Sea Snakes & SpicesDive Ambon, the Banda Sea, Alor and Flores
This 12-night cruise is a highlight of our schedule, taking us across the Banda Sea from Maumere on the island of Flores to the island of Ambon in the central Moluccas, or vice versa.
We will leave Maumere eastbound, travelling and diving along an endless stretch of islands to our first stopover destination in Alor. The vessel will go an anchorage, and we will navigate with our zodiacs to some of the best dive sites in Eastern Indonesia. We will spend 2-3 days here before embarking on our overnight trip to the mysterious Merapi (or fire mountain) island in the middle of the Banda Sea. Here, an out-of-this-world scenery awaits you, as the waters around the uninhabited island are teeming with sea snakes. Our next overnight leg will take as to the uninhabited Maisel and Penyu (or turtle) archipelago with lots of pelagic action. From here, we will set sails to the Banda islands, for centuries the epicenter of (at the time) priceless spices. At Banda, more big pelagics and pristine reefs await you, as well as lava flow from a more recent eruption that is already covered with lush soft and hard corals. We will anchor 2-3 days in the protected lagoon, exploring the area, prior to departing for Ambon.
Both Maumere and Ambon are well connected with domestic flights. And for those with a little more time to spare, both make excellent bases for further exploration, too.
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|2021-19||23-Oct-21||04-Nov-21||12||Sea Snakes & Spices||Ambon, Banda Sea, Alor, Flores||Ambon||Maumere||4,920||Inquire|
Dive Blog - Sea Snakes & Spices
Check out our dive blog and read up on some spectacular dives we had on this cruise itin!
While not too fishy, the topography and sheer beauty and intactness of the entire reef system made Pueblo once again a great dive. We started out on the wall, enjoying the deep cracks and many overhangs, and enjoyed the vast reeftop covered in table corals and yellow soft corals as we went shallow.
27-October: Gunung Api Wall
Arguably one of the most stunning walls in the Banda Sea, the wall at Gunung Api drops right from the surface down to 35-40 meters, and boasts large sponges all along. Sea snakes were around us most of the time, but there were also giant trevally, Spanish mackrels and other predatory fish.
During our dive on Kadola, we were amazed by the profusion of sponges, black coral bushes, and soft coral literally covering the wall as deep as one can see. Many tuna passed a little out in the blue, and a large school of bigeye trevally mobbed us in the middle of the dive!
24-October: Suanggi Pinnacle
One cannot help but be impressed by the vastness and intactness of the hard coral formations covering this site; it is impossible to exhaust this dive site on a single tank! Thick streams of fusiliers were moving swiftly across the ridges and pinnacles, at times so thick that orientation without a compass would have been difficult.