• Diving the Band Sea

    Diving the

    Banda Sea

    Diving the Banda Sea’s remote islands is only possible by liveaboard. The region stretches from Nusa Tengarra in the south to Raja Ampat in the far north with Ceram Island at the centre. Dotted in between are the tiny islands of Lucipara, Banda Neira, Gungung Api, Manuk and Nila.

Banda Sea Discoveries departing from Flores


Siren Fleet 14 night discovery trips give you the opportunity to combine diving in these remote islands with diving in Flores and Alor in the south, Ambon just south of Ceram and Raja Ampat to the far north. Each trip provides a superb combination of walls and pinnacles, coral gardens and muck diving with the chance to explore new sites and find new creatures.

Banda Sea - S/Y Indo Siren


14 night trips

Departs: Flores | Returns: Sorong


Trip highlights*:

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  • Waigeo
  • Raja Ampat (Misool & Fiabacet Islands)
  • Palau Koon
  • Banda Neira
  • Adunara Island (14 night trip only)
  • Lesser Sunda Islands (14 night trip only)
  • Lucipara atolls (14 night trip only)
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*Trip itinerary can be subject to changes in the event of adverse weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances

Dive sites in the Banda Sea

Here is a selection of some of the most popular dive sites that we like to visit whilst on our Banda Sea trips.

Pantar Strait

Pantar Strait

The Pantar Strait is known for both critter diving and stunning reef walls where larger pelagic species can be spotted. Some stronger currents are to be expected but the currents bring the nutrients which feed the reef and life of the strait. There are a variety of dive sites here and we chose the optimum sites based on the conditions of the day. The water temperature experienced is often colder than other regions due to the flow of water from the south, expect temps of 22◦C / 72◦F. After our third dive on trip day 5 we begin our long crossing to Wetar Island.

Banda Neira & Pulau Hatta

Banda Neira & Pulau Hatta

At Banda Neira the lava flow underwater has over the years transformed into a beautiful coral garden. The amount of schooling fish and pelagic encounters can be jaw dropping and sea fans some of the largest and most pristine to be found in Indonesia. There is also time to go ashore to visit the Belgica Fort, museum and the old nutmeg plantations as well as stop off at the local market. Currents can be strong around this small island in the north of the Banda Sea, therefore sites will be chosen on the best daily conditions.

Koon

Koon

This is a day for the explorer in you, as only a few sites have been recorded and frequently dived. We have named one site “Too Many Fish” as that is literally what you can expect here. Batfish, jacks, snappers & grouper are all seen in abundance.

Misool

Misool

There are numerous small islands surrounding the second of the Four Kings, Misool, including Daram, Farondi, Boo, Wayilbatan, Kalig and Warakaraket to name just a few. Each offers some of the most dramatic underwater scenery of the region, from steep walls with huge gorgonian fans to gentler slopes with hard and soft corals.

Mansuar Island & the Dampier Strait

Mansuar Island & the Dampier Strait

Fast drift dives and big fish schools characterize the sites surrounding Mansuar and the Dampier Strait. Numerous dive sites are clustered together providing a variety of “Big Fish” dives with currents and more relaxed dives where smaller creatures can be found and photographed. Your dive team will check currents and choose sites based on the optimum conditions each day.

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