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Maluku Divers Resort

Set amongst mature trees in a beautiful 9,800 metre private beachfront plot, in the village of Laha just 5 minutes from Ambon airport, Maluku Divers have built 10 individual bungalows, supported by an excellent restaurant, large camera room and full dive facilities. The bungalows contain Maluku Divers trademark enormous comfy beds, hot water bathrooms, air conditioning, editing desks with camera charging stations, and each has a private patio with a large, relaxing open air wooden terrace at the front of each bungalow. From each bungalow there are uninterrupted views to the ocean. The resort has an ‘Al fresco’ restaurant producing excellent food, including three course meals for lunch and dinner, and a separate bar area to relax after a great days diving. Maluku Divers Resort is specifically designed for photographers with a large camera room and four large camera rinse tanks. The resort has excellent dive guides and Nitrox is available. Maluku Divers Resort offers endless diving opportunities, with multiple critter sites in Ambon Bay, the ‘Duke of Sparta’ Shipwreck and the Pintu Kota and Hukurila Caves all just a stone’s throw away from the resort.

Ambon is one of the greatest muck diving locations on the planet. A place of unique discoveries, new species are frequently described for the first time in Ambon, with the most famous being the ‘Psychedelic’ Frogfish (Histiophryne Psychedelica). It is also a hotspot for the elusive Rhinopias Scorpionfish, with Maluku Divers naming one of their dive sites ‘Rhinopias City’.

Critter list from our 1st visit to Maluku Divers Resort
During our first stay at Maluku Divers Resort we were amazed by the critter diving – this was adrenaline critter diving, with every dive revealing new critters – some of which appeared to have been on steroids. You could easily dive Ambon for a month without tiring there is just so much to see here. During our time with Maluku Divers we saw new creatures on every dive, including countless Ornate, Robust and Velvet Ghost pipefish, Bumble Bee shrimps, Leaf Scorpionfish, an array of Crabs and Shrimps (including Zebra crabs, Emperor shrimps, Coleman shrimps, Boxer shrimps, Hinge-back shrimps, Anemone shrimps and Cleaner shrimps), Paddle-flap and Lacy Rhinopias, Giant free-swimming frogfish, juvenile Clown frogfish, Ambon Scorpionfish, Mimic octopus, Ribbon eels, Mandarin fish, Banded pipefish (everywhere), at least 6 types of Moray eel, Snake eels, Coral Cat sharks, Thorny seahorse, Pygmy seahorse, baby cuttlefish, a giant Mantis shrimp that looked like it could have taken your hand off…and many more. One of our most memorable dives involved three giant frogfish free-swimming from diver to diver and at one point being perched on our camera housing!

Critter list from our 2014 group trip to Maluku Divers Resort
This is a snap-shot of our critter list and I’m sure our guests could add many more critters to this list…Cuttlefish both mating and feeding (not at the same time), Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Coconut Octopus, Wunderpus (my personal favourite!), Snowflake Moray, Zebra Moray, Chlamydatus Moray, White-Eyed Moray, Giant Moray, Painted Frogfish, Giant Frogfish, Warty Frogfish, Hairy Squat Lobster, Oliver’s Squat Lobster, Crinoid Squat Lobster, Harlequin Shrimp, Mantis Shrimps, Emperor Shrimp, Skeleton Shrimp, Hairy Shrimp, Pygmy Seahorse, Thorny Seahorse, Ornate Ghost Pipefish, Robust Ghost Pipefish, Halimeda Ghost Pipefish, Ringed Pipefish, Blue Ribbon Eels, Bumble Bee Shrimps, Leaf Scorpionfish, Paddle-Flap Rhinopias, Candy Crab, Porcelain Crab, Flat Rock Crab, Coral Crabs, Anemone Shrimps, Banded Boxer Shrimps, Popcorn Shrimps, Orangutan Crabs, Cockatoo Waspfish, Snake Eels, hundred’s of feeding Spanish Mackerel mouths agape (ok so not a critter) and a huge variety of Nudibranchs!

Maluku Divers Resort is within easy reach of some of Ambon’s other great dive sites, including the beautiful Pintu Kota and Hukurila Caves and the Ambon Shipwreck. The Ambon Shipwreck was recently identified as the Duke of Sparta, a huge 137 metre length vessel, which was bombed by the Americans in operation Haik in 1958. This clandestine operation is still denied by the CIA, but it’s apparent aim was to prevent Indonesia becoming a communist country. This dive is not to be missed, and on our dives we found giant jellyfish, pufferfish, morays and with a little penetration we could easily explore the insides of the wreck.

When it’s time to off-gas at the end of your stay we recommend a trip to the local village of Larike where the river contains giant eels! What’s more you will likely be escorted there by the soon to be village king, Hafes, who is also a Maluku Divers employee and former competitor in Indonesian Idol (he reached the last 30)!

Ambon Video

Filmed by Jo Horrocks on an Equator Diving holiday to Maluku Divers Resort.