Empress a special Raja Ampat Komodo liveaboard diving boat

MV Empress II

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Empress 2 liveaboard indonesia
Indonesia Indonesia
Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Alor / Ambon / Bali / Labuan Bajo, Flores / Sorong, West Papua
Boat rating: 10/10 Based on 1 divers
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Prices from: 1,239 USD
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Empress is a unique Indonesia liveaboard diving boat. It looks quite unlike all others, which are mainly Phinisi schooners. Empress is a steel boat that has a long award-winning history of discovering & being the first to dive many shipwrecks across Indonesia. Its safety & comfort features are also very special compared to other boats in the area. Empress sails around Indonesia making sure that it’s always at the best location depending on the time of year. Usually no more than ten guests join each trip.

At 22 metres in length, Empress is a medium-size Indonesia scuba diving liveaboard. There are five guest cabins, and on most trips there are no more than ten guests. However, the maximum guest capacity is thirteen. All cabins are air-conditioned and comfortable. The captain, crew and dive staff are all very experienced in offering the safest and most-enjoyable scuba diving cruises in Indonesia.

Empress has five guest cabins, which are all a little different from each other. Cabin A has three single beds, Cabins B & C have a double bed and a single bunk above. Cabin D has a large double bed and a single bed. Although Cabins B, C & D can accommodate three guests, this only happens if all three know each other and they book together. Normally only two guests stay in Cabins B, C & D. Finally, Cabin E has one single bed, which makes it ideal for solo divers who want some privacy. All cabins have air-conditioning. Cabins A, B, C, & D have independently-controlled air conditioners, and Cabin E uses the air flow from Cabin E, plus it has a fan. All cabins have porthole windows that can be opened. Bathroom facilities are shared between the guests, and they all have hot & cold freshwater showers and western-style toilets.

A feature that are unique to Empress is its diver lift! Divers normally start each dive from one of the two motorized tender dinghies, but after diving the boat has a special sensor system that can locate divers underneath the surface and actually lower a lift into the water to retrieve them to the upper deck.

The food on Empress also has a great reputation. It is served several times each day and it’s the perfect blend of local and western cuisine. You certainly won’t go hungry, and will probably come back for second portions. At any time between or after dives on Empress guests relax and socialise. The atmosphere and facilities are very pleasant, and include the Shisha lounge and chess set.

Empress sails around Indonesia depending on the high season of each area. From late May to October, it has trips at the world-famous Komodo Islands and you get to visit the dragons on the final day of your trip. Then for the rest of the year it’s at Raja Ampat, which has the best diving in the world. In between Komodo and Raja Ampat you can also join crossing trips that visit places like Ambon and Maumere.

Finally, Empress is a great boat for getting good deals on Indonesia liveaboard diving trips. If you book more than 12 months in advance you get an automatic discount of 15%, plus we offer early-bird and last-minute discounts on any remaining spaces.

Prices & Schedule

MV Empress II Diver Prices Overview 2022 / 2023
DestinationsDuration Triple Bunk Double/Twin Master Single
( 10 Dives)
4D / 3N Triple Bunk1,239 USD Double/Twin1,351 USD Master1,638 USD Single1,454 USD
( 13 Dives)
5D / 4N Triple Bunk1,433 USD Double/Twin1,556 USD Master1,843 USD Single1,659 USD
( 21 Dives)
7D / 6N Triple Bunk2,099 USD Double/Twin2,252 USD Master2,559 USD Single2,355 USD
( 21 Dives)
8D / 8N Triple Bunk2,355 USD Double/Twin2,559 USD Master2,969 USD Single2,559 USD
( 21 Dives)
8D / 8N Triple Bunk2,355 USD Double/Twin2,559 USD Master2,969 USD Single2,559 USD
( 19 Dives)
7D / 7N Triple Bunk2,713 USD Double/Twin2,867 USD Master3,225 USD Single2,918 USD
Banda Sea,
( 21 Dives)
8D / 8N Triple Bunk3,153 USD Double/Twin3,266 USD Master3,686 USD Single3,174 USD
Banda Sea,
( 21 Dives)
9D / 8N Triple Bunk3,153 USD Double/Twin3,266 USD Master3,686 USD Single3,174 USD
Banda Islands,
( 21 Dives)
8D / 8N Triple Bunk3,153 USD Double/Twin3,266 USD Master3,686 USD Single3,174 USD
Banda Islands,
( 21 Dives)
8D / 8N Triple Bunk3,153 USD Double/Twin3,266 USD Master3,686 USD Single3,174 USD
Included In The Price
Transfers to & from the airport
Transfers to and from local hotels
Tea / coffee
Drinking water
Weights & weightbelts
Standard tanks
Dive master services
Soap & Shampoo
Luggage storage
Not Included In The Price
Dive equipment
National park fees
Dive computer
Alcoholic drinks
Night diving torch
Larger tanks
Tips / Gratuities
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Booking / Enquiry

The itineraries below are the most-common for each trip, but these can sometimes be changed for a number of reasons. Small changes are made due to weather & sea conditions, special marine life sightings, overcrowded dive sites, local-authorities' instructions, and the needs & requests of the paying guests. The safety & comfort of all guests is most important at all times.

Itinerary Name (click the itinerary name to open) Days / Nights Number of dives
Komodo 5 Days / 4 Nights 13 Dives
Komodo 7 Days / 6 Nights 21 Dives
Komodo 4 Days / 3 Nights 10 Dives
Raja Ampat, Misool 7 Days / 7 Nights 19 Dives
Bali, Sumbawa, Komodo 8 Days / 8 Nights 21 Dives
Komodo, Sumbawa, Bali 8 Days / 8 Nights 21 Dives
Raja Ampat, Misool, Banda Islands, Ambon 8 Days / 8 Nights 21 Dives
Ambon, Banda Islands, Misool, Raja Ampat 8 Days / 8 Nights 21 Dives
Forgotten Islands, Banda Sea 8 Days / 8 Nights 21 Dives

Facilites, Layout and Specifications

Facilities Available with MV Empress II
Air con
Courses Available
Free Pickup
Single cabins available
AV Entertainment
Vegetarian Food Available
Double Beds Available
Family Cabin
Shaded Sundeck
Available to Charter
MV Empress II Layout
Communal Deck

Empress Indonesia liveaboard Raja Ampat Komodo communal area deck

Guest Cabin Deck
Empress Indonesia liveaboard Raja Ampat Komodo guest cabin deck
Upper Deck
Empress Indonesia liveaboard Raja Ampat Komodo upper deck


MV Empress II Specifications
Length: 22.2 metres
Weight:  125 tonnes.
Hull: Steel.
Engines: 2 x 8 cylinder diesel MM TD 232 V8.
Cruising speed: 9 knots.
Water tank: 5000 litres.
Watermaker: 3600 litres/day.
Fuel tank: 22000 litires.
Generators: 2 x 25 kW.
Electrical power: 220 v / 24 hours.
Solar Panels: 3 kW
Compressors: 2 x ColtriSub 260 litres/min
Lifeboats: 2 x (12 persons per boat)
Navigation: Doubled GPS, Sonar 2D, Side scan sonar 3D, Underwater radar, Doubled radars.
Communication: Satellite telephone, Radio.


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Transfer details

The Empress team collect guests from local hotels or the nearest airport for free on departure day. At the end of each trip the same transfers are available.

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MV Empress II Reviews

Read real reviews from people who have dived with MV Empress II
Nationality: American
Dived: 03 August 2018
Boat rating: 10/10
Excellent time! Amazing staff, divine food, epic diving. Highly recommend!!!
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