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Liveaboard Cruises in the Banda Islands

Dive Tour Options and Travel Information

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The Banda Sea is located in the central region of Indonesia and was once known for its lucrative spice trade where foreigners came from all over the world to trade in that most valuable of commodities, nutmeg. The Spice islands are full of historical significance and you can visit old Dutch forts and learn all about the history of this once great trading route. Nowadays the region is attracting overseas visitors for very different reasons. The waters of Banda and Ambon promise riches beyond the wildest dreams of many 'big name' dive destinations worldwide.

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Diving Cruise Options


Most of these trips run for around 10 to 12 nights' duration and will allow you to sample the wonderful diving in Banda, as well as its neighbouring regions. The iIslands are popular with experienced divers looking for new, world-class locations for their next liveaboard charter. Due to its remote location, this tends to be an area favoured by higher quality boats.

You can choose from routes such as Ambon, Banda, The Forgotten Islands & Alor; Flores & Banda Islands; Banda, Flores & Alor; Banda Sea & Triton Bay; and Banda Sea & Forgotten Islands to name just a few. See our dedicated Transit Trips section for more details.

Note that diving safaris in the Banda Sea are represented by boats within both our Raja Ampat and Komodo liveaboards sections.

Click to view product. Special discounted trips highlighted in yellow
Calico Jack
From US$ 317 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

30m / 99 ft
Max 10
  • Visits Raja Ampat, Komodo, Banda...
  • Maximum of only 10 guests
  • En-suite cabins
  • Multi-lingual crew of 8
  • Beautiful teak interiors
Indo Aggressor
From US$ 248 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

38m / 125 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Komodo, Banda, Alor
  • Some Komodo trips also dive Bali...
  • All staterooms have ensuite bath...
  • Complimentary glass of wine with...
  • Warm towel and back rub after ea...
  • Large boat
KM Raja Manta
From US$ 250 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

36m / 119 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
  • Includes Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, ...
  • Most cabins have ensuite bathroo...
  • Large, steel-hulled boat purpose...
MSY WAOW
From US$ 474 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

58m / 191 ft
Max 25
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises Komodo, Raja Ampat, Band...
  • Ensuite cabins with own lounge a...
  • Dedicated camera room with compu...
  • Free use of Nautilus LifeLine
  • Free glass of wine or 1 beer wit...
  • Kayaks and paddle boards for gue...
Mermaid I
From US$ 345 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

28m / 92 ft
Max 15
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Komodo, Raja Ampat, Banda...
  • Cabins have en-suite bathrooms, ...
  • Cabin for single traveller
  • Most cabins have seaview windows...
  • Spacious, steel-hulled liveaboar...
Mermaid II
From US$ 297 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

32m / 106 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Komodo, Raja Ampat, Banda...
  • Komodo cruises use port in Bali
  • Cabins with en-suite private bat...
  • 2 saloons on board
  • Steel hulled boat
Raja Ampat Aggressor
From US$ 325 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

30m / 99 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises Raja Ampat, Sangalaki, K...
  • Cabins with ensuite bathrooms, T...
  • 1 free local beer or glass of wi...
  • Dedicated camera room, lost dive...
  • Thick steel double hulled boat
MV Ambai
From US$ 351 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

32m / 106 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
  • Cruises Komodo, Raja Ampat, Alor...
  • All cabins with private ensuite ...
  • 12 and 15 litre tanks
  • Dedicated camera room, table, ri...
Blue Manta
From US$ 343 per day

Customer rating: Be first to rate!

45m / 149 ft
Max 18
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises Raja Ampat, Komodo, Band...
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • 24 hour satellite Wi-Fi internet...
  • Complimentary laundry service
  • Designated dry camera room, came...
  • Large, steel-hulled boat
KLM Mari
From US$ 233 per day

Customer rating: Be first to rate!

32m / 106 ft
Max 10
  • Visits Komodo, Raja Ampat, Alor,...
  • Maximum of 10 guests only and 10...
  • All cabins have ensuite bathroom...
  • Spacious, traditional Phinisi sc...
MSY Damai II
From US$ 523 per day

Customer rating: Be first to rate!

40m / 132 ft
Max 10
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Komodo, Raja Ampat, Banda...
  • Maximum of 10 guests only
  • Dive deck with individual rinse ...
  • Cabins have en-suite bathroom an...
  • Complimentary beer and wine
  • Large boat with camera room
MV Panunee
From US$ 308 per day

Customer rating: Be first to rate!

32m / 106 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
  • Visits Raja Ampat, Komodo, Banda...
  • Suites with private en-suite bat...
  • Dive The World Gold Range produc...
  • Cameras: table, rinse tanks, air...
  • Steel hulled boat
MV Pindito
From US$ 416 per day

Customer rating: Be first to rate!

33m / 109 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
  • Cruises Komodo, Raja Ampat, Band...
  • Tauchen Magazine Best Liveaboard...
  • All cabins have en-suite private...
  • Camera room, charging points, la...
  • Individual diver locator devices...
  • Free spirits and beer



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The Climate, Diving Season and Best Time to Visit

Liveaboard cruises in the Banda Islands and Banda Sea are usually scheduled for the calmer weather periods in March, April, and from the September to December, in order to avoid rough seas.

Water temperatures are pretty consistent at these times (26-29°C). Visibility will be at its best (15-30m) in the September-December window.

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Ports of Departure and How to Get There

Banda Islands liveaboard cruises depart from a range of ports. Trips beginning in the Banda Islands use Ambon as the departure port. You can reach Ambon from Jakarta, Bali (often via Ujung Pandang) and Manado. Banda & Raja Ampat cruises will use Sorong to begin or end the trip. You can fly to Sorong direct from Bali, Jakarta, or via Ujung Pandang or Manado. A variety of other ports may be used, depending on the route. They include Maumere, Saumlaki, Kaimana and Kalabahi.

You can view which ports the various boats use on their trips in the 'Departures & Prices' section of each boat's webpage. We will send you full departure details during the booking process. Whichever ports your boat uses, normally the boat operator provides a transfer to the boat from the local airport or hotels (if you overnight beforehand).

We recommend you take out insurance to cover diving and travel activities, including trip cancellation. See our insurance programme for a competitive quotation:

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Places to Stay

If you plan on staying in Indonesia before or after your diving safari, you can find a large range of accommodation options at hotelscombined.com, our affiliated hotel reservation specialists. Browse their website, use their on-line chat to ask questions, then simply use your credit card to make your booking:

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Useful References for the Banda Islands


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