It is not understated to say that this impressive Banda Sea Liveaboard crossing between Raja Ampat and the Spice Islands of the Moluccas is a world-class route. It offers some of the very best and remotest dive sites of the Indonesian Archipelago. Suitable for experienced divers, this cruise is a great blend of diversity in terms of regions and dive areas. There are high chances to encounter various large ocean creatures –most noteworthy the oceanic manta rays and hammerhead sharks as well as some of the most elusive critters like the rare mandarin fish.
This remarkable cruise features the option of visiting various land sites on the way. Visit the historic Spice Islands and swim into the mysterious but spectacular Tomolol cave in Misool. Finally, go for a trek to see the paradise birds or stop by in a traditional Papuan village. See here how to interact with local when you visit a village.
Banda Sea Liveaboards departs from Ambon in October/ November towards Raja Ampat. The return back to Ambon from Sorong is in March/April due to the change of monsoon season.
The highlights of a Banda Sea Liveaboard are Diving the Habour of Ambon, visiting the Spice Islands Banda, Diving the remote outcrops of Seram and entering into the heart of Raja Ampat through the biodiverse Misool.
Find our sample itineraries below. Please note, each Cruise is different and the detailed day-day itinerary and sites will be tailored to suit guests’ preferences as well as to weather and ocean conditions. If you would like to visit a certain Land or Sea site, please let us know beforehand. Moreover, the Cruise Director onboard will work with you to design a suitable day-day plan. Especially for remote Routes and Crossings, the itinerary is not fixed.
Day 1: Ambon (Raja Ampat Ambon liveaboard)
First of all, this epic Raja Ampat Ambon starts with the departure around midday from Ambon – the capital of the Molucca Islands. After going through a “Safety and Boat Briefing”, get ready for a check dive in the Bay of Ambon. The area is famous for the great variety of critters – considered as heaven for macro enthusiasts. Afterward, the journey continues while cruising towards the Banda Islands.
Days 2 & 3: Banda Islands
On your second day around the Spice Islands, cruise further towards Pulau Hatta and Karang Hatta. These magnificent diving spotsare very close to the 6000m deep Banda trench and offer a good chance to encounter various pelagic and large sharks – including schooling hammerheads!
Afterwards, continue en route en route the striking Koon Island.
Day 4: Koon Island
Days 5, 6 & 7: Raja Ampat: Misool,and Boo/Fiabecet Area
Most noteworthy is the Fiabecet Area in Misool. It features selection of dives where the soft corals are extremely outstanding! Whale Rock, Nudi Rock, Batu Kecil, and Fiabecet Corner are just a few of the range of five-star dive sites in this area waiting for you. Besides schools of fusiliers, surgeons, barracuda, and batfish, there is a high chance of seeing wobbegongs – a white and black tipped reef sharks in this area. Apart from these abundant sea creatures, don’t forget to check out another highlight in this area: Cathedral Rock or also-known-as Boo Rock. These famous rock formations feature ‘’frames’’ or rounded windows in the rock. They completely pierce the island from the surface up to 5 meters.
Finally, before leaving the Misool archipelago, you may want to schedule a dive to visit the Tomolol Cave. It is huge cavern that provides a unique experience. Swim through its deep cave insides lined with crystal encrusted walls and giant stalactites. Truly, a highlight of the Raja Ampat Ambon liveaboard cruise!
Days 8, 9 & 10: Raja Ampat and Dampier Strait Area
The Dampier Strait that flows between Waigeo and Batanta boasts some of the most spectacular diving spots in Raja Ampat. Dive sites include Cape Kri,Manta Sandy, Chicken Reef, Otdima Reef, Kerupiar Island, Sardine Reef, and Mioskon. Due to the nutrition rich water these sites offer some of the largest concentrations of big fish in Raja Ampat. Most noteworthy are the large schools of trevallies, barracudas, sweetlips, tuna, and snappers congregate on these sites. Furthermore, there are large reef sharks in Cape Kri and mantas on Manta Sandy. Moreover, check out the famous Blue Magic,a small seamount where you may have a chance to see the giant oceanic – a manta ray with a wing span of up to seven and a half meters with beautiful markings on their backs.
Alternatively, you may skip a dive to visit the authentic and secluded Papuan Village or go for a short trek to encounter the famous paradise birds.
Day 11: Sorong
Finally, after breakfast and a last chance to exchange photos (and memories) with the crew and fellow guests. Bid farewell upon arrival at Sorong after this Raja Ampat Ambon crossing. The crew will take you to the airport or your hotel.