Diving in North Moluccas

The Moluccas are also known as the Spice Islands, famous for the precious spices that began a colonial tug-of-war between the 1500s and 1700s and sent explorers off to search for new lands to conquer. This area is divided into two provinces, with North Maluku majority Muslim and Christians generally living in the central and southern regions. As you travel through you’ll be dazzled by the variety of cultures and attractions to explore in this tropical hideaway. Ambon Island is home to the capital and is beloved by divers for the critters you can spot here, it is not dissimilar to the famous Lambeh Strait. Volcanic Halmahera Island is a pristine wilderness, surprisingly unexplored and home to dive sites that include walls and pinnacles and great muck diving. Neighboring Morotai is fantastic for wreck diving thanks to the World War Two Jeeps, tanks and planes that found their way to the bottom of the sea in these most strategic of islands.
Then there is Ternate, the tiny northern island with its soft coral, walls, slopes and rock formations, not to mention the sea fans and great variety of marine creatures. The dry season in the central and southern areas of this province are different to elsewhere in Indonesia, with the dry season running from October to March.

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Wildlife in North Moluccas/Maluku

There is a whole underwater world to be discovered here. Halmahera is often compared to Raja Ampat, known for it incredible diversity of marine life, while muck dives reveal crustaceans galore, leaf fish and nudibranch, flamboyant cuttlefish and pygmy seahorses, to name just a few. The spectacular, pristine coral reefs have their own delights and are home to everything from crocodilefish and barracuda to sharks and surgeonfish, while wrecks provide a great habitat for trevallies, wrasse, butterflyfish and even turtles as well as pretty coral reefs.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sharks
Great Hammerhead Shark
Whitetip Reef Shark
Blacktip Reef Shark
Grey Reef Shark
Rays
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Turtles
Green Sea Turtle
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Reptiles
Banded Sea Krait
Seahorses and Pipefishes
Pygmy Seahorse
Common Seahorse
Pipefish
Fishes
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Clownfish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Tarpon
Sand Eel
Snake Eel
Ribbon Moray Eel (Ghost Eel)
Conger eel
Jackfishes
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Surgeonfish
Frogfish
Sweetlips and Grunts
Parrotfish
Soldierfish
Triggerfish
Damselfish
Goatfish
Tuna
Garfish
Porcupine Fish
Box Fish
Garibaldi fish
Trumpetfish
Bannerfish
Flounder
Emperors
Molluscs
Octopus
Cuttlefish
Nudybranch
Crustaceans
Crayfish
Shrimps
Lobster
Crab
  Jan - Mar Apr - Jun Jul - Sep Oct - Dec
Sharks
Great Hammerhead Shark
Whitetip Reef Shark
Blacktip Reef Shark
Grey Reef Shark
Rays
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Turtles
Green Sea Turtle
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Reptiles
Banded Sea Krait
Seahorses and Pipefishes
Pygmy Seahorse
Common Seahorse
Pipefish
Fishes
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Clownfish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Tarpon
Sand Eel
Snake Eel
Ribbon Moray Eel (Ghost Eel)
Conger eel
Jackfishes
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Surgeonfish
Frogfish
Sweetlips and Grunts
Parrotfish
Soldierfish
Triggerfish
Damselfish
Goatfish
Tuna
Garfish
Porcupine Fish
Box Fish
Garibaldi fish
Trumpetfish
Bannerfish
Flounder
Emperors
Molluscs
Octopus
Cuttlefish
Nudybranch
Crustaceans
Crayfish
Shrimps
Lobster
Crab

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