Introduction to Ambon
The small island of Ambon was the centre of Dutch administration in Maluku, and today bustling Ambon city remains the main city of majority Christian southern Maluku province, even though a new provincial capital has been designated on Seram in 2013. Ambon has a mixed Christian-Muslim population.
The island is made up by two “peninsulas”, which are almost separate islands, joined by a narrow isthmus. Leitimur, the smaller, more densly populated half is majority Christian, and is also where Kota Ambon, Maluku’s capital is situated. Leihitu, the larger peninsula is more sparsely populated and has a majority Muslim population.
Ambon is undoubtedly famous for the world class muck diving, with a huge array of critters that can be observed and photographed during long dives at the shallow sites close to the resort. Diving in Ambon includes regular sightings of resident marine life such as rhinopias, many assorted frogfish, mandarin fish, ghost pipefish, harlequin shrimp, flamboyant cuttlefish, blue ring and hairy octopus, thorny and pygmy seahorse, stonefish, inimicus, to name but a few, along with literally hundreds of different species of nudibranch. Ambon Bay has an amazing variety of rare of wonderful creatures and very uncrowded sites.
On the south side of Ambon and around Haruku Island, Ambon have wonderful coral walls, sea mounds, drop-offs, swim-thru’s, larger fish and wonderfully clear water.
Best Time to Dive Ambon
|Best Dive Season||October to March|
|Water Temperature||28C (82F)|
Heavy rainfall during the eastern monsoons and wet monsoon from May to August.