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Diving in Maumere
When to go to Maumere
Although it is possible to dive year-round at Maumere, the dry season brings the best conditions from April to December. The rainy season lasts from January to March. The average air temperature is 28-31C/82-88F, while the sea temperature varies between 25-30C/77-86F.
What to see
Maumere is a paradise for spotting frogfish, ribbon eels, giant bumphead parrotfish, cuttlefish, eagle rays, and reef sharks. Smaller exciting species are pygmy seahorses, anthias, octopi, nudibranchs, angelfish, and lionfish. The sea floor is covered by purple sea fans, sponges, anemones, and corals of various shapes hosting Christmas tree worms of all colors.
Scuba diving in Maumere
Maumere is located on the north side of Flores and serves as a diving destination for intermediate and advanced divers. It features some great wrecks, rare fish species, swim-throughs and ocean macro life. The depth of the dive sites here ranges between 12-28m/39-92ft, with visibility of 8-30m/26-98ft. The currents can be strong with rough surface conditions.
Most popular dive sites
The most popular dive sites at Maumere are South Pangah Balang (sloping wall covered by diverse corals and plateaus at 28m/92ft), Wai Terang (famous for sunken Japanese WWII freighter, Babi Island (drop-off of 50m/164ft with abundant sea apples and giant gorgonians), and Adonara Island (full of channels and headlands inhabited by weedy scorpionfish).