Posted by on 8th March, 2013

Ambon Island, nestled in the Maluku Archipelago, is fast being recognised as one of the premier critter (muck) diving locations in the world.

Ambon Bay has an amazing variety of rare of wonderful creatures and very uncrowded sites.

Lesser known is the south side of Ambon, which features great and colourful walls, caves, swim through, exceptionally healthy reef life, with large fish and more small critters.

Ambon Bay, where the muck diving is, has an incredible array of rare critters, including Ambon Scorpionfish, Rhinopias, Mimic and Wonderpus Octopus, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, many many Nudibranchs, Frogfish, Harlequin Shrimp, Coleman Shrimp and much much more.

We offer diving to both muck and coral sites, giving you an unique opportunity to dive macro and wide angle. Kaj and Barb, the owners, have 15 years each experience of diving, photographing and filming all over the world and have a huge wealth of knowledge to share, to ensure your vacation is truly memorable. They have spend the last three years in Lembeh and have unparalleled knowledge of the many weird and wonderful critters you will encounter.

Muck Diving: Muck diving or Critter (Macro) Diving, as we prefer to call it, gives you the chance to see some of the rarest and most beautiful underwater creatures. There are two main factors that make a great muck diving locations.

  1. Nutrition. You need lots of nutrition in the water to feed the small crustacean and fish that will form the beginning of a plentiful food chain. While crystal clear blue water is wonderful, it is also lacking in the nutrients that allow great critter diving. In great muck locations the visibility is never good. The particles in the water are eaten by small crustaceans and juvenile fish. These in turn become a plentiful food supply to larger fish. And as these muck locations also contain a lot of sandy areas, as either a predator or prey, you need great camouflage to take advantage to the environment. This means very interesting critters. Frogfish, Seahorses, Scorpionfish, Octopus, Crabs, Shrimps, Eels, Nudibranchs, Puffers, Soles and so much more thrive is this environment.
  2. Dark (black) sand. With all these wonderful creatures it is natural that you want to photograph or video them. Though white clean sand looks wonderful, it is not so good when you want to take images of critters living on it. The light from your strobe or video bounces back into the lens, giving very bad contrast and over-exposed shots. Capturing images with a dark sand background makes a huge difference.

 

Wide Angle Diving: On the south side of Ambon and around Haruku Island we have wonderful coral walls, sea mounds, drop-offs, swim-thru’s, larger fish and wonderfully clear water. It’s not all about the muck and we love clear water diving too. The south side of Ambon and Haruku is largely virgin diving with deep walls, incredibly healthy corals, swim-thrus and caves, sea mounds in Baguala Bay. It’s the perfect twin for muck diving. While we do, of course, find macro critters here too, you can break out your wide angle lens and enjoy crystal clear water.

All our boats have toilets, hot food, soft drinks, charging stations, Wi-Fi and fresh water. Kaj and Barb have designed everything the way they wanted to, to make sure that your stay is a comfortable and easy as possible.

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