|ประเภทการดำน้ำ||Muck diving is essentially diving in shallow depth, slowly and patiently, over sediment of black sand. Muck dive sites are sometimes covered by fish carcasses, trash, tires, or old fishing equipment (lines and lures). The visibility generally tends to be poor, but it can be as clear as 10-15m in good conditions.
If you’re wondering why in the world anyone would want to go scuba diving under such conditions, it’s because the most uniquely disguised and fascinating critters live in these habitats!
I remember when I dived in Anilao Philippines for some muck diving, one of the best dives of my life was at a site called the “fish market,” which was exactly that – a pier off of a local fish market where the underwater world was filled with fish bones, rotten food, plastic bags, candy wrappers, diapers, and other man-made trash. That dive site provided non-stop action with some of the most interesting creatures I had ever seen.
But not all divers are into muck diving. I have met plenty of experienced divers who’d much rather see bigger creatures in the open sea such as manta rays, whales, and sharks.
Muck diving is a special type of scuba diving that is addictive to those who enjoy hunting, exploring, and getting rewarded with a special discovery.
For me, the joy is in seeing a life that I have never encountered before.
Some of my highlight encounters while diving in Ambon are:
Psychedelic, Giant and Painted frogfishFlamboyant cuttlefishRhinopiasPsychedelic Batwing nudibranchCountless well-disguised crabs and shrimps
Due to the dive area and environment (mostly sediments), muck diving requires an excellent buoyancy control. You will need to be very comfortable with frog-kicking, otherwise you will stir up the sediments, cause poor visibility and most certainly make your dive buddies upset!
|ระดับการดำน้ำ||Beginner - advanced|
|ความลึก||5 - 35 m|
|ทัศนวิสัยใต้น้ำ||5 - 15 m|
|กระแสน้ำ||Gentle but can be occasionally strong|
Muck diving or Critter (Macro) Diving, as we prefer to call it, gives you the chance to see some of the rarest and most beautiful underwater creatures. There are two main factors that make a great muck diving locations.
Nutrition. You need lots of nutrition in the water to feed the small crustacean and fish that will form the beginning of a plentiful food chain. While crystal clear blue water is wonderful, it is also lacking in the nutrients that allow great critter diving. In great muck locations the visibility is never good. The particles in the water are eaten by small crustaceans and juvenile fish. These in turn become a plentiful food supply to larger fish. And as these muck locations also contain a lot of sandy areas, as either a predator or prey, you need great camouflage to take advantage to the environment. This means very interesting critters. Frogfish, Seahorses, Scorpionfish, Octopus, Crabs, Shrimps, Eels, Nudibranchs, Puffers, Soles and so much more thrive is this environment.
|ฤดูท่องเที่ยว||- September to mid-October: Muck Diving only- mid-October to mid-May: Muck diving and all the clear water south and east coast sites- mid-May to end of June: Muck Diving only
|สิ่งที่น่าสนใจ||The eponymous Ambon scorpionfish is one of the rare creatures that can be found by divers here with some frequency. This incredible critter comes in shades of pink, green, brown yellow or red, with variable skin flaps and filaments; but is characterised by its very long growths above each eye.
Also a rare find anywhere are Halimeda ghostpipefish. This cryptic creature has green-grey rounded fin lobes resembling leaf-like segments of Halimeda algae, where they shelter in pairs or solitarily. To spot this one, look closely at anything that resembles a twig!
Elsewhere along the outer coastline of this horseshoe shaped island, you'll find some colourful soft coral wall diving, with many overhangs and several caves to explore. There are plenty of the reef fish here that are synonymous with Indonesia and the sites are a pleasant break from the muck dives of the bay.
Ambon Bay, where the muck diving is, has an incredible array of rare critters, including Ambon Scorpionfish, Rhinopias, Mimic and Wonderpus Octopus, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, many many Nudibranchs, Frogfish, Harlequin Shrimp, Coleman Shrimp and much much more.
There is also always the chance to see perhaps the rarest underwater critter, the Psychedelic Frogfish, only ever found in Ambon.
There are direct flights to Ambon from Jakarta, Surabaya and Makassar as well as from some smaller airports in the Moluccas and West Papua. From Jakarta, Lion Air and Garuda fly twice a day, once without a stopover. The easiest way to reach Ambon from Bali is with Garuda and Lion Air, each with a stopover in Makassar.
If you are waiting at Jakarta Airport, the Blue Sky Lounge in Terminal 1 or the Saphire D`Consulate Lounge in Terminal 2 are the perfect places to wait. There is food, WIFI, showers, comfortable armchairs and much more for 180,000 IDRs. It is located on the second floor right next to the shuttle bus stop, which travels free of charge between the international and national flight terminals. In the meantime, there is also the Sky Train, which departs from the airport opposite. For the bus or train journey one should plan at least 30 minutes. Who has little time, can fall back instead on taxis, to recommend are taxis of the mark Bluebird, which account after taximeter. There are also some transport applications like GRAB, GOCAR, and more available in Indonesia, with which you can find a private taxi. To use the apps you have to download it to your mobile phone.
Indonesian airlines are prone to delays, please allow sufficient time for connecting flights. Some airlines only give 10 kilos of free baggage allowance, but excess baggage can be carried for a fee of 25,000 IDR – 50,000 IDR per kilo. With a nice smile and the friendly statement that you had diving gear with you, you can often give it up for free. Tall people should try to book seats at the emergency exit.
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