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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.

Map of the Banda Islands (click to enlarge in a new window)


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Liveaboard Diving Safari Options in the Banda Sea


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.

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Calico Jack Calico Jack
From USD 305 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
Dewi Nusantara Dewi Nusantara
From USD 527 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

57m / 188 ft
Max 18
Nitrox
  • Visits Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih,...
  • All cabins have ensuite bathroom...
  • Dedicated air-conditioned restau...
  • Complimentary glass of wine with...
  • Large boat with masseuse, video/...
KLM Jaya KLM Jaya
From USD 175 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

23m / 76 ft
Max 14
  • Maximum of only 14 guests
  • Visits Komodo and Raja Ampat
  • Short, affordable cruises
  • Toured Komodo for over 14 years
  • Small dive groups
KLM Kira Kira KLM Kira Kira
From USD 156 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

22m / 73 ft
Max 8
  • Visits Komodo National Park, Raj...
  • Maximum of 8 guests only, small ...
  • Uses solar panels and a battery ...
  • Budget-friendly option, popular ...
  • Activities: trekking, kayaking, ...
  • Communal bathrooms
KM Raja Manta KM Raja Manta
From USD 284 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 Seahorse MSY Seahorse
From USD 306 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

33m / 109 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
  • Visits Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Su...
  • Complimentary nitrox for certifi...
  • Can join 7 or 11 night Raja Ampa...
  • Cabins with ensuite bathrooms
  • Air-conditioned restaurant
  • Wet room with table for cameras,...
Mermaid I Mermaid I
From USD 338 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 Mermaid II
From USD 304 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 Raja Ampat Aggressor
From USD 309 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
SY Indo Siren SY Indo Siren
From USD 408 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

40m / 132 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
  • Cruises Komodo, Raja Ampat
  • All cabins have private bathroom...
  • Free rental scuba equipment
  • Free local beers
  • Sea canoes, massage and laundry ...
  • Large luxurious boat
Cheng Ho Cheng Ho
From USD 333 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

33m / 109 ft
Max 24
Nitrox
  • Cruises Komodo, Sumbawa, Alor, F...
  • Cabins feature private en-suite ...
  • 4 cabins for single travellers
  • Cinema room
  • Large boat, plenty of relaxation...
SMY Ondina SMY Ondina
From USD 215 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

32m / 106 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
  • Visits Raja Ampat, Komodo, Banda...
  • Cabins with en-suite bathrooms
  • Small dive groups and flexible i...
  • Specialist photography and explo...
The Seven Seas The Seven Seas
From USD 457 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

35m / 116 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises Komodo, Raja Ampat, Alor...
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Sea kayaks
  • Good specials for dive groups
  • Large, luxury boat with many rel...
Akomo Isseki Akomo Isseki
From USD 132 per day

Customer rating: Good

27m / 89 ft
Max 8
  • Visits Komodo National Park, Raj...
  • Maximum of 8 guests only, small ...
  • Budget-friendly option, popular ...
  • Activities: trekking, kayaking, ...
  • Communal bathrooms
Blue Manta Blue Manta
From USD 406 per day

Customer rating: Good

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 KLM Mari
From USD 214 per day

Customer rating: Good

32m / 106 ft
Max 14
Nitrox
  • Visits Komodo, Raja Ampat, Alor,...
  • All cabins have ensuite bathroom...
  • Spacious, traditional Phinisi sc...
  • Nitrox available
KLM Sea Safari 6 KLM Sea Safari 6
From USD 333 per day

Customer rating: Good

29m / 96 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
  • Cruises Raja Ampat, Lembeh
  • All cabins have ensuite bathroom...
  • Air conditioned restaurant
  • 4 decks, so there's always a qui...
KLM Tidak Apa'Pa KLM Tidak Apa'Pa
From USD 193 per day

Customer rating: Good

20m / 66 ft
Max 8
Wi-Fi
  • Maximum of 8 divers, ideal for c...
  • Rebreather friendly liveaboard
  • Camera facilities
  • Variety of cruises and durations...
  • Small dive groups
MSY Damai I MSY Damai I
From USD 493 per day

Customer rating: Good

40m / 132 ft
Max 10
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Komodo, Raja Ampat
  • Maximum of 10 guests only
  • Unlimited diving
  • Cabins have en-suite bathroom
  • Large boat with spa, camera room...
MV Empress II MV Empress II
From USD 220 per day

Customer rating: Good

24m / 79 ft
Max 10
Nitrox
  • Cruises in Raja Ampat and Komodo...
  • Maximum of 10 guests only (13 fo...
  • Cabin for single traveller
  • Rebreather and tech diving compa...
  • Steel hulled exploration boat wi...
MV Panunee MV Panunee
From USD 308 per day

Customer rating: Good

35m / 116 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...
  • 2 single bed rooms for solo trav...
  • Steel hulled boat
MV Solitude Adventurer MV Solitude Adventurer
From USD 326 per day

Customer rating: Good

36m / 119 ft
Max 18
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Raja Ampat, Banda Sea & K...
  • All cabins have ensuite bathroom...
  • Dedicated camera room with editi...
  • Spacious, fast, luxury aluminium...
MY Emperor Raja Laut MY Emperor Raja Laut
From USD 306 per day

Customer rating: Good

31m / 102 ft
Max 12
Nitrox
  • Cruises to Komodo, Raja Ampat & ...
  • Classic Borneo tallship
  • En-suite cabins
  • Maximum of only 12 guests
  • Small dive groups
White Manta White Manta
From USD 330 per day

Customer rating: Good

46m / 152 ft
Max 22
Nitrox
  • Includes Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, ...
  • Most cabins have ensuite bathroo...
  • 4 dive tenders
  • Large, steel-hulled boat purpose...
MV Ambai MV Ambai
From USD 334 per day

Customer rating: Be first to rate!

32m / 106 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
  • Cruises Raja Ampat, Alor, Banda
  • All cabins with private ensuite ...
  • Free nitrox for enriched air cer...
  • 12 and 15 litre tanks
  • Dedicated camera room, table, ri...
MV Pindito MV Pindito
From USD 421 per day

Customer rating: Be first to rate!

33m / 109 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
  • Cruises Komodo, Raja Ampat, Band...
  • Tauchen Magazine "Best Liveaboar...
  • 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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Liveaboard Ports of Departure for the Banda Sea 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 Banda liveaboard 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 Liveaboards


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