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Empress

EMPRESS; SCUBA ADVENTURES FOR THE ADVANCED THRILL SEEKER.

MS Empress is a unique steel vessel designed to navigate smoothly through all weather conditions. Its equipment and construction warrant comfortable and safe cruising. If you are looking for an experience beyond recreational diving, this is the vessel to embark on. We organize budget wise and adventurous trips for advanced divers. Destinations include Lombok, Komodo, Raja Ampat, Misool, Ambon and Maumere. Our scheduled trips welcome up to 9 guests for 5 to 11 days. For charters, different numbers are possible.

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Included: VAT, Accommodation, Complimentary toiletries, Tanks, Weights, Belts, Dive master services, All meals, Towels Provided

Excluded: Dive Equipment, All National Park Fees & harbor fees (Komodo National Park approx. 100 USD pp / Raja Ampat approx 200 USD pp / MAUMERE – AMBON: Harbor & National Park fees (250 USD), long distance fuel surcharge (150 USD) / AMBON – MAUMERE: Harbor & National Park fees (250 USD), long distance fuel surcharge (150 USD) / AMBON – SORONG: National Park ticket & Harbor fee (200 USD), fuel surcharge (150 USD), Nitrox 5 USD/dive, 15 L tank 5 USD/dive, canned drinks 1-2 USD, Bottle of wine 400.000 IDR, Beer 35.000 IDR, Taxi Lombok airport to Senggigi 300.000 IDR. Please Note: Single occupancy for trips in Raja Ampat 2017/2018: Cabin A: 70%, Cabin B-C: 50%, Cabin D: 70%. Surcharge for single occupancy for trips in Komodo 2018: Cabin A: 80%, Cabin B-C: 80%, Cabin D: 90%

ACCOMMODATION

On deck level -1 we have four cabins with a maximum occupancy of 3 persons. One cabin has 3 single beds and three cabins have a double and a single bed. Next, to these, there is also a cabin suited for one single passenger. All of the rooms have air condition, cabinets, reading lights and a mirror. Our passengers make use of shared sanitary facilities.

COMFORT

7 multilingual crew members will support you during the journey with their knowledge and skills. Deck level 0 has a large lounge and dining space located at the stern. The decompression chamber is also located on this deck. Deck level +1 is the place for relaxation and entertainment. It consists of 2 sun decks with comfortable sun beds, bean bags, a bar and our cinema under the stars. Internet is available when circumstances allow.

CATERING

Delicious and healthy food of local and western origin are served 3 times a day as a buffet. In between snacks are available. If you have special dietary requests of a medical or religious kind, let us know in advance. A wide range of soft drinks and alcoholic beverages can be ordered from the bar.

DIVING

The Empress is fitted with all the equipment that minimizes the risks associated with technical diving and increases the comfort of this type of diving. Exploration of wild diving current sites, fascinating shipwrecks and deep seas require a high-class security system. Next, to all the standard facilities divers can use nitrox and trimix, fast ColtriSub compressors, an electric elevator and decompression bars and oxygen support with long hoses. This form of extra surface support is something unique on the diving boats. As the only company, we have autopilot combined with GPS, rudders and motors, an underwater radar and 3D side sonar, which allow us to determine the precise position of our divers at all times.

ITINERARIES

These are example itineraries to give you an indication of the liveaboard cruises. The final cruise might be different due to weather, sea conditions and/or guest experience. The final call is always with the boat manager and the captain of the liveaboard. This to ensure your safety as well as to give you a dive holiday never to forget.

Komodo
  • Departure Port: Labuan Bajo
  • Return Port: Labuan Bajo
  • Length: 5 Days / 4 Nights (Approximately 13 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – No minimum logged dives required.

Dive plan (13 dives):

Day 1: 10.00 check-in, welcome briefing; Bidibari, night diving Sebayor – 2 dives

Day 2: Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, Shotgun, trekking Gili Lawah Darat, night dive in Gili Lawah Darat – 4 dives

Day 3: Batu Bolong, Makassar Reef, Tatawa Kecil, Gili Lawah Darat North – 4 dives

Day 4: Crystal Rock, Tatawa Besar, Pengah Kecil; barbecue – 3 dives

Day 5: Trekking to Rinca (Komodo dragons); 12.00 check out in Labuan Bajo

Marine Life: Bumphead parrot fish, bamboo sharks, marble rays, nudibranchs, dusky sharks, jawfish, bubble coral shrimps, leaf fish, porcelain crabs, pygmy seahorses, schools of barracudas, trevally, and mackerel, white tips, black tips, grey reef sharks, turtles, octopus, frogfish, manta rays, dugong, banded pipefishes, mandarin fishes, Wonderpus, Indian Walkman

Bali - Komodo
  • Departure Port: Serangan Harbor – Bali
  • Return Port: Labuan Bajo
  • Length: 8 Days / 7 Nights (Approximately 19 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – 10 minimum logged dives required.

ITINERARY:

Day 1:

  • 15.00 – check-in
  • 17.00 – sailing to Moyo (19-20h), safety briefing
  • 19.00 – dinner

Day 2:

  • 08.30 – breakfast
  • 10.00 – arrival to Moyo
  • 10.30 – 1st dive Tanjung Pasir
  • 12.30 – lunch
  • 14.30 – 2nd dive at Long Reef
  • 16.30 – snacks and relocation to Banta (14-15h)
  • 19.00 – dinner

Day 3:

  • 8.00 – 1st dive at Banta
  • 10.00 – breakfast
  • 12.00 – 2nd dive at Banta
  • 13.30 – lunch
  • 15.30 – 3rd dive at Banta
  • 17.00 – snacks and relocation to Komodo (4-5h)
  • 19.30 – dinner

Day 4 – NORTH KOMODO – 

  • 7.00 – 1st dive at Castle Rock
  • 8.30 – breakfast
  • 10.30 – 2nd dive at Crystal Rock
  • 12.30 – lunch
  • 14.30 – 3rd dive at Shotgun
  • 16.00 – snacks
  • 17.00 – trekking
  • 18.30 – night dive at Gili Lawah Darat
  • 20.00 – dinner

Day 5 – CENTRAL KOMODO:

  • 7.00 – 1st dive at Batu Bolong
  • 8.30 – breakfast
  • 10.30 – 2nd dive at Makassar Reef
  • 12.30 – lunch
  • 14.30 – 3rd dive at Tatawa Kecil
  • 16.00 – snacks
  • 18.00 – night dive at Pink Beach
  • 19.30 – dinner

Day 6 – SOUTH KOMODO:

  • 7.00 – Trekking Komodo Dragons
  • 9.00 – breakfast and relocation to South Komodo
  • 11.30 – 1st dive at Manta Alley
  • 13.00 – lunch
  • 15.00 – 2nd dive at Manta Alley
  • 17.30 – snacks and short relocation
  • 18.30 – night dive at Tanjung Loh Sera (wreck)

Day 7:

  • 7.00 – 1st dive at Tatawa Besar
  • 8.30 – breakfast
  • 10.30 – 2nd dive at Pengah Kecil
  • 12.30 – lunch
  • 14.30 – 3rd dive at Wainilu
  • 17.00 – barbecue on the beach

Day 8:

  • 8.00 – breakfast
  • 10.00 – check out from Empress
Raja Ampat - Misool
  • Departure Port: Sorong
  • Return Port: Sorong
  • Length: 8 Days / 7 Nights (Approximately 19 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – 10 minimum logged dives required.

BEST OF THE BEST SOUTH AND CENTRAL

1 Day – pick up, 12:00 check-in, welcome briefing and relocation to Misool (15h)
2 Day – 4 dives (Sagof, Pinnacle, Yillet, Romeo)
3 Day – 4 dives (Shadow Reef, Boo Rock, Nudi Rock, Barracuda Rock)
4 Day – 2 dives and trekking (Four Kings, Wedding Cake, Trekking Jellyfish Lake). Relocation 15h to Penemu Island.
5 Day – 3 dives and trekking (My Reef, Mellisa’s Garden. Trekking – iconic viewpoint. Rubble Point)
6 Day – 4 dives (Cape Mansuar, Cape Kri, Mioskon, Mioskon)
7 Day – 2 dives and barbecue (Blue Magic, Sardine Reef and barbecue)
8 Day – 9:00 check out

Routes can be affected by adverse weather conditions and unforced events, force majeure or other similar reasons

Marine Life: At least 75 percent of all coral species can be found in Raja Ampat, divers can expect a range of topography from soft corals and sea fans, to hard corals, seagrass beds, mangroves, shallow reefs, deep drop-offs, caves, black sand and white sand. Giant manta rays, sea turtles, sharks, cuttlefish, pipefish, various seahorse species and massive schools of reef fish are the norm, plus the delightful wobbegong sharks and epaulette sharks inhabit these waters too

Raja Ampat
  • Departure Port: Sorong
  • Return Port: Ambon
  • Length: 9 Days / 8 Nights (Approximately 23 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – 10 minimum logged dives required.

Sorong – Misool – Koon Island – Ambon

Dive plan (23 dives):

Day 1: check-in

Day 2: Misool: Two Three Island, Pinnacle, Baby Rock, Wagmab – 4 dives

Day 3: Misool: Four Kings, Wedding Cake, Barracuda Rock, Barracuda Rock (night d) – 4 dives

Day 4: Misool – Nudi Rock, Shadow Reef, Boo Rocks, Romeo – 4 dives

Day 5: Yellit Kecil. Shadow Reef, Gus Ridge – 3 dives

Day 6: Koon Island, Too Many Fish – 3 dives

Day 7: Banda – Karang Hatta, Batu Kapal, Pulai Ai – 3 dives

Day 8: Nusa Laut, Goodby Barbecue – 2 dives

Day 9: check-out

Routes can be affected by adverse weather conditions and unforced events, force majeure or other similar reasons.

Marine Life: At least 75 percent of all coral species can be found in Raja Ampat, divers can expect a range of topography from soft corals and sea fans, to hard corals, seagrass beds, mangroves, shallow reefs, deep drop offs, caves, black sand and white sand. Giant manta rays, sea turtles, sharks, cuttlefish, pipefish, various seahorse species and massive schools of reef fish are the norm, plus the delightful wobbegong sharks and epaulette sharks inhabit these waters too

Maumere - Ambon
  • Departure Port: Maumere
  • Return Port: Ambon
  • Length: 11 Days / 10 Nights (Approximately 26 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – 10 minimum logged dives required.

DIVE PLAN (total min. 26 dives):

DAY 1: Maumere, Check-in; 1 or 2 dives depending on the time of arrival

DAY 2: Alor – 2 dives

DAY 3: Wetar – 3 dives

DAY 4: Romang Island – 3 dives

DAY 5: Damar Island – 3 dives

DAY 6: Pulau Nila – Karang Desperandum – 3 dives

DAY 7: Gili Manuk – 3 dives

DAY 8: Banda Neira – Pohon Miring, Batu Kapal, land tour, Moulana Jetty – 3 dives

DAY 9: Nusa Laut – 3 dives

DAY 10: Ambon – 2 dives

Day 11: Ambon – Check out

*Routes can be affected by adverse weather conditions and unforeseen events, force majeure or other similar reasons

Ambon - Raja Ampat
  • Departure Port: Ambon
  • Return Port: Sorong
  • Length: 9 Days / 8 Nights (Approximately 22 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – 10 minimum logged dives required.

DIVE PLAN (min. 21-22 dives):

Day 1: Ambon – 1 or 2 dives (depending on the time of arrival)

Day 2: Nusa Laut – Ameth – 3 dives

Day 3: Banda – Pulai Ai, Batu Kapal, Karang Hatta – 3 dives

Day 4: Koon – Too Many Fish (hammerhead sharks) – 3 dives

Day 5: Misool – Shadow Reef, Boo Rocks, Yellit Kecil, Romeo (night dive) – 4 dives

Day 6: Misool – Nudi Rock, Four Kings, Wedding Cake, Barracuda Rock – 4 dives

Day 7: 3 Sisters, Farondi Cave and Jellyfish lake trekking, Barbecue – 2 dives

Day 8: No Contest – 1 dive (relocation to Sorong 14-16 h)

Day 9: Check-out

*Routes can be affected by adverse weather conditions and unforced events, force majeure or other similar reasons

  • Year built: 2010
  • Year Renovated: 2016
  • Length: 267
  • Beam: 18
  • Top speed: 12 knots
  • Cruising speed: 9 knots
  • Engines: 2 x 8 cylinder DIESEL MM TD 232 V8
  • Max guests: 10
  • Number of cabins: 5
  • Number of bathrooms: 3
  • Tenders: 2
  • Water capacity: 5 000 l
  • Fuel capacity: 22 000 l
  • Freshwater maker: 2 x 2400 l/ 24h
  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Fishfinder
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Searchlight
  • Engine room CCTV
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares
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