Empress II Liveaboard

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Perfectly suited for any budget and offering great diver comforts, the Empress II is a great way to explore the underwater worlds of Raja Ampat and Komodo without breaking the bank.

The steel constructed liveaboard is ideally suited for small groups, accommodating only 9 divers total over the 4 twin and 1 single cabin onboard. All cabins are outfitted with portholes and air-conditioning and make use of shared bathroom facilities. On the Empress’s main deck is a kitchen, dining space, a living area and the diving lift, as well as the decompression chamber. The diving lift is an added bonus for divers, allowing them to quickly and easily be lowered into the water, and the decompression chamber is an added safety precaution when exploring the many secluded areas of Komodo and Raja Ampat. Guests can also make use of 2 onboard sundecks on the vessel’s top deck – one equipped with a bar, beanbags and an open-air cinema, and the other boasting ultra-comfortable mattresses and day beds for relaxing.

The M/V Empress II has been instrumental in assisting local environmental projects that have seen more than 350 mooring buoys installed throughout South East Asia. With such experienced crew and a great reputation, guests can rest assured that they are in good hands when exploring the many secluded sites Indonesia has to offer. Itineraries often include trips to the Forgotten Islands, Raja Ampat, Komodo National Park and Ambon where divers can hope to see pygmy seahorses, manta ray schools and even whales. Guests are requested to indicate their Nitrox preferences at the time of booking, in order to ensure there is enough free Nitrox for all divers.

Sandrah, Canada November 03, 2017

I was thoroughly impressed with the Empress II.

The best thing about the trip was the experienced, safety-conscious crew, and how they navigated through a difficult itinerary and never once made us feel unsafe, worried or that we wouldn’t fit it all in. The atmosphere on board was friendly, welcoming and relaxed. It was very nice to have a small group on board, and I left with a whole crew of new friends.

It was also nice that the trip offered more than just diving – we had a chance to go hiking and even saw the legendary Komodo dragons I especially enjoyed seeing the mantas and turtles – what a treat!

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