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Dive Review of Maluku Divers in

October, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Alan Olson, IL, US
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Report Number 6041
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Malaysia, Philippines, Tahiti, Sea of Cortez
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
stay witin sight of group  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
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  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
No provision for cameras on boat - just covered with a towel. Excellent
camera room at resort.  The many and spacious rinse tanks were in full sun
at the time of our visit with a shade cover promised in the near future.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
First, the not great news: the rooms ,while new and nice do not have
screens or mosquito nets and it is buggy - the skeeters will get in.  The
food is served in miniscule portions and is chef's choice except for
breakfast.  For example, the best dessert was ice cream and we each
literally got a  tablespoon of it.  The other desserts were strange =
avocado mousse and floating jello things.  No pork as the resort is next to
a Muslim village.  They did accomodate my vegetarian companion quite nicely
- some how she got enormous sized meals.  There are a couple trips offered
to the few sites of interest but Ambon is basically a utilitarian place. 
The beach is made of small rocks and there is no dock so you have to wade
to the boat - if you don't use hard bottom booties, bring some old tennies
for the jaunt.  The other hard to miss downside is the considerable amount
of trash on and under the water in this area.  You are not going to care
about any of the above however because the diving is sooooo good.  This is
the land of huge seahorses (at least 3 species), chubby mandarin fish that
come out in the daytime and pose for photos, free swimming ribbon eels,
juvenile pinnate batfish,amazing nudis (many laying eggs) , wonderpus and
frogfish of all sizes and colors. Also seen were a saron shrimp, halimeda
crab, some kind of beautiful juvenile moray with gray body and a pure
orange head that nobody could identify and sitting regally on a scrap of
color-coordinated fabric a BLUE RING OCTOPUS.  There were holes filled with
5-6 eels, ornate ghost pipefish, both paddle flap and weedy rhinopias,
several cuttlefish, etc.  We did not see the "new" psychedelic
frogfish, but the guides are always on the lookout. The currents are
extremely variable, some times ripping, but there are always totally
current free sites.  The staff are gracious and the management responsive. 
While we were there a Nitrox system was installed and the dining room floor
got tiled.  We are planning a return trip.
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