How to get to Happy Dive
Ankermi / Happy Dive Resort is 29 km away from the Maumere town
center on the eastern side of Flores Island. Our resort lies right
at the beach surrounded by a rice field, banana trees, coconut
trees and a bamboo forest.
HOW TO GET TO ANKERMI/ HAPPY DIVE
With this information you will find us:
ANKERMI/ Happy Dive (Egon Cottage)
29km east of Maumere (on the Trans- Flores Highway to
Larantuka) to Watumita village
What to bring?
- Accommodation: Everything
necessary is there (for example mosquito nets)
- Money: We only accept cash (Dollars, Euros,
Rhupias) - we don't accept any credit cards or traveler checks.
banks (and we also) accept only bills which look new (clean,
not ripped, folded a lot, no handwriting on them etc.). With
dollars they are specially restrictive!
- Diving: We have all the
equipment you need for diving, but we use the international
adaptors; we have no DIN for the first stages (please bring
along your own adapter!)
- Snorkeling: you can
rent masks, snorkels and fins
- Electricity: We have 24 hours of electricity, so you have
enough time to charge your batteries and other equipment. There
are lamps in the bungalows and on the balconies good enough
to read or to watch your underwater photos on your computer.
FLORES ISLAND- INDONESIA
Ankermi Happy Dive Resort lies east of Maumere towards Larantuka
Maumere lies in East Flores and is over 500km
from the well known Labuan Bajo and the Komodo islands in
distance. Copyright Maps www.starfish.ch
FROM THE AIRPORT TO OUR RESORT
If you advice us before arrival it is possible to organize a
pick up at the airport for you. Otherwise just take a taxi outside
the baggage claim area and tell the driver to bring you to Ankermi
in Watumita. A taxi ride to Ankermi costs about Rp. 150.000. Maumere
airport has not a very good, friendly reputation as the drivers
are shouting around and fighting to get passengers. For the taxi
drivers it seems to be some kind of game to be loud to each other
and to the customers - to local passengers too! Don’t get
upset, just choose a friendly driver, there are many of them.
Don’t let them hassle you. You don’t need to make
any arrangements for overland tours or trips in a hurry. We work
together with some friendly, honest drivers and can help you to
arrange a tour to any destination you wish.
If you want to reach us by public bus you have to walk out of
the airport or hire an ojek (motorbike taxi) to the Lokaria terminal.
From there you can take a village bemo straight to WATUMITA, Ankermi.
Most of the local mini bus drivers know us. The ojek is Rp. 3000
to the Lokaria terminal and the bemo (mini bus) to Ankermi's is
ARRIVING BY BUS
If you arrive by bus in the town terminal (west terminal) coming
from Ende, you can take a city bemo or ojek to Lokaria terminal
(Rp. 3000) and then again the village bemo. If you take the ENDE-
LARANTUKA bus instead of the Ende-Maumere bus you don’t
need to get off the bus in Maumere, you can stay in the bus until
Watumita- Ankermi, as the busses which drive all the way to Larantuka,
passing by our Resort.
If you arrive by bus from Larantuka, simply tell the bus driver
to stop at Watumita- Ankermi. Coming from the east, we are located
nearly 30 km before Maumere town.
Please be aware that this information can change anytime! Sky Aviation, Nam Air (Sriwijaya Air) and Wings Air (Lion Air) are serving Maumere directly with daily flights from Surabaya, Denpasar and Kupang. Trans Nusa and Wings Air also cover smaller airports in Flores like Ende, Ruteng and Labuan Bajo. As Merpati stopped operating temporarly, the flights from Maumere to Labuan Bajo no more exist. Wings Air flies from Ende to Labuan Bajo and also Garuda has new routes in Flores (updated March 2014).
The airfares are connected to the airline's computer system so the prices can vary everyday. The flight from Bali to Maumere can cost Rp.700.000 to Rp.1.200.000. Overweight is charged if your luggage exeeds 15 kg with Wings/Lion Air and if it exeeds 20kg with Sky Aviation and Nam Air (about Rp. 18 000 per kilo).
With the above in mind, plan at least one extra day between local flights and your international departure date!!
To book on the airline’s website directly it’s only possible if you have a local Credit or Debit Card. With international Cards it is mostly not working, to book and pay a ticket on the airline’s website. For online bookings and if you want to pay with an international Credit Card check out this website: www.ticketindonesia.info.
Websites of the airlines (to check the schedules): www.lionair.co.id / www.sriwijayaair.co.id / www.sky-aviation.co.id
PELNI BOATS AND FERRIES
The Indonesian passenger line ships PELNI are serving Maumere
with the “Awu” and the “Tatamailau” ship.
They are coming from Bali and continue to Kupang and Sulawesi
or up to Irian Jaya. For detailed schedules please ask in the
harbor of departure. From Larantuka there are the “Sirimau”
and the “Awu” going eastwards or up to Sulawesi. There
are a few ASDP ferries from Kupang to Larantuka and from Kupang
to Alor, Rote, Savu, Sumba etc. There are also several smaller
ferries traveling between the islands in the eastern part like
from Larantuka to Lewoleba, ferries between Ende and Sumba or
Aimere to Sumba.
In bad weather conditions like the west monsoon or if there are
very strong winds the little ferries may not operate. Please be
flexible enough and plan some extra time to travel.
The exchange rate in Maumere banks (BNI and DANAMON) to US dollars
and Euros is not as good as in Bali or Java. There are bank machines
(ATM) to get money with your credit card. Cash advances with your
credit card at the bank are not possible anymore please be prepared.
Our resort and Dive Center is open all year round. In general
there is no problem to dive in the dry season between April until
December. November is our hottest month, when winds stop and humidity
rises. There is usually a little rain in October and some more
in December. The real west monsoon passes through usually in January
and February. The waves are too high, the sea too rough so in
this time we mostly can’t go out for diving with the boat
to the islands.
We have noticed some changes of the weather conditions during
the seasons (El Nino, global warming, lots of rain, hardly any
rain) and therefore there is no rule without exceptions…
The nearest recompression chambers (deco chamber) are in Bali
and Makassar (Ujung Pandang, Sulawesi) and oxygen is only sometimes
available here in Maumere. Please keep this in mind and only do
All our beds have mosquito nettings, so you are well protected
from mosquito bites. There is also always a slight wind, so we
generally have only a few mosquitos.
However in Indonesia as in other parts of South East Asia it
is possible to get tropical diseases like Malaria and Dengue fever
as well as other tropical diseases. Please check with your doctor,
whether it is necessary to take precautions. Please note that
if you dive some medicaments are not recommended!
Maumere has a government hospital and there are several catholic
health care centers and smaller hospitals in the area, a very
good catholic hospital is in Lela, a village about 1,5hrs. away
from Ankermi Resort. The catholic hospitals are very well equipped
and clean and do blood checks (Malaria tests etc.) and cure the
simpler diseases. To have an operation done or if special care
is needed, it is wise to go to Jakarta, Bali or better abroad,
to Singapore or Kuala Lumpur.