- Additional Dives
- Airport Pick Up
- Boat Cabin Accommodation
- Daily Scheduled Dives
- Dive Guide
- Full Board
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Hotel/Airport to Boat Transfer
- Land Excursions
- Port and/or National Park Entrance Fees
- Soft Drinks
- Tour Guide
Banda Sea Liveaboard White Manta – 7 Nights
Banda Sea Liveaboard Cruise
with MV White Manta
AVAILABLE CRUISE DURATIONS
8 Days/7 Nights – 18 Dives
9 Days/8 Nights – 22 Dives
10 Days/9 Nights – 26 Dives
Ambon – Banda Sea – Ambon
CRUISE RATES 2022 | 2023 | 2024
8 Days/7 Nights: 3.700 US$ Upper & Main Deck / 3.400 US$ Lower Deck
9 Days/8 Nights: 4.200 US$ Upper & Main Deck / 3.800 US$ Lower Deck
10 Days/9 Nights: 4.700 US$ Upper & Main Deck / 4.200 US$ Lower Deck
Single Occupancy + 20% / Non Diver 10% discount
From September 2022, this cruise will be liable for surcharge.
The fee per person will be collected in advance of departure: USD 200/ pax
Find & Request this Cruise at White Manta
Starting with muck diving we cross the Banda Sea, tracing the perimeter of islands. Let our experienced crew show you these remote and almost untouched locations with wonderful reefs and stunning drop offs. Marine life here is in abundance from the critters, sea snakes, manta rays, sharks and much more.
From September through to December and also between April & May each year it is possible to embark upon once in a lifetime voyages across the Banda sea, visiting the famed ‘Spice Islands’ to discover diving nirvana in the ‘Ring of Fire.’ This is diving as it was meant to be enjoyed, true exploration, away from the crowds, discovering dive sites that very few divers will get a chance to explore; discover unique and spectacular scenery both above and below the waves where volcanic activity has created a remote island paradise, only accessible to divers via liveaboard. With our unmatched experience in this area, we can show you just what an incredible destination this is and take you to our ‘Hammerhead hot spots’ where at certain times of the year (Sep-Nov is best) schools of more than 200 Hammerheads have been witnessed.
Besides the possibility of Hammerhead sharks, you will find pristine coral reefs, unique local seaman in Alor, tons of sea snakes in Manuk and a visit to one or more of the villages in the spice islands.
The remoteness of these islands along with the low levels of human population, have meant less fishing and pollution pressures resulting in a vibrant, natural and healthy reef system. You can expect reefs bursting with life, huge sea fans and sponges, some monumental hard corals, and more fish than your mask can cope with, there is an extraordinary variety and volume of fish life, both in terms of large and small marine life.
Beyond providing some of the best diving in the region the islands also have had a long and fascinating history. Spices, foreign traders, colonial conflicts, wars and earthquakes have all featured heavily in their checkered past. Up until the middle of the 19th century this was the only place on Earth where the spices nutmeg and mace could be found and as a result they were crucial hub for the spice trade, for a taste of the historic atmosphere of this region we will often visit local villages & communities that still rely on these very spices for their day to day living.
– Water Temp; Generally, 26-28 degrees Celsius however deep water upwellings & thermoclines especially in Sept-Nov can mean temps as low as 25C Alor can have temps in low to mid 20’s it is therefore advisable to bring along an adequate exposure suit.
– Air Temp; 22-31 degrees Celsius,
– Visibility; 20-30 meters, Currents; medium to strong
– Level; intermediate to advanced
– Best Time to Dive; March, April, & mid-September to December
Sample itinerary: 11 Days/10 Nights, Raja Ampat – Halmahera – Lembeh Liveaboard Cruise
Diving days: 6 days (18 dives). Number of dives is at Cruise Directors’ discretion. There are some exciting land based activities that may be offered as a substitute to maximize the adventure!
This is a sample itinerary and is subject to changes beyond the operator’s control. The exact itinerary, route and amount of dives for your cruise may be adapted to best suit the weather conditions, tides and currents, season and other prevailing events.
Day 1: Ambon
2pm. Our staff will meet you upon your arrival to Pattimura Airport, Ambon or local hotel and transfer you to the awaiting White Manta. Arrivals before midday are best so we can make check dive(s) in Ambon Bay before we get underway by 2pm for overnight sail.
- Bandar Udara Internasional Pattimura Ambon (AMQ), Jalan Propinsi, Urimesing, Kota Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia
- 0-2 Dives
Day 2-3: Banda Sea Islands
Diving around Banda Islands with excellent visibility, fantastic coral coverage and tremendous numbers of fish along with potential Hammerhead sightings, plus a visit to one of the Spice Islands.
- Banda Sea
- 2 x 3 dives
Day 4-6: Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire; diving around Volcanic Islands and stunning seamounts in search of hammerheads, encounter many sea snakes, huge schools of fish, reef sharks, tunas, & other pelagic superstars.
- Banda Island, Central Maluku Regency, Maluku, Indonesia
- 3 x 3 dives
Day 7: Hukurila Cave & Molana
Sail back to Ambon where you spend last night on board. Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, rest & relaxation, and if need be, an early flight on Trip Departure day.
- Hukurila, Kota Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia
- 2 dives
Day 8: Ambon Port
5am-12pm. Check out after light breakfast & farewells, we transfer to local hotel or airport. Take your pre-booked flight to Ujung Pandang (aka Makassar), Jakarta or Singapore
- Port Of Ambon, Jalan Yos Sudarso, Kel Honipopu, Kota Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia
- 0 Dives