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Dive Review of Maluku Divers in

April, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Ernest Hounshell, FL, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Atlantic, Pacific, cold water, warm water
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
dive briefings gave the maximum depth for each dive, varied depending on
the dive.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Limited space for cameras on the boat, but a special rinse tank and camera
room at the resort.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
Takes a few flight connections to get there (5 in our case, coming from the
east coast of the United States), but once you arrive in Ambon, Maluku Dive
Resort is there to meet you and it is only about a ten minute van ride to
the resort.  The bungalows are very roomy, with 24 hour hot water and
electricity and a very nice workspace for cameras (if you don't want to use
the dedicated photo room.  The bungalows were not quite finished when we
were there, but should be completed soon.  There are very nice, even in
their unfinished condition.  They have three gourmet chefs to pamper you,
most of the dishes are Indonesian-Asian, although breakfast is pretty much
Western standards.  The meals were beautifully presented, and very tasty. 
They will take special requests.  The dive operation is well run, most
boats departed on time, and dive times were usually 60 minutes or more. 
Some dives had current, but most did not.  This location rivals Lembeh for
weird, macro critters.  The dive guides are very good at finding the rare
and unusual photo opportunities.  The psychedelic frogfish is what everyone
wants to see, but there are many more unusual things to see.  We stayed two
weeks, diving three dives a day, repeated most dive sites and saw new
things on every dive.  The house reef is great for night dives, but the
rocky shore can be a bit difficult to navigate.  If you dive outside of the
bay, there is very nice coral and tropical fish.  Within the bay is
primarily muck diving, but that is where all the weird and unusual critters
choose to live.  Would highly recommend to anyone into muck diving.
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