The paradise for experimented divers

Banda Sea is internationally renowned for its shoals of Hammerhead sharks. The region is mostly a vast ocean, in open water with few islets always on the itineraries of the cruises. In this area, we can contemplate big marine animals such as several species of shark, few species of whales, dolphins and of course many pelagic species. The area is especially wild, this is their environment, and we are only here as visitors. Nature made it wonderful! To enjoy the best of each dive and of this exceptional environment, we consider that this area is reserved to experienced divers.

Whitetip Reef Shark

Explore the Banda islands & dive with Hammerhead Sharks!

Diving Cruise BANDA SEA & ALOR | 12 Days / 11 Nights

Cruise through Banda Sea & Alor, 
Ambon to Maumere 
Departure 2022:
26th April

347$ per day instead of 480$
Total 4158$/person FULL BOARD

Up to 4 dives/day

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Boat Rating *

Global
9.8
Vessel
9.8
Life Onboard
9.7
Activities
9.9
Itinerary *
Boat & Cabin
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Day 1 : Embarkation in Ambon

Once landed in Ambon airport, the cruise team will be waiting for you to drive you to the harbor and the boat. You will be offered a welcome drink and have a quick safety & boat briefing. Later, you will be taken to your cabin where you will have time to settle and unpack. In the afternoon, we will go for a dive in Laha and go back in the water in the evening for a night dive.

Day 2 : Ambon Bay

Today, we will go for 4 dives in Ambon Bay. Many exotic critters are living in this area and it will be an exciting start for you! After dinner, we will sail to Nusa Laut at the end of afternoon.

Day 3 : Nusa Laut

Nusa Laut is a small island located to the East of Ambon. We will go for three great dives there. We will go on the dive sites located between Saparua Island and Nusa Laut, this is a deep channel, but we will focus on the reef, the slopes and the walls that are the most interesting parts of the area. Later, we will cruise to the South toward Pulau Suanggi.

Day 4 : Banda islands

We finally arrived in Banda islands small archipelago. In the morning we will go for two dives and in the afternoon, we will set foot on land, in Banda Neira where we will be able to get the full history of the area with a guide who will show you around the fort and in the old town. In the evening, we will go for a night dive to admire the spectacular Mandarin fish.

Day 5 : Manuk Island

Today we will explore Manuk Island area, where the signs of volcanic activity are clearly visible underwater. The warm waters of the area attract specific marine life, we will find an important community of cold-blooded sea snakes that enjoy this warmness. We can also admire hundreds of reef fishes as well as tuna, jacks and sharks. Hammerhead sharks have been seen here a few times. 3 dives are scheduled during the day.

Day 6 : Nila Island & Nil Deperandum

We will go for one dive on Nila Island and 2 dives on the Nil Deperandum reef. This reef is lost in the middle of Banda Sea and offers a magnificent wall that often welcomes hammerhead sharks at this time of the year.

Day 7 : Damar islands

Today, we will drop the anchor next to this idyllic archipelago where the pristine water, coral reef and unspoiled walls make the underwater world extremely precious. The reef is a kaleidoscopic explosion of colors and shape-shifting forms where you will find yourself surrounded by curious schools of fishes. 3 dives are scheduled in this area.

Day 8 : Nyata Island

Once we reached Nyata Island, you will see that this island is exceptional by its topography, straight inspired by Jurassic Park movies: the land is covered by green and undiscovered jungle. We will go for 3 dives in the area, discover the wall covered with barrel sponges, sea fans and you can spot oceanic white tip sharks in the blue. We will also dive along the slope composed of many soft corals and important fish diversity.

Day 9 : Wetar Island

We will dive on the Eastern part of the island, where we can find great drop offs and excellent visibility. The area is full of life, big schools and stunning marine flora. We will also go for some incredible macro dives for a total of 3 dives in Wetar.

Day 10 : Alor Island

Today, we will go for 3 wonderful dives in Alor area. The dive sites will be chosen according to the current weather conditions and according to your expectations. At the end of the day, the cruise will sail to Komba Island.

Day 11 : Komba Island

Komba is located next to Lembata Island, it is a volcanic island with Mount Batutara has its active ruler. The underwater landscape consists of colorful shining corals on the reef, hard and soft coral that grow on the roots of the volcano. The warm waters shelter a multitude of species, and you can find some purple fire goby! We will go for 2 dives in this area.

Day 12 : Maumere

Once arrived in Maumere, we will do enjoy a last breakfast onboard, share pictures and videos of the trip, say bye to the crew and start the check-out. After what, the team will take you to the airport or to your hotel if you wish to stay a bit longer in the area.

* Please note that the itinerary and services mentioned above are subject to be changed if force majeure, unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances require the captain or the crew to do so. However, we will always do our best to stick to this program.

Best season & Itinerary to Banda

The best season to dive in Banda Sea is from March to April, when the sea is the calmest of the year. However, another window is possible from September to December with relatively calm marine conditions. It is important to choose the right time when going to Banda for a scuba diving cruise as you need to take all the chances to enjoy each of your dive and your cruising through this unique itinerary.

How to get to Banda Sea?
To reach the Banda Sea, according to the cruise you chose and its itinerary, you can start your adventure at few different harbors. Most cruises start from Ambon and if you come from Bali, you should have a transit or layover in Jakarta airport. With the right flight plan, the journey can be as short as 7 hours and 20 minutes. An alternative to reach Ambon could be by car and ferry for a 4 days’ journey. This solution is much cheaper but obviously less comfortable. For the best experience, we recommend you to take the plane as it is faster and also worry free.

Once arrived in Ambon, the crew will pick you up and you adventure will start. Few itineraries are possible and are likely to change according to your preferences and to the weather forecast.

How to get to Banda Islands

Get ready for the big show

The main idea for this cruise of a lifetime is to go diving with the hammerhead sharks, the whale and enjoy the stunning diversity of the area. Talking about marine animals, everything is bigger when going diving in Banda Sea. You will have the most chances to see Hammerhead, Dugong and reef sharks, Sperm & Blue whales, oceanic Manta rays, Dogtooth tuna, squadrons of Mobula rays, schools of Red toothed Triggerfish, Fusiliers, Barracudas, big groupers, Napoleon Wrasse and much more… For the marine flora, it is as diverse as the fauna, you can expect huge Sea fans and hard corals, some macro dive sites as well with rare critters. And you will also see some depth! More than 5000 meters deep in some area…

Mobula Rays Squadron

Things to see in Banda

When you will spend some time out of the water, you will discover some areas full of history and most of cruises will offer you to stop at some strategic points of Banda islands. There are 9 islands that composed this region, and each has a specific attractive point. This remote area of the world was firstly renowned for its spices and Nutmeg. Effectively, the Europeans have been lusted after this land for all its resources and you can find some historic remains of this colonial past. The ruins of the Benteng Hollandia fort are the most famous and you can visit the fort and get a slice of this “impressive” history. On the side of the vestige from human history, you can see stunning landscapes on Banda Api, the Volcano Island, which is dominated by Gunung Api, an active volcano of 640 meters high. However, most of the volcanic activity is submerged by water, which offers an especially rich and diverse marine life as well as unique underwater topography.

Nutmeg in Banda Islands

Dive in the Ring of Fire

This area is also part of the Ring of Fire because it is located at a strategic location between the Indo-Australian and the Eurasian tectonic plates. Most of this volcanic activity is located underwater, it makes the water especially warm at some places and attract the best marine life diversity in the world. It also changes the underwater landscapes as many rocks, hills and pinnacles have been created thousands of years ago with the movements of the plates. It makes the area atypic and exceptional for the eyes of the divers and photographers. Get ready and prepare your big lenses to capture wide angle scenes between pelagic and amazing marine landscapes. At the same time, please don’t forget the smallest with the particular Psychedelic Frogfish and Ambon Scorpionfish that we can find in Ambon Bay. In few words, Banda Sea is the dive of a lifetime!

Psychedelic Frogfish