Diving in Ambon

Diving in Ambon with a number of interesting marine habitats, from rubble slopes, to coral Bommies, from black sand sites to coral covered slopes with an amazing array of rare creatures that are perfect subjects for underwater photography.

Dive Resorts in Ambon

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Maluku Divers Resort

Located in the village of Laha, the Maluku Divers Resort is undoubtedly the most unique and modern boutique resort in Ambon and Maluku Province. It was built specifically with divers in mind with the design philosophy of “built by divers for divers” as each bungalow is equipped with individual photo editing desks catering to dive photography enthusiasts and professionals alike, along with other room features such as private bathroom, hot water, air conditioning and a large covered private terrace. There is also a pre and post dive lounge area, communal camera room, guest dive equipment area, freshwater dive shower, large camera rinse tanks, and fiberglass speedboats are used for the dive, with nitrox available. For hungry divers, there is an open air restaurant where everyone can have their meals under the stars. Ten bungalows are facing Ambon bay and muck dive sites making it the best facility for diving Ambon.

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Dive Into Ambon

A diving center situated in Baguala Bay and based at Maluku Resort & Spa is Dive into Ambon. The dive centre is owned by two divers, both of whom have 15 years of diving experiences from all over the world. Sharing this passion with underwater photography in tow, they have partnered with Maluku Resort & Spa to fully assist divers and impart their knowledge of marine life. Their time spent in Lembeh gave them more information of the weird and wonderful creatures that are home to Indonesia’s waters. Dive into Ambon offers packages with accommodation at Maluku Resort & Spa with well-organized and secure dives, making every diver experience unparalleled level of comfort while diving some of the most incredible underwater sites in Indonesia.

Marine Life Highlights in Ambon

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Mimic Octopus | Diving in Ambon | Dive Ambon | Marine Life in Ambon
Mimic Octopus
Harlequin Shrimps | Diving in Ambon | Dive Ambon | Marine Life in Ambon
Harlequin Shrimps

Dive Sites in Ambon

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Air Manis

Air Manis is one of Indonesia’s best muck diving sites. Located at Ambon bay by the area of a pier used to load and unload fishing boats, it features a fine combination of a diversity of critters together with huge schools of fish surrounding the site. Visibility ranges from 10 to 30 metres and a maximum depth of 20 metres with medium currents. Residents of this area are giant Frogfish, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Ghost Pipefish, Anthias, Pufferfish, and Dragonets. Divers will also encounter schools of Fussiliers, Scatfish, a group of Batfish, Crinoid Clingfish and Crabs, and a lot of other marine life on every dive.

Access: Boat ride from Ambon Harbor
Average Depth: 10m
Maximum Depth: 20m
Average Visibility: 10m to 30m

Pulau Tiga | Diving in Ambon | Dive Ambon | Dive Sites in Ambon

Pulau Tiga

Found on the western coast of Ambon lies a small cluster of three palm fringed islands known as Pulau Tiga. The dive sites on these islands are covered mostly with healthy corals and a sheer number of fish inhabit the slopes. Average depth is 15 metres with medium currents and visibility is at 15 to 30 metres. Diving in Pulau Tiga is likened to diving inside clouds of fish, swimming through a cave of massive schools of Red Tooth Triggerfish, and all suddenly whirling away. Few larger fish can also be spotted here with common sightings of Napoleon Wrasses, Eagle Rays and Black Tip Reef Sharks with rare encounters with Bottlenose Dolphins.

Average Depth: 15m
Maximum Depth: 30m
Average Visibility: 15m to 30m

Twilight Zone | Diving in Ambon | Dive Ambon | Dive Sites in Ambon

Twilight Zone

Twilight Zone is situated at the village of Laha around the general area of the jetty by the northwest side of the harbor close to Ambon’s airport. It is considered as the mother of all muck sites and best macro dive site in Indonesia, even having three divisions – Laha 1, 2 and 3. The dive site consist mainly of rubble substrate and junk from filing cabinets to car tires and named as such (Twilight Zone) because of its unique and strange underwater atmosphere. Visibility is between 10 to 30 metres with an average depth of 12 metres. The rubbish and fish remnants attract different varieties of marine life such as Moray Eels, colonies of Catfish, Scorpionfish, Stonefish, and of course, the Psychedelic Frogfish, where it was originally found.

Access: Boat ride from Ambon Harbor
Average Depth: 12m
Maximum Depth: 30m
Average Visibility: 10m to 30m

Pintu Kota | Diving in Ambon | Dive Ambon | Dive Sites in Ambon

Pintu Kota

Also known as Gate of the City, Pintu Kota hides a hidden gem at about 17 metres of an incredible underwater architecture of a huge archway mirroring the rock formation above water. And if that was not amazing enough, it has other arches alongside it which create an impression of underwater gates with the inside chamber basking in sunlight. With only mild currents to often strong ones, the healthy reef that shrouds the archway nurtures healthy population of reef fishes as well, with visibility of 15 metres and average depth of 20 metres. From Ambon Harbor, it only take an hour boat ride to this dive site where you can spot and swim with Snappers, Jacks, Fussiliers, Barracudas, Trevallies, Blennies and Gorgonians. The spot is suitable for muck diving adventures, snorkeling and underwater photography.

Access: Boat ride from Ambon Harbor
Average Depth: 17m
Maximum Depth: 20m
Average Visibility: 15m to 20m

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Hukurila Cave

One of the most visited sites in Ambon, Hukurila Cave is a chimney cave that splits into three exits at its base. It has two rock arches leading to a swim through hole at about 10 metres from the surface and said to be formed by lava. The cavern walls are now decorated by red, pink and orange Gorgonian Sea fans, sponges and whip corals, making it ideal site for underwater photographers. With regularly strong currents, visibility in this area is around 15 metres and average depth is at 20 metres. Descend into the caves where Dogtooth Tunas emerge from the depths, Jacks, Trevallies, Sweetlips, Blue spotted Stingrays, Snapper, Barracuda, and Pgymy Seahorse, are the ones sheltered by this unbelievable site.

Average Depth: 10m
Maximum Depth: 20m
Average Visibility: 10m to 30m

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The Duke of Sparta

The Duke of Sparta is an English vessel lying in Ambon bay which sank in 1958 due to bombing of the Americans during Operation Haik against communist rebels in Indonesia. After being identified in 2009, the 137-metre wreck sits upright with her stern at about 15 metres and her bow around 35 metres which is easily accessible by a 15-minute boat ride from Maluku Divers Resort. Currents around the area is low with visibility of 5 to 10 metres and an average depth of at 35 metres. The vessel is now encrusted with corals and an exceptional ecosystem to many Moray Eels, Nudibranchs, Frogfish and other small critters. Another wreck was also discovered a few meters away from the larger vessel which makes it two wrecks in one dive, making the diving experience worthwhile.

Access:Boat ride from Maluku Divers Resort
Average Depth: 15m
Maximum Depth: 35m
Average Visibility: 5m to 10m

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Rhino City

Close to the Twilight Zone on its west side, Rhino City is also formed by sandy slopes with stones, patches of corals, and sponges. True to its name, divers will never have enough of Rhinopias swarming around the area with exquisite colors and variations. Long shore currents are typical in this dive site resulting to a visibility of 10 metres with an average depth of 10 metres, and maximum of 28 metres. Dotted by Anemones along its slope, other types of brightly colored crustaceans are common too such as Commensal and Emperor Shrimps and Arrow crabs. As Ambon is known for critters, divers will be able to see Hairy Crabs and Orangutan Crabs, Jaw fish, Robust Ghost Pipefish and Short-Snout Pipefish, while on the shallow parts are lots of Nudibranchs, Moray Eels and Dragonets.

Access: –
Average Depth: 10m
Maximum Depth: 28m
Average Visibility: 10m to 28m

Diving in Ambon

Ambon Island is part of the Maluku Archipelago or the Spice Islands situated between Sulawesi and Papua in Indonesia. It has two peninsulas, Leitimur being the smaller one on the southeastern part, and Leihitu on the northern part. The capital is Ambon City which is the seaport of the island and also the capital of Maluku province. Slowly becoming a premier critter diving destination in the world, Ambon having uncrowded dive sites, was labelled “Critters without crowds”.

Climate in Ambon is tropical wet as it is constantly moist year round. Average temperature is 27 degree Celsius with currents from gentle to occasionally strong and visibility ranging from 5 metres to 15 metres. Ambon’s climate is opposite from all of Indonesia for its dry monsoon being October to March and wet monsoon from May to August. During the months of June to August, heavy rainfall can be experienced and at times, even typhoons.

Ambon offers a number of interesting marine habitats, from rubble slopes, to coral Bommies, from black sand sites to coral covered slopes with an amazing array of rare creatures that are perfect subjects for underwater photography. The island gives divers the chance to go Coral Reef diving, Muck diving and Shipwreck diving. Muck diving is the most common and known to Ambon but along the outer coastline of the island are also colourful soft coral walls with many overhangs, swim-throughs and several caves to explore.

As the name carries, the Ambon Scorpionfish is native in the waters of Ambon which comes in shades of green, yellow, pink or red and can also be found with some frequency in the Indian and Pacific Ocean. The rare Halimeda Ghost Pipefish can also be seen in this area along with Frogfish, Stonefish, and Mimic and Wonderpus Octopus. With hundreds of different species of Nudibranchs, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Harlequin Shrimp, Thorny and Pgymy Seahorse, Ambon is an underwater photographers’ dream come true.

Best Diving Season: October to March
Weather: Wet monsoon May to August and June to August heavy rainfall even typhoons
Water Temperature: 27°C
Marine Animal Highlights: Scorpion Fish, Mimic Octopus, Nudibranch, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Harlequin Shrimp
Recommended Thermal Protection:
Water Visibility: 5 – 15m

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