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Banda Sea Voyage by Liveaboard for 12 Nights

30 September 2019 - 12 October 2019

Bounded by the historical southern Spice Islands of the Moluccas, the Banda Sea spans a vast 470,000 square kms and can only be truly experienced by liveaboard. The North Banda Basin (5,800 metres deep) and the South Banda Basin (5,400 metres deep) are divided by a large volcanic ridge while Gunung Api, an active volcano, proudly rises from the sea in testament of Banda's deep ocean volcanic processes. The resulting crystal-clear waters and fringing tropical islands provide homes for spectacular coral reefs and exceptional displays of marine life. This includes breathtaking interactions with schooling Hammerhead Sharks and chance encounters with Spinner Dolphins and Orcas, while Blue, Pilot, and Humpback Whales follow their migratory paths.

The Banda Sea by Liveaboard for 12 Nights

Date 30th September 2019 – 12th October 2019

Price USD$5040 per person Twin Sharing Cabin

Number of dives 32 to 36 dives including night dives

Tentative Schedule 

Day 1 Maumere

# Arrival & Boarding # Welcome Briefing # Introductions # Pre-Dive Preparation # Check Dive # Beautiful Sunset # Rest & Relax  

Day 2 East Flores

# Beautiful Reefs # Pygmy seahorses # Turtles # Napoleon wrasses # Reef Sharks # Groupers # Ghost Pipefish # Frogfish # Flying Gurnard # Muck Dive

Day 3 Komba

# Active Volcano # Sandy Submerged Slopes # Eruptions occur every 20 to 30 minutes!

Day 4-5 Alor Strait  

# Rich Biodiversity # Superb Muck Dives # Magnificent Drop-offs  # Pulau Pura # Pulau Ternate # Coral Gardens # Huge Marine Life # Superb Macro # Mandarin Fish #  Pilot Whale Migration Path # Dolphins # Village Trek

Day 6 Wetar

# North of Timor # Untouched Landscapes # Stunning Drop-offs # Pelagic Life # Turquoise Water # Steep Walls  # Soft Corals # Table Corals # Overhangs

Day 7-10 Ring of Fire

# Manuk # Snake Island # Sea Snakes # Drop-offs # Sharks # Mackerel # Tuna # The Forgotten Islands # Hammerhead Sharks # Amazing Corals # Crystal Clear

Day 11 Banda Islands Outer Reefs

# Pulau Suanggi  # Large Pelagics  # Bird Lovers Paradise # Pulau Hatta # Karang Hatta # Vertical walls # Fusiliers # Dogtooth Tuna # Big Eye Trevally # Turtles.

Day 12 Nusa Laut and Molana

# South of Seram # Islands # Diversity of Reef Fish species # pristine coral reef

Day 13 Ambon

# Debriefing and Farewell # Drive to Airport

Please note that this itinerary is a diving program, and can be changed depending on many factors!

Inclusions # Dive Guide # Full Board Meal # Unlimited Water, Juice, Coffee & Tea # Airport Transfers # Weights & Belt # 12 Litre Diving Tanks  

Exclusions # International & Domestic Flights # National Park Fee # Nitrox # Crew Tipping # Travel Insurance # Pre & Post Transit Accommodations 

Dive Experience Required Experienced Advanced Open Water Diver (minimum 50 logged dives)

CODE: 9_MRD_BANDA SEA_12