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Last Minute Diving Trip Banda Sea


Dive Banda Sea, the Indonesia's new hotspot - Liveaboard: Oceanic - Autumn 2018

A great opportunity to dive the new hotspot of Indonesia: Banda Sea this Autumn 2018 at the best price ever and with the seasoned master dive experience of Oceanic Liveaboard!

Banda Sea Dive Cruise - October 08-18, 2018 - 10 nights - Before EUR 3300 now EUR 2970

+ Nitrox Free + Free Airport Hotel Transit Night

Banda Sea and Alor Strait are blessed with some of the finest diving in Indonesia. Politically the islands that outline Alor and Solor archipelagos and divided by Alor Strait belong to Nusa Tenggara region, physically instead are part of the Banda Sea Plate, and are being formally known as part of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Alor Strait and Banda Islands are then, a long chain of islands and reefs, actually an entire region ranging from Timor to West Papua. Remote and sparsely populated, most of these islands are remained largely isolated from the rest of Indonesia and the world. The diving trip proposed departs from the Kalabahi Bay and arrives to Ambon Bay, including a wide range of geological landscapes and formations of Indonesia: volcanic islands and limestone pinnacles developed from ancient coral reefs, a rare combination of sea environments that form the arc of islands between Lesser Sunda Islands and Banda Sea. Because these 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 scarse 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 -including hammerheads in autumn-, steep walls covered with black corals teeming jacks and napoleons, tunas, groupers, barracudas and many other pelagic species, as well as excellent macro: rhinopias and other photogenic monsters.

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Diving Trip to Banda Sea from Alor to Ambon on Oceanic Liveaboard

All you need to know about these diving trip

Banda Sea Dive Cruise 08-OCT-18 to 18-OCT-18 Oceanic Liveaboard


  • Nitrox
  • One transit night in Airport Hotel at your arrival in Indonesia, complimentary by Cruising Indonesia (*)
  • Arrival and departure airport transfer
  • Accommodation on board
  • Meals and snacks Aqua, tea and coffee
  • 3 dives a day + 1 night dive
  • Excursions according on board program
  • Tanks and weights
  • Toiletry
  • Free advice about connecting flights and eventual stop over in Indonesia
  • National Parks Fee


  • Other Tax & Fees: Harbor clearance and other permits 200€/cruise/pax
  • Soft drinks and beers
  • Expresso, wine & spirits
  • Masseuse
  • Laundry
  • Satellital phone calls International and domestic airfare
  • Suite Upper cabin extra charge: 330€/cruise/pax
  • Dive equipment rental
  • International and domestic airfare, except (*)

Terms & Conditions

  • A 20% deposit for booking confirmation
  • The total balance must be paid 90 days before cruise departure

Embark - Disembark

  • Embarking port: Kalabahi
  • Disembarking port: Ambon

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

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

Domestic Flights & in Transit Accommodations

You will need one domestic arrival flight Jakarta-Alor and one domestic departure flight Ambon-Jakarta, both in connection with your international flights.

You might need spend one transit night before and after your diving trip depending of your international flights, that is being offered complimentary by Cruising Indonesia.

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Diving Banda Sea from Alor Strait to Banda Islands

This cruise goes from the Kalabahi Bay in Alor Island to Ambon Bay in Maluku. You will find few muck dives and macro in Alor Strait and in Sunda islands. Most of the dives will be done on drop off, with beautiful fixed fauna on the walls and possibility of see big and numerous schools of fish in. Macro is well represented on the whole cruise trip, with lots of schools of fish and pelagic.

Banda Sea Diving Environment

In Banda Sea 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 Banda Islands offers 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. We will dive in very little visited places, usually rich in pelagic, and maybe we will find the unexpected: hammerhead sharks in...


Banda Sea 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.

Number of Dives

  • 3 dives / day. 
  • 1 night dive / day.
  • 1  dive  the  day  before  disembarking,  maybe  2  according  to  your  flight schedule (24h/No FLY)
  • Any case this is subject to navigation and weather conditions

Diving Standards

  • Dive time: 60 minutes
  • Maximum Depth: 35 meters
  • Dives into the safety curves
  • Bearing systematic security
  • 1 dive-guide / 4 divers maximum (4 guides/16 divers)
  • Free nitrox for certified divers
  • 2 tenders
  • The crew is at your service to carry your tank and gear
  • 1 personal towel for  your return from diving

Diving Schedule

  • 1st dive: 07:00am
  • 2nd dive: 10:30am
  • 3rd dive: 02:30pm
  • Night dive: 06:30pm
  • This is subject to navigation and weather conditions

Diving Organization

Due to the large number of dives and the remoteness of the location, we urge divers to stay within the safety curve, to comply with a maximum depth of 35 meters, and to systematically perform a safety stop. Depending on the guests dive experience, aspirations (photography, macro, etc), and eventual use  of nitrox (free for certified divers), the cruise director will arrange the diving groups. These groups are made up of four divers and a dive guide. The dive guides are rotating on a daily basis. Each diver is given a dive tank (DIN & INT available, no need for adapters) and a single location for the duration of the cruise. A briefing will be conducted by the director of cruises or one of the guides before each dive. It will provide guidance on the site topography, depths, currents and potential hazards, as well as on marine life and the species represented. The divers should always carry a marker buoy. The staff carries your tank between the liveaboard and the dinghies and back. to the dinghies, tanks are disposed in slots and the guide will help you to gear just before to roll back for the dive. Identification books of flora and local fauna are available on board, and the dive guides or the skipper will always help you to identify the strange animal you just saw underwater.

Respect of Nature Guidelines

We will request the participants to fill up on board a statement of fitness for the dive activities. We will ask you to carefully respect the fauna and flora: have adequate  buoyancy to avoid touching the substrate or break any corals; do not touch the animals, do not collect anything; do not to harass wildlife to photography and moderate the number of flashes you impose on them. The use of gloves is not allowed.

Navigation & Itinerary

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


The weather is generally dry and sunny with a refreshing breeze. The sea is flat within the strait, can be more choppy and welly in the southern part.

Boat Specifications


Service on Board

Behind the OCEANIC LIVEABOARD there is also and mainly a discreet, professional, smiling and friendly crew. Our team will treat you with some special attentions, will assist you if necessary and will carry your tank.

The Cuisine

The cuisine is a mix of eastern and western specialties, a superb fusion made by our expert chef that will never let you hungry. Shall you have special food requirement or a particular alimentary diet (vegetarian or allergy), our chef will adapt the meals for your greatest pleasure. The meals are served at table, no buffet.

Rental Equipment

There are some dive equipment to rent on board. However, all sizes are not necessarily available, so please book for it before the cruise.

  • Complete regulator with octopus and pressure gauge 7€/ day
  • BCD 7€/day
  • Wetsuit 5€/day
  • Torch 5€/day
  • Dive Computer 5€/day
  • Fins 2€/day
  • Diving mask 2€/day
  • Available on board rods and hooks in stainless, gear for snorkelling 10€/day

Dive Courses on Board

Our cruises are open to divers with at least 50 dives logged. Less experienced divers can also participate with a specific supervision that have to be arranged before the cruise.

Introductory diving and certification courses are available by prior request only, except for Nitrox courses that fit easily into the normal diving day.

Diving Insurance

An insurance covering medical evacuation and diving accidents is compulsory. It will be requested upon arrival on board.

Extras - Payments on Board

  • All extras are payable in cash on board.
  • We can not receive payment by credit card.
  • Currencies accepted on board: EUR, USD, CHF, IDR.


They reflect your level of satisfaction with the service on board. As an indication: 5%-10% of the cruise rate.

What you don’t need bring with you on board

  • Are provided on board, towels and toiletries, soap, shampoo
  • Electrical outlets round European type are founded in the cabins, lounge, camera room
  • Hair dryer available on request

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