Ambon & Banda Sea

 

Country: Indonesia

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Ambon & Banda sea in a Nutshell

Ambon, Indonesia is an off the beaten path dive area offering world-class muck & 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. 

 

Underwater Video of Ambon Marine Life

 

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Diving Information 

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Ambon Marine Life 

Ambon has many color reef dives full of crinoids, large barrel sponges, large sea fans and table corals - especially as you get outside of Ambon Bay. Some sites will have many fish, fusiliers, bumphead parrotfish, and Napoleon wrasse. Inside the bay, you have spectacular muck sites, with critters such as rhinopia, numerous species of shrimps and crabs, wonderpus, ghost pipefish, seahorses and many frogfish.  

  

Ambon Dive Sites

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. 

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Liveaboard availability

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The rates shown below are per person in USD. Some of the operators quote in other currencies and the pricing at the time of booking may vary depending on the latest exchange rates.

Please contact us for the availability of the following boats: Arenui, Mutiara Laut, MSY Aurora, Panunee, and Emperor Harmoni.

 

Travel Information 

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How to Get There

Direct flights to Ambon (AMQ) are available from Jakarta (CGK), Manado (MDC) and Makassar (UPG). You may also fly from Bali (DPS) via Makassar

 

How to Dive Ambon

Diving in Ambon is accessible through dive resorts, local dive centers, and liveaboards. You can find many liveaboard trips combining Alor with different regions in Indonesia (i.e. Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Halmahera, etc) 

 

Best Time to Dive

Ambon can get some heavy rainfall, so we recommend diving Ambon in the dry season, between October and April. Mar, April, May and October are usually quite good.

 

Topside & Non-Diving Activities

The city of Ambon itself doesn't offer much to do. However, you can take a venture to explore the surrounding scenery and meet the locals. Pintu Kota Beach holds a beautiful natural bridge to see. 

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  • Currency: Indonesian Rupiah
  • Language: Indonesian, but English might be used at most tourism sites
  • Time Zone: UTC+9
  • Electricity: 230 V 50 Hz  

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