Diving in the Banda Sea offers some of the most unique diving adventures to be found in Indonesia. Located between the much publicized Raja Ampat islands to the north and the venerable Komodo National Park to the south, this exciting outpost has distinct volcanic islands and sea mounts which rise from the depths offering superb wall diving and boundless marine life.
Banda Sea liveaboard trips visit the historically significant island of Banda Neira, once the center of the Dutch/Portuguese Spice Trade dating back to the early 1600s, now a virtually inaccessible outpost of Indonesia offering amazing macro subjects and encounters with the rare mandarin fish demonstrating their lively mating rituals. A jewel in the crown of the Banda Sea lies further south at Pulau Manuk where seas are populated by hundreds of seasnakes. Dive Nusa Laut for both an example of healthy coral reef and a chance to see hammerhead sharks.
Damai I and Damai II liveaboards offer multiple dates departing out of Ambon to visit these pristine reefs and cruise in luxury on seas of indescribable beauty and biodiversity. We also combine dives in the Banda Sea in our Forgotten Islands, Alor and Raja Ampat itineraries.
If you are flying through Sorong, maybe you would be interested in taking a few days extra to trek to the endemic Birds of Paradise on the island of Waigeo, one of the Four Kings.
If you are flying through Maumere, maybe you would like to take an extra day to visit the natural wonder of Kelimutu, the tri-coloured crater lakes combined with an opportunity to witness the local ladies weaving traditional ikat. This is your chance to buy some authentic souvenirs.