Scuba Travel works with the most exclusive liveaboards in Indonesia, all diving in and around the Banda Sea. However, there are several options regarding your trip duration so you can find the ideal liveaboard
Solitude Adventurer, Emperor Harmoni, White Manta Explorer & Blue Manta Explorer all run itineraries to dive the Banda Sea seasonally.
Please speak to your travel consultant for specific information about which sites your chosen liveaboard and departure date will (and won't) visit. Specific sites cannot be guaranteed due to weather, sailing conditions and will ultimately be at the captain's discretion.
Embarkation point will vary depending on your chosen liveaboard and the time of year. Embarkation may be in Maumere, Ambon, Sorong or Saumlaki
You can dive Banda from several liveaboards, each offering different trip durations. This means that the exact itinerary will depend on which boat and duration you chose. Please ask your travel consultant at the time of booking to outline in more detail your proposed itinerary and dive sites.
Please note the exact number of dives on a trip will depend on local weather conditions and diver experience levels etc. The above number of dives are intended as a rough guide only.
Arrival and Departure
Depending on which liveaboard you will be joining you may need to overnight in Indonesia at either end of your holiday.
Most trips will also require you to catch a domestic flight to reach the boat. Common stop over points are Bali and Jakarta.
There are several ways to cross the Banda Sea and this depends mostly on the weather and depths of the thermoclines for the hammerhead sharks. Crossing is generally done in March/April and September/October when the prevailing winds are changing between the seasons.
Raja Ampat the greatest coral reef biodiversity for its size in the world. The Bird's Head Seascape holds: 2,500 islands and reefs, 1,320 fish species, 550 coral species and all that is yet to be discovered. The four main islands or Kings of the archipelago: Waigeo in the north, Salawati west of Sorong, Batanta north of Salawati, and Misool in the south. Dive the famous Dampier Strait, some of Raja Ampat's most action-packed dive sites. Exhilarating current dives and reliable manta cleaning stations where you can experience these majestic giant pelagics dance for hours along with many other treasures such as the tasselled wobbegong shark.
Ambon, famous for its exceptional macro - Here we can find anything from Rhinopias, varieties of Nudibranchs, Shrimps to the fascinating Cephlapods, such as the Flamboyant Cuttlefish. Ambon is as well most famous as it is the only place in the world you have a chance of finding the extremely rare Psychedelic Frogfish.
Maumere & Alor
In Alor, there is plenty of opportunity to find those rare critters like frogfish, mimic octopus, fire sea urchin and even rare rhinopias in the hundreds of bays and coves in the island chain. Dolphins and whales are often encountered as this area is also part of the migration routes between the Pacific and Indian Oceans
One of the main attractions in Saumlaki is the chance to see both whales and dolphins. It's perfect to start or end a trip here.
Between dives there are several opportunities on all over the boats to go ashore. Explore a volcanic island, visit a pearl farm, grab the canoes and go exploring... The excursions will vary from trip to trip but all are designed to help you get to see even more of this remote region.
Most trips return to Maumere, Ambon, Sorong or Saumlaki
You will typically need a domestic flight to return to your gateway city in Indonesia. Normally these are Bali or Jakarta.