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Dive Review of Maluku Divers in

December, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by LeRoy Anderson, Utah, USA
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Report Number 4566
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, Norway, British Columbia, Caribbean, Galapagos, Cocos, Papua New
Guinea, US Coastal, Hawaii, Mexico, Micronesia.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 200    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
120 feet, one hour.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Camera charging tables and rinse buckets available.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Ambon is a hidden gem in the diving world. It is known as a muck diving
location equal to, if perhaps not as extensive, as Lembeh, but is
infrequently traveled due to suspicions of possible Muslim-Christian unrest
which has plagued this area in years past. During my week there however I
felt totally safe, as did other westerners staying with me, and it is
important to note the fact that no westerner has been harmed in this area,
according to a recent Fathoms report, since World War 2. The religious
uprising was between local neighbors and had nothing to do with
international issues, and has been over for several years. Ambon seemed
totally serene and peaceful to me. Anyway, enough said about this issue.
Muck diving and critter diving was first rate, the late Larry Smith,
Indonesia's most famous dive guide, has said the house reef has the best
night dive he'd ever done. Tons of unusual crabs (decorators, hermits,
large reef0, as well as other denizens such as flounders, crocodile fish,
etc. The muck diving offered rhinopias sightings, wonderpuss, mating
cuttlefish, frogfish the size of dinner plates, snakefish, juvenile blue
ribbon eels, pipefish, snake eels, mantis shrimps, stonefish, dragonettes,
leaf scorpion fish, and several flourescently colored fire urchins of
various species. But the biggest surprise for me was the reef diving. At a
site called three islands, I was treated to 200 ft. visibility, cascades of
redtooth trigger fish and fusiliers, sea snakes, beautiful coral of all
hues, and sightings of gigantic napoleon wrasse and potato cod. At a sight
called the arch, fantastic underwater and topside topography as well as
great fish and coral life. Ditto for a site called the cave. These sites
reminded me very much of the blue holes in Palau, but with better life and
fewer divers. There is also a great wreck dive on a large WW2 tanker sunk
in about 80 to 100 ft of water. Ambon makes a great addition to liveaboard
trips going from Sorong to Ambon, which is how I ended up trying it out.
The muck diving in particular was a great contrast and addition to the many
wonderful reef dives experienced while on my liveaboard.
Maluku divers goes the extra mile to satisfy their customers, at least they
did so for me, helping with logistical or any other needs. Lodging is
comfortable, clean, attractive, and nice. Food is first rate Indonesian
fare. Dive guides were helpful and fun. All in all, for anyone looking for
a unique diving adventure off the beaten track, this is an excellent
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