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Dive Review of Maluku Divers in
Indonesia/Ambon

Maluku Divers, Apr, 2010,

by Ernest Hounshell, FL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 5607.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Atlantic, Pacific, cold water, warm water
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions dive briefings gave the maximum depth for each dive, varied depending on the dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Limited space for cameras on the boat, but a special rinse tank and camera room at the resort.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Takes a few flight connections to get there (5 in our case, coming from the east coast of the United States), but once you arrive in Ambon, Maluku Dive Resort is there to meet you and it is only about a ten minute van ride to the resort. The bungalows are very roomy, with 24 hour hot water and electricity and a very nice workspace for cameras (if you don't want to use the dedicated photo room. The bungalows were not quite finished when we were there, but should be completed soon. There are very nice, even in their unfinished condition. They have three gourmet chefs to pamper you, most of the dishes are Indonesian-Asian, although breakfast is pretty much Western standards. The meals were beautifully presented, and very tasty. They will take special requests. The dive operation is well run, most boats departed on time, and dive times were usually 60 minutes or more. Some dives had current, but most did not. This location rivals Lembeh for weird, macro critters. The dive guides are very good at finding the rare and unusual photo opportunities. The psychedelic frogfish is what everyone wants to see, but there are many more unusual things to see. We stayed two weeks, diving three dives a day, repeated most dive sites and saw new things on every dive. The house reef is great for night dives, but the rocky shore can be a bit difficult to navigate. If you dive outside of the bay, there is very nice coral and tropical fish. Within the bay is primarily muck diving, but that is where all the weird and unusual critters choose to live. Would highly recommend to anyone into muck diving.
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