Located in the East of Indonesia, the Banda Sea is full of history of its Spice Islands. The waters in this area offer some of the most fantastic dive experiences. During the mating season and the changing Monsoon, a diving liveaboard is an opportunity to encounter Hammerheads patrolling along some of the islands. Although the Hammerhead Sharks are one of the main highlights, the Banda Sea offers much more. This remote area is home to spectacular walls covered with soft corals and this coral garden forms an amazing seascape for all to be amazed at. Drift diving, pinnacle and muck diving can be expected. The Banda Sea is an adventure to experience with its rich history and the unique topography of its dive sites.
STARTING AT USD 3,425
Extraodinary Diving: Pelagic, schooling fish, macro, muck diving, wall diving, drift, untouched reefs forms the diving diversity of this exceptional itinerary. Hammerhead Sharks may be encountered during the mating season.
The boat will sail along the remote area of the North Banda Sea, once used by the Spice Trade ships. Wake up in this stunning open ocean with no land in the horizon. Guests will get the opportunity to experience unobstructed views of the sunset with the Gunung Api in the background.
Weather, sea conditions and length of trip may affect the itinerary and dive sites selection.
Located next to Ambon, this giant bay is a famous muck diving destination. Divers can spot by chance the Psychedelic Frogfish. Painted Frogfish, Eels, Harlequin Shrimps, Seahorses are some of the critters and fish found in this area.
Protected by its population, this island next to Ambon is a true example of how villagers live to protect their reefs 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 impressive walls can be observed. Mantas and other pelagic life may be encountered while swimming along these beautiful walls. Divers can often spot Turtles, Dugongs and Schooling Jacks in the area.
There are several dive sites along the two islands of Banda and Neira. Lava flow is the highlight for divers. An impressive coral garden has grown in a very special way after the last eruption of this volcano. Its formations makes one of the most unique dive sites in the world. Neira Bay presents a great opportunity for a muck night dive to spot special critters and even Mandarin Fish. There is also another pinnacle out of the bay which allows divers to spot Tunas, Sharks, or Schooling Fish.
Embarkation and Disembarkation from Ambon (AMQ): Direct flights from Jakarta (CGK) or Makassar (UPG)
Hammerhead Sharks, Reef Sharks, Tunas, Rainbow Runners
Sea Snakes, Turtles, Octopus, Dugongs, Rays
Stunning Soft and Hard Coral Gardens
Diverse Species of Critters
Impressive Walls of Old Barrel Sponges
Whales and Dolphins While Cruising
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: 26 to 28 degrees Celsius
Air Temperature: 25 to 32 degrees Celsius
Currents: Gentle to Medium
Visibility: 15 to 40 meters
Experience Level: Beginner to Advanced
Experience Recommended: 20+ Logged Dives