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What is Muck diving? – Ambon Muck Diving

Muck diving. To anyone not familiar with diving, this term sounds pretty uninviting. It sounds as if a diver is expected to swim around in muddy, zero visibility water. However, this is not the case. Muck diving gets it name from the sediment—often volcanic and sandy—found at the bottom of the dive site. Aside from that, the muck dive substrate also consists of a variety of things including man-made garbage, dead coral skeletons, discarded fishing equipment, tires and so much more. Although these dive spots have less visibility compared to wall or reef dive sites, muck diving still brings in lots of divers who are curious and are passionate about discovering diverse creatures and critters.

Diverse Critters

Ambon Muck Diving - Hairy squat lobsterMuck diving is for patient divers who are interested in finding treasures in the silty bottoms of the sea. The muck substrate at the bottom of the dive site is home to fascinating marine life including unusual, exotic and juvenile organisms. The waste items found in the area that have settled at the bottom, though off putting, also serve an important role in providing an ideal habitat for rare organisms to live.

Muck diving is ideal for macro photographers who are interested in shooting beautiful photographs of colorful nudibranchs, shrimp, blue-ringed octopus, and rare pygmy seahorses. Muck divers are more likely to find juvenile fish, frogfish, and strange critters in this environment as these creatures live and thrive on the sedimentary substrate.

There is definitely lots of interesting marine life hiding away in the muck, so the opportunity to capture it is there. This is why underwater photographers are more excited by muck diving more than anything else.

Preparation for Muck Diving

Like any other form of diving, it is important to prepare and learn the principles of muck diving. Take a look at these factors:

  1. Use a qualified guide.
  2. Learn about creatures you expect to find and their features.
  3. Find and use the right diving equipment and gear.
  4. Plan both day and night dives for different creatures.
  5. Buy a good dive light.
  6. Target rainy days as it is during this time that more critters come out.

Ambon the best muck diving

If you are looking for the ideal muck diving destination, then it’s time to start making your plans to visit Indonesia. There are many dive sites to choose from, among which is Ambon. Ambon is home to the rare Ambon Scorpionfish and Halimeda Ghost Pipefish. Besides that, Ambon muck diving is also well-known amongst divers and macro photographers alike. At the jetty alone, you’ll have the chance to see shrimps, Waspfish, Frogfish, different moray eels, Lionfish, Stonefish and the spiny and spotted Devilfish. And while it’s not a sure thing that you’ll see all these lovely creatures in one go, we are 100% certain though that you’ll need to get your camera ready when Ambon muck diving because of the abundance of interesting aquatic life that can be found in these waters.

So what are you waiting for? Contact us now to start exploring a whole new aspect of diving through Ambon muck diving.