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Ankermi Happy Dive

Excellent little diving resort

Photo of Ankermi Happy Dive, Around 30km east of Maumere, Watumita. , Maumere

What we say: 4.5 stars

Ankermi Happy Dive is perhaps the best choice for committed divers in the general Maumere area, with attractive and simple little bungalows set right in front of an excellent selection of critter diving sites. The slightly Balinese-influenced resort overlooks the green expanse of Pulau Babi and is dotted with coconut palms. Snorkelling is available off the small cement pier built into the water for the benefit of scuba divers. The bungalows include beds with a mosquito net, electricity and private bathrooms with bucket flush toilets. All face the ocean, except for one bungalow set over the garden, which has air-con and is slightly larger, making it a good choice for families. The restaurant on-site is a real treat, with great chicken curry and mie goreng, and an elaborate presentation of creatively named "gado-bloody-gado". Prices are all quite fair, considering the curious inflation that seems to be the norm in Flores. Beers are iced. Diving is the real draw here, with both shore and island dives available, as well as the usual complement of PADI courses for rank beginners. There's a decent selection of equipment for rent, and the operation seems tightly run. We dove with Kemi, who co-owns Ankermi with his wife Claudia, and enjoyed muck-diving right off the shore, with sightings including a profusion of unusual nudibranches, a reef cuttlefish and a rare and elegant mimic octopus. Kemi even provided us with a detailed list of the species we spotted after the dive for our log book. Be forewarned: Ankermi Happy Dive is a good 40-minute drive from Maumere proper, and communications with the outside world are spotty. Budget in plenty of time to make flights, and hit the ATM before you arrive, as they are cash only.

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    Around 30km east of Maumere, Watumita.  T: (0812) 466 9667 
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    What we were quoted

    Type of room Low season High season Notes
    Standard - Single 285,000 285,000 Sea view
    Standard - Double 345,000 345,000 Sea view
    Superior - Single 320,000 320,000 Garden view
    Superior - Double 385,000 385,000 Garden view

    Added to Travelfish on: 25th May, 2014
    Last visited or updated on: 27th May, 2014

    Last reviewed by:
    Stuart McDonald co-founded with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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    Around 30km east of Maumere, Watumita. 
    T: (0812) 466 9667

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