The Banda Islands are a group of seven small volcanic islands in the Banda Sea about 210 km (120 nautical miles) south-east of Ambon in the province of Maluku. They rise out of 4-to-6-kilometres of deep ocean providing superb diving for both macro and pelagic fauna. Until the mid-19th century the Banda Islands were the world's only source of nutmeg and mace spices. Wars were fought between the Portuguese, Dutch and English for hundreds of years before the Dutch finally swapped the Banda Islands for Manhattan. Well off the beaten track, steeped in history and promising breath-taking diving, the Banda Sea 7-night cruise takes you a step back in time to experience these fantastic islands both above and below the water.
Dive Spots at a Glance:
- Muck dives in the famous Ambon Bay
- Sunset Dive for the Mandarin fish in Banda Neira
- Chance to see pelagic sharks
- Incredibly healthy coral reefs
- Land visit on Banda Neira
- Dives around the Islands of Run, Ai, Gunung Api and Banda Neira
Land Visits: On this cruise we visit Banda Neira to see the nutmeg plantation, historic forts and small Maritime Museum. A half-day excursion.
There are two overnight crossings of approximately 100 nautical miles during this 7-night itinerary (Ambon to Banda and Banda to Ambon).
This itinerary is not for beginners. Most dives will involve going to depth and currents can be strong. We recommend you have 50 logged dives to join this trip and require that you are Deep Diver/Advanced Open Water or equivalent. All diving is made from zodiacs to give precise entry and exit points.
Please note: Due to weather and diving conditions, it's not always possible to visit each dive spot. Your Cruise Director will decide the best ones to visit at the time of diving.