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Banda Sea & Ring of Fire

Date: 6 October 2021 to 13 October 2021
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Diving The Banda Sea & The Ring of Fire

Those of us who have dived Komodo and Raja Ampat know that this part of the world is rich in marine life with healthy reefs, large populations of schooling fish and always the chance of encounters with large pelagic species. 

Now we invite you to join us on a new voyage in this unique region - 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. 

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 atmosphere of this region we will visit local villages & communities that still rely on these spices for their day to day living

Our home away from home - the New White Manta
The New White Manta is a large purpose-built RINA CLASS dive vessel measuring 46m (150 ft) by 10m (30ft), this steel hull vessel will take 22 guests in 14 beautifully furnished en-suite cabins, each average 20sqm (200sf) in size, an open outdoor alfresco dining area, an indoor air-conditioned room for dining: the perfect onboard ambiance of a world class dive holiday.

Diving The Banda Sea & The Ring of Fire
6-13 October 2021 - exact dates to be confirmed
Embark/Disembark Ambon
8 Days 7 Nights 18 dives
Trip price; USD3,700 per person plus Marine Park & Harbour fee; USD250 per person

How to get to Ambon (AMQ)
Lion Air offer daily flights from Jakarta, Manado, or Bali via Makassar. Garuda Indonesia have daily direct flights from Jakarta or for early morning arrival (preferred) via Makkassar. Batik Air also offer direct flights from Jakarta with an early morning arrival to Ambon.
How to get from Ambon (AMQ)
Lion Air offer daily flights from Ambon to Bali via Makassar. Garuda Indonesia & Batik Air offer direct flights to Jakarta or via Makassar. Early morning flights should give you best chance of making connecting International flights (flight time around 3 hours).

General Conditions
Water Temp; Generally 27-29 degrees Celsius
However cooler deeper water can mean temps as low as 25C Alor can have temps in low to mid 20’s
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 Video from White Mana at Banda Sea 

 

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