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Dive Review of Maluku Divers in
Indonesia/Ambon

Maluku Divers, Oct, 2012,

by linda rutherford, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 17 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 6784.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving various worldwide
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10 to 45 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions no unusual restrictions other than the normal common sense restrictions
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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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