Maumere Ankermi Dive Resort

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Maumere Ankermi Dive Resort

 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 6 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) Our restaurant 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 “Ankermi-family”. 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 critters. 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 small corals. 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….! We hope to see you soon! Kermi and Claudia

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