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Dive Review of Maluku Divers in
Indonesia/Ambon

September, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Tracey Bennett, NV, US
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 5833
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Raja Ampat, Lembah, Halmahera, Bali, Thailand, Philippines, Palau, Yap,
Borneo, Fiji, Tahiti, PNG, Bahamas, Honduras, St. Vincent, Belize, Columbia
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 50    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
?  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Up at 500 lbs. or 1 hour. Small groups could be more flexible.  Most dives
were over an hour  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
no 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Comments
Built in designated camera rinse tanks, Huge temp controlled camera room.
Bungalow has 2 desk/workstations with many plugs. Guides are used to
handling big camera systems.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
On the first day of diving I saw a mimic octopus, a pigmy pipehorse, 4
harlequin shrimp, painted frogfish, flamboyant cuttlefish, a thorny
seahorse, mantis shrimp, boxfish, a wonderpus, clouded moray, clown snake
eel, and a flabellina nudibranch. Great way to start a dive trip.  
Most of the diving is in the Bay, and is focused around the critters that
live here. Up to 4 dives per day.  Boat comes back after each dive except 2
tanks for diving on other side of bay, and 3 tank weather dependent,
outside island dives. Samuel, who used to guide in Lembeh, is an excellent
spotter, and very familiar with all of the sites. Ambon is now #1 on my
list for muck diving, but not a place for people who want pretty reefs and
big fish. 
Accomodations are clean and have very comfortable beds, aircon, and large
covered porches. Meals were hit and miss, however management started
coaching the chef and meals improved during our trip. It would be hard to
find a place that had better "service with a smile".
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