Banda Sea & Ambon Liveaboard Cruise – Mermaid I/12 Days

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  • Ambon / Banda Sea
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  • Additional Dives
  • Airport Pick Up
  • Boat Cabin Accommodation
  • Daily Scheduled Dives
  • Dive Guide
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  • Full Board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Hotel/Airport to Boat Transfer
  • Land Excursions
  • Meals
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  • Port and/or National Park Entrance Fees
  • Soft Drinks
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Banda Sea & Ambon Liveaboard Cruise – Mermaid I/12 Days

 

Banda Sea & Ambon Liveaboard Cruise – Mermaid I

9 Nights/10 Days – 27 Dives

Ambon – Banda Sea – Ambon

 

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The Ambon Banda Sea Ambon trip has it all!!!! From hammerheads in the Banda Sea to the weird and wonderful critters of Ambon, to a black sand volcano full of sea kraits. And that is just the marine life!! The marine topography is just as exciting, muck and wreck diving in Ambon Bay, Walls going down several thousand meters deep, and black sandy slopes covered with beautiful hard and soft corals.

The trip starts in Ambon and heads into the Banda Sea, where we will spend most of the trip. It includes spending several days in the famous Banda Islands, where we will be able to make an land excursion around Banda Neira, the capital of the Bandas, visiting the local museum, Dutch fort, nutmeg plantation and local market. You will even get to have breakfast at the nutmeg plantation!

After cruising the Banda Sea we head back to Ambon, which is the second capital of muck diving, in order to look for all the weird critters that Ambon has to offer.

 

CRUISE RATES 2022

Master Cabin:  5.500 € / approx. 5.940  US$
Single Cabin:  6.000 € / approx. 6.480  US$ 
DeLuxe Cabin:  5.000 € / approx. 5.400 US$
Lower Cabin:  4.600 € / approx. 4.968 US$

Please Note: MERMAID I 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.

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Sample itinerary: 10 Days/9 Nights – Ambon-Banda Sea-Ambon Liveaboard Cruise

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.

1

Day 1

Check-in on board Mermaid I. We recommend all guests to arrive the day before the cruise departure. After all the guests have settled into the cabins and set up the diving equipment, we will start crossing overnight to our first destination at Suangi (Banda Islands), 90 nautical miles.

  • Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia
  • 0 Dives
2

Day 2

Suangi is a small uninhabited island about 12 nautical miles north of Banda Neira, the capital of the Banda Islands. This tiny island is surrounded by hard coral reefs, ridges and pinnacles. And it is not uncommon to see individual hammerheads patrolling the hard-coral reefs, as well as larger groups of hammers in the pinnacles that are close to the island. Dogtooth tunas, Spanish mackerels and other pelagic species are often seen hunting smaller fish in the reefs surrounding the island. Today we will 4 dives around the island of Suangi, and after the last dive of the day we will head overnight to the volcano island of Manuk, 80 nm south of Suanggi.

  • Banda Neira, Kampung Baru, Central Maluku Regency, Maluku, Indonesia
  • 4 Dives
3

Day 3

Manuk, an active volcano about 55 nautical miles south of the Banda Islands, is one of two places in Indonesia where there are huge aggregations of sea snakes: Chinese sea snakes and banded sea kraits. It is an incredible experience to dive surrounded on all sides by sea snakes. The island is surrounded by black sandy slopes with hard coral reefs and volcanic ridges covered in gorgonians with zillions of fusiliers and pelagic fishes such as Spanish mackerels and dogtooth tunas passing through. Hammerheads, mobula rays and eagle rays are often seen around this beautiful active volcano. Cruise overnight to the island of Nila, 70 nautical miles.

  • Banda Islands, Central Maluku Regency, Maluku, Indonesia
  • 4 Dives
4

Day 4-5

Surrounding Nila Island there are two atolls, Dusborgh and Nil Desperandum. These two atolls are quite large and can be dived all the way around It’s at these atolls that there is a good chance of seeing hammerhead sharks. We will therefore spend one full day at Nil Desperandum and one full day at Dusborgh. Even without the hammerheads, the reefs are fabulous, with healthy walls and big schools of fish. Cruise to Serua Island, 20 nautical miles.

  • Nila Island, Ilih, Maluku Barat Daya Regency, Maluku, Indonesia
  • 8 Dives
5

Day 6

Pulau Koon is a small island on the southeast of Ceram, half way between Raja Ampat and the Banda Islands. Walls covered in soft corals, and sandy slopes with hard coral bommies. But the most interesting feature of this island is the amount of schooling fish and pelagic, barracudas, bigeye trevallies, aggregation of red snappers, pompanos, batfish, and giant groupers. Cruise overnight to Misool, 100 nautical miles

  • Pulau Koon, Indonesia
  • 3 Dives
6

Day 7-8

Banda Islands for the next 2 days! Walls, swim throughs, sponges and sea fans – good diving and great for wide angle. Several sites have swim throughs large enough for several people to go through at the same time and is especially nice for wide angle shots, as they are covered in soft corals and sponges. Dive sites in the Banda Islands drop down thousands of metres, offering spectacular walls and stunning reef tops, with visibility usually in the 40-50 metres range. The sunset dive is at the pier in front of an old colonial hotel! Black sand and volcanic rock with an unusual amount of large and not shy mandarin fish – also great for critters. For the second day here, in addition to great diving, you will go on land for an excursion on the island of Banda Neira visiting the local museum, Dutch fort, nutmeg plantation and local market. You will even get to have breakfast at the nutmeg plantation! Cruise overnight to Nusa Laut, 75 nautical miles or Ambon, 110 nautical miles.

  • Banda Islands, Central Maluku Regency, Maluku, Indonesia
  • 6 Dives
7

Day 9

Today you will either do two dives at Nusa Laut – healthy reefs, chance for dugong…or onto Ambon for some fabulous muck dives with critters galore. This area is known for many rare and unusual species including the psychedelic frogfish and Ambon scorpion fish

  • Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia
  • 2 Dives
8

Day 10

Disembark at 8 am after breakfast. Mermaid I staff will transfer you to the airport or local hotel.

  • Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia
  • 0 Dives

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