Ambon - Banda Sea (อัมบอน-บันดาซี)

ประเภทการดำน้ำ Muck diving is essentially diving in shallow depth, slowly and patiently, over sediment of black sand.  Muck dive sites are sometimes covered by fish carcasses, trash, tires, or old fishing equipment (lines and lures).  The visibility generally tends to be poor, but it can be as clear as 10-15m in good conditions. 
If you’re wondering why in the world anyone would want to go scuba diving under such conditions, it’s because the most uniquely disguised and fascinating critters live in these habitats!   
I remember when I dived in Anilao Philippines for some muck diving, one of the best dives of my life was at a site called the “fish market,” which was exactly that – a pier off of a local fish market where the underwater world was filled with fish bones, rotten food, plastic bags, candy wrappers, diapers, and other man-made trash.   That dive site provided non-stop action with some of the most interesting creatures I had ever seen.
But not all divers are into muck diving.  I have met plenty of experienced divers who’d much rather see bigger creatures in the open sea such as manta rays, whales, and sharks. 
Muck diving is a special type of scuba diving that is addictive to those who enjoy hunting, exploring, and getting rewarded with a special discovery.
For me, the joy is in seeing a life that I have never encountered before.
Some of my highlight encounters while diving in Ambon are:
Psychedelic, Giant and Painted frogfishFlamboyant cuttlefishRhinopiasPsychedelic Batwing nudibranchCountless well-disguised crabs and shrimps
Due to the dive area and environment (mostly sediments), muck diving requires an excellent buoyancy control.  You will need to be very comfortable with frog-kicking, otherwise you will stir up the sediments, cause poor visibility and most certainly make your dive buddies upset!
ระดับการดำน้ำ Intermediate - advanced
ความลึก 5-40+ metres
ทัศนวิสัยใต้น้ำ 5-50 m
กระแสน้ำ Gentle, but can be strong
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AMBON DIVE 
The bay has many excellent muck sites, full of amazing critters. There is a good amount of trash and debris in the Ambon area, but the creatures seem to adapt and make it their home. The wreck dive "Duke of Sparta" is an underrated, outstanding dive. The mast of this wreck is just full of critters and invertebrate species, and the deck is intact. The only largest octopuses in the area are on this wreck, along with a plethora of lionfish species.

BANDA SEA
Whales also frequently pass through the strait. Walls, drop-offs, boomies, and pinnacles so colorful and so healthy! 

Main points: the Banda Sea is characterized by a very good visibility. Warm waters. Some exceptional dive sites as “Too Many fish” in Koon, a great wall with incredible fish life, Manuk with so many sea snakes, Nil Desperendum and its Hammerhead sharks and many more that we prefer to keep secret. Walls on the islands around Banda Neira.

ฤดูท่องเที่ยว - September to mid-October: Muck Diving only- mid-October to mid-May: Muck diving and all the clear water south and east coast sites- mid-May to end of June: Muck Diving only

From September through to December and also between April & May each year it is possible to embark upon once in a lifetime voyages across the Banda sea, visiting the famed ‘Spice Islands’ to discover diving nirvana in the ‘Ring of Fire.’ This is diving as it was meant to be enjoyed, true exploration, away from the crowds, discovering dive sites that very few divers will get a chance to explore; discover unique and spectacular scenery both above and below the waves where volcanic activity has created a remote island paradise, only accessible to divers via liveaboard. With our unmatched experience in this area, we can show you just what an incredible destination this is and take you to our ‘Hammerhead hot spots’ where at certain times of the year (Sep-Nov is best) schools of more than 200 Hammerheads have been witnessed.

BANDA SEA HAMMERHEAD SHARKS SEASONFirst, this pristine diving destination is only reachable with Liveaboards.Second, like most of the Asian countries, Indonesia is subject to the monsoons. Southeast monsoon and upwelling primarily on the eastern side make the Banda Sea practicable with safety during the Inter monsoons only. This is the reason why most of the liveaboards do the crossing in April/May (Raja Ampat - Banda Sea) & September/November (Banda Sea - Raja Ampat).
สิ่งที่น่าสนใจ Ambon, Indonesia is an off the beaten path dive area in eastern Indonesia offering world-class muck and nudibranch diving, along with some healthy reefs & pelagic accessible via liveaboard.
The remote Banda Sea is blessed with a vibrant and healthy reef system with abundant marine life. It's an amazing area to see big schools of fish, big pelagics, and great macro life. 
The Banda Sea also hosts several areas to dive up close with sea snakes, notably off Manuk and Gunung Api islands. Hammerhead shark cleaning stations can also be found at some of the sites, with reportedly up to 200 sharks seen in one dive.

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Ambon is a horseshoe shaped island, with Ambon Bay reaching about 20 miles into the centre, surrounded by a tropical landscape of lush green hills. The regional capital, Kota Ambon, is on the other side of the bay about 30 minutes from Bluemotion. Although travellers often pass through Ambon while visiting Maluku, tourism is not yet highly developed. Staying a while in this area gives you the chance to discover ‘authentic Indonesia’

Apart from the incredible diving, many other activities are available. We can organize a car with a driver and/or tour guide for sightseeing. You can spend the day at the beach, snorkeling and sunbathing, soak in a hot tub, visit one of Kota Ambon’s unique coffeehouses, or just wander around friendly, bustling markets and colourful streets. Local adventures include a visit to the lafresh water eels in Larike, which are harmless and so tame they swim into your hands. If you are interested in jungle trips, a guide can help you find exotic birds and amazing butterflies.If you want to explore the island yourself, it is best to rent a scooter and drive along the coast road. We are happy to help you organize a scooter. In the surrounding also many idyllically remote and untouched islands are in easy reach.
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Visibility of up to 50 m, 300 species of hard corals, intact and healthy coral communities, steep walls, Gorgonian gardens, huge barrel sponges, outstanding reef fish diversity, mug diving in one of Indonesia’s clearest harbors... are just a few terms to characterize your dive experience in Banda.
 

Due to its remote location and the surrounding deep sea, the waters around Banda are extremely clear. Visibilities of 30 m are common and on some days you can experience 50 m +. The condition and health of the coral reefs is breath-taking – what makes the most important rule in scuba diving quite difficult to follow. Most of the sites are wall dives characterized by huge sea fans, barrel sponges and orange soft corals. According to a survey that was conducted in November 2012, the Bandas are home of the largest Napoleon wrasse population in Indonesia known to date and you can see them on almost every dive. On a closer look you will find hairy squat lobsters, whip coral shrimps, pigmy seahorses, leaf scorpion fish, ghostpipe fish and much more. Frequent turtle encounters can be expected at all islands. Currents are moderate on most dive sites, allowing also beginners to have a relaxed and enjoyable dive. At some islands there are caves waiting to be explored and the islands of Hatta and Ai are awaiting you with an extraordinary diversity and cover of hard and soft corals. For the lucky ones among you, there is a chance to encounter hammerhead sharks.


Besides the possibility of Hammerhead sharks, you will find pristine coral reefs, unique local seaman in Alor, tons of sea snakes in Manuk and a visit to one or more of the villages in the spice islands. 

The remoteness of these islands along with the low levels of human population, have meant less fishing and pollution pressures resulting in a vibrant, natural and healthy reef system. You can expect reefs bursting with life, huge sea fans and sponges, some monumental hard corals, and more fish than your mask can cope with, there is an extraordinary variety and volume of fish life, both in terms of large and small marine life.

Beyond providing some of the best diving in the region the islands also have had a long and fascinating history. Spices, foreign traders, colonial conflicts, wars and earthquakes have all featured heavily in their checkered past. Up until the middle of the 19th century this was the only place on Earth where the spices nutmeg and mace could be found and as a result they were crucial hub for the spice trade, for a taste of the historic atmosphere of this region we will often visit local villages & communities that still rely on these very spices for their day to day living.

การเดินทาง

Ambon is the capital city of Maluku Province in eastern Indonesia. You can fly into Ambon out of Jakarta (CGK), the country's capital;  Bali (DPS) with a stop or two; and other major cities in Indonesia. Most of the muck dive sites that makes Ambon famous can be found around Ambon Bay which is only a 20-minute van ride away from the airport. 

The Banda Sea is a sea in Maluku Province, surrounded by hundreds of islands and is connected to the Pacific Ocean. Due to the remote location it is only possible to the Banda Sea via liveaboard. 

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How to get to Ambon (AMQ); Lion Air daily flights from Jakarta, Manado or Bali via Makassar. Garuda Indonesia have daily direct flights from Jakarta or for early morning arrivals (preferred) via Makassar. Batik Air also offer direct flights from Jakarta with an early morning arrival to Ambon. (flight time around 3 hours).

How to get from Ambon (AMQ); Lion Air daily flights from Ambon to Bali via Makassar. Garuda Indonesia & Batik Air offer direct flights to Jakarta or via Makassar. Early morning flights should give you best chance of making connecting International flights (flight time around 3 hours).

Jakarta (CGK): If you are travelling via Jakarta some International & Domestic flights do not always arrive/depart from same terminal building. If yours is one here is a useful Transfer link. Note; If taking Garuda International flight to Jakarta and connecting directly to port of departure we recommend to double check the luggage belt in Jakarta incase your luggage is offloaded in error

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How to get to Ambon (AMQ); Lion Air daily flights from Jakarta, Manado or Bali via Makassar. Garuda Indonesia have daily direct flights from Jakarta or for early morning arrivals (preferred) via Makassar. Batik Air also offer direct flights from Jakarta with an early morning arrival to Ambon. (flight time around 3 hours).

How to get from Ambon (AMQ); Lion Air daily flights from Ambon to Bali via Makassar. Garuda Indonesia & Batik Air offer direct flights to Jakarta or via Makassar. Early morning flights should give you best chance of making connecting International flights (flight time around 3 hours).

Jakarta (CGK): If you are travelling via Jakarta some International & Domestic flights do not always arrive/depart from same terminal building. If yours is one here is a useful Transfer link. Note; If taking Garuda International flight to Jakarta and connecting directly to port of departure we recommend to double check the luggage belt in Jakarta incase your luggage is offloaded in error