Alor – Ambon
The bay of Ambon is 563 metres deep and 8 kilometres wide at its mouth, and cuts 23 kilometres back into the island. 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!
Also, 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 green, pink, yellow, brown or red, with variable skin flaps and filaments; but is particular by its very long growths above each eye.
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..