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Why Book With Us?

  • 20+ years experience in diving tours.
  • We ourselves are experienced passionate divers.
  • $20 of every booking donated to Shark Guardian

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+61 49 902 1920


Minimum 3 night stay
Availability : up to 5 dives per day
Northern Sulawesi

In the province of Maluku, Indonesia, Spice Island Divers nestles comfortably on the west shoreline of the main seagoing thoroughfare to Ambon city.  The topography to the west of the island reaches depths beyond 2,500 meters and it is not uncommon to be eating breakfast at the resort and see Whales passing by… Overview Continued

  • Highly debated as one of the top two macro dive locations around the world
  • Amazingly high standards, clinically pristine operation and highly professional dive team
  • Complimentary Nitrox for certified divers staying 3 days or longer
  • Very comfortable rooms with a high level of customer service
Know before you go

The majority of nationalities can receive a 30-day visa upon arrival. Please check with the Indonesian embassy within your home country. The closest airport is 15 minutes away, Ambon, Indonesia. Transfer from the airport to the resort can be arranged when booking.

  • 3 Nights - up to 5 dives per day
  • Closest international airport: Ambon
  • Departure locations: Ambon
  • Languages spoken onboard: Northern Sulawesi

Price Includes

  • Air con accommodation
  • Camera workstation/ storage and charging
  • All meals (vegetarian and vegan catered for)
  • Complimentary Nitrox
  • Daily maid service

Price Excludes

  • Gratuities
  • Equipment rental
  • Dive and travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Additional purchases at the resort

Cancellation Policy

  • Deposit: US$ 200 per person or 20% whichever is greater
  • 120 days or more: 15% of deposit - fee
  • 45-119 days prior to arrival: 100% of deposit - fee
  • Less than 44 days: No refund
  • Flight delays and unused dives: Non-refundable & non transferrable
Book now, pay later
  • Get in touch with us by chat or use our enquiry form
  • We confirm the availability with the dive operator
  • Once you're happy with the planned itinerary, we issue an invoice
  • 48hr cooling off period before deposit due

Do I need to be a specialist or advanced diver to dive in Ambon?

No, You can be an Open Water diver but special emphasis must be placed on your buoyancy skills as keeping off the sand and corals are particularly important when diving around ambon.

What is the best time of year to dive with Spice Island Divers?

October to May is the dry season with an average temperature of 28 deg C.  End of May to the beginning of September is the rainy season and the visibility becomes very low.  Our advice, head there anytime between November and the beginning of April.

What is Blackwater diving?

Nocturnal animals are attracted to lights which you may have noticed on night dives, so a Blackwater dive involves the dive boat dropping a line into the water with a number of light sources spaced out along its length creating attraction at various depths.  You as the diver can then select which depth to wait for the arrival of the critters.  Have your camera ready!

I sometimes struggle to get out of the water in dive gear, can I remove it in the water?

Yes, the dive boats are specifically designed with the scuba diver in mind.  Combined with the minimal current you can take your time to exit the water with no rush at all.

I may like to stay longer in Indonesia but also travel, could you advise me on other dive locations/ ideas?

We certainly can advise you.  If you fancy linking a visit in with a liveaboard we have plenty of operators that run between Raja and Komodo.  Let us know what you would like to see and we will provide you with our experience and advice in helping build your next scuba adventure

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“Having completed 26 days diving between Maumere, Flores and Sorong, Raja Ampat I cannot emphasise highly enough how much I enjoyed my 3 days diving with SPice Island Divers. Simply the best part of my whole trip.”

Matt Waters Founder of Nomadic Scuba

Featuring both Seafront villas and Garden rooms, Spice Island Divers have plenty of accommodation to suit your budget.  The rooms are spacious, offer very comfortable beds, air-conditioned and can accommodate single, double or twin occupancy. The grounds of the resort are extremely comfortable, quiet and very relaxing. 

The resort also features an open-sided restaurant that serves a variety of local Indonesian dishes to tantalise your tastebuds. Following your evening meal, you can relax at the bar and/or the lounge area or one of the beachfront loungers watching the sunset. 

Diving along the shores of Ambon is known for its muck diving.  Each dive site blends into the next so on those rare occasions when currents become strong you can simply drift and still sea aquatic life.  The macro life in Ambon is simply mind-blowing.  Every dive site is crawling with critters and the exceptional dive guides at Spice Island Divers know where and when to find specific animals.  

The only way to describe the dive operations at Spice Island Divers is that they are jaw-droppingly precise, pristine and clinically detailed.  The equipment area, tank and compressor rooms are cleaner than a surgeons operating table.  Airlines over camera baths is a great touch and lead into the air-conditioned camera room with individual stations for charging, cleaning and storage. 

The ratio of dive staff to guests is staggering so do not be surprised if you have not 1 but 2 dive guides searching for critters during your dives. The largest dive group we witnessed during our stay was 3:2, that’s 3 guides to 2 guests! Expect to see many nudibranchs, pipefish, ghost pipefish, frogfish (including the psychedelic Ambon Frogfish), blennies, Skeleton shrimp, Harlequin shrimp and much much more. 

Ambon is an amazing dive location and even if you are not a critter hunter we are sure you will be amazed by the aquatic life beneath the shoreline surface.

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