Diving in Ambon includes regular sightings of resident marine life such as rhinopias, many assorted frogfish, mandarin fish, ghost pipefish, harlequin shrimp, flamboyant cuttlefish, blue ring and hairy octopus, thorny and pygmy seahorse, stonefish, inimicus, to name but a few, along with literally hundreds of different species of nudibranch. Ambon Bay has an amazing variety of rare of wonderful creatures and very uncrowded sites.
Embarkation / Disembarkation: Ambon (AMQ)
Trip Duration: 8/9/10/12 Days Trip
Beginer to Advanced Diver
Details & Itinerary
The island is made up by two “peninsulas”, which are almost separate islands, joined by a narrow isthmus. Leitimur, the smaller, more densly populated half is majority Christian, and is also where Kota Ambon, Maluku’s capital is situated. Leihitu, the larger peninsula is more sparsely populated and has a majority Muslim population.
On a typical day, you will depart from the resort at 8.15am for a day trips from the resort, three dives a day, returning around 4.30pm.
For diving Ambon Bay, a short 10-minute bus ride to a private jetty at the base on Ambon Bay. From there the boat will depart for three dive trip to the dive sites.
Depending on the season, when all the sites are open, the resort will run one day of diving in Ambon Bay, followed by one day of the southern and eastern clear water sites, and then repeat, so you can enjoy everything Ambon has to offer.
Dive Site Information
- Best time to visit: September till May.
- Water Temp: 26-28 degrees Celsius.
- Air Temp: 27 degrees Celsius
- Visibility: Muck diving in Ambon Bay 5-15 meters, South side of Ambon: 5-30 meters
- Current: light to medium
How to get to Ambon (AMQ)
- Lion Air daily flights from Bali via Makassar or Manado, Garuda Indonesia or Sriwijaya Air from Jakarta via Makassar, and Batik Air direct to Ambon (flight time around 3 hours).
Health & Insurance
- Dive Insurance; compulsory for this trip. We also strongly advise you get adequate travel insurance. Please check your travel insurance policy for your diving needs. If not covered then we recommend DiveAssure for their single trip policy cover.
- Dive Computer; compulsory on this trip. We have rentals onboard if you do not have.
- Follow Safe Diving Practices at ALL times plus No Deco Diving and No Solo Diving.
- Travel Insurance; please NOTE: we cannot be held accountable for airline flight changes, delays, or cancellations. We STRONGLY advise you take out adequate insurance to cover such eventualities. We recommend World Nomad for their flexible worldwide cover for travel insurance.
- Malaria Zone; NOTE that in this part of Indonesia we advise you take the proper precautions against malaria. The following anti-malaria drugs are considered safe with diving; Doxycycline or malarone. Mefloquine (Lariam) is NOT recommended with diving. Good preventative measures include DEET and long armed/legged clothing in evenings. If unsure consult a diving doctor.
Medical facilities on the Island are basic. There is a hospital here which can handle the basics however for more serious injuries and/or conditions evacuation to Makassar or further may be required.
All Divers are required to have medical insurance, whose advice will be followed in the event of any emergency. We can sign you up for instant DAN Short Term insurance, valid for either 10 or 30 days