the rest they were all incredible.

Amy Tso

MV Ambai


Diving was amazing. Food amazing and plentiful. Staff great - always smiling and joking. Rooms comfortable

Charles & Lyn Granger

MV Ambai


The quaters were very comfortable with bath ensuite. Room service was wonderful, making daily activities easy, and the boat is always tidy, clean. Food was varied & well done, comparable to good restaurants. Diving support (preparation, guides, exit) was EXCELLENT Diving was good with a broad selection of sites Diving intervals & longing was very comfortable with uncrowded spaces for reading/sleeping. On board staff was wonderful. Always friendly with a smile without feeling forced. The owner made us feel as welcome guests in his boat rather than paying customers. The beach party was a major hit & terrific surprise. We were especially impressed with how healthy the reefs are. New creatures surprized us, which after 30 years+ of diving is a delight!

Andrea Steiner

MV Ambai


Of course, first of all the diving/dive sites. The equipment I rented was good and the dive guides as well. Food was incredibly tasty (for sure I gained some weight). The staff was always nice, friendly, helpful and funny. They made this trip perfect with little things like asking how I slept, how the dive was, by making jokes and being happy. When you see, the staff is having a good time and and love doing their jobs and it makes you feel so comfortable and welcomed. I was smiling and laughing all day long. Akim did his job seriously and everything was always so well organised and went smoothly. Akim was also joking around and smiling a lot which created a very easy going and comfortable atmosphere

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