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Dive Review of Ankermi/Happy Dive in

August, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Bode, Germany, Germany
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 3609
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, PNG, Solomon
Islands, Indonesia  
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
27   to 28    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 20    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No-deco diving.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Ankermi/Happy Dive have just moved to their new location about 29 km east
of Maumere. The new resort has a new and clean dive dive shop with space
for cleaning uw-equipement. Bungalows are small without a/c. The only place
to clean and arrange your equipement is on the small veranda of your
bungalow or in the dive shop.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Ankermi/Happy Dive is a small resort 29 km east of Maumere. I have been in
the area a couple of times before staying on live aboards or in the Sea
World Club further west. The great advantage of staying at Ankermi is that
Maumere´s top critter dive site Wodong Beach is just in front. Here
you find frog fish, flying gurnards, pegassus, different kinds of lionfish
(including the blue fin one), Mimic Octopus, Ghost Pipefish, Mandarinfish,
etc. There is also a Japanese wreck just in front with more critters but
not good viz.
Coral and big fish is further out. You go there on local boats which is
nothing for spoiled divers. However there are beautiful walls and reefs
around the islands in front with occasional shark encounters including
hammerheads as I was told. Currents can be strong here.

The new resort consists of five simple two storey bungalows with a double
bed downstairs and another bed upstairs. There are open air mandi style
bathrooms. Staying here is very cheap: Half pension is only 15 US$, Shore
diving is 20 Euro per dive (if you bring your own equipement).
Charging batteries was a problem. There is only electricity from 6 pm until
6 am. Night dives had to take place very late after having recharged the
empty batteries from the day dives.
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