Siam Dive n Sail's Indonesia Liveaboards

  • Raja Ampat Sunset
    Raja Ampat Sunset
  • Manta Cleaning Station - Raja Ampat Indonesia
    Manta Cleaning Station - Raja Ampat Indonesia
  • Alor Sunset Indonesia
    Alor Sunset Indonesia
  • Snorkeling in Manado North Sulawesi
    Snorkeling in Manado North Sulawesi
  • MSY Damai II Komodo Alor and Raja Ampat Indonesia
    MSY Damai II Komodo Alor and Raja Ampat Indonesia
  • The MSY Seven Seas in Komodo National Park
    The MSY Seven Seas in Komodo National Park
  • MSV Shakti Raja Ampat Indonesia
    MSV Shakti Raja Ampat Indonesia
  • Manado Beach North Sulawesi
    Manado Beach North Sulawesi
  • Frogfish at Lembeh Straits Indonesia
    Frogfish at Lembeh Straits Indonesia
  • Clown Frogfish Alor Indonesia
    Clown Frogfish Alor Indonesia
  • Lettuce Coral Raja Ampat West Papua
    Lettuce Coral Raja Ampat West Papua
  • Lava Flow Manado North Sulawesi
    Lava Flow Manado North Sulawesi
  • MSY Indo Siren
    MSY Indo Siren
  • The MSY Seven Seas in Komodo National Park
    The MSY Seven Seas in Komodo National Park
  • Komodo Dragon Rinca Island Komodo National Park
    Komodo Dragon Rinca Island Komodo National Park
  • Beautiful lush Raja Ampat
    Beautiful lush Raja Ampat
  • Above and Below Photo by Ethan Daniels
    Above and Below Photo by Ethan Daniels
  • Indo Siren's Beautiful Cabins
    Indo Siren's Beautiful Cabins
  • MSY Damai II Master Cabin
    MSY Damai II Master Cabin
  • MSY Damai II Private Balcony
    MSY Damai II Private Balcony
  • Coral Walls Alor Indonesia
    Coral Walls Alor Indonesia
  • MSV Ambai Liveabaord
    MSV Ambai Liveabaord
  • MSY Damai I LIveboard Dive Boat
    MSY Damai I LIveboard Dive Boat
  • MSY Damai I LIveboard Dive Boat
  • North Sulawesi Tropical Paradise
    North Sulawesi Tropical Paradise
  • MSY Waow Indonesia
    MSY Waow Indonesia
  • View over Komodo National Park
    View over Komodo National Park
  • On the Beach Raja Ampat
    On the Beach Raja Ampat
  • Tropical Blue Skies and Water. Sparkling White Sand Beaches.

The Banda Sea (Maluku -Ambon)

The Banda Sea stretches from Alor to the coast of West Papua. A string of islands in the south Maluku archipelago forms the southern border of the sea. Like Nusa Tenggara, these islands are part of the seismically active 'Ring of Fire.' The Banda Islands, formerly known as the Spice Islands, are in the central Banda Sea.

This little-visited area has some of the world's richest reefs bursting with unspoiled corals and pelagic fishes.

Diving in the remote Banda Sea is possible only by liveaboard. The route to and from West Papua is convenient for sailing and diving along the way. Stopovers at Wetar Island, the Damar, Banda and Lucipara Islands, and Koon Island off the coast of Seram, guarantee a pristine diving experience. This little-visited area has some of the world's richest reefs bursting with unspoiled corals and pelagic fishes.

The weather in this part of Indonesia is on a different cycle from the rest of the country. The best time to dive here is March-April and October-November when the water is calm and warm, 27º-30ºC (84-90ºF), and the visibility is 30-40m (100-130ft). The southeast monsoon (May-September) is wet, windy, and the water temperature drops to 25ºC (80ºF) due to strong upwellings in the area. Plankton blooms at this time reduce visibility to 15m (50ft). From December to February the wind is not as strong but it is strong enough to make boat travel uncomfortable.

The Banda Islands have beautiful corals, big tuna and overhangs with big sponges and sea fans are the highlight. Walls, pinnacles and steep slopes, sometimes with strong currents, characterize the diving here. Rays and turtles are common visitors here. There is good macro life in the area. The Lucipara Islands area has good walls, schooling fishes, a few sharks and lots of soft corals. Mola-molas have been spotted here too. Koon Island, also called 'Too Many Fish,' this site is amazing because of all the fishes that hang out at the reef corner in the current.

About the Authors

AuthorsLarry and Denise Tackett are the authors of all of our Indonesian dive site and regional descriptions. They are professional photographers specializing in underwater and terrestrial natural history and travel subjects. They are represented by stock photo agencies in the US and United Kingdom and their photographs have been widely published in books and magazines worldwide. Their work has appeared in magazines such as National Wildlife, Islands, BBC Wildlife, Ocean Realm, Asian Diver, Unterwasser, Tauchen, Canadian Wildlife, Popular Science, Sport Diver, National Geographic Kids, Geo, and many others.




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