Overlooking the waters of Baguala Bay, Dive Into Ambon is a relaxing base for an Indonesian dive vacation to explore the spectacular muck sites and reefs that surround the great Ambon Island.
Located in the Maluku Archipelago, Ambon Bay has been recognized as one of the premier critter muck diving locations in the world, with a variety of rare and wonderful creatures that include harlequin shrimp, colorful nudibranchs and the highly unique psychedelic frogfish. Less famous (but no less impressive) are the spectacular walls, swim-through caves and healthy reefs teeming with life that are found on the southern and eastern side of Ambon. With Dive Into Ambon you will be offered seasonal access to all dive sites where you can dive to both much and coral sites, giving you a unique opportunity to dive macro and wide angles.
Dive into Ambon is proud to be partnered with Maluku Resort and Spa, Ambon’s only boutique resort. Fully refurbished and rebuilt in 2015, it’s simply beautiful and relaxing.
All of the rooms at Maluku Resort and Spa boast private en-suite bathrooms with hot water, air-conditioning, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Cottages Nestled in the tropical garden with views of Baguala Bay and the swimming pool, each of the wonderful self-contained cottages are split-level designed and feature their own living room, balcony and Bali-inspired bathrooms. They are equipped with a queen-size double bed and can accommodate an additional single bed.
Sea View Studio Suites The Sea View Studio Suites are directly located overlooking the sea and boast a separate bedroom and large living space. They are equipped with a queen-size double bed and can accommodate two extra single beds.
Standard Deluxe Rooms The Standard Deluxe Rooms all offer ocean views, with two queen beds that make them ideal for couples or diving buddies. Private bathroom and air-conditioning are also included – you have everything you need!
In addition to the palm-fringed swimming pool overlooking Baguala Bay, Maluku Resort and Spa is home to the Spice Island Spa, which draws on the region’s rich spice legacy of the Dutch colonial years. It’s the first and only luxury spa in Ambon, with highly-trained therapists using a special combination of natural herbs, spices and essences during their massages and treatments. During your treatments they offer you the four healing rituals – Harmony, Purity, Energy, and Bliss. Relaxation guaranteed!
Rates at Maluku Resort and Spa include full board meals at the on-site restaurant, with a mixture of Indonesian and Western dishes prepared by their in-house chefs. Wake to freshly brewed coffee and an early breakfast before your morning dives, then return for a relaxed lunch and either a-la-carte or buffet dinners in the evenings. Morning and afternoon snacks are also served while unlimited tea, coffee and drinking water is included.
Maluku Resort and Spa’s on-site dive center, Dive Into Ambon is conveniently located on Baguala Bay, which offers easy access to the reefs and walls of southern and eastern Ambon. Directly from their jetty or a 10-minute bus ride to their day boat on Ambon Bay you can explore world-renowned muck dive sites. On a typical day, divers will depart the Ambon dive resort at around 8:15 am for three dives and return back at around 4:30 pm, with the location depending on the season.
September to mid-October is muck diving only, as is mid-May to the end of June, while the southern and eastern sites open between mid-October and mid-May. When all the sites are open, dive trips run on alternate days to Ambon Bay and the southern/eastern sites, so you can get a taste of everything Ambon has to offer. Dive into Ambon closes altogether during July and August due to the southeast monsoon season.
The on-site Dive Center has been purpose-built for divers, with a dedicated Camera Room with universal sockets that are attached to a voltage stabilizer (220V). Here you will find a full line of Aqualung dive equipment for rent, as well as Mares dive computers and plenty of great fish and critter ID books in various languages. The Dive Center also doubles as a bar, with a large selection of beers and wines available to enjoy at the end of the day.
All of Dive into Ambon’s boats are equipped with washrooms, charging stations, as well as freshwater refreshments, soft drinks, and hot food. They also have a membrane system and analyzers on the boats, with Nitrox available for certified divers. After the day’s diving, the team at Dive Into Ambon will bring all your gear back from the boats, rinse and hang it to dry overnight in the Wet Room.
If you want a day away from the water or are traveling with non-diving partners, there’s plenty to keep you entertained on Ambon Island. Visit the stunning white sands of Natsepa Beach famous throughout Indonesia, or soak in one of the two natural hot springs, then continue to the waterfalls at Waai and village of Ureng.
Learn about the local culture and natural history at the Siwalima State Museum or visit the Amsterdam Fortress that dates to the 17th-century Dutch colonial years. Pay your respects to the fallen soldiers at the Commonwealth War Cemetery & Australian Monument or the Beringin Memorial Tree that was planted by Japanese soldiers in 1944, then visit the World Peace Gong that’s decorated with around 200 flags from countries around the world.
Tours are put together to accommodate whatever you wish to see and do. The above should give a fairly good idea of some ideas of what’s available on Ambon.