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Maluku Divers Resort is the only dedicated dive resort on the spice island of Ambon. It enjoys a beautiful setting and offers some of the best muck diving in Indonesia.

Lying on the shores of Ambon Bay surrounded by mature mango and palm trees, this dedicated dive facility combines modern comforts with traditional architectural designs creating a unique experience.

The ten individual waterfront bungalows are incredibly spacious. They feature air-conditioning and ceiling fan, bedroom, en-suite bathroom, living area and a large wooden furnished terrace as well as two individual editing tables and charging station, perfect for photographers. For those on a budget there is a terraced style block of four garden view rooms. Smaller in size than the bungalows, all feature air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom and a simple furnished verandah.

Located in a traditional roof beachfront complex, facilities include an open air restaurant, bar and kitchen with furnished patio on which to enjoy meals and relax. Built with photographers in mind, there is a large communal camera room and dive lounge area. Meals are a communal affair with both local and international cuisine. There is a weekly barbeque night and where possible, fresh produce is sourced from the local village, Laha. Intermittent WiFi internet access is available in the restaurant and lounge area.

The resort is a five minute transfer from the airport. Both charming and a little rustic this is the perfect choice for photographers and divers interested in muck diving.

Maluku Divers

The on-site dive centre provides daily boat diving to the 30+ sites of Ambon Bay plus regular trips to sites on the south coast. The experienced team includes highly skilled guides from across Indonesia, essential for the best possible muck diving experience. Diving here is geared towards underwater photographers, who will need to travel with both a macro and wide-angle lens.

Facilities include a large equipment area, showers, rinse tanks and a dedicated camera room. Entry to one of the three fully equipped fibreglass boats is from the shore. Dive sites in Ambon Bay are no more than fifteen minutes away. Nitrox (32%) is available.

Marine life is prolific, none more so than at one of the most famous sites, the Twilight Zone. The majority of the marine life found here can be attributed to the movements and actions of the small fishing boats and tankers which use the jetty. The diversity is incredible and the site offers a different experience throughout the day. There are various habitats and topography in the Bay including sandy slopes, silt, rubble and the 137 metre long wreck, the Aquila (originally the Duke of Sparta) which met its demise in 1958. It lies upright at 35 metres and is a must do dive.

Expect to see an incredible variety of marine life including rhinopias, frogfish, nudibranch, seahorse, snake eels, shrimp, jawfish, mimic octopus, flying gunards and dragonets. It’s a critter parade in Ambon Bay. The scenic sites of Hukurila Cave and Pintu Kota on the outside showcase colourful corals bustling with marine life and the chance to see large pelagic species.

The average water temperature is 28C and a 3mm wetsuit is recommended. Visibility in Ambon Bay ranges dramatically due to the tides, but it's this that contributes to an exceptional muck diving experience.

Key info

  • Ideal for:
    • Groups
    • Singles
  • Diving suitable for:
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced
  • Dive boat: Custom dive boat
This accommodation is located in:

Ambon

Ambon’s intriguing shoreline has a habit of throwing up the weird and the wonderful. Muck diving in the region has become legendary, yet the clear water sites on the south coast offer divers a great combination making this a must visit destination.

  • Ideal for viewing: clown frogfish, pygmy seahorse, wonderpus octopus, napoleon wrasse, mobula ray
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving, Muck diving, Underwater photography