Destination: Banda Sea & Forgotten Island

Departure: Ambon

Arrival: Saumlaki

Note: This itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions, flight timetables and other unforeseen circumstances.

Sample Itinerary

Ambon is the main seaport of Ambon Island in Maluku. It serves as the gateway to a group of remote islands known as the Forgotten Islands. This group of islands stretches for almost 1000 kilometres from Timor across the Banda Sea to West Papua. Liveaboard boats are the only way to experience the Forgotten Islands and Ambon is often the point of departure. There are endless diving opportunities and some islands and dive sites are so remote you will wonder if anyone has ever seen what you are seeing.

The visibility in the Forgotten Islands is generally excellent, especially around the islands formed by volcanic activity. Sites can reach from shallow much dives to over 40 meters deep and water temperatures stay around 27°c – 30°c.

On a liveaboard cruise on Tiaré you can expect to dive 3 or 4 times a day depending on the weather conditions and currents. Some of the most famous dive sites you will visit are Nil Desperandum, Wetar, Nunukae, Leti, Babar, Pantar, Palu and Nusa Laut. We are also open to creating a tailor-made itinerary so you get to do the type of diving you love most. You’ll have the chance to dive rugged rocky outcrops, spectacular coral reefs and walls with hard and soft corals, black sands where smaller creatures bury themselves and of course huge pelagic species like white and black tip reef sharks, hammerheads, barracuda, majestic manta rays and gigantic groupers. There is no shortage of sea life to be explored around the Forgotten Islands and you will get to see more than you could ever imagine while on a liveaboard cruise on the luxury Tiaré.

Getting to Ambon and Returning from Saumlaki

Direct flights to Ambon fly from Jakarta or connecting flights from Surabaya, Makassar and Bali. Saumlaki in the Tanimbar Islands group is a more remote location to finish your trip, but there is a small airport on the island. Flights to Ambon and on to Makassar, Bali or Jakarta are available from Ambon.