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Dive Review of Blue Motion diving in
Indonesia/Maluka province

Blue Motion diving: "Budget diving in Ambon and the Banda islands", Mar, 2016,

by Andrew Falconer , WA, AU (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 28 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 10223 has 1 Helpful vote.

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
Closest Airport Ambon Getting There Ambon diving close to airport. Banda islands diving via fast ferry.

Dive Conditions

Weather Seas
Water Temp 26 to 28 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 10 to 15 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
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 For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

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Snorkeling N/A
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Beginners 3 stars
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Comments Ambon and the Banda Islands are in Maluku Province of Indonesia, which is in the east of the archipelago. The Moluccas as they were known in colonial times were famous as the source of rare valuable spices, and were fought over by the Portuguese, Dutch and English over a period of three centuries. This history was often bloody and had consequences for the local inhabitants, especially in the Banda Islands, which were the only known source of nutmeg at the time.




There are several cheap daily flights to Ambon from Bali with Lion Air, although not direct (I flew via Surabaya and Makassar on the way there and via Makassar on the way back), and from Perth to Denpasar with Air Asia.
The diving in Ambon is conveniently located adjacent to the airport, where several dive shops operate, and there is cheap homestay accommodation. Ambon itself is on the other side of the bay, but is really just another Indonesian city, despite the attractive location.
By contrast the Banda islands require a taxi ride to the departure port for a twice weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays / returning Wednesdays and Sundays) fast ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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