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Maluku Resort and Spa - Far East

  • Guests 18 guests in boutique resort
  • Rooms 4 cottages, 2 Studio Suites and 6 standard rooms
  • Restaurants 1 on site with sea view
  • Food and Drinks International and local dishes
  • FacilitiesBoat diving with space for photographers
  • Diving Dive both wide angle and macro sites
  • Diving Extras 3 dives a day as standard
  • Internet Access Free wifi in rooms

Maluku Resort and Spa

Maluku Resort and Spa is a haven away from the modern world, boasting Ambon's one and only on site spa, as well as Dive Into Ambon dive centre. The region is famous for it's muck diving and incredible depth of critters, but there are also plenty of wide angle reef dives. Maluku Resort and Spa is ideally located to exploit both type of diving... it's easy to see why underwater photographers make a beeline for this remote resort, away from the hustle and bustle of Ambon city.

This is a boutique resort, sitting right on the sea front and surrounded by gardens. There are 3 rooms grades to chose from. Chose your perfect setting from 6 deluxe standard rooms, 2 sea view studios and 4 deluxe cottages. The deluxe standard rooms have a sea view and are large, with 2 double beds. Upgrade to the sea view suites for a separate living rooms as well as double bed. The deluxe cottages are set back into the garden, with views of the bay and pool. They are self contained units over two levels, with a balcony, living room, bedroom and Bali style bathroom. All rooms have with air-conditioning, cable TV, hot water and free wifi. The resort was fully renovated in 2015.

Maluku Resort and Spa is your ideal base for exploring the regions remarkable dive sites. You are never from the water's edge! Take time out to enjoy the spa or simply soak in the views from the restaurant and pool. Or on a non diving day why not arrange a tour to the Waai Waterfalls, Tulehu hot springs or Ambon city itself.

Deluxe cottages

Set in the garden, with views of the Baguala Bay and the pool, these wonderful self-contained cottages are perfect for your stay. Split level, with their own balcony, living room, bedroom and 'Bali' styled bathroom. These rooms can accommodate one extra single bed. All rooms have air-conditioning, hot water, private bathroom, Cable TV and free WI-Fi

Sea view studio

The Sea View Studio Suites are directly facing the sea. With a bedroom, a large living room and private bathroom. These rooms can accommodate two extra single beds. All rooms have air-conditioning, hot water, private bathroom, Cable TV and free WI-Fi

Deluxe standard

The Standard Deluxe Rooms offer simple yet comfortable accommodation. The rooms all have views to the sea, with private bathroom and air-conditioning. All rooms have air-conditioning, hot water, private bathroom, Cable TV and free WI-Fi

Dive sites of Ambon

Dive both Ambon bay (macro) and the outside walls (wide angle)

We would be happy to put together a tailormade booking for you, please fill in your details below and one of our diving holiday experts will be in touch with you to discuss your plans.

Covid Information for Maluku Resort and Spa

Covid-19 update coming soon: once this destination reopens, we will update you with the in resort requirements

Country Covid Travel Information

We are not operating holidays to countries currently on the red list
View the up to date list here

Indonesia is currently on the red list. You will be required to hotel quarantine on your return to the UK

You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country:
Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

Updated 15th JUL 2021

Scuba Travel

2017-04-21 09:35:53

Maluku Resort and Spa was added to the Scuba Travel portfolio in April 2017 We are running our first escorted trip with Alex Mustard here in November 2017 So no reviews yet but we will add them as soon as we get them.

Frequently Asked Questions


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!

Covid Travel Information

We are not operating holidays to countries currently on the red list
View the up to date list here

Indonesia is currently on the red list. You will be required to hotel quarantine on your return to the UK

You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country:
Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

Updated 15th JUL 2021

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.


Flight options

Our holidays to Indonesia can be quoted with most major airlines. We are however able to book most major airlines. Popular options for Indonesia include Cathay Pacific, 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.


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.

Arrange before you go

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


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


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

Preparing to fly


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.


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


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.


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.


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.



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.


Indonesian currency is the Rupiah however in resort, US Dollars and Euro are accepted. 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. We do suggest you change a little money while in Jakarta to cover incidentals along the way.

Phone coverage

The mobile phone coverage can be unreliable. There is free wifi in all the rooms

Plugs and electricity

European (two rounds pins) sockets, 220V


Hire equipment

Kit hire can be arranged in resort and is paid for locally - approx $25/day. Kit hire must be prebooked to guarantee availability


Extra kit hire, nitrox or private guiding are paid for locally


There is a small, limited shop on site


Recreational nitrox 32 is $7 per dive or $15 per day


Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for a holiday to Maluku Resort and Spa is £600-800 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 accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank 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 confirmation


Repeat Guests

Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers?
Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.

And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our repeater discount is all about! Travel with us again in either 12 months or 24 months and you will qualify for a discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction.

5% off for repeat customers travelling with Scuba Travel, within 24 months
5% off plus £100 bonus for repeat customers travelling with 12 months

Repeat discounts are not cumulative and cannot be applied to special offer prices


Our standard package includes 7 nights in a standard room on an full board basis - optional room upgrades available
A standard dive package is 18 AIR dives. Dives alternate between macro and wide angle sites on a daily basis.Dives are boat AIR dives with a standard dive guide ratio of 1:4.
1 night Jakarta hotel (B&B) and return domestic flight to Ambon to the resort are included. Excess baggage on the domestic flights has to be paid locally in IDR to the airline.


Excluded from your package are any additional local services (alcohol and soft drinks, massages, land excursions, dive center & resort gratuities). A 10% VAT is applied to all local purchases. If you require an early check in this can be arranged with breakfast for a small local charge 300 000IDR

Special day trips are organised on site, nitrox, kit rental and local park fees are paid locally.

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.

Please ask for a quote to add international flights from the UK to your holiday. We can book most major scheduled airlines including regional UK departures to Jakarta.

Ambon is recognised all over the world as one of Indonesia's muck diving capitals. Ambon Bay has a remarkable variety of rare and unusual critters, some endemic to this region only. It's become the place to go for psychedelic frogfish! But there is another side to diving in Ambon. It is worth the journey for more than just muck diving. Dive into Ambon's location means that they are able to dive the outer sites and coral reefs. There are wide angle opportunities here too!

Dive into Ambon was created by its managers, Kaj and Barb, building upon their decades in the dive industry. Today the centre is known for its service and attention to detail. It is especially popular with underwater photographers and the facilities on site reflect their shared passion for underwater imaging.

  • 3 boat dives/day standard
  • Small group sizes 4:1 divers as standard
  • Critter muck diving in Ambon Bay
  • Coral reef diving on out sites
  • Comfortable dive boats with hot water and charging stations
  • Ideal for underwater photography

Dive into Ambon dives more sites than any other operator. There are nearly 70 sites to choose from including the amazing muck sites of Ambon Bay to the pristine water and reefs on the south and east sides of Ambon, there is something for everyone and more.On the south side of Ambon and around Haruku Island we have wonderful coral walls, sea mounds, drop-offs, swim-thru's, larger fish and wonderfully clear water. It's not all about the muck and we love clear water diving too. The south side of Ambon and Haruku is largely virgin diving with deep walls, incredibly healthy corals, swim-thrus and caves, sea mounds in Baguala Bay. It's the perfect twin for muck diving.

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Diving Rates & Prices

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 at Maluku Resort and Spa.

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