Maluku Divers Ambon - Far East

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About Maluku Divers Ambon

Maluku Divers Ambon has been built in the heart of Indonesia's macro mecca. Lembeh may be the more famous of the muck diving locations in Indonesia, but Ambon is fast gaining a reputation for being the macro location for those in the know, especially if you love underwater photography. The resort has been built entirely around the diving opportunities and brings a sliver of tranquil luxury to this far flung corner of the globe.

There are currently 10 bungalows at Maluku divers Ambon, making this the ideal secluded getaway, nestled amid a mango tree plantation. In spite of the resort's remote location, everything you could need can be found here! Double or twin bungalows are available and all have both air con and ceiling fans. Each bungalow has a large living area. The high ceiling and modern decor add to the airy feel. The en suite bathooms are spacious, stocked with complimentary toiletries and have hot water showers. Each bungalow has a large wooden terrace and glorious views over Ambon Bay.

Maluku Divers resort has an undeniable tranquil atmosphere. The restaurant prides itself on the fresh dishes that are served up each day. Local, freshly caught fish is a staple, alongside tasty meat, vegetable and sides. Breakfast is typically a choice of pancakes, eggs, toast or why not try an Indonesian breakfast. Lunch and dinner are 3 courses and all meals are included in your package. Once a week there is a BBQ. The bar serves up drinks on the open air patio - soak up the stars over your favourite tipple! The dive centre is the other focal point of the resort. Here you will find some of the best facilities for underwater photographers. The dedicated camera room is massive and the layout of the dive centre itself has been designed with photographers in mind. Above and below the water, Maluku Divers Ambon is an undeniably special place, created for divers by divers.

Join one of our escorted photography trips to Maluku Divers

  • Martin Edges Macro Masterclass
  • Ambon Critters Close Up with Duxy
  • Jennifer

    2013-01-30 10:01:00

    We had a wonderful stay at Maluku Divers and would be happy for you to share our trip report with others. We debated whether to include a few days at Maluku Divers in our Indonesia plans — we weren’t sure whether our whole family would enjoy muck diving, nor whether the cost (since there are the four of us) would be worthwhile. Our doubts dissipated quickly, and we greatly enjoyed our 4-day stay. No regrets! The resort and bungalows are lovely, the staff competent and attentive, and our 11 dives, all just a few minutes from the resort by boat, were excellent. Only our 15-year-old is a serious photographer, and he had the time of his life finding critters and talking photo stuff with Marcel. But the rest of us had a great time too. We appreciate being away from the crowds, and this is it — the frontier. Go now before the rest of the world catches on.

    David

    2013-01-30 10:00:18

    I just wanted to thank you, Marcel, & the staff at Maluku Divers for an excellent couple of weeks. As is the case with most trips, I had numerous minor issues with the equipment I brought along: an electrical short, broken octopus, leaky O-rings, multiple broken fin straps, etc. Fortunately, all problems were handled promptly & intelligently, so I was able to get all of my dives in. I’d also like to add that the staff was extremely hard working during my stay. Aside from the huge spider living in my bathroom—which I didn’t dare disturb—the room was kept fresh & clean at all times. Most importantly, great care was taken with all diving gear (i.e. expensive cameras) both on and off the boats. Anyway, I hope I can make Ambon diving a yearly event.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Location

    Indonesia is around 15-20 hours flight from the UK and is made up of around 18 000 islands. It is the largest archipelago in the world straddling the Equator, between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Most travellers will enter Indonesia through Jakarta (CGK), Bali (DPS) or Manado (MDC) airports. This is the stuff of divers' dreams. This exotic nation is the very definition of bio diversity. Find the big fish in Komodo, Raja Ampat or Kalimantan. Drift lazily along the walls of Bunaken and Wakatobi, watching turtles on coral drenched walls. While away the hours hunting for miniscule macro in Bali, Lembeh or Ambon. Cannot decide? Why not combine two locations into a single trip!

    Weather and Climate

    Indonesia is a vast country, and the weather can be hugley variable. The topography means that weather patterns can be very localised. This is the tropics! For Bali, Komodo & Wakatobi the weather is usually best from April - November, with July and August being some of the best months to visit. Between December and March the conditions can be a bit stormy. November to April is also the wettest month to visit Bunaken, Lembeh and Kalimantan but to a lesser degree than in other locations. October to April is historically the most popular time to dive in Raja Ampat.

    Travel

    Flight options

    As standard, our holidays to Indonesia are quoted with London departures. We are however able to book most major airlines. Popular options for Indonesia include Cathay Pacific (40kgs hold allowance), Singapore airlines, Qatar, Emirates, Malaysian, KLM and Gaurda. If you would like to depart from a different UK airport (eg. Glasgow/Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham or Gatwick) or have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday.  If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Indonesia, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.

    Stopovers

    With a huge range of airlines to fly with, you can easily build in a stop over either on your way to or on your way back from Indonesia. Simply talk to your travel consultant about adding a stop over into your itinerary.

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    Visa requirements

    UK Passport holders landing in Jakarta, Bali or Manado are able to obtain a free 30 day visa on arrival. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here

    Insurance

    Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

    Immunisations

    Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

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    Seating

    You will also be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

    Check in

    As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.

    Lounge

    An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here

    Parking

    Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

    What happens when I arrive?

    On arrival in your Indonesia destination, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. You will then be met outside of arrivals by a representative from your liveaboard or resort. Some reps are able to meet you airside. They will be holding a board with either your destination or your name on it. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.

    Transfers

    If you have a hotel en route please follow any specific instructions in your travel documents. Where possible, you will be met by a representative who will assist in taking you to your hotel. If using a shuttle service, please arrange your return shuttle time back to the airport at the hotel check in. Domestic flights are common in Indonesia and run frequently. The major hubs of Jakarta, Bali and Manado all have separate terminals for domestic and international departures. Just follow the signs to move between international and domestic terminals. The service has improved vastly, but there can still be last minute schedule changes. Please ensure you leave plenty of time for check in or transit between flights (usually 4 hours min). Domestic flights can typically only be booked with a 20kgs hold allowance as standard. Excess baggage must be paid for in Indonesian rupiah and costs around $2-$5 per kg per way. Due to local traffic and road conditions, land journey times can be difficult to predict. We recommend you take water with you and keep any essentials in your hand baggage to make your journey as comfortable as possible.

    Departures

    At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. As of Feb 2015, the departure tax for all domestic and international flights is built into your flight ticket price.

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    Included in your holiday

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    A 10% VAT is applied to all local purchases

    Tipping

    Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.

    Currency

    Local currency is the Rupiah however cash payments made in Euro, Rupiah or Pound Sterling are subject to daily USD exchange rates determined by Maluku Divers. Incidental payments may be settled with credit card or cash. Please be aware you may be charged a surcharge to pay by card transactions in Indonesia and 10% VAT is applied to all local purchases.

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    Extras

    Hire equipment

    Kit hire can be arranged in resort and is paid for locally

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    Souvenirs

    The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site

    Nitrox/Gas

    Approx $8 per fill

    Payments

    Deposits and Balances

    A typical deposit for a holiday to Maluku Divers Ambon is £400-£800 per person, although this will depend on your exact flight option and travel class. Larger deposits may be required for some flight options (eg premium economy/business class).

    Ways to pay

    We charge 2% on credit card transactions but nothing on UK debit card payments. All non sterling card payments will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.

    Group Payments

    If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmationIf you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation

    Ambon is best know the for world class much diving and huge array of critters. Long shallow dives on sites that are close to the resort make this the choice for underwater photographers in the know. Regular subject include rhinopias, frogfish, mandarin fish, ghost piepfish, blue ringed and hairy octopus to name just a few. This is critter diving without crowds in Ambon's purpose dive resorts

    • 3 boat dives/day as standard
    • First class underwater photography facilities
    • macro photohraph mecca
    • Reef and wreck diving too!
    • 3 purpose built dive boats

    Over 30 sites have been identified in Ambon Bay itself and this is where the bio diversity is concentrated. Rare and unique critters await on your doorstep. Frogfish of ever variety are found here - so much so that a new species has been identified as recently as 2008. Rhinopes, shrimps, nudis - the macro life is endless. This is muck diving mecca. There are wide angle opportunities too however. Pula Tiga is a small island chain where fish school. The south coast of Ambon has the spectacular Hukurila cave, smothered in gorgonian sea fans. And then there is a massive Duke of Sparta wreck, lying in the Bay, to explore.

    A typical dive day starts with 2 boat dives in the morning. Most sites are around 20mins from the dive centre but the further away sites are well worth making the longer journey for. (usually once a week. The boat returns to the resort for lunch and then the third dive is in the afternoon. Night diving can be arranged on request and we heartily recommend you give the house reef a try for a shore night dive.

    We have a number of escorted photography trips to Maluku Divers
  • Martin Edges Macro Masterclass
  • Ambon Critters Close Up with Duxy


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    If you pre-book your diving as part of a holiday package with Scuba Travel you can take advantage of our special rates and make considerable savings on your dive package or dive course atMaluku Divers Ambon.

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    These prices are subject to change and you will be advised of the exact cost at the time of booking.

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