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Dive Review of Dive into Ambon/Maluku Resort and Spa in
Indonesia/Ambon

Dive into Ambon/Maluku Resort and Spa: "Dive into Ambon - good diving!", May, 2017,

by Holly Bent, HI, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 9632.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Dive into Ambon offers a variety of diving (weather permitting) that their competition (Maluku divers, does not) beautiful reef diving in combination with muck diving. It was nice to have a variety of diving for our week stay prior to the liveaboard.
The resort is partnered with dive into Ambon and the dive shop is on the ocean side of the resort. They have 2 boats moored out front of the dive shop and this makes for easy access when diving the outer reefs from the shops location. If your muck diving, it is a car ride to the other side of ambon bay. This ride is varied depending on the traffic (10 to 20 minutes).
Most diving in Ambon bay is very close to the competition ( maluku divers), however the food, and accommodations are reportedly less than desirable to the Maluku resort at the dive into ambon facilities. (I know the names are confusing).
For Ambon bay diving it's about a 30 to 40 minute boat ride with dive into Ambon to the muck sites due to the amount of plastic waste in the bay, speeds are slower as props are always becoming fouled.
Is it worth it to travel to Ambon exclusively, maybe, but if you have a lay over or transiting through then for sure dive here.
Overall we had a good time and enjoyed the operation. You could do 3 or 4 dives a day. The hotel has a nice pool to relax in after returning from diving and the dive shop has a great beer fridge.
I was not sure which room to book, so we stayed in the cottages, if I go back I would opt for the studio. It is difficult for the AC to cool the cottages, and going up and down and outside for the bathroom in the cottage at night was a bit of a drag.
I really have no negatives on the resort based dive operation other than the food served at lunch, which were leftover dinners.
The food was a bit of a negative for me with my food allergies, but the owners at dive into ambon, kept the resort staff on their toes.
Ambon has a movie theater and small mall with a great coffee shop and locally made camping gear store. We picked up a larger dry bag, a must for the long days on the dive boats.
The culture in Ambon is super friendly and helpful. We never felt unsafe.
Websites Dive into Ambon   Maluku Resort and Spa

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia (extensive), Maldives, Palau, Yap, PNG, Philippines, Fiji, Caribbean, Hawaii, Australia, Coral Sea, New Zealand, California, Central America, Micronesia, Mexico, Tahiti, Solomons, and more
Closest Airport Ambon Getting There Garuda via Jakarta

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 84-°F / 29-°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 5-100 Ft/ 2-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions none really, most dives were well over an hour
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
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 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Adequate camera room and rinse tanks.
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