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Reviewed 3 August 2011

I stayed at Ankermi originally for 7 nights but ended up staying 11, always one day more, one day more until I had to rush back through Flores. But it was worth it. Claudia and Kermi definitely have a sweet setup with a laid back vibe. All the staff are friendly and helpful and the communal dinner each evening is fantastic.

The bungalows have fantastic views of Maumere Bay, especially the sunsets which drew this guest to the water front again and again.

I also recommend the diving having undertaken an open water course with Claudia. An excellent instructor I had a lot of fun whilst learning to dive.

There are few places that I'd go out of my way to return to, but Ankermi Happy Dive Resort is at the top of the list.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 July 2011

We found Ankermi Happy Dive on the internet and were very glad we stayed there for a few days.
The 5 seafront cottages are OK, have enough room. Your outside bathroom has a (cold) shower, there is always water to fill the mandi, so always have enough water to flush your toilet.
Great location, sit on your terrace or on one of the beachchairs and enjoy the view of the sea in front of you. Marvellous sunsets.
And the food......
The small restaurant is open all day, except from 16.00 till 18.00 when they are preparing the dinner. That's why it's so nice you always get a afternoon tea or coffee at around 16.00 clock, nice time for pisang goreng (fried banana) of so.

The dinner, a small buffet, is the highlight of the day. I had the impression tehy usually serve one meat- or fishdish, the rest are vegetarian dishes, cooked so well I've met several carnivores who didn't miss the meat at all.

Later during our trip at Flores we met again some people who stayed with us at Ankermi. During a dinner at another restaurant we could stare and sigh "ahhh, the food at Ankermi...".

Thank you Kermi and Claudia for a wonderful start of our holiday at beautiful Flores.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Hippohanna
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Reviewed 15 July 2011

This place will enchant those looking for a piece of untouched nature. This resort with beautifull garden and small rice field in the middle of cottages is very good located 30 km from Maumere airport. The peace and quiet are guaranteed here and also for diving there are very good possibilities.
We were very exciting by owner and all other staff - still willing, friendly and smiling.
The food, excellent and varied, features salad, pasta and tofu dishes alongside the usual fish/chicken and rice.
The beach is located 50m from the resort but is also possible use molo to go to the water for swimming, snorkelling or diving.Low tide is no problem for swimming during all day!
Stayed July 2011, traveled as a family.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank SilvieC
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Reviewed 30 May 2011

Akermi Happy Dive, Maumere, Indonesia – May 2011

General

Akermi Happy Dive is located off the main road beside a volcanic rock-strewn shoreline 45 minutes drive from Maumere on Flores Island in eastern Indonesia.

The operation, which includes a restaurant, dive charter, diver training and accommodation, was begun roughly 6 years ago and is owned a run by an Indonesian/Swiss couple (Kermi and Claudia). Claudia is an Open Water SCUBA Instructor (PADI) and conducts diver training to Dive Master level whilst Kermi, a national from Java, acts a dive guide.
Be cautioned that the region has many rice fields meaning that mosquitoes are very prevalent. In fact, the resort has a house rice field located behind the accommodation along with two large water gardens. Although this looks quite nice, the permanent water results in mosquitoes breeding. It is strongly advised that you bring “DEET”mosquito repellent if visiting this area.
Both reef and muck diving are offered at Akermi, however, during my stay the muck diving was not very good due to poor visibility (less than 2 meters) and a 1 inch silt layer covering everything (I cannot comment on what the muck diving is like in better conditions). Kermi and Claudia state that the muck diving is some of the best in Indonesia, but I cannot comment on the validity of this statement.
There is no actual true house reef at Akermi, but there is a black sand beach a few hundred meters from the resort. Diving immediately off the resort is silty sand and coral blocks (small bommies) covered in silt from the discharge of two nearby rivers.

Marine Conservation – lack of fish, fish collecting and dynamite fishing

The owners of the resort are quick to indicate that the whole area is a designated marine park in the making. Fees are required that are passed along to the Indonesian Government for regular patrols.
This said, there is no ban on fishing and local fisherman regularly set nets a few meters off the front of the resort and fish all the reefs. Dynamite fishing is also common place and on several reef dives I heard underwater blasts. I also was informed that aquarium fishermen have fished the reefs using cyanide in the past. All this means that a lot of coral is damaged in the first 30 meters and fish stocks are VERY low compared to other diving areas I have visited.
I hardly saw any pelagic fish during my 15 dives with the exception of one dive during which I saw a school of bump-headed parrot fish and 2 reef sharks. There also appeared to be a lack of small colourful fish you would normally expect to find on any tropical coral reef.
I noted that when the diving boats anchored the crew choose a shallow section of the reef before dropping the anchor to avoid damaging the coral. Although the crew probably tried not to hit coral, they did so on several occasions. I did not observe any permanent dive spot moorings.

Equipment and Experience

I use my own diving equipment, however, on inspection of their rental equipment it appeared to be relatively new and in very good condition. I had no issues with tank fills.
All the staff I dived with were very proficient divers.

Fast Boats

This operator does not use a fast boat. Rather, they hire local Indonesian built fishing boats of varying sizes, sourced from the adjacent village, to shuttle you to the outer islands for reef diving. These boats are quite seaworthy, however their basic engines are very noisy and on occasion can be smelly . The boats are crewed by Indonesian fishermen. On the smaller boats I would recommend using ear protection as the noise of the engine is loud enough to cause industrial deafness (by western standards). Engine noise was loud enough to not allow talking when the engine was being operated. The boats are very slow, so don’t expect to be in the water and diving quickly. To travel from the resort to islands for reef diving takes about an hour and a half travel time one way.
All the boats I used had a wooden ladder of sorts and had adequate shelter from the sun and rain (tarpaulin stretched over bamboo poles).
Tools for equipment repairs are not available on the boat and I recommend you take a small dive master kit with basic tools.
None of the boats I used, nor the resort has medical oxygen available for use during a decompression accident. Further, I did not note any medical or first aid equipment on the boat. The only safety gear I observed was a few old life jackets and a wooden canoe. The canoe was carried on all dive trips using the larger of the boats.
Diving and Staff
All dives are accompanied by either Claudia, Kermi or a an Indonesian dive guide. It isn’t possible to dive with this operator without supervision; Claudia states that this is to ensure the safety of visiting divers. Kermi is an excellent guide and finds lots of small critters (anemone crabs, nudibranchs, etc). He is keen to show you and ensures you have adequate time to observe and take photographs.
Each day the boat would depart at 0800 am for an approximate one and a half hour trip to the islands. Two dives are offered with a one hour surface interval. Although it is possible to do a shore dive on return (muck dive) I found it difficult to do this as the travel time is long when using a slow Indonesian fishing boat.
It’s important to note that the Indonesian boat crew are not diver trained; they run the boat only. The handling of diving equipment was in my experience not the best. Tanks were hauled onto the boat via the wings of BCDs and it wasn’t unusual for a regulator or pressure gauge to get caught on the ladder. This is not the crew’s fault but is more a reflection of the operator’s laxity in training the crew.
Dive times are variable, however all my dives were over 80 minutes duration.
The operation only uses air. Nitrox is not available.
Non diving staff were all Indonesian nationals and were very friendly and likeable.
Dive Cleaning Area
I wasn’t impressed with the area set aside for the cleaning of diving equipment. It was a cement slab surrounded by grass and large boulders. Ensuring that regulators were not scratched was a continual battle. Further, the drying racks for wetsuits and other equipment were rusty and insufficient. Gear cleaning was done using three large plastic buckets which you filled with water. There were no permanent tanks or areas set aside dedicated to cleaning photographic housings, etc (I used one of the plastic tubs which was adequate and worked well). If the resort had more than 4 divers at one time I can see issues occurring with gear cleaning as there just isn’t the room to service more than 4 divers at anyone time.

Accommodation and Food

Accommodation is either in a air conditioned garden view bungalow, or one of five basic non air conditioned ocean view bungalows equipped with wall fans. The bungalows are close to each other and its relatively easy to hear what is happening in either bungalow each side of you. The bungalows are situated amongst volcanic rocks in a basic garden setting. Each bungalow has a small veranda (patio) overlooking the rocky beach and Maumere Bay. The bungalows are constructed from cement with a thatch roof. The floor is made from tiles.
Each bungalow has a double bed with mosquito net and a loft with an additional mattress (no net). There are two Indonesian style power plugs, one which is located in the adjacent open air bathroom. If you have photographic equipment that requires charging you will need a power board and converter plug. The location of the power plugs is such that it’s problematic charging gear as the plugs are located high on the wall.
The bathroom is basic with a mirror, cold water shower, western style toilet and mandi. There is no wash basin. The toilet is non flush requiring you to fill a pale with water and pour it into the toilet until your deposits are gone. Toilet paper must be placed into a plastic bin for later disposal. This is standard practice in Indonesia.
The rooms are very small and lacked a suitable table/area for camera set up and maintenance. There are two tables. One inside (which I used to keep my personal belongings on) and the other outside on the veranda. The outside table has a glass top which isn’t exactly the best option when needing a place to open and close large aluminium camera housings. The rooms were too small to allow for the easy and adequate storage of gear for 2 people. The lighting was adequate, but not strong enough for reading. Poor and inadequate indoor lighting is a common practice in Indonesia.
Power is mains and for the most part was reliable.
Food
The food arrangements were in my opinion a little odd. Breakfast and dinner were included in the accommodation tariff, in addition to afternoon coffee or tea, however, lunch was a pay as you go affair. The exception being if you were diving on the boat for the day when lunch was complimentary.
All the food was excellent with an assortment of buffet style Indonesian dishes available each evening. Alcoholic and soft drinks were available for purchase at the bar. Lunch was chosen from a menu and the dishes I ordered were substantial and very tasty. Deserts after dinner were not available.
Breakfast was not that fantastic. There wasn’t a choice and breakfast consisted of more less the same food each day; coffee or tea followed by pieces of banana and papaya and a jaffle contained scrambled egg and cheese. The portions were small and there always seemed to be a lack of fruit.
Lunch, when on the dive boat, usually consisted of noodles, rice, fish and an egg. Tasty Indonesian tea and crackers were served as an in-between dive snack.
Overall, with the exception of breakfast, all the food was substantial, tasty and everyone enjoyed the food.
Overall Opinion

This is not a five star resort, but more an upmarket backpacker style resort. For the travelling diver, the accommodation is quite adequate and food excellent. The price for accommodation is reasonable although the price for diving a little high considering they use local boats rather than fast boats and do not appear to have any safety equipment such as oxygen, tool kits and resuscitation equipment.
One aspect I found odd was that reference books (fish identification, etc) were in a locked cabinet. It would have been nice if these books were available for divers to read between dives and at night time.
Further, all drinking water had to be purchased, whether used on the boat or at the resort. Considering the groundwater is undrinkable, I found this a little strange, as non bottled drinking water is usually available at no additional cost.
The area is an ideal place to learn diving or for a beginner diver to flex their fins; the diving is safe and if coral is damaged by newly minted divers, it probably doesn’t matter too much as a lot of the reef above 18 meters has already been damaged by dynamite fishing and a tsunami that occurred in 1992.
Would I return? I would have to research the muck diving potential of Maumere a little more before I made another dedicated trip to this region. In my opinion, the reef diving is way below par and probably was good 20 years ago before dynamite fishing, overfishing and fish collecting occurred.
I have used a point system from 1 to 10. 10 is perfect whilst 1 in very poor. 5 is average.

Accommodation - 7
Food - 8
Dive Boat (overall opinion) - 3
Operator (overall Opinion) - 7
Coral Diversity - 3
Fish (*) - 1
Invertebrates - 4
Cryptic Animals – 1 - 2
Environmental Attitude & Awareness - 7
Dive Management & Attitude - 7

(*) Fish life refers to fish abundance and species diversity

For more operator reports - www.anaspidesphotography-blog.com (Dive Operator Reports)

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Stayed: August 2018, travelled solo
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