Diving the Devilish Marine Beauty of Tanjung Setan
While Ambon has a number of interesting historical and cultural sites, such as the remnants of forts built by the Dutch East Indies Company during the heyday of the spice trade, it is also the home to a famous dive site named Tanjung Setan, which made diving in Ambon as a must-do activity.
Tanjung Setan or Satan’s Cape is a natural tourism spot and popular diving site in the island of Ambon. Located in the Village of Morela, north of Ambon Island, you could easily reach it by either bemos, taxis, or private motorcycles service called ojek.
While Tanjung Setan or Satan’s Cape might have a scary name, but contrary to its title, both the beach and the underwater area of Tanjung Setan offer beautiful and stunning natural vista. Due to its water clarity and the various marine animals and plants inhabited the underwater world of Tanjung Setan, this place is considered as a paradise for divers and is considered as one of the best diving points in Ambon. Home to 15 to 30 types of coral, it has a depth point about 40 meters deep, but you just have to dive as far as 20 feet to see the underwater beauty of this place. Diving in Tanjung Setan is categorized as a medium level dive where both beginner and experienced divers may enjoy its underwater panorama. The water temperature is quite warm, where the minimum is 24°C and the maximum is 30°C. this warm water also supports the various marine lives such as Pelagic Trevallies, Snappers, Fusliers, Sweetlips, and various kinds of coral reef fish like Batfish, Angels, Butterflies, Groupers, Triggers, Puffers, Boxes, and Porcupines. The highlight of this dive would be seeing the schooling of Jacks, Snappers, Fusiliers, and Barracudas, and if you are lucky, turtles and hammerhead shark can also be seen here. Interestingly, it is also a home to several dolphins and whales.
The diversity of the natural inhabitants coupled with the pristine composition of marine plants and corals form the beauty of the underwater environment of Tanjung Setan, which will be such a rewarding experience for those who dared to dive into.