Critters without crowds, Ambon Bay is home to some of the best muck diving in the world and the 137 metre long wreck, the Duke of Sparta.
Located in the Moluccas at the heart of the Coral Triangle, the tropical island of Ambon is the capital of the Maluku region. The fertile, mountainous island is split into two territories, with Ambon Bay being the main draw for visiting divers and the Banda Sea lapping the southern coastline, home to colourful walls, swim-throughs and caves.
Ambon’s intriguing shoreline has a habit of throwing up the weird and the wonderful, most famously the new species of frogfish discovered by Maluku Divers in 2008. Critters are often seasonal, but many species can be regularly spotted with the help of a knowledgable local. Muck diving in the region has become legendary, and developed Ambon as a must visit destination in Indonesian diving.
It's possible to experience the delights of Ambon by staying in a resort or by liveaboard as some itineraries include the area in season. Muck divers can enjoy Ambon Bay diving throughout the year but it's best to avoid July and August when some resorts are closed due to the wet season.
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