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Duke of Sparta, Ambon

Duke of Sparta Wreck in Ambon Bay

Dive into history and explore one of Indonesia’s hidden underwater treasures

Information about Duke of Sparta

The Duke of Sparta wreck, resting in Ambon Bay, is a remarkable dive site steeped in history and marine biodiversity. Originally built in 1940, the Duke of Sparta was later targeted and sunk during a covert CIA operation in 1958. The wreck, now encrusted with corals and home to a variety of marine life, offers divers a unique glimpse into the past alongside vibrant underwater scenery.

Located in Ambon, the Duke of Sparta is a must-visit for wreck enthusiasts and critter lovers alike. The intact structure provides numerous swim-throughs and entry points, making it accessible for divers of all levels. The site teems with ghost pipefish, lionfish, coral shrimps, and nudibranchs, while the deck and superstructure are frequented by batfish, trumpetfish, fusiliers, and surgeonfish.

Beyond diving, visitors to Ambon can explore the island’s rich culture and scenic landscapes. Whether you’re interested in history, marine life, or adventure, diving the Duke of Sparta wreck offers an unforgettable experience.

Interesting facts about Duke of Sparta

Getting there: The best way to explore the Duke of Sparta wreck is by liveaboard, ensuring easy access to this historic dive site. Direct flights to Ambon are available from Jakarta and Bali.

Best time to visit: The best time to dive the Duke of Sparta is from October to April. Water temperatures range from 27°C to 30°C (81°F to 86°F), offering ideal conditions for divers.

Diving Conditions: With depths ranging from 15 to 35 meters (49 to 115 feet) and mild currents, the Duke of Sparta wreck is suitable for divers of all experience levels. The visibility is typically excellent, making it perfect for underwater photography.

Our liveaboard trips: Our liveaboard trips to Ambon Bay include visits to the Duke of Sparta and other iconic dive sites in the region. Trips typically last 7-10 days, providing ample time to explore the diverse marine life and stunning underwater landscapes.

A little known fact: The Duke of Sparta was known as "The Ambon Wreck" for over 50 years before its identity was confirmed in 2009 by Maluku Divers who discovered a manufacturer's plaque in the ship's engine room.

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