Travel Assistance from Maluku Divers
The Maluku Divers Resort experience offers the rare chance to explore a remote dive destination with convenient logistical arrangements and good flight connections. Four different airlines operate daily flights to Ambon, with regular schedules through Makassar from Bali, Jakarta, Sorong and Manado. No overnights are required on the routes.
The Indonesian transport system has many idiosyncrasies, as a result Maluku Divers’ reservations department prefer to assist all divers with domestic flight booking arrangements in order to reduce the additional stresses and concerns trying to book Indonesian domestic flights from overseas. Maluku Divers can make arrangements with all necessary domestic connections and hotel requirements pre and post trip.
Domestic Flight Reservations
In addition to international flight arrivals through Bali, there are also possibilities for divers to transit through Jakarta or Manado on the way to Ambon. With four airlines offering flights from Jakarta to Ambon each day, it is usually more time and cost effective to travel through Jakarta. Time constrained divers can make use of the overnight flight with Lion Air or Batavia to miss the minimum dive opportunities at the resort, or for those with a more relaxed schedule, there is the opportunity to rest at one of a choice of convenient airport hotels before an early start to Ambon. Schedules through Bali require a brief transit in Makassar or Surabaya.
At time of writing, the luggage allowance is 25kg per diver for Lion Air flights and 20kg for Garuda, Batavia and Sriwijaya. Excess baggage charges vary with each airline, but are generally between Rp20,000 and Rp30,000 per kilo. Divers will be responsible for their own excess luggage payments.
Please contact the Maluku Divers Office team for more information about the flights and accommodations on route to Ambon.
Domestic Hotel Reservations
The reservations team at Maluku Divers will happily assist with hotel reservations before and after any trip to Ambon. Generally it is advised that divers arrive in Indonesia at least one day in advance of the arrival date in Ambon, spending one night in a comfortable hotel, recovering from international travel. The Maluku Divers Resort team will be present upon arrival in Ambon and will assist with collecting luggage and providing transfers to the resort.
For divers wishing to overnight in Bali, there are four main areas which may be appropriate, here is a brief overview of each destination; Maluku Divers has preferential rates with a selection of hotels in each region, so please feel free to discuss any requirements with the office and flight reservations team.
The most cosmopolitan area of Bali, rolling waves, a sprawling beach and a selection of high end restaurants and villa accommodations.
Bali’s family quarter, just 25 minutes from the airport, Sanur is convenient and quiet, a selection of nice restaurants and a pretty beach make for a relaxing and quiet stop over.
Bali’s arts and cultural centre, an hour long drive from the airport, Ubud is situated amongst Bali’s beautiful rice Padies, great restaurants and the famous Monkey Forest.
Not really recommended as a cultural gem in Bali, however with close proximity to the airport, Kuta can make a convenient overnight stop for time conscious divers.
Where is Ambon?
Maluku Divers is situated on the island of Ambon, the capital of the Maluku Province in the east of Indonesia. For several Google Earth images identifying the precise location, please scroll to the bottom of this page.
Visa on Arrival
A fee of $25 is paid to immigration officials upon arrival at any International Airport entitling foreign nationals from 36 countries to a maximum visit of 30 days. Extended visas can be arranged, this however must be in advance of the visit or fines of $20 per day will be incurred.
The 36 countries that require a Visa On Arrival are listed below:
Argentina – Australia – Austria – Belgium – Brazil – Canada – China – Denmark – Egypt – Finland – France – Germany – Hungary – India – Ireland – Italy – Japan – Kuwait – Luxembourg – Maldives – New Zealand – Norway – Oman – Poland – Portugal – Qatar – Russia – Saudi Arabia – South Africa – South Korea – Spain – Switzerland – Taiwan Territory – UAE – United Kingdom – USA
A selection of countries are exempt and do not require a visa to enter Indonesia for 30 days: Brunei Darussalam – Chile – Hong Kong SAR – Macao SAR – Malaysia – Morocco – Peru – Philippines – Singapore – Thailand – Vietnam
• Passports must be valid for a minimum of six months as from the date of entry to Indonesia.
• Onward or return tickets are also compulsory.
International Airport tax to depart from Indonesia is 150,000Rp payable in cash when checking through to the departure lounge.
Maps of Ambon
1) An overview of Indonesia, with popular dive locations.
2) A more focussed image showing east Indonesia
3) Ambon Island showing Maluku Divers location