This area, administratively part of the South East Mollucas, is a long chain of islands stretching from Timor to West Papua. Distant from population centers these "forgotten islands" have been largely isolated from the rest of Indonesia and the world. They are the eastern end of the Wallacea bio-geographic area, the transition region between Asia and Australia flora and fauna.
The so called ring of fire is part of the cruise, with still active volcanoes like Manuk islands, whose reefs are home for thousands of sea snakes. Schooling hammerheads are one of the highlight of this cruise and can generally be seen on a few dive sites of the itinerary.
One of Indonesia’s best kept secrets is the Banda Sea, which is part of the (Pacific) Ring of Fire – a massive horseshoe-shaped, seismically active area that stretches all the way from South America to New Zealand and measures about 40,000 kilometres. The South East Asian section of the Ring of Fire includes a chain of volcanic islands from the north of Pulau Seram to the tip of Pulau Wetar in the Banda Sea.
There are also areas in the Triton Bay region which promise all manner of critter appearances including frogfish, ornate ghost pipefish, wonderpus, pygmy seahorses and nudibranchs galore. Epaulette sharks can be seen walking over the reefs as giant groupers lurk in sheltered spots, while schools of jacks and fusiliers dart around en masse. Triton Bay boasts a resident pod of pilot whales, the sight of which will linger long in the memories of those who dive with them. Not many liveaboard diving charters visit this region and the pioneering spirit and sense of privilege you feel while visiting Triton Bay is palpable. These enormous fish approach the 'bagans' of fishermen at the surface, sometimes many at a time.
Other useful information:
Rates: based on twin share cabins. If traveling as single person you will be allocated a cabin with another diver of the same sex.
Surcharges: Upgrade to seaview cabin €220/cruise. 100 cf tank surcharge €65/cruise. Dive equipment rentals and extra surcharges - click here
Destination known for: Barracudas, surgeonfishes, Bumphead parrot fishes, Trevallies and giant trevallies, pafefishes. Napoleon wrasse, wobbegon, tunas, bonitos, waow, manta rays, mobulas, Seahorse, frogfish, leaf fish, scorpionfish . Black corals forests, gorgonian fields, soft corals , gorgonian fields. We will navigate up to Nil Desperandum and several spots where we expect to encounter hammerhead sharks in this period of the year
Currents: Currents are slow to medium on this cruise. However, always a certain amount of current is needed to enjoy the fish life.
Visibility: The visibility is good, 20 meters and more on this itinerary. Conditions however can vary locally according to tides.
Boarding/check-out: Check in time: depending on flight arrival—before 1 PM // Check out time: depending on flight departure—before 1 PM
Climate & diving conditions: The Banda Sea - Ring of Fire & the Ceram Sea (Misool) are subject to consistent winds, waves and swell during the monsoon periods, especially during the South East monsoon from May to October. That's why we organize this itinerary during November and April that are an inter monsoon periods with quiet seas. However, some temporary storms can arise, with waves developing for a few hours only.
Best time to dive this destination: October to April is considered the best season for Triton Bay and the Banda Sea.
Water temperature: The sea water temperature is averaging at 28-29°C throughout the year.
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