In a Nutshell
Ambon, Indonesia is an off the beaten path dive area offering world-class muck & nudibranch diving, along ith some healthy reefs & pelagic accesible via liveaboard.
Alor, east of Komodo and Flores, has spectacular coral reefs with great diversity, sometimes strong currents and stunning topside scenery.
Ambon Marine life/ Dive Conditions
Ambon has many color reef dives full of crinoids, large barrel sponges, large sea fans and table corals - especially as you get outside of Ambon Bay. Some sites will have many fish, fuseliers, bumphead parrotfish, and napolean wrasse. Inside the bay, you have spectacular muck sites, with critters such as rhinopia, numerous species of shrimps and crabs, wonderpus, ghost pipefish, seahorses and many frogfish.
When you aren't diving along in Ambon, take a venture to explore the surrounding scenery. Pintu Kota Beach holds a beautiful natural bridge to see.
Alor is a volcanic region with amazing landscapes and active volcanoes. You can even make visits to the local villages and see the playful children with their homemade goggles diving in and out of the water. Even the local fishermen have a deep appreciation for the local reef/fish and try fishing in the most environmentally sustainable ways.
Underwater Video of Ambon Marine Life
Underwater Video of Alor Marine Life
Ambon dive sites
The bay has many excellent muck sites, full of amazing critters. There is a good amount of trash and debris in the Ambon area, but the creatures seem to adapt and make it their home.
The wreck dive "Duke of sparta" is an underrated, outstanding dive. The mast of this wreck is just full of critters and invertebrate specices, and the deck is intact. The only largest octopus in the area are on this wreck, along with a plethora of lionfish species.
Getting to Ambon
There are flights from Bali, Jakarta, and Manado through Makassar.
When to dive Ambon
Ambon can get some heavy rainfall, so we recommend diving Ambon in the dry season, between October and April. Mar, Apr, May and October are usually quite good.