banda sea : crazy hammer time

Hammerhead sharks, Banda Sea Diving Liveaboard Indonesia Tidak Apa'Pa

Banda ? Where on earth is that ?


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.


OK, but why go there?


The Banda Sea is on the migratory path of schools of hammerhead sharks! In October, if you’re lucky  enough, you could be diving with thirty or more ! Come on, let’s be honest, who has never dreamed about doing that??


Along these volcanic islands, the drop-offs are impressive, the reef is teeming with life, and you'll see many examples of pelagic life: barracudas, tunas, turtles, reef sharks ... everything is there, just open your eyes!


And as we are never short of new adventures, why not dive the reef at the foot of Gunung Api, where innumerable but peaceful marine snakes will come along to say hello. A moment of a lifetime!


Macro lovers, you have also come to the right place!


As well as the population of mandarin fish in Bandaneira, you will discover Ambon Bay, where our trip ends. Definitely a world-class heaven for Muck Diving.


Even without moving you could spend an hour and a half just observing mandarins, pikatchu, harlequin shrimp, ghostpipe fish, marbled shrimp… Going a bit further and you’ll meet some frogfish, “Solar Powered” nudibranchs, Coleman shrimps, Rhinopias or other small crabs...


This cruise is the perfect mix of creatures big and small!


Underwater Photographers, the door of this underwater paradise is about to open!


 So, will you be “Crazy Hammer” enough to join us?

N.B. : Except specific information or request, this trip departs and ends at Ambon.

Ambon and Banda Sea 10 Days route

Frog Fish, Ambon Bay, Indonesia

Day 1 (2 dives): AMBON

Pick up from the airport and transfer to the boat.

Welcome drink and introduction to the boat, crew and trip.

Check dive in Ambon bay, 1st encounter with all those small and weirds critters !

Depending shedule of the flights, 2nd daytime dive or night possible on Ambon’s Bay.


Night navigation to Nusa Laut (45nm)


Day 2 (3 dives):NUSA LAUT

We’ll do 3 dives around Nusa Laut, looking for potential dugongs, eagle rays, city of groupers, clear water and nice walls !


Night Navigation towards Banda Islands (80nm)


Mandarin Fish dance, Banda Sea, Indonesia

Day 3 (3-4 dives):BANDA ISLANDS

On the way to Banda Islands, we’ll stop at Pulau Suanggi which offers amazing dive sites like The Pinnacle and the East Corner. We’ll head then to Pulau Ai.

Sunset dive on the pier in Bandaneira to look for some of the Mandarin Fish hiding there.

Night on the mooring.


Day 4 (3-4 dives):BANDA ISLANDS

The Banda area offers a good variety of dive sites, from volcanic rock at Pohon Miring to the black sand in Banda’s harbor


Possible Land excursion : Banda Neira and the nutmeg plantation, historic forts and small Maritime Museum.  

Night Navigation to Manuk (65nm)


Laticoda colubrina, Banda Sea, Indonesia

Day 5 (2-3 dives): Manuk Island

Manuk is also known as the “Snake Volcano”.Odor of sulfur, Hot rocks and ascending bubbles remind us about the volcanic activity.

And once underwater, you’ll be surrounded by sea snakes, lots of sea snakes ! But harmless, even posing for the shot, proud to be your stars !

Night Navigation to Nila (75nm)

Hammerhead Shark, Banda Sea, Indonesia



Day 6–7 (2x3 dives):Banda Sea Reefs, Nila Serua etc...

Diving on some spots with good chances for hammerhead sharks ! Finger crossed for a bit of luck….

But even without the reefs are fabulous, healthy walls and 50+ meters visibility sometimes.


After day 7, night navigation to Luci Para (130nm)


Hammerhead Shark, Banda Sea, Indonesia

Day 8 – 9 (4-5 dives):LUCI PARA Atoll

Groupe of 7 islands, in the middle of the Banda Sea. They are the tops of undersea mountains, with deep walls surrounded by crystal clear, blue water. Another potential paradise for Hammerhead sharks, but if not, life is everywhere anyway !


After day 9, Night navigation back to Ambon island (100nm)


Solar Power Nudibranch, Ambon Bay, indonesia


Day 10 (1-2 dives): AMBON BAY

Depending upon the flights schedules, 1 or 2 dives can be done in Ambon Bay, going back to small critters and macro !


Day 11 :AMBON

Breakfast on board and transfer to Ambon airport.