‘Twenty hours from Banda brought us to Amboyna, the capital of the Moluccas, and one of the oldest European settlements in the East. The island consists of two peninsulas, so nearly divided by inlets of the sea, as to leave only a sandy isthmus about a mile wide near their eastern extremity. The western inlet is several miles long and forms a fine harbour on the southern side of which is situated the town of Amboyna.’
So Alfred Russel Wallace described Ambon in the 1860s, after he had returned from his collecting trips spent in the ‘Malay Archipelago’.
Nowadays the sea inlet still serves as a fine harbour, excellent muck diving grounds, and unfortunately, obviously as the destination of all sewage and garbage, plastic and otherwise, which the inhabitants of the island can produce.
Nevertheless (or even because of this fact ?!) the muck diving is excellent, lots of critters can be found, the corals are well nourished and full of life. Just beware of ear infections.
DiveintoAmbon provided very nice accomodation, good dive guides and infrastructure, and friendly cats.
Sunset view from my cottage
Bamboo hoping to get her share of dinner
Many dive sites to explore…
Friends, however, suddenly my Gopro began to work again, as if it never went on strike. So alas, we are back to the usual Gopro quality…
A very big and beautiful Ambon Scorpionfish
Porcelain crab on an Anemone. One of those Clownfish bit me.
A parking garage for Clownfish?!
Banded Coral Shrimp.