Rediscover Maumere Aboard Solitude Adventurer in Indonesia

Maumere, located on the northern coast of Flores Island in Indonesia, is undergoing a remarkable resurgence as a popular diving destination. In 1992, the region faced extensive devastation caused by an earthquake and subsequent tsunami, resulting in significant damage to the environment and the displacement of local communities.

The earthquake and tsunami that struck Flores Island on December 12, 1992, with a magnitude of 7.8 and a maximum intensity of VIII, marked one of the largest and deadliest seismic events of that year in the Lesser Sunda Islands region. The earthquake originated from the slip on the Flores Thrust fault, which dips beneath Flores Island. Most earthquake epicentres along this fault are situated on the island itself.

Maumere, being the most severely impacted town, experienced the destruction of approximately 90% of its buildings, while structures on Flores Island suffered damage ranging from 50% to 80%, or complete destruction. Recognising the gravity of the situation, the Indonesian government initiated rescue and relief missions, declaring the earthquake a national disaster. International assistance was also sought to aid in the recovery process.

Various organisations, including the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the Australian Agency for International Development, and the Japanese Overseas Cooperation Fund, collaborated to provide support and facilitate reconstruction efforts. Each agency contributed its expertise in specific sectors and locations, showcasing global unity and perseverance in assisting the affected communities and restoring the environment.

Through the collective determination of local communities, coupled with international support, the affected areas and their residents have made significant strides in their recovery. The resilience and tenacity of the people, along with the aid they received, have been instrumental in the remarkable comeback of the region. The ongoing healing process encompasses the restoration of physical infrastructure and the rejuvenation of the natural environment that was devastated by the earthquake and tsunami.

The successful recovery serves as a testament to the strength of unity and international cooperation during times of crisis. It also highlights the indomitable spirit of the affected communities, who have displayed exceptional resolve in rebuilding their lives and reviving their surroundings. The gradual restoration of both the people and the environment stands as a testament to the human spirit’s ability to overcome adversity.

While the 1992 earthquake and tsunami had a devastating impact, the combined efforts of local communities, the Indonesian government, and international agencies have paved the way for a steady recovery. Today, the affected regions are making significant progress in rebuilding and regaining their former vibrancy. This remarkable turnaround serves as a testament to the power of collective action and the resilience of the human spirit.

This is where your Solitude Adventurer Journey begins.

Maumere acts as an entry point to an abundance of underwater wonders found in its surroundings, encompassing Flores Island, Pantar, and Alor. These destinations present extraordinary diving prospects, allowing enthusiasts to delve into untouched coral reefs and encounter a rich variety of marine life. Pantar and Alor are especially celebrated for their translucent waters and thriving reef ecosystems. The islands of Wetar, Reong, Nyata, Terbang, Serua, and Manuk are also part of the captivating array of forgotten islands waiting to be explored.

As you embark on your journey along the Indonesian east coast, Maumere sets the stage for the adventure that awaits. And when it comes to crossing routes, Alor takes centre stage, being a prominent destination in two cruises offered by Solitude Adventurer: the 12-day/11-night Maumere to Ambon and the 9-day/8-night Maumere to Alor itineraries. Prepare yourself for an extraordinary experience that awaits in Alor, as it plays a significant role in these captivating journeys.

Sea Snakes with Solitude Adventurer

Alor entices with its crystal-clear waters, vibrant blend of soft and hard coral reefs, and a vibrant array of colours. Dive into the underwater world to explore the depths of the Alor blue realm and it will reveal a stunning variety of marine life. Encounter captivating creatures such as the blue-ringed octopus, rhinopias, frogfish, unique nudibranchs, and the enchanting ribbon eels. Amidst the Alor blue, fortunate divers have also been treated to remarkable sightings of mola mola and even the awe-inspiring hammerhead sharks, adding an extra layer of excitement to this extraordinary diving destination. Whether you’re into macro or wide-angle photography, Alor offers it all and makes it even harder to choose which lens to use. The iconic bamboo fish traps found along the reef showcase the locals’ ingenuity in creating sustainable and non-destructive fishing methods. Despite occasional cold upwellings, most areas boast comfortable temperatures of 26-28°C. Alor’s pristine environment is a refreshing sight with minimal presence of garbage, setting it apart from many parts of Indonesia. With Solitude Adventurer you will discover the allure of Alor where a select few can witness the unveiling of its untouched wonders along the Indonesian east coast. Discover a world untouched by the masses, where the extraordinary awaits those who seek an extraordinary adventure.

As the yearning for more extraordinary experiences grows, Solitude Adventurer also takes you to Manuk Island, another essential addition to your itinerary. This volcanic island, known as “Snake Island,” boasts a remarkable population of sea snakes, making it an unparalleled destination for underwater enthusiasts. Diving in the waters surrounding Manuk Island promises an exhilarating adventure, with ample encounters with these serpentine creatures, and occasionally even sightings of schooling hammerhead sharks.

Located in the Banda Sea, Hatta reef and Bands Neira are two other prominent dive areas that should not be missed. Hatta reef, a marine protected area, is renowned for its vibrant coral gardens teeming with colourful fish and other captivating marine species. Bands Neira, on the other hand, is a cluster of small islands surrounded by crystal-clear waters, offering an array of dive sites with stunning coral formations, and abundant marine life.

Behold the mesmerizing spectacle of a vibrant school of fusiliers in their natural habitat.

Suanggi Island, although relatively unknown, is gradually gaining recognition among diving enthusiasts. This remote island provides a pristine diving environment with flourishing coral reefs and diverse marine ecosystems. Exploring the underwater realm of Suanggi Island feels like stepping into a vibrant, untouched paradise.

Last but not least, Ambon, situated in Ambon Bay, offers world famous black sand muck diving for the critter lovers and photo enthusiasts.

As Maumere continues to reclaim its status as a premier diving destination, it provides access to the enchanting underwater wonders found in Flores Island, Pantar and Alor, Wetar and Reong Island, Nyata, Terbang, Nil Desperandum, Serua Island, Manuk Island, Hatta reef and Banda Neira, Suanggi Island, and Ambon, among others. With its restored marine ecosystems, the rich cultural heritage of Bugis Village, and its dedication to welcomed tourism, Maumere offers a truly unique experience for divers and nature enthusiasts looking to explore the breathtaking beauty of Indonesia’s eastern coast.

To embark on this extraordinary journey of exploration and witness these well-kept secrets firsthand, Solitude Adventurer offers a 12-day, 11-night cruise from Maumere to Ambon. Allow yourself to be fully immersed and find your solitude among the vibrant coral reefs, mesmerising marine life, and witness the awe-inspiring phenomenon of schooling hammerhead sharks. Explore the volcanic landscapes, and marvel at the diverse underwater ecosystems. With Solitude Liveaboards & Resorts, you can embark on this adventure of a lifetime, exploring these hidden gems with the assurance of premium service and comfort.

Solitude Adventurer ready for action

Whether you are an experienced diver or a nature enthusiast, the Maumere to Ambon cruise aboard Solitude Adventurer promises an unforgettable voyage of exploration. Indulge in the beauty of these well-preserved sites, uncover the secrets of the oceans, and create lasting memories. Experience the Solitude World Service that we all appreciate while embarking on an extraordinary adventure through these captivating destinations.

In the capable hands of Solitude Adventurer, the hidden treasures of Maumere and its surrounding areas become accessible, ensuring that your journey is filled with awe, wonder, and the comforts you deserve. Discover the remarkable resurgence of Maumere and witness the natural splendour of these well-kept secrets with the Solitude Adventurer cruise.

Contact emailus@solitude.world for 2023 – 2025 Cruise Schedules for 12 Day / 11 Nights Maumere to Ambon and Maumere to Alon 9 Days  / 8 Nights.