Diving Trip Special Offer North Forgotten Islands on Tiare Liveaboard © Photo: Cruising Indonesia

Tiare Liveaboard Forgotten Islands North Itinerary

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All the divers are aware that Forgotten Islands is the new diving hotspot of Banda Sea cause' the amazing encounters with unusual and rare critters, schools of large fish like barracuda, grouper, mackerel, and also have fantastic opportunities for cetaceans sightings: whales, pods of dolphins and killer whales, all of this while we will be diving surrounded by splendid corals.

But there is something that not everyone knows, Banda Sea is an open sea, vastly immense and without many options to anchor, which must necessarily be navigated in periods of calm and carefully choosing the beginning and end of the monsonic seasons to decide the crossing.

We navigate Forgotten Islands twice a year when Banda Sea is pleasant for diving 

That is the reason why Banda Sea can be sailed and dived twice a year. And that is the reason why all our dive cruises to Forgotten Island are preset on the Indonesian changing seasons only: April-May and September-October. It's wise to book early to avoid disappointments 'cause just few trips are available on the arc of the year.

Liveaboard diving in Forgotten Islands from April to May and from September to October

In fact, we carefully program dives and cruises in remote Forgotten Islands only in the weather calm period of Banda Sea: from April to May and form September to October, when the winds are light or non-existent due to the changing seasons between the dominant monsoons in the region. On these two periods of the year, Banda Sea -one of the most exposed and windy areas of Indonesia-, became calm and very pleasant for navigate and dive.

Distrust of the operators that propose you diving trips in Forgotten Islands in any season the year!

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The Forgotten Islands of Banda Sea

Forgotten Islands is a long chain of islands and reefs, administratively considered as part of Maluku Islands, and formally denominated Tanimbar Islands. The entire region ranging from Timor to West Papua following the Sunda Islands. Remote and sparsely populated the Forgotten Islands remained largely isolated from the rest of Indonesia and the world. The trip proposed includes some of these "forgotten islands" in combination with some of the islands of the Moluccas. Because the islands are not only remote, but most of all, too far of shore, they are exposed to waves and vagues, being accessible to diving only during calm inter-monsoon periods. Here scuba divers are rare and many sites are still waiting to be overdrafts. Visibility is generally good to excellent, and the variety of dives is important: large reefs lost in the sea on an island arc with the inside presence of pelagic species -including hammerheads in autumn-.

Diving Trip to Forgotten Islands North Itinerary

Dive cruises to North Forgotten Islands -10 nights- Factsheet


All you need to know about this diving trip


  • One free transit night at your arrival or departure of Indonesia, courtesy by Cruising Indonesia
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Accommodation on board
  • Five meals a day
  • Aqua, tea, coffee, soft drinks, natural juice
  • 3 dives a day + 1 night dives
  • Excursions according on board program
  • Tank, belt and weights
  • Toiletries
  • Masseuse & Spa treatments
  • Laundry
  • Free advice about connecting flights and eventual stops over in Indonesia


  • National Park Entrance Fees
  • Harbor Fees
  • Environment Safety Fee
  • Fuel Surcharge
  • Nitrox fills for certified nitrox divers
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • espresso, cappuccino
  • Crew gratuities
  • Diving Insurance, we highly recommended DAN
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  • Travel Insurance, we highly recommended World Nomads Travel Insurance
  • Hotel and meals before and after your cruise*
  • International and domestic flights*
  • One transit night depending of your connecting flights*

Terms & Conditions

  • Booking by Cabin
  • 25% as deposit for booking confirmation
  • 100% 60 days before cruise departure
  • Private Cruises & Charters
  • A 15% deposit for booking confirmation
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  • 50% 120 days before cruise departure
  • 100% 60 days before cruise departure

Cancellation Policy

  • Booking by Cabin
  • More than 60 days before departure: 75% refund
  • 60-30 days: 10% refund
  • Less than 30 days: 0% refund
  • Private Cruises & Charters
  • More than 120 days before departure: 85% refund
  • 120-60 days: 50% refund
  • Less than 60 days: 0% refund

Tailor-Made Travel

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Forgotten Islands Useful Information

Diving trip from Ambon to Saumlaki

  • Embarking port: Ambon. Airport: Ambon
  • Disembarking port: Saumlaki. Airport: Saumlaki
  • You will need a flight from Jakarta-Ambon-Saumlaki-Jakarta in connection with your international flights.


Diving trip from Saumlaki to Ambon

  • Embarking port: Saumlaki. Airport: Saumlaki
  • Disembarking port: Ambon. Airport: Ambon
  • You will need a flight from Jakarta-Saumlaki / Ambon-Jakarta in connection with your international flights.

At your arrival at airport, our staff will be there to pick you up: you will easily identify them wearing their Tiare Liveaboard T-shirt and a folder mentioning your name and our logotype.

  • Check in: the cruise starting date, before 12:00pm.
  • Check out: at the cruise ending date, before 12:00pm.

You might need spend one transit night before and after your diving trip depending of your international flights.

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Diving Banda Sea in Forgotten Islands

Forgotten Islands became famous for the school of hammerhead sharks that can be seen there, in large groups of hundreds or individuals, the sharks have been seen in Nil Desperandum, Manuk and Banda Islands.

Forgotten Islands is diving in deep walls with plentiful coral and sea life © Photo Gianluca Afflitti for Cruising Indonesia

This cruise goes through a wide range of geological landscapes and formations of Indonesia, from volcanic islands to limestone pinnacles developed from ancient coral reefs, diving is all in deep walls with plentiful coral and sea life, the platform of the islands always falls for hundreds of meters not far from the coast, the visibility is excellent. We will dive in very little visited places, usually rich in pelagic and abundant reef fish.

Forgotten Islands Diving Environment

The corals are beautiful in Forgotten Islands and of many different species and large density. For lack of space, a species often grows above the other in a continuous struggle for a few inches of rock to cling to. A coral reef system very interesting for the uw photographer: wonders, mimic octopus, blue ringed octopus ghost pipefish, sexy shrimp, transparent shrimps, porcelain crab, decorator crabs and many other photogenic subject are the habitual residents of Forgotten Islands coral reefs. 

Forgotten Islands many different coral species and large density © Photo Gianluca Afflitti for Cruising Indonesia

The marine life offers a lot of pelagic, the impressive number of groupers -some of them really huge-, big napoleons, rivers of trevally and whirlpool of barracuda, carangids, tunas -even these often very large-, groups of 50-60 bump head parrot fish, then turtles, batfish, surgeons, fusiliers, and all the fish barrier –a diving paradise-. Sharks we have seen of each species, fox, silvertips, white and black tip, gray nurse.

Forgotten Islands many different coral species and large density © Photo Jeanine Davis for Cruising Indonesia

In Forgotten Islands you will re-discover the meaning of clear waters. Wall diving plentiful of beautiful fauna overhanging, black corals and huge sponges, schools of surgeon fishes, trevallies, barracudas, many schools of fish (platax, horse-eye jackfishes, sweet lips), eagle ray, reef sharks and occasionally moon fish. We chose the Banda Islands as a strong point of this unique cruise for the rewards that every new exploration in the area gave us, in fact we can affirm that Forgotten Islands offer some of the best diving in Indonesian seas. Attractions include gin-clear waters, patch reefs and coral bommies, spectacular wall dives on impossible drop-offs.

Land excursion to Bandeneira's colonial times, the capital of Spice Islands

A fascinating land excursion in Spice Islands take you back in Bandeneira's colonial times. Our disembarking point will be in the seafront hotel, an antiche architecture that was once protected by picturesque cannons that still now aimed to the sea. Clean and quiet the street of Bandaneria take us to the picturesque and curious museum, the Old Ducht Fort and finally the plantations, where we enjoy a tea break along with sweets and cakes made from cinnamon, glove, nutmeg.


Forgotten Islands are depth-gin-clear waters, where visibility often reach 30-50 meters. 

Water Temperature

The temperature all year around is between 28-29 ̊C.  A 3 mm long wetsuit is enough. Hoods are recommended for this diving trip.


Some dives are carried out offshore reefs. On this itinerary we expect slow to medium currents. The guides will always check the current before each immersion and inform the divers. However, as we will also probably perform some exploratory dives, a solid dive experience is recommended for this cruise. A reef hook is recommended.


This cruise is proposed only during calm inter-monsoon periods, when the weather is dry and sunny with refreshing breeze and calm seas, ideally for the navigation.

Navigation & Itinerary

The itinerary varies slightly between each cruise depending on weather conditions, currents, visibility and suitability for diving activities.

Tiare Liveaboard Technical Data

Cruising Indonesia is proud to introduce TIARE CRUISE, a 36m brand new luxury sailing yacht starting operations on April 2017. Design and concept is the cornerstone of the quality of service on Tiare Liveaboard, and she promises cater to the needs of the most exigent divers: dive in top world class exotic scuba diving destinations according to the comfortable and wealthy life stile they are accustomed to have.

Tiare Liveaboard the 36m brand new luxury sailing yacht built by Cruising Indonesia is currently in Forgotten Islands from April to May and from September to October.
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