Ankermi Happy Dive in Maumere, Flores
We are a Swiss-Indonesian Dive Resort located directly on the
idyllic beach of Watumita in the Wairterang Bay, about 30 km east
of Maumere (Island Flores), easily
reached by car or bus. Ankermi is the perfect place to relax
and find peace amidst nature, enjoy the impressive scenery or
explore life underwater. Our 8 bungalows
overlook beautiful Maumere Bay with its calm waters and islands.
Sit on the veranda outside the bungalows and read a book, drink
your afternoon tea or watch the sun setting over the bay. All
bungalows are built from traditional materials and design and
have room for 2 persons plus a child (which can sleep on the upper
floor under the roof), with western and Indonesian style toilets
and cold showers. All four-poster beds have mosquito nets and
fans are provided in all bungalows.
We have put a lot of thought into landscaping our resort - white
sand covers an area for relaxing with beach chairs and hammocks,
there is a rice paddy (the rice is used for your meals) and three
fishponds with tropical water flowers to complete the serene and
natural atmosphere. (Photos)
offers a choice of meals for lunch and dinner. Our menu includes
Indonesian and Western cooking. We think of our place as a "home
far from home", a place where you can take a break from your
travels and just relax. Let yourself be spoiled and cared for
in the family atmosphere of the resort and on-site dive center
(Happy Dive). Enjoy your stay here and become a member of the
And then there is the great diving, of course!
Maumere bay offers incredibly diverse diving. The islands Besar
and Babi are surrounded by large corals reefs and are easily reached
by boat from the Ankermi Happy Dive Resort. Here you will find
beautiful underwater landscapes with gorgonian sea fans, hard
and soft coral and large sponges. The dive sites are mostly walls
and steep drop offs with moderate currents so you can make a nice
drift dive. We also do some challenging dives, where the currents
are stronger and big fishes like barracudas, jacks, tunas, eagle
rays and sharks show up. There are some good sites where you can
snorkel, always accompanied by our boat.
You dive in a small group - not more than 6 divers but more likely
less, with one of us (Kermi or Claudia) as a dive guide. Claudia
is a PADI OWSI Instructor and Kermi a PADI Divemaster, also called
“eagle eyed” Kermi because he finds even the smallest
Starting from Ankermis Resort we also do a lot of muck diving,
all dive sites are just around the corner and a maximum of 10
minutes away with our boat. Our muck is really good!! Mostly gentle
sandy slopes with a few coral heads and sponges and an incredible
variety of unusual critters. During the day you might find frogfishes,
rare scorpionfishes, mimic octopus and wunderpus, nudibranchs,
mandarin fishes, mantis shrimps, commensial shrimps and crabs,
seahorses, flying gurnards, stonefishes and a lot more. Perfect
for macro photography!
A large World War II wreck lies about 300m from Ankermi Happy
Dive Resort in diveable depths. It attracts a lot of fish, groupers,
mackerels and sweetlips and is nicely covered with sponges and
We have been diving the dive sites in Maumere Bay since 1998
and have become “macro lovers” and muck divers and
we have made this a speciallity of our dive center. Of course
we still appreciate and enjoy the big fish and reefs around us
in Maumere Bay because every day there is a surprise for us waiting
under water....! See Video
We hope to see you soon!
Kermi and Claudia
Ankermi Happy Dive Resort
Maumere, Flores, Indonesia
Ankermi Resort exists since nearly 20 years, so many guests know
us from Moni or from Wairterang and we hope to see you all again
in our new resort at Watumita Beach (built in 2007, just 2km from
the old Ankermi resort)! Ankermi was founded by Kermi (diver,
cook and chef), and later on Claudia came along and stayed. As
life and love goes, we got married and we have a son, Ardjuna.
We are very happy, that we found Watumita, because we love to
live in the area. We have made friends here over all those years,
and enjoy a great neighborship. We have been part of traditional
ceremonies and have noted the traditional rules and their influence
in the daily life of the people here, we learned about traditional
medicines and healers and we have witnessed sad and happy occasions.
Life here has never been boring and we hope it will stay this
way in the future.
Through all the years of working with tourists we enjoyed our
life and job and we met many nice, interesting people from all
over the world. We won many new friends and have kept in touch
with them over the years.
Our new hobby is to grow organic vegetables and rice. We are
lucky to have plenty of water and so we can grow rice and vegetables.
Many guests have wished to be part of the experience of working
in a rice field or in our little garden - for us a daily challenge
because we are still learning how to plant and look after a garden...
We would also like to thank all the photographers which have
allowed us to use their pictures and all the modells which have
posed for our photos: Family Beukers, Michelle and Tom, Nicole
and Jörg, Teresa, Verena and Stefan, Harry and Eveline, Thomas,
Karin and more guests (the mermaids
didn't want to go online, just wanted to stay under water...)