Banda Sea & Ring of fire

Diving Banda sea & Ring of fire

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 the spice island in Banda Neira. 

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 going ashore in Banda Neira and visiting the old colonial fort is a must. 

  • Water Temp; Generally, 27-29 degrees Celsius however 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.

How to get there

There are several different embarkation & disembarkation points four our Banda sea diving safaris. While some trips that visit the region begin or end in Raja Ampat (Sorong) and others in Flores (Maumere) the most common access is from Ambon. Please check your trip itinerary and confirm your start / end points before booking any flights.

Embarkation & disembarkation points

  • Ambon (AMQ) / Ambon (AMQ)

  • Ambon (AMQ) / Sorong (SOQ),

  • Sorong (SOQ) / Ambon (AMQ)

  • Maumere (MOF) / Ambon (AMQ)
  • Ambon (AMQ) / Maumere (MOF)
  • Ambon (AMQ) / Tual (LUV)
  • Tual (LUV) / Ambon (AMQ) 

Flight details

  • How to get to Ambon (AMQ); Lion Air daily flights from Bali via Makassar or Manado, Garuda Indonesia or Sriwijaya Air from Jakarta via Makassar to Ambon (flight time around 3 hours).
  • How to get from Ambon (AMQ); Lion Air daily flights from Ambon to Bali, or with Garuda Indonesia or Sriwijaya Air to Jakarta all via Makassar. Early morning flights should give you best chance of making connecting International flights (flight time around 3 hours).
  • How to get to Maumere (MOF), FloresLion Air & KalStar have daily flights from Ambon or Bali to Maumere. Early morning flights should give you best chance of making connecting International flights (flight time around 2hours)
  • How to get from Maumere (MOF), Flores; There are daily flights from Maumere to either Bali or Makassar Lion Air & KalStar (flight time around 2 hours).
  • How to get to Saumlaki (SXK); Lion Wings morning flights or Garuda Indonesia for afternoon flights from Ambon to Saumlaki (flight time 1.5 hours). Before that Jakarta to Ambon.
  • How to get from Saumlaki (SXK); Lion Wings flights from Saumlaki to Ambon (flight time 1.5 hours). After same airline Ambon to Jakarta (flight time 3.5 hours).
  • How to get to Tual (LUV), Kai Islands; Via Ambon; you can connect with a flight from Jakarta (CGK), Bali (DPS) via Ujung Pandang (UPG/ aka Makassar) or Manado (MDC). To Langgur/ Tual Dumatubun Airport (LUV) from Ambon (AMQ) with Lion Wings (Lion Air) & Garuda Indonesia daily. Lion Wings best for earlier Trip Departure
  • How to get from Tual (LUV), Kai Islands; From Langgur/ Tual Dumatubun Airport (LUV) to Ambon (AMQ) with Lion Wings (Lion Air) & Garuda Indonesia daily
Via Ambon; after the flight from Ambon you can connect with Jakarta (CGK), Bali (DPS) via Ujung Pandang (UPG/ aka Makassar) or Manado (MDC). 

How to book your flights

  • Book online directly; With carriers; Garuda Indonesia & Lion Wings.
  • Other airline carriers; you may need an Indonesian credit card. For this reason we cannot book for you but we DO recommend Indonesian agent; Come2Indonesia Contact; Norberto/ Melysa
  • Flight Schedules; Please check the current schedule with your chosen operator before booking flights as schedules and prices are subject to change. WMD or recommended agents cannot be held responsible for any flight delays, cancellation, or changes in schedules.