Dive Into Ambon

Spice Diving In Indonesia

Ambon (part of the legendary spice islands) is known as one of the best muck diving destinations on the planet, with a full range of macro critters, as good as anywhere in the world, and there are no crowds.

As well as awesome macro diving in Ambon Bay there is also glorious coral, wall and wide-angle diving on the south coast. Pristine coral, no other dive boats, it’s a dream come true. We dive more dive sites than any other operator in Maluku.

Dive Into Ambon is perfectly placed to take advantage of both types of diving. We dive both sides from our wonderful central location in Baguala Bay, based at Ambon’s best boutique hotel, Maluku Resort & Spa. On our big covered boats, equipped with hot water, charging stations, toilets, sun deck and much more, we take you to some of the most incredible dive sites in Indonesia, all at an unparalleled level of comfort.

Dive Into Ambon the best value resort in Ambon.

Come and visit, explore and be amazed….

Come Ambon

Ambon Info

Ambon Island is part of the Maluku. Ambon City is the capital, not only of Ambon Island but also of the Maluku Province and has a rich and interesting history.
The islands (over 1000) formerly known as the Moluccas, are the original Spice Islands which in the 16th and 17th centuries lured the major seafaring nations of Europe to come to trade and to establish their power and influence in this part of the East.

Ambon is rugged forest-covered and mountainous hinterlands

Most of the Maluku islands are part of Wallacea, the group of Indonesian islands that are separated by the deep water from both the Asian and Australian continents. Geologically young being from 1 million to 15 million years old, and have never been attached to the larger landmasses.

There is a long history of geological study of these regions since Indonesian colonial times, however, the geological formation and progression is not fully understood, and theories of the island’s geological evolution have changed extensively in recent decades. The Maluku Islands comprise some of the most geologically complex and active regions in the world, resulting from its position at the meeting point of four geological plates and two continental blocks
Cassava and sago are the main crops. Breadfruit, sugarcane, coffee, cocoa, pepper and cotton are also grown. Nutmeg and Cloves, the spices that first brought the Europeans to the islands, are now only produced in limited quantities.

The Portuguese were the first Europeans to land in Ambon, in 1513. Attacked on a regular basis by the native Muslims, they did not obtain peaceful possession until 1580. The Portuguese never managed to control the Spice Trade and were dispossessed by the Dutch in 1605.
Ambon was the headquarters of the Dutch East India Company from 1610 until 1619, until Batavia (now Jakarta) was founded. The British took control a couple of times in the late 1700s and early 1800s until it was once more restored to the Dutch in 1814.

Ambon used to be the world center of clove productions, until the 19th century, as the Dutch prohibited the growing of the clove-tree in all the other islands subject to their rule, securing a monopoly in Ambon.

During World War 2, Ambon was the site of a major Dutch military base. The Imperial Japanese forces captured it in 1942 and more than 300 Allied PoWs were executed in the Laha massacre. There is still a Commonwealth Anzac War Memorial in Ambon today.

Language/ Manners
The official language is Bahasa Indonesian. There is also a local dialect called Ambonese.

Though Dutch was widely spoken, now English is the most popular European language.

The Ambonese are of a mix Malay-Papuan origin. They are mostly Christian or Muslims, about a 50/50 mix. Though there have been tensions is the past between the two groups, harmony has been restored. The Ambonese are very friendly. When away from the resort, be prepared to be greeted with smiles, waves and cries of ‘Hello Mister!’

Climate/Seasons best time to visit
The average temperature in Ambon is 27C (80F). Rainfall can be heavy, particularly during the eastern monsoons. June, July and August are very wet and DIA is closed during this season.
Dry monsoon between October to March and wet monsoon from May to August, which is the reverse of the rest of Indonesia. During Eastern Monsoon – July & August – DIA is closed.
Water temperature is around 28C (82F)

Getting Here
With Ambon in remote East Indonesia, the logistics for getting here are surprisingly simple.
We are more than happy to assist with arranging domestic flights, transfers and transit hotels if needed. All flights can be booked on-line through a website called Nusatrip.com, a fantastic Indonesian Flight Booking Website. We use it all the time to book our domestic and international flights.

Transfers between the Resort and Ambon airport takes approximately 35mins.

Flight Schedule Overview – Once in Indonesia:
There are direct flights from Jakarta (CGK) leave between 00:30 – 01:30 daily (3h 30mins), arriving Ambon (AMQ) 06.00 – 07.30. Carriers: Garuda, Sriwijaya Air, Batik Air and Lion Air.
[At the time of writing this return ticket costs varied between 280-500USD depending on the airline and ticket conditions selected.] All airlines are good, but we do recommend Garuda or Batik Air where possible,

All other routes to get to Ambon go via Makassar (UPG). This includes coming from: Bali (DPS), Manado (MDC), Singapore (SIN) {new schedule beginning September 2013 with Silk Air} & Kuala Lumpur (KUL) {new daily schedule with Air Asia}. Depending on the arrival time in to UPG you may have to overnight here.

For Divers incorporating diving at Raja Ampat there is a direct flight between Sorong (SOQ) and Ambon (AMQ) on alternate days, or Ambon (AMQ) to Sorong (SOQ) daily.
Early check-in, if available (check with Front Desk on arrival), for guests arriving on the morning flight, $35USD per room.


DIA @ Maluku Resort & Spa

Ambon’s oldest resort, fully rebuilt and refurbished in 2015. Sea-side pool, Ambon’s only Spa and we are on-site with our purpose built Dive Center. We have a dedicated camera room, wet and dry equipment store rooms and a fully stocked bar


Wonderful Diving

Muck diving, caves, swim-throughs, coral, sea mounds, walls, wrecks, atolls – We have it all!


Delightful Resort

Great food, lovely rooms, AC, beautiful pool, by the sea, relaxing gardens, out of town in Baguala Bay


Relaxing Spa

Ambon’s only Spa, on-site. Wonderful range of relaxing massages to help ease the terrible stress of diving all day!

Recent Blog Posts