BANDA

The Banda islands are an archipelago in South Maluku , Indonesia. It is also known as “ Spice islands” of anchient times. There are seven main islands ; consisting of Banda Neira, Banda Besar, Pulau Ai, Pulau Run, Pulau Pisang and Pulau Hatta , and numerous smaller islets that create the great diving points.  Banda islands are located about 132 kilometers southeast of Ambon. With multi-colored reefs, warm seas and exotic marine life, the Banda’s are a heaven for divers who explore the most remote and unspoiled dive sites in the world.  The Banda islands are one of the most popular destinations for divers. The diving spots are varied from the shallow lagoon between Banda Neira and Gunung Api, to the vertical walls of Hatta island. The remoteness of the islands in the wide open Banda sea and the low levels of human population, have meant less fishing pressures, and a vibrant, natural and healthy reef system. The results of this are fishes in incredible numbers, huge seafans and sponges, and some monumental hard corals You can see napoleon wrasse, giant groupers, dogtooth tuna, mobula rays, whales ,  dolphins and much more.


Dive site

Banda Neira :

It is the capital of the Banda islands and the one of the ten volcanic islands in the Banda Archipelago. You can muck dive with flying gurnards, sea moths, mandarin fish and nudibranches

Suanggi :

The seascape is plenty of various kinds of unspoiled hard and soft corals reef. You can see snapper, bumphead, blunthead parrotfish, turtles and sharks

Batu Kepal : 

It is a pinnacle.  The shallow at the peak on the west of the main rock is 8 meters depth.  It is easily seen from surface. It is connected to the next deeper rock to the north.  Between the shallow and deeper sites, there is a valley going down to 50 Meters depth.  You can see the biggest red tooth trigger fish and large moray eels.  A channel with some boulders is at the east of the Batu Kepal. At the wall of this channel is very colorful and rich in fish and invertebrate species.  The visibility is 40-50 meters.

Lava Flow :

It is located in the north of Gunung Api (one of ten volcanic islands in the Banda Archipelago) where volcano forms a small round island built by lava flows. rising 5 km from the sea floor until 282 meters above water. After the volcano erupted in 1988, the bottom of this dive site was covered by lava. Corals started to quickly grow on the cold lava. There is a flourishing , vast carpet of staghorn coral, plate corals and table corals now growing where the lava once flowed.

Htta Island :

25 km from Banda Neira. Skaru Atoll, is the name of a coral, few hundred yards south of the island, there is some colony of unicorn fish, Fusiliers, jacks fish and rainbow runners, white-tip sharks measuring almost two meters, napoleon wrasse, dogtoothed tuna, and turtles.

Manuk island :

The reefs are very healthy with cabbage corals, and  sponges .

Pohon Miring :

It is wall dive with gentle currents. There are larger fish such as tuna, bumphead parrotfish, and napoleon wrasse.

Ai :

It is located on the west of Banda Neira. It is the top dive site for shark encounter, especially Hammerhead sharks, thresher and silvertip sharks

Run :

It is a small island which is full of colorful wall and large amounts of fish.  The main wall lays 70m to 150m off the islands’ northwestern coast known as “Depan Kampung” .


Traveling Guide

From - To Airline Flight ETD-ETA
Denpasar (DPS) - Ambon (AMQ) Garuda                  

Depart 1 day earlier 
GA423+GA640 2015-0650+1 
GA413+GA640 2040-0650+1
GA425+GA640 2140-0650+1
Lion Air       
Depart 1 day earlier 
JT926+JT880 2100-0615+1
JT27+JT790 2130-0700+1
From - To Airline Flight ETD-ETA
Jakarta (CGK) - Ambon (AMQ)

Garuda    
  

GA640

(Depart 1 day earlier)

GA646

2345-0650+1

 

0815-1355

Lion Air  JT790 0130-0700 
Batik Air ID6170 0030-0600

 

From - To Airline Flight ETD-ETA
Ambon (AMQ) - Denpasar (DPS) Lion Air JT791+JT741 0800-1030
Ambon (AMQ) - Jakarta (CGK) Garuda GA647 1445-1615
Batik Air ID6171 0650-0820
Lion Air JT885 0745-0915 

 

TRAVEL TIPS      
Baggage Allowance      
Most low cost airlines allow 10-15 Kgs / passenger for check baggage and 7Kgs for carry on.
Additional baggage weight is charged approx. USD 2/Kg.   Please check for details with your
travel agent or airline carrier for actual details    
       
For Garuda airlines llowance is as followed.    
Sport Equipment weight allowance is additional upto 23 Kgs beyond check baggages.
Normal free baggages allowance is as followed.   (Each of baggage does not exceed 32 Kgs)
International Flight First class - 50 Kgs, Business Class - 40 Kgs , Economy - 30 Kgs
Domestic Flight Business - 30 Kgs , Economy - 20 Kgs  

 

 

 

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