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Dive Review of Maluku Divers in
Indonesia/Ambon

Maluku Divers, May, 2013,

by Frederick R. Turoff, PA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 29 reports with 12 Helpful votes). Report 7016.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 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 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I used this resort as a way-station before heading out on the Amira liveaboard for a Banda Sea cruise. I suited me well, allowing me to check out my camera gear under stable conditions and in warm water. The resort rooms are comfy, the grounds nice, the food good and the owners/boatmen/dive guides concerned that you have a fine time. With dive sites quite close, any boat ride was short. There were plenty of critters in the water but little coral growth and no pelagics while I was there, but we're situated by the town of Ambon with its shipping and traffic and junk in the water. It always saddens me to see how much human trash is on and in water near cities when I dive in Indonesia. However this provides critters with hiding places they might not get otherwise. Neat stuff to see: many frogfish, leaf scorpionfish, countless fire urchins - some with Coleman shrimp and zebra crabs riding them, large variety of shrimp, crabs, nudibranchs, flambouyant cuttlefish and other cuttlefish, reef squid both day and night, many peacock mantis shrimp and snake eels. The usual variety of scorpionfish and lionfish plus a two stonefish added venomous fish to our list of those to avoid contacting. Despite diving a site known as Rhino city, I didn't see Rhinopius there (but did two days later after transferring to the Amira and diving the site before we left).

I asked the owners to consider offering night divers a cup of hot chocolate when they arrived back from a venture, so hopefully that happens now. Otherwise, the operation runs quite well. There were few guests when I visited, so perhaps middle-May is a good time to consider visiting, especially if one has a further adventure coming.
Websites Maluku Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving BVI, USVI, Saba, St. Lucia, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Costa Rica, Coco Island, Revillagigedos, Sea of Cortez, Palau, Yap, Red Sea, Sipadan, PNG, Indonesia, Philippines
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Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80-84°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions try to come back with 500psi
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 3 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Nicely set up camera room. Guides and boatmen took good care of camera when entering and leaving boats.
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