Destination: Banda Sea
Note: This itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions, flight timetables and other unforeseen circumstances.
Board the Tiaré and get settled in before departure around 12pm. Straight into diving the reefs around Ambon where spectacular coral and unique rock formations make for the perfect conditions for schooling fish. There are 3000 known species and experts speculate far more than that uncataloged around Ambon. This diversity is incredible considering the healthiest Caribbean reefs have at most 20% of this number. You’ll dive Ambon Harbor close to the Pier, where some of the best muck dives in the world will hopefully reveal the rare Ambon Scorpionfish. There is also a shallow pristine wreck covered in hard and soft corals to explore.
Day 2, 3 & 4
For 3 days you’ll be diving around Banda Neira which is dominated by a 640 meter active volcano. These islands are famous for being the centre of the spice trade for the Dutch but are now also well-known for the incredible diving. The east and north sides of the islands are home to a wide variety of pipe fish, frog fish and juvenile fish of every kind living in the calm waters. You’ll also dive arounf the pier where the largest mandarin fish you’re ever likely to see swim happily around. Depending on the wether conditions and currents you may dive Suangi Island, the Banda Lava Flow, Batu Kapal, and Next Village. You can also take time away from diving to trek up Gunung Api.
Day 5 & 6
Moving on to Nusa Laut, you’ll dive over beautiful hard and soft corals in this extremely healthy reef. There is plenty of life here with tons of fish including schooling jacks, grey reefs and bumpheads. Leopard sharks and dugongs have also been spotted here so if you’re lucky you’ll get the chance to see them as well.
Four dives today will include the famous Ambon Pertamina Wreck and Laha. The Pertamina wreck has tons of soft corals and a really incredible of fish swimming through the wreck. Laha is a fantastic muck dive where you may see recently discovered creatures like new species of frog fish, rinophias, the incredible mimic octopus, and zebra crabs.
Still in Ambon you’ll dive twice today. The sites for today will be decided depending on weather conditions and currents.
After breakfast on board it’s time to check out and leave the Tiaré behind at Ambon.
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