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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.

Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: spotted eagle ray, dugong, giant frogfish, mandarin fish, pygmy seahorse
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Cape Paperu Resort & Spa

Built up on the cliffs at the entrance to Saparua Bay, Cape Paperu Resort & Spa is ideal for divers, snorkellers and also nature lovers – the nearby dive sites offer coral gardens, sheer walls and colourful fish.

Maluku Divers Resort

Located on the island of Ambon, Maluku Divers Resort is Indonesia's latest critter-diving mecca, rivalling Lembeh Strait for its abundance of weird and wonderful marine life. It also offers good deals for single divers.

Maluku Resort & Spa

A hidden gem located in Baguala Bay on the spice island of Ambon, Maluku Resort & Spa is a boutique resort set amongst tropical gardens overlooking the Banda Sea, offering easy access to local reefs.

Suggested liveaboards are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Dewi Nusantara

This 57 metre long, three masted topsail schooner moves with grace and stability through the waters of eastern Indonesia, concentrating on exploring Raja Ampat, Ambon, East Flores and Komodo.


The luxurious Tambora has been engineered for a minimum of noise and vibration and aims to take you on an exhilarating journey through the Indonesian archipelago, unique in diversity and home to the world’s best dive sites.

Calico Jack

Built for adventure, this classic phinisi cruises some of the most ecologically abundant areas of the planet including Komodo and Raja Ampat. With five cabins and an attentive crew, divers can expect an exceptional experience.

MS Aurora

The MS Aurora is a luxurious double masted traditional phinisi, designed for a discerning clientele. Cruising Indonesia year round, there are a variety of itineraries to choose from, all showcasing marine biodiversity at its best.

MSV Amira

This 52 metre luxury phinisi first set sail in 2010 and was built with locally grown timber by indigenous craftsmen using ancient traditional methods. Enjoy up to four dives per day on itineraries throughout Indonesia.