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Best Diving Destinations in Maluku


About Maluku

The Maluku region of Indonesia, more widely known as the Moluccas, is popular with divers of all levels of experience because of the good diving conditions and unique marine life. Ambon (provincial capital of Maluku, located on Ambon Island in the Banda Sea) is the most popular diving destination in South Maluku and is considered a world-class diving destination with much to discover. Here, divers can find wrecks, drift diving, macro life, reefs, and caves. Ambon is one of Asia’s finest muck-diving spots.


Most popular dive sites

Out of the variety of diving sites around South Maluku, the most popular are the Duke of Sparta Wreck, Pintu Kota, Hukurila Cave, Hukurila Canyon, Laha, and Pulau Tiga.

When to go to Maluku

Diving in Maluku (South) is available all year round, but the best time is from April to December. The average air temperature throughout the year varies from 23C/73F to 30C/86F. The average water temperature is 26-30C/79-86F, with average water visibility from 10-20m/35-65ft. Currents can sometimes be very strong.


What to see

During dives along the south coast, divers can discover rich marine life, including mobula rays, various shark species (including whitetip reef sharks, nurse sharks and bamboo sharks), Napoleon wrasses, and turtles.