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The Banda Sea is a vast expanse of water in eastern Indonesia. Best explored by liveaboard, the remote region includes the Banda Islands, Seram, Ambon, Wetar, Kai and Aru Islands.

Divers are treated to an explosion of marine life on the pristine reefs, as well as steep drop-offs, huge schools of fish, a plethora of pelagic species, sea mounts and critters galore. Enjoy a unique dive at Gunung Api volcano where sea snakes abound, and incredible pelagic encounters at the Lucipara atolls, where five seamounts rise up over a mile from the ocean floor, and which are also home to green turtle nesting sites.

Expect to see schools of jacks and tuna, turtles, Napolean wrasse, grouper, various species of rays, sharks, whales and dolphin.

Many of the liveaboards we feature sail through the Banda Sea as they transfer between the peak diving seasons of Komodo and Raja Ampat, all offering a unique and adventurous trip in this unexplored  and remote region.

Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: banded sea krait, olive sea snake, dogtooth tuna, manta ray, pilot whale
Suggested liveaboards are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Dewi Nusantara

This 57 metre long, three masted topsail schooner moves with grace and stability through the waters of eastern Indonesia, concentrating on exploring Raja Ampat, Ambon, East Flores and Komodo.

M/V Mermaid II

A spacious 33 metre yacht, the M/V Mermaid II offers comprehensive itineraries covering Raja Ampat or Komodo, and is suitable for divers of all certification levels. Nitrox is available on board.

Tambora

The luxurious Tambora has been engineered for a minimum of noise and vibration and aims to take you on an exhilarating journey through the Indonesian archipelago, unique in diversity and home to the world’s best dive sites.

Calico Jack

Built for adventure, this classic phinisi cruises some of the most ecologically abundant areas of the planet including Komodo and Raja Ampat. With five cabins and an attentive crew, divers can expect an exceptional experience.

M/V Mermaid I

This 28 metre steel motor yacht offers comprehensive nine night itineraries to Raja Ampat and Komodo. She accommodates 15 guests in a variety of cabins, with a large dive platform, equipment rental and Nitrox.

MS Aurora

The MS Aurora is a luxurious double masted traditional phinisi, designed for a discerning clientele. Cruising Indonesia year round, there are a variety of itineraries to choose from, all showcasing marine biodiversity at its best.

MSV Amira

This 52 metre luxury phinisi first set sail in 2010 and was built with locally grown timber by indigenous craftsmen using ancient traditional methods. Enjoy up to four dives per day on itineraries throughout Indonesia.

Pindito

The Pindito is a traditional Indonesian liveaboard, accommodating 16 guests in spacious cabins. Depending on the season, she cruises Komodo National Park and Raja Ampat, visiting dive sites of unparalleled excellence.

Raja Ampat Aggressor

This luxurious liveaboard offers spectacular itineraries around Raja Ampat, Ambon, Cenderawasih and Triton Bay in eastern Indonesia, providing guests with exceptional diving adventures throughout the year.

S/Y Indo Siren

A traditional phinisi, handcrafted from ironwood and teak, this luxury Siren fleet boat cruises the Indonesian archipelago throughout the year visiting world-class locations in Raja Ampat and Komodo.