Ahuwair, Wodong & Waiterang
The greater Maumere area does not get any more tranquil or beautiful than the narrow, palm-dappled beaches of Ahuwair, Wodong and Waiterang, 26km to 29km east of Maumere. There are two simple bungalow operations here and a shockingly inexpensive and classy barefoot resort with a scuba school.
There’s an impressive variety of dive and snorkelling sites with plenty of marine life around Pulau Babi and Pulau Pangabaton, a sunken Japanese WWII ship, and colourful microlife in the ‘muck’ (shallow mudflats). Happy Dive, based at Ankermi cottages, charges €55 for two dives, including gear and boat transfers. In November whale-watching trips are also offered, although you’ll probably see migrating sperm whales spout from the beach.
Wodong, the main village in the area, is on the Maumere–Larantuka road. Take any Talibura, Nangahale or Larantuka bemo or bus from the Lokaria terminal in Maumere (3000Rp). A bemo from Wodong to Waiterang costs another 1000Rp. A taxi or chartered bemo from Maumere is around 50,000Rp. Buses and shared taxis to Larantuka pass by throughout the day.