Ambon & Banda Sea

Diving Ambon
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Scuba Diving in Ambon & Banda Sea, Indonesia 

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Ambon & Banda Sea Diving Highlights

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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Where is ambon & Banda Sea? 

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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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, Velocean, and Panunee.


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 Ambon with different regions in Indonesia (i.e. Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Halmahera, etc).

Check out combination trips on our Indonesia Liveaboards page.


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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Other Useful Information 

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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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Reviews (1)


We went to Maluku in Oct 2010. The muck diving there was very amazing. We spotted hairy frog fishes everytime we dove. It was night safari, so our first dive started around 5pm, and finished 3rd dive around 2am. We went back to Ambon in Nov 2012. They had strong storms earlier that year and had some floods, and everything was covered in thin layer of silt. It made it harder to spot critters. We were diving in trash. The water there is kind of gross. Most people on both trips were getting ear infection from the dirty water there. So i recommend getting ear drops with antibiotics at the local pharmacy and use it after each dive while diving in Ambon. And having Cipro helps.

Visited on 11/2002 - Submitted on 10/29/2014


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