[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 0px 0px 15px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]The Banda Sea is becoming one of the best underwater spot in Indonesia for scuba diving. Extremely remote, the “Ring of Fire” of the Eastern part of Indonesia has been preserved by most of the commercial human activities. Those isolated volcanic Islets and small archipelagos are surrounded by the deep waters of the Banda Sea and create the perfect environment for pelagics and big schools of fish. Many different species of dolphins and whales are also commonly spotted. And the best of the best… since few years, the Banda Sea starts to become well-known for the seasonal schools of hammerheads.[/cs_text][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”false”]Itinerary[/x_custom_headline][x_slider animation=”slide” slide_time=”7000″ slide_speed=”1000″ slideshow=”false” random=”false” control_nav=”false” prev_next_nav=”true” no_container=”false” ][x_slide]
Maumere – 1 dive only
Pickup at the airport around noon. Boat briefing.
The Bay of Maumere is a really good area for muck diving. Frog fish, ghostpipe fish, indian walkman and many differents kind of nudibranches can be spotted on its blacksandy slope.
Pulau Besar and Pulau Babi – 3 dives
Close area from Maumere, those 2 islands are offering nice reefs and a rich underwater life to us.
110 miles / 17 hours sailing. Departure at 3pm.
Rusa and Kambing (West Pantar) – 3 dives
A barely known area for scuba diving, but really spectacular.
30 miles / 4 hours sailing. Departure at 2 am.
Alor – 3 dives
Alor with its healthy coral reef, muckdiving and spectacular topography is a really great and underdived area. Its seamounts and outstanding walls and slopes, host a rich underwater life from critters to bigfish and pelagic. With many numerous dive sites around Pura or Ternate islands, there is many options to spend a day in those cristal clear waters.
100 miles / 15 hours sailing. Departure at 3pm.
Reong (Wetar Island) – 3 dives
We will dive on the same reef 3 times, with 3 differents point of entry. Yellow tail barracudas, Schools of fish like red snapper and big eyes trevallies are hoovering along this succession of walls and deep ridges.
80 miles / 10 hours sailing. Departure at 8/9pm.
Nyata – 3 dives
A beautiful underwater ridge full of fish and exposed to the current flow in the South. A nice wall to slope dive in the North and a dramatic topography with swimthrough and overhangs in the western spot.
75 miles / 9 hours sailing. Departure at 9pm.
Nusleur – 3 dives
Amazing place with sublime walls and overhang dropping endlessly in the deepwaters of the Banda sea… Huge barrelsponges and seafans. This day annouces the beginning of our journey in the heart of the Banda sea. Hammerheads here we come!
80 miles / 10 hours sailing. Departure at 9pm.
Karang Dusborgh – 3 dives
One of the famous hammerheads spot, this submerged reef lost in the middle of nowhere, is also full of fish.
Anchoring at Pulau Nika. Departure at 3am.
Karang Nil Desperandum – 3 dives
Second submerged extensive reef in the area, Nil desperandum has a name that sounds like sailors tale. Exhilarating dives. Adrenaline guaranteed.
70 miles / 9 hours of navigation. Departure at 10pm.
Manuk – 3 dives
This isolated islet stand at 80 miles South of the legendary Banda Islands. This place is magical.
Many frigate birds did nest in the island and are everywhere flying above your heads and the sulphur smoke coming out from the crater of this active volcano creates a very special atmosphere.
The diving is obviously also great with dramatic underwater topography and stunning corals. Manuk is most of all famous for the numerous seasnakes living in its waters. Really uncommon…
80 miles / 10 hours sailing. Departure at 9pm.
Banda Islands – 3 dives
The archipelago of Banda, also known as the mythical Spice Islands, consists of 7 main islands. Most of the wealth of the former dutch colonial empire has been built on those islands, the only place in the world where the precious nutmeg were growing.
Pulau Run and Ai are located West of the island of Naira, where the port is located. Dominated by Gunung Api, volcano island still active, Pulau Naira is also protected in South by the island of Banda Besar, creating a beautiful bay in the middle of nowhere. Northeast of this island, the small island of Pisang. And finally, 5 nautical miles southeast of Banda Besar, appears Hatta Island.
The dives are beautiful in those crystal clear waters. Walls, tortured topography and beautiful hard coral gardens are waiting for you.
110 miles / 17 hours sailing. Departure at 3 pm.
Ambon – 3 dives
The paradise for muckdiving.
End of the trip and transfer to the airport according to your flight schedules
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