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Dive Review of Ankermi/Happy Dive in
Indonesia/Maumere

Ankermi/Happy Dive, Aug, 2007,

by Michael Bode, Germany, Germany (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 3609.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, PNG, Solomon Islands, Indonesia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 27 to 28 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 10 to 20 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No-deco diving.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Ankermi/Happy Dive have just moved to their new location about 29 km east of Maumere. The new resort has a new and clean dive dive shop with space for cleaning uw-equipement. Bungalows are small without a/c. The only place to clean and arrange your equipement is on the small veranda of your bungalow or in the dive shop.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Ankermi/Happy Dive is a small resort 29 km east of Maumere. I have been in the area a couple of times before staying on live aboards or in the Sea World Club further west. The great advantage of staying at Ankermi is that Maumere´s top critter dive site Wodong Beach is just in front. Here you find frog fish, flying gurnards, pegassus, different kinds of lionfish (including the blue fin one), Mimic Octopus, Ghost Pipefish, Mandarinfish, etc. There is also a Japanese wreck just in front with more critters but not good viz.
Coral and big fish is further out. You go there on local boats which is nothing for spoiled divers. However there are beautiful walls and reefs around the islands in front with occasional shark encounters including hammerheads as I was told. Currents can be strong here.

The new resort consists of five simple two storey bungalows with a double bed downstairs and another bed upstairs. There are open air mandi style bathrooms. Staying here is very cheap: Half pension is only 15 US$, Shore diving is 20 Euro per dive (if you bring your own equipement).
Charging batteries was a problem. There is only electricity from 6 pm until 6 am. Night dives had to take place very late after having recharged the empty batteries from the day dives.
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