A small archipelago of 10 islands, off the south of Ambon, in the province of Maluku. Also called the “spice islands” due to strong culture of nutmeg and cloves. Along these volcanic islands, the drop-offs are impressive, the reef is teeming with life, and you will see many examples of pelagic life: barracudas, tunas, reef sharks … almost everything is there! The Banda Sea is on the migratory path of schools of hammerhead sharks! In October, if you are lucky enough, you could be diving with thirty or more!
And for macro lovers, you will discover Ambon Bay where our trip ends. This is definitely a world-class heaven for muck diving. Even without moving, you could spend an hour and half observing mandarins, pikatchu, harlequin shrimp, ghostpipe fish, marbled shrimp. Going a bit further, you will meet some frogfish, nudibranchs, Coleman shrimp, Rhinopias or other small crabs.
As Ambon will be port of embarkation/disembarkation, you can take a direct flight to Ambon either from Makassar or Jakarta. Should you fly from Bali, you will need to make transit in Makassar before flying to Ambon.
October to November is considered as best season to dive Banda.