RING OF FIRE - BANDA SEA

STARTING AT USD 5,875

Follow the sailors’ footprints from the 16th century on this legendary route. This liveaboard adventure is a unique cruising and diving experience along the Ring of Fire – named because of the stretch of volcanoes the yacht will pass during the cruise. From the Forgotten Islands to the Banda Islands, guests will cruise through breathtaking landscapes, majestic volcanoes and enjoy unforgettable sunrises and sunsets at sea. A unique liveaboard adventure in Indonesia to encounter some Hammerheads. This area is a mating point for hundreds of Hammerhead Sharks. Dive and explore giant walls and drop-offs, covered with stunning corals and giant barrel sponges. Pelagics, schooling fish and small critters are part of the diversity of marine life during this exciting cruise.

Trip Highlights

World-Class Diving: Pelagics, Schooling Fish, Macro Life, Wall and Drift Dives, and Beautiful Untouched Reefs make up the beauty of this extraordinary liveaboard experience. Hammerhead Sharks may be encountered during the mating season.

Cruising through Vast Open Ocean: The yacht will cruise along the Ring of Fire, without any islands in sight. Cruise through a stretch of volcanoes and wake up to these spectacular giants in sight after cruising overnight. Whales and dolphins may be spotted while cruising.

Entrance in Banda Neira: After several days of cruising in the open ocean, the yacht will make its entrance in Banda Neira Bay. A stately place surrounding a volcano in a calm bay, a picturesque backdrop featuring a full history of colonial times. Spice Trace and wars have passed through this destination in the past.

Nutmeg Plantations: Guests will get the opportunity to visit the nutmeg plantations, an old Dutch fort and its museum. A nice walk to the traditional market will complete this amazing experience.

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Diving Areas

Weather, sea conditions and length of trip may affect the itinerary and dive sites selection. 

ALOR

Alor

Divers will get the chance to dive Alor’s most famous dive sites. Alor houses spectacular dive sites and untouched reefs. Muck diving, drift and action dives will leave divers in awe of this destination. Anemone City is a unique place to drift along thousands of Anemones while Pelagics swim by. Famous for its Frogfish, Rhinopias and all kinds of rare critters, Alor definitely has lots to offer. Divers may encounter Thresher Sharks, Mola Molas, Tunas or Eagle Rays in the blue.

WETAR

Wetar

This island is at the entrance of the Forgotten Islands. On the East side of Alor, Wetar offers several dive sites to experience a beautiful diving day. Wall diving with huge Barrel Sponges and opportunities to encounter Pelagic marine life are among the highlights.

ROMANG

Romang

The yacht will cruise to Nyata, located on the West side of Romang. This island hides a white sand beach marked by a lighthouse. Underwater, fantastic Hard Coral Gardens with Schooling Fish or Small Critters will please many divers. Other sites will be explored on the East side of the Romang, where the underwater landscape will showcase impressive walls dropping into the deep ocean.

DAMAR

Damar

On the South side of Damar, encounter huge Napoleons Wrasses; the kings of this destination. Divers may encounter more than 10 of them in a single dive! Divers will appreciate the impressive quantity of Hard Corals while looking out to the blue for Pelagics crossing by.

DUSBORGH/NILDESPERANDUM

Dusborg/Nildesperandum

Situated in the Banda Sea, both areas are covered with stunning Soft Corals in a variation of yellow and orange colors. The vast amounts of Barrel Sponges will definitely amaze all the divers while the hard corals usually hide some stingrays resting on the bottom. The highlight of this area is schools of Hammerheads cruising above and reachable only by a liveaboard in Indonesia. Tunas, Spanish Mackerels or Rainbow Runners hang out in the reef.

SERUA

Serua

This island is one of the highlights of the trip. The small village of this tiny island is a role model in terms of reef conservation. The locals protect their reef by imposing a “no-fishing” law in the zone to preserve the place from outsiders. The highlight of this area is schools of Hammerhead Sharks that may be cruising around the island during the mating season. There is a good chance to spot them. This island is only reachable by liveaboard and one of the only opportunity to see Hammerheads by liveaboard in Indonesia.

MANUK

Manuk

Manuk is a unique bird sanctuary housing several species of Seabirds. Divers can also expect to see Sea Snakes all around the dive sites. An incredible place to encounter Schooling Fish along the majestic wall with healthy Soft and Hard Corals.

HATTA

Hatta

The cruise directors may allocate several days of diving along Hatta island. Karang Hatta is a submerged reef that breaks the surface at low tide and that offer beautiful dives. Eagle rays, Mobula Rays, Tunas or Hammerhead Sharks can be spotted in the area. Divers are often impress by the beauty of the walls covered by Soft Corals and Barrel Sponges. Spot Pelagic marine life or Sharks along the nice sloping reef covered by Soft Corals at Tanjung Button on the South of Hatta.

BANDA NEIRA

Banda Neira

There are several dive sites along the two islands of Banda and Neira. Lava flow is a highlight for divers. An impressive coral garden has grown in a very special way after the last eruption of this volcano and its formations have made this a very unique dive site in the world. Neira Bay presents a great opportunity for a muck night dive to spot special critters or and even Mandarin Fish. There is also another pinnacle out of the bay which allows divers to spot Tunas, Sharks, or Schooling Fish.

SUANGGI

Suanggi

This island, on the way to Ambon, is a very special place. Large numbers of seamounts shelter an impressive quantity of marine life, with Pelagic Fish patrolling between pinnacles can be witnessed. An incredible coral garden at 25-meters is also a distinct attraction of this dive. This island reachable by liveaboard is an opportunity to spot Hammerheads in Indonesia.

NUSA LAUT

Nusa Laut

This island next to Ambon is a true example of how villagers live to protect their reefs in their own ways. Nusa Laut holds a very unique combination of Coral Gardens in shallow water. A gentle sandy slope continues to the deep sea where divers can observe impressive walls. It is often possible to encounter Manta Rays and other Pelagic life along these beautiful walls.

Other Information

Embarkation from Maumere (MOF): Direct flights from Bali (DPS) or from Jakarta (CGK).

Disembarkation from Ambon (AMQ): Direct flights to Jakarta (CGK) or Makassar (UPG)

Hammerhead Sharks, Reef sharks, Tunas, Rainbow Runners, Mackerels

Sea Snakes, Turtles, Octopus, Dugong, Rays

Whales and Dolphins while the yacht is cruising

Stunning Soft and Hard Coral Gardens

Schooling Reef Fish (1,200 species of fish in the area)

Diverse Critters such as Zebra Crab, Coleman Shrimp

Rhinopias, Frogfish, Pipefish, Eels

Impressive Old Barrel Sponge Walls

Banda Sea is an open sea that is mostly recommended to visit during the Changing Monsoon Season.

April – May and September – November: During this changing season, the wind speeds are lower, which makes for much favorable sea conditions.

Water Temperature: 22 to 28 degrees Celsius – cold temperatures can be encountered in Alor for 1 to 2 days during the cruise. A 5-mm wetsuit is recommended for dives on these days.

Air Temperature: 25 to 32 degrees Celsius

Currents: Gentle to Strong

Visibility: 15 to 40 meters

Experience Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Experience Recommended: 20+ Logged Dives

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