The Diving in Maumere, Flores
The Dive Center “Happy Dive” exists since 1998, is
part of the Ankermi Resort and was founded by Kermi, Javanese
origin (PADI Divemaster) and Claudia, a Swiss (OWSI PADI Instructor).
At our new location in Watumita we built, based on years of experience
and knowledge, a comfortable Dive Shop. You have easy access to
the equipment, a large classroom area, dive books and
field guides for identification within easy reach and a large area to clean and store the
dive equipment. The equipment you will use on your dives is well
maintained, complete, clean and tidy.
All dives in the area are also suitable for beginners or intermediate
divers, but for safety we always check if the current is not too
strong before we dive. All dives are no-decompression and are
based on the Resorts Padi’s Recreational Dive Planner and
Dive on the housereef accompanied by our experienced dive guide
and find special critters like frogfishes, nudibranchs, rare scorpionfishes
or the mimic octopus. Muck diving close to the resort is none
restrictive on time, it only depends on your air supply and consumption.
Kermi is a fanatic underwater photographer and can show you some
rare critters, he is only too happy to advice you and give handy
tips and information about photography and the marine life here.
We do most of the diving ourselves, we both have many years of
experience diving in Maumere Bay and our first concern is safety
and ensuring that you enjoy your dive. Diving is fun and makes
people happy - people that don't dive just don't know, what sights
they miss! Become a diver with us - Claudia is a OWSI Padi Instructor
and will gladly teach you all the necessary
skills. See Gallery / Slideshow / Video by Christian Siegenthaler / Video by Stefan Frutiger
Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.....
"Eagle-eyed"-Kermi (PADI Divemaster)
just found a beautiful nudibranch
Claudia (PADI OWSI Instructor)
...there is an eagle
ray over there!
in the coral garden
Diving is back-breaking work...
...let's take a nap!
Fun under water
Off to the island...
From the boat into the water
Off to the night dive at the housereef
SCUBA DIVING TRIPS
There are nearly 30 different dive sites
around Maumere Bay and the islands. It is possible to dive with
us or make a dive course, even if you don't stay at our Resort.
Claudia and Kermi are happy to explain about diving, dive sites
and generally help with any questions you may have during your
Boat dives to the islands - click here for the dive
sites / prices
For dives to the islands we leave early in the morning and go
by boat to Pulau Babi, Besar and Pangabatang. These islands can
be seen from Ankermi's Resort and it takes us about one hour to
reach them. Around the islands there is a great selection of walls,
drop offs, slopes, channels and platforms overgrown with hard
and soft coral which are the habitat for a large number of fish
and other marine animals.
Visibility on most dives around the islands is between 20m to
30m, on some special days visibility can rise to as much as 50m
to 80m. On the way over to the dive area you can often see dolphins,
pilot whales and during some time of the year also whale sharks,
sperm whales and fin whales. Most of the year the water temperatures
are around 26 to 30°C. The variety of coral growth and marine
life is immense, as many book writers have stated i.e. Roger Steene,
Dr. Gerald R. Allan.
Diving from the shore - click here for the dive
sites / prices
Just around the corner from the Ankermi Happy Dive Resort there
are several areas for ‘Muck’ diving - searching for
rare, strange critters which are living in the sand and mud. A
Japanese shipwreck from the Second World War is reached by foot
prior to the dive or with the ‘Happy Dive’ motorized
canoe. During all the dives you are accompanied by a dive guide.
Don't miss out on the night dives! As one of our guests said:
"If you are a photographer, nightdives here are a must! But
they are also immensely interesting for all other divers! For
a week I did a night dive every night and every time I saw something
You are accompanied on every dive by our experienced dive guide.
The next recompression chambers (deco chambers) are in Bali and
Makassar (Ujung Pandang, Sulawesi) and oxygen is only sometimes
available here in Maumere. Please keep this in mind and only do
no-decompression dives! Please notice, that kids should dive accompanied
by their parents!
We work together with the local fishermen and use their approximate
9m long wooden boats. We are pleased to give them a chance to
also make a living from tourism. We have been working with our
captain now for many years and he is very trustful and knows exactly
where the dive sites are located and where the divers will exit
after their dive and also knows how to help the divers to handle
the dive equipment.
- We have eight sets of diving equipment and 20 tanks, all is
- We have a Bauer Compressor, Sea Quest BCD’s, Aqualung
first- and seconds stages, Suunto gauges, Technisup masks and
- We have Luxfer tanks in Aluminum and enough weight belts and
lead to use.
- We use international adaptors and also have DIN for the first stages
PADI Dive Courses
IMPORTANT: Dive courses are only possible after prior consultation
Happy Dive Center offers PADI Dive Courses, Claudia is a Swiss
OWSI PADI Instructor and teaches the courses in English or German.
We certify from beginner levels (Open Water) up to Divemaster
level. We have PADI Course books in English, German, French and
Dutch, but if you make your course bookings early enough, we
can order books in other languages.
CLASSES AND CLASSROOM
We usually have just small classes and therefore we guarantee
that we have enough time and patience for each of our students.
It is important to us, that the students can feel relaxed and
not under stress while doing their courses.
Our classroom is the roomy veranda in front of our dive shop
which has confortable seats and always a nice breeze. We have
enough space to practice with the equipment and a large white
board for the theory lessons. Our Courses are based on "PADI
Standards and Procedures" and we follow the safe rules and
use of the RDP tables.
PADI DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING
One day includes: basic theory, video session, some skill work
in confined water and your first underwater tour to discover the
magic of the underwater world.
Maximum depth: 12m/ 40ft
PADI SCUBA TUNE-UP
Scuba review for experienced divers who have had a long break
since their last dive. One day includes: some skill reviews and
one Open Water dive.
PADI OPEN WATER COURSE
3-4 days course includes: Padi Open Water manual book to read
the five modules, academic training sessions, videos, quizzes
and exam. Confined water training sessions to practice the skills
in shallow water, 4 Open water dives including skill work and
underwater tour. Includes the PIC (certification card) for you
so you can dive anywhere in the world. FREE LOGBOOK, FREE ANKERMI
Maximum depth: 18m/60ft
PADI ADVANCED OPEN WATER
2 days course to extend your diving certification and become
a more experienced diver. 2 core dives = navigation dive and deep
dive and 3 elective dives = (for example) naturalist dive, wreck
dive, night dive. Includes the PIC (certification card).
Maximum depth: 30m/ 100ft
Click here for prices
We offer snorkeling trips out to the island of Pangahbatan and
Babi. You leave Ankermi Resort in the morning, snorkel all you
want , eat the lunch on the beach, snorkel some more and then
arrive back in the late afternoon. The coral reefs here are quite
pretty with colorful reef fish and corals and with luck you can
also see turtles, sharks, mackerels, rays and possibly bumphead
You can also snorkel just outside our resort on a small coral
reef or about 300m away on a patch reef in Ankermis Bay. Both
reefs are quite small and an area to do muck snorkeling.
Click here for prices / click
here for photos of the islands
Photos from our Dive Center
For our photo gallery click here
Assembling dive equipment
First breath out of the regulator
Which size booties do I need?
Seems to be the right fin...
The mask should be a good fit...
Off to the first dive
Into the water!!!
Last check by Claudia
Baptism - now you are also a diver!