Banda Sea Liveaboard Cruise Oceanic – North & South Banda Sea

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    • Banda Sea
    • 11 Days / 10 Nights
    • 0 Review
    • Unlimited
    • NOT Available
    • Additional Dives
    • Airport Pick Up
    • Boat Cabin Accommodation
    • Daily Scheduled Dives
    • Dive Guide
    • ENOS
    • Full Board
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Hotel/Airport to Boat Transfer
    • Land Excursions
    • Meals
    • NITROX
    • Port and/or National Park Entrance Fees
    • Soft Drinks
    • Tour Guide
    • Welcome Drink
    From 3.780,00$
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    Banda Sea Liveaboard Cruise Oceanic – North & South Banda Sea

    Banda Sea Liveaboard Cruise


    North & South Banda Sea

    Banda Sea Liveaboard Cruise

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    Oceanic Banda Sea Liveaboard Cruise Route, Duration & Rate:

    Embarkation is on the first day and disembarkation on the last published day early in the morning.

    Cruise: “North & South Banda Sea”10 Nights, Embark: Kalabahi  Disembark: Ambon

    From 3.500 Euro (Suite 3.850 Euro)

    Please Note: OCEANIC Liveaboard is charging it’s liveaboard cruise rates in Euro! This websites general currency setting in US$ are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations.


    banda sea dive cruise


    Price includes

    • The same number of nights as of days of the cruise, disembarking in the morning of the last published date.
    • Transfers from the airport or hotel to the boat, and back at the end of the cruise.
    • Full board, soft drinks, tea, coffee, fruits and snacks.
    • Full Board on board, Tea, Coffee, Snacks and 1 Soft Drink at lunch and Dinner.
    • An average of 3 or 4 dives per day. Night dives almost every day unless conditions or long sailing distance do not permit it. Check dive in the afternoon plus night dive on the day of arrival, and two morning dives on the last day to allow for desaturation before departure the following day.
    • Land tours as specified in the schedule of the cruise.
    • Diving tanks and weights for divers. Snorkeling gear and one intro dive for non-divers.
    • Additional complimentary services onboard such as library, music or first aids.

    Price does NOT include

    • Any other way of transportation than SMY Ondina or MY Oceanic.
    • Alcoholic drinks, tips & gratuities and any other onboard service not specified above like, equipment rental, nitrox… etc
    • Harbour fee of 250 Euros to be paid onboard or transferred together with the price of the cruise. This is to cover the expenses of National Park and M.P.A. fees, fuel surcharge and harbor clearance.

    Land Tours

    • Every cruise we run short excursions to visit spectacular landscapes, local villages, wildlife, deserted beaches… etc. This doesn’t affect the number of dives scheduled unless agreed upon by the guests.
    • If you want to visit any other place in Indonesia before or after the cruise we can refer you to our local partner that specializes in organizing land tours and extensions across the country.


    The Banda Sea is the deepest in the world. Reaching 8.000 m. in some points (Mariana’s trench, the deepest point in the world, is 11.000), is also part of the Ring of Fire, the chain of volcanic islands that follow the faulty line from the western end of Indonesia up to Sulawesi and the Philippines… These are the famed Spice Islands, the heart of the spice trade during the Dutch occupation of the Banda islands, where nutmeg and mace were originally from, or Ambon, where pepper was the main trade. To the east, the Kay islands offer a radically different look from its volcanic counterparts, with low sandy islands with powder white sand beaches, fringed with coconut palm trees.
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    The Banda Sea is also the most exposed of the Inner Seas of Indonesia, thus requiring careful planning. These routes only take place in October and November, in the interval between the two monsoons, when the waters are more likely to be calm. Cruising the Banda sea involves more night powering than other routes, as we sail most nights, just to wake up every morning in a different location. But the adventurous divers are rewarded by impressive walls with giant sea fans, massive barrel sponges, thick schools of fish, and the common sights of pelagic fauna, including hammerheads.

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    Sample Itinerary:
    11 Days / 10 Nights North & South Banda Sea Liveaboard Cruise
    From Kalabahi to Ambon 


    Disclaimer: Itineraries are only for orientation and might be modified due to weather conditions, sea conditions and other external causes. Departures are only guaranteed with a minimum of 6 paying passengers.

    (If the trip is 10 days, eliminate DAY 2 in Nusa Laut; if the trip is 12 days, add one day in Ambon, so Nusa Laut becomes day 3)


    Day 1: Ambon

    Transfer to the boat upon arrival, welcome drink and accommodation. Check dive inside Ambon Bay, in Pantai Nama or The Twilight Zone. Overnight sail to Nusa Laut.

    • Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia
    • 1 Dive

    Day 2: Pombo Island

    Morning dive in Pulau Pombo, followed by two dives at the famous site Ameth’s Knoll, a reef parallel to the coast that the local villagers have protected since the old times, to allow fish to spawn and spill over to adjacent areas. Overnight sail to the Banda group.

    • Pulau Pombo, Waai, Central Maluku Regency, Maluku, Indonesia
    • 3-4 Dives Daily

    Day 3: Soanggi Island

    Three day dives in pulau Soanggi, the northernmost island of the Banda group. A group of submerged coral hills with pristine coral, lots of fish and common sights of pelagics. Afternoon sail to Bandaneira, probably the most beautiful natural anchorage of Indonesia, followed by Mandarin dive at dusk.

    • Pulau Suanggi, Tuniwara, West Seram Regency, Maluku, Indonesia
    • 3-4 Dives

    Day 4: Banda Neira

    Cultural visit around Bandaneira, the heart of the Spice Islands: Fort Rotterdam, Culture House, the Governors House and the nutmeg plantation. After the tour dive some of the famous sites such as Batu Kapal, Pohon Mirin or Lava Flows. In the evening traditional dinner at a restored colonial house in Bandaneira.

    • Banda Neira, Central Maluku Regency, Maluku, Indonesia
    • Land Excursion & Dive

    Day 5: Hatta Island

    Full diving day around Pulau Hatta and Karang Hatta, located at southern part of Banda group and consisting of extraordinary walls with fish life to match. Overnight sail to pulau Manuk.

    • Pulau Hatta, Central Maluku Regency, Maluku, Indonesia
    • 3-4 Dives

    Day 6: Manuk Island

    Diving around this small volcanic island with colonies of seabirds flying above. Underwater, several ridges display extraordinary colours and are populated by numerous sea snakes, while large fauna is occasionally sighted. Overnight sail to pulau Serua.

    • Pulau Manuk, Indonesia
    • 3-4 Dives

    Day 7: Serua Island

    Full diving day around Pulau Serua, again one of the best sites for spotting schools of hammerheads. Afternoon visit to the isolated village up the slopes of the volcano, and night dive in one of the sheltered bays. Night sail to the Nil Desperandum.

    • Pulau Serua, Ilih, Maluku Barat Daya Regency, Maluku, Indonesia
    • 3-4 Dives

    Day 8: Nil Desperandum

    Full diving day in Nil Desperandum, a reef patch surrounded of deep water where schools of hammerheads and other sharks are often seen. Overnight sail to pulau Teun.

    • Nil Desperandum, Indonesia
    • 3-4 Dives

    Day 9: Teun Island

    Full day diving in the reefs around this scenic volcanic island, with its numerous spurs and ridges and chance encounters with hammerheads and other pelagic fauna. Overnight sail to pulau Dawera.

    • Pulau Teun, Ilih, Maluku Barat Daya Regency, Maluku, Indonesia
    • 3-4 Dives

    Day 10: Dawera Island

    Dive the walls of and ridges of Pulau Dawera, colourful reefs aptly named “Little Raja Ampat” because of its large fans and lots of small fish, apart from schools. Afternoon visit to the traditional village with welcoming ceremony and sampling of local snacks. Overnight sail to West Tanimbar.

    • Pulau Dawera, Maluku Barat Daya Regency, Maluku, Indonesia
    • 3-4 Dives

    Day 11: Tanimbar

    Morning dive in pulau Nusnitu, and second dive in Karang Barasadi atoll. Afternoon sail back to Saumlaki while preparing for the departure the morning after.

    • Tanimbar, Tutukembong, Tanimbar Islands Regency, Maluku, Indonesia
    • 3-4 Dives

    Day 12: Ambon


    • Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia
    • 0 Dives

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