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Dive Review of Maluku Divers in
Indonesia/Ambon

Maluku Divers, Dec, 2008,

by LeRoy Anderson, Utah, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 4566.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Norway, British Columbia, Caribbean, Galapagos, Cocos, Papua New Guinea, US Coastal, Hawaii, Mexico, Micronesia.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 200 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions 120 feet, one hour.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Camera charging tables and rinse buckets available.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Ambon is a hidden gem in the diving world. It is known as a muck diving location equal to, if perhaps not as extensive, as Lembeh, but is infrequently traveled due to suspicions of possible Muslim-Christian unrest which has plagued this area in years past. During my week there however I felt totally safe, as did other westerners staying with me, and it is important to note the fact that no westerner has been harmed in this area, according to a recent Fathoms report, since World War 2. The religious uprising was between local neighbors and had nothing to do with international issues, and has been over for several years. Ambon seemed totally serene and peaceful to me. Anyway, enough said about this issue. Muck diving and critter diving was first rate, the late Larry Smith, Indonesia's most famous dive guide, has said the house reef has the best night dive he'd ever done. Tons of unusual crabs (decorators, hermits, large reef0, as well as other denizens such as flounders, crocodile fish, etc. The muck diving offered rhinopias sightings, wonderpuss, mating cuttlefish, frogfish the size of dinner plates, snakefish, juvenile blue ribbon eels, pipefish, snake eels, mantis shrimps, stonefish, dragonettes, leaf scorpion fish, and several flourescently colored fire urchins of various species. But the biggest surprise for me was the reef diving. At a site called three islands, I was treated to 200 ft. visibility, cascades of redtooth trigger fish and fusiliers, sea snakes, beautiful coral of all hues, and sightings of gigantic napoleon wrasse and potato cod. At a sight called the arch, fantastic underwater and topside topography as well as great fish and coral life. Ditto for a site called the cave. These sites reminded me very much of the blue holes in Palau, but with better life and fewer divers. There is also a great wreck dive on a large WW2 tanker sunk in about 80 to 100 ft of water. Ambon makes a great addition to liveaboard trips going from Sorong to Ambon, which is how I ended up trying it out. The muck diving in particular was a great contrast and addition to the many wonderful reef dives experienced while on my liveaboard.
Maluku divers goes the extra mile to satisfy their customers, at least they did so for me, helping with logistical or any other needs. Lodging is comfortable, clean, attractive, and nice. Food is first rate Indonesian fare. Dive guides were helpful and fun. All in all, for anyone looking for a unique diving adventure off the beaten track, this is an excellent option.
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