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Dive Review of Ankermi Happy Dive in
Indonesia/Maumere bay,Flores, Indonesia

Ankermi Happy Dive: "Budget diving at Maumere bay, Flores, Indonesia", Oct, 2018,

by Andrew Falconer , Bunbury, AU (Top Contributor Top Contributor 51 reports with 26 Helpful votes). Report 10587 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments IAfter a weeks diving in Alor (see separate report), I flew via Kupang to Maumere on Flores. I was met at the airport and taken to the dive resort, which is about 30km around the bay from Maumere. I had been here two years ago in February (the middle of the wet season), when it is impossible to dive but I liked the resort, and decided to give it another at a better time of the year. It is very chilled, run by a Swiss lady and her Indonesian husband who are both divers. There is a choice of cottages, sea view, garden view AC and fan. The food is excellent. The staff locals, INCLUDING the dive boat which is a local fisherman’s. I learnt quickly to use earplugs when the boats diesel motor was running! You can do shore dives very close to the resort (muck) or boat dives to the islands in the bay (about 1 hour away). I did both. I was not disappointed with either, in fact they both exceeded my expectations. I did 8 boat dives and 4 shore dives over six days. The corals and reef fishes on the boat dives were very good, with walls and deep drop offs. For once there were larger fish both pelagic and reef, including sharks on almost every dive (unlike Alor). Lunch was provided and was quite ok (unlike Alor). The muck dives included a Japanese WW2 wreck, and I saw some critters that I had never seen before, including ornate ghost pipefish, a two spot goby, as well as lots of frog fish, scorpion fish and crustaceans. It seems that not many divers come here (unlike Komodo which is now overrun with dive shops: 45 I am told). On occasion I was the only diver (like in Alor) but mostly there were two or three others, which was fine. Total cost of diving and accommodation (excludes air fares) was $AUD800
Websites Ankermi Happy Dive   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vanuatu, South Africa, Iceland, Scotland, Norway, Cuba, Maldives, Chuuk, Galapagos, Phillipines, Sri Lanka, France, Colombia
Closest Airport Maumere Getting There Direct flights from Bali and Kupang

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 26-28°C / 79-82°F Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 15-35 M / 49-115 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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