Diving Banda 2006

Date: 5 - 14 November 2006
Duration: 10 days


The Banda Sea stretches from Alor to the coast of West Papua. A string of islands in the south Maluku archipelago forms the southern border of the sea. Like Nusa Tenggara, these islands are part of the seismically active 'Ring of Fire.' The Banda Islands, formerly known as the Spice Islands, are in the central Banda Sea.

Diving in the remote Banda Sea is possible only by liveaboard. The route to and from West Papua is convenient for sailing and diving along the way. Stopovers at Wetar Island, the Damar, Banda and Lucipara Islands, and Koon Island off the coast of Seram, guarantee a pristine diving experience. This little-visited area has some of the world's richest reefs bursting with unspoiled corals and pelagic fishes.

The weather in this part of Indonesia is on a different cycle from the rest of the country. The best time to dive here is October-November when the water is calm and warm, 27°-30°C (84-90°F), and the visibility is 30-40m (100-130ft). The southeast monsoon (May-September) is wet, windy, and the water temperature drops to 25°C (80°F) due to strong upwellings in the area. Plankton blooms at this time reduce visibility to 15m (50ft). From December to February the wind is not as strong but it is strong enough to make boat travel uncomfortable.

Banda Islands
Beautiful corals, big tuna and overhangs with big sponges and sea fans are the highlight. Walls, pinnacles and steep slopes, sometimes with strong currents, characterize the diving here. Rays and turtles are common visitors here. There is good macro life in the area.

Lucipara Islands
This area has good walls, schooling fishes, a few sharks and lots of soft corals. Mola-molas have been spotted here too.

Koon Island
Also called 'Too Many Fish,' this site is amazing because of all the fishes that hang out at the reef corner in the current.


Max. number of participants: 12
Embarkation : NOVEMBER 05 in Sorong
Disembarkation : NOVEMBER 14 in Sorong
Vessel: MV TemuKira

November 04 : Gather in Manado
November 05 : Sorong - Matan - check dive
November 06 : Misool - 3 dives (no night dive)
November 07 : Koon - full day dive
November 08 : Hatta Island - full day dive
November 09 : Banda Naira / Mandarin Fish Point
November 10 : Koon Island - 3 dives
November 11 : Misool - full day dive
November 12 : Fam Island - full day dive
November 13 : Mansuar - 2 dives
November 14 : Sorong Harbour - disembarkation - airport