Critters without the Crowds!
We are excited to announce our first trip ever to South Asia. This area of the world is known for its incredible and unique diving. Not only will you travel to one of the most beautiful places to dive, you will also have Andrew Martinez as your photo guide to make sure you come home with some amazing photos and videos. It is incredibly hard to get a trip of this magnitude for such a great price! Don’t miss this trip of a lifetime! The trip dates are March 23rd – April 2nd, 2017.
We will be staying at the Maluku Dive Resort which is situated on the North coast of Ambon Bay. Maluku is known for being the place to experience the Critters without the Crowds, promising to offer a unique experience for the discerning photographer or critter enthusiast.
This resort is all inclusive, so your 3 meals a day are included in the trip cost. The traditional menu found in Ambon Restaurants would focus on the harvest from the Banda Sea. As the central hub of East Indonesia, many vessels deliver their catch to Ambon, for shipping across Indonesia or for sale in the city markets. In addition to the larger fishing enterprises, each day local fishermen return from a night spent fishing on handbuilt canoes, bringing their catch to various smaller harbours, from where they are taken to be sold at village markets. Utilizing this supply of fresh fish is important for Maluku Divers, not only as there is the desire to provide the freshest ingredients and the most tasty menu, but there is also the opportunity to support the village community by purchasing fish from the local fishermen.
The menu at the resort focuses on the freshest possible local fish and meats, with rice, potato or vegetable side dishes. Each day, a choice of breakfast is served, with local Indonesian dishes available alongside eggs, toast or thick American-style plain or fruit pancakes with local honey. Lunch and Dinner are three course meals, with lunch usually consisting of a lighter salad starter, followed by fresh fish with rice and vegetables, then a fruit dessert. Dinner is often a soup starter, served before a chicken or beef main and traditional dessert. Tea, coffee and drinking water are also freely available throughout the day. Once each week, a BBQ night offers guests the chance for some flavoursome grilled chicken, beef or tuna, perhaps even serenaded by the musical individuals in the Maluku Divers service team. They can also accommodate vegan and vegetarian diets.
Not just Muck Diving
The diving in Ambon is categorized as muck diving. The term muck diving comes from the type of environment, which is usually a silty or sandy bottom. Volcanic areas are great for muck diving, as are areas with a lot of vegetation such as sea grass and surprisingly places with a lot of rubbish that the cool critters make their homes in. So why is it such good diving then, you ask? The discovery of weird and wonderful creatures is the answer. The favorites of the ocean strive in the muck diving conditions, you just have to find them. Don’t be surprised if you spend your whole dive scouring a small area, your face just inches from the bottom. Ambon is home to some incredibly rare animals such as the Ambon Scorpionfish and the Halimeda Ghost Pipefish. You can spend hours around the jetty searching the pylons and rubbish for things such as the Orange Painted Frogfish, shrimps of all kinds, Waspfish, up to 10 different moray eels, Lionfish, Stonefish and the spiny and spotted Devilfish. Stay until dusk to witness the feverish mating dance of the Mandarinfish. Nitrox is available.
The Maluku Divers Resort Bungalows are unique in comparison with any other Ambon hotel. The initial difference is the location, as the resort is situated in a plantation of mature mango trees, which drop their fruit once a season, to the delight of any guest lucky enough to be staying at the time.
Each bungalow covers a combined 645 square feet footprint, made up of a large wooden terrace, a large living area and then a spacious enclosed en-suite private bathroom through to the rear of the building.
The wooden terrace at the front of the bungalow is a pleasant area to sit and absorb the stunning view across the water to Ambon’s green and undeveloped southern peninsular, to contemplate the critters that have been seen, or to enjoy a good book between dives. Due to the thoughtful layout of the resort, each bungalow has an uninterrupted view across Ambon Bay creating a feeling of seclusion even amongst the other bungalows.
The interior of the bungalows feels incredibly spacious due to the high pitch design of the roof. All of the rooms have air-conditioning, but are also equipped with a powerful ceiling fan. As a result of the shelter of the many large mango trees, many divers prefer to sleep with just the fan. The bungalows all have the same design, and conveniently, all can be switched to provide either twin or double accommodations.
The bungalow’s private bathroom is accessed through the living area and is a spacious enclosed room. The hot water shower is found to one side, wash basin in the center and bathroom facilities to the other side. Fresh supplies of soap, showergel and shampoo are provided daily as the dedicated Maluku Divers staff clean the room and make the beds during the dives.
The Maluku Divers resort is a unique location, which absorbs and compliments the natural surroundings, while providing divers with the essential facilities which are required for a stress free diving holiday. While every effort is made to ensure a wonderful experience, Maluku Divers always asks that divers are understanding of the remote nature of Ambon island, and visit with an adventurous mind and a desire for an experience away from the crowds.
The Maluku Divers resort has a wide array of topside facilities which are focussed to assist photographers on the hunt for the elusive perfect shot. The placement of the dedicated camera rinse tanks is close to the expansive camera equipment area so that it is possible for photographers to soak their rigs in fresh water while showering and changing after the dive. After that, a wet camera area has convenient tables upon which to dry housings and remove the majority of water from the set ups, with the use of the camera towels which are provided by the resort, or with compressed air if preferred. Once through the wet camera area, photographers enter the large dedicated camera room, to the individual stations on the work benches. Multiple charging sockets line the walls, along with shelves and racks for the multitude of equipment and cases required by photographers. A number of manoeuvrable reading lights also allow divers to focus light on exactly the right spot at the right time.This camera room is also a great setting for discussions on editing techniques and for presentations by workshop or shootout leaders. Once the dive day’s photographs are downloaded from overflowing memory cards, most divers prefer to edit images in the privacy of their own bungalow. Each Maluku Divers bungalow is equipped with the unique feature of individual editing tables. These tables are also equipped with adjustable reading lights.
- 10 Nights Accommodation at Maluku Dive Resort
- 3 Meals a Day
- 3 Boat Dives a day with tanks and weights
- Round trip Airport transfers
- Andrew Martinez as your photo guide and expert
- Hotel Taxes
- Overnight at hotel in Jakarta on the way to Ambon (Average $75 per room)
- Alcoholic Beverages/Other drinks
- Airfare (We will book flights for you and will let you know prices when they are available)
- DiveMaster Tips
- Travel/Dive Insurance (Highly Recommended)
We ask that you pay a deposit of $500 per person at the time of registration then payments on the following dates:
September 1st: $730
November 1st: $730
January 1st: $735
Refunds: Trips are non refundable unless spot is filled. There are no refunds on airfare booked.
We will be booking the flights from Boston to Ambon for you.
EK= Emirates Airlines
BOS = Boston
DXB = Dubai