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Dive Review of Maluku Divers in

October, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by linda rutherford, CA, US
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Report Number 6784
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
various worldwide
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 45    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
no unusual restrictions other than the normal common sense restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
The boats had no special handling for cameras, but cameras could be rinsed
thoroughly as soon as we were back ashore. The large camera room was well
lit and convenient.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
After a live-aboard cruise from Sorong to Ambon, we opted to stay nine
additional nights with Maluku Divers in Ambon before going Lembeh Straights
for two weeks. We were pleasantly surprised when we saw our large
air-conditioned bungalow, complete with two large desks. The room had no
mini-bar, but the bar was nearby for getting cold drinks. Hot coffee and
tea was always available.

The covered outdoor restaurant had a constant breeze that was very
pleasant. Internet was available, but unreliable, in the open-air lobby and
in the bungalows. The Manager, Marcel, gives all newcomers an orientation
and makes sure that you have everything you need. The camera room is large
and has good lighting. 

This October, the wind and small waves hitting the beach, made diving on
the resort side of Ambon Bay murky with stirred up silt. So most mornings
we got into one of their three boats and went to the other side of the bay.
This is a fifteen-minute trip. The boats have a covering for shade and are
comfortable. The dive guides were very professional.

There is no dock, so getting to the dive boat means wading in the water of
a rock strewn shore. This is not a problem because you will not be wearing
your weight belt, bc or tank. Everything is brought to the boat for you
ahead of time. If you have a physical handicap, you can request special
assistance getting to the boat.

The schedule is 7:15 am breakfast; 8:10 dress for diving; 8:30 leave for a
two-tank dive with a one-hour surface interval on the boat. Dive times
averaged about 70 minutes. Divers returned to the resort around 1pm, had
lunch at 1:30pm and got ready for the afternoon dive at 3pm. Night dives
were not scheduled, but were available upon request. I wont list all the
critters we saw, but the Rhinopias, eels, muck critters and pygmy seahorse,
make Maluku worth a visit.

In short, the muck diving and the dive operation are good. Prices for dive
packages are very reasonable. In a one-week stay you can easily see most
dive sites. We were taken to their best dive sites three or four times over
our seven days diving. You can purchase a two-dive a day package and use
the spot for relaxing after a cruise that ends in Ambon.

A minor annoyance were the bugs that dropped from the thatched ceiling of
our bungalow. A two-inch spider dropped on my face in the middle of the
night and a caterpillar with stinging quills fell on my husbands pillow. A
net over the head of the beds would be nice, for those of us who are not
fond of bugs. Considering this is the only dive resort in Ambon, this
probably can be tolerated.

The only real negative is the massive amount of garbage in the water and
floating on the surface: thousands of plastic bottles, plastic bags, shoes,
paint cans, food wrappers, diapers, everything and anything. 

The garbage washes up on the Maluku beachfront and fouls the props of the
dive boats. Maluku Divers is a new resort and as time passes, I am sure
they will attempt to tackle this situation.

Maluku Divers is thinking of building an incinerator so they would have a
way of disposing of it. While the volume of garbage is too much for them
alone to eliminate, it would be a step in the right direction to start a
year-round program. If every guest was charged $25 for a clean-up program,
I doubt anyone would object. They could pay someone to go to schools and
churches and teach people how to take care of the environment. 

In spite of the garbage, I still recommend the resort. Over time, I hope
eco-tourism can lead to change in local behavior.
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