Akomo Isseki

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This 27-meters traditional hand-crafted wooden phinisi offers fantastic dive itineraries in Raja Ampat and Komodo National Park. Akomo Isseki is boasting four naturally vented cabins with twin beds cater to 8 guests on board. Shared bathrooms feature modern facilities and traditional handicrafts. The common area includes a communal dining area and a large partially covered sun deck. Enjoy a selection of freshly cooked Indonesian and Western meals, beach BBQ's, freshly baked bread, treats, and hot coffee. Spend the end of the day looking at the incredible sunsets sipping on cold beer with your dive buddies.

Accommodation

  • 1 Standard Cabin

    Akomo Isseki has 4 twin cabins. These cabins boast large beds and are naturally vented. Amenities include a wardrobe, computer/gadget desk, portholes, fan. Shared bathroom facilities with modern bathroom appliances and traditional handcrafts available.

Dining

Enjoy a selection of freshly cooked Indonesian and Western meals, beach BBQ's, freshly baked bread, treats, and hot coffee.

Diving

Akomo Isseki offers year-round dive cruise to some of the best dive destinations in Indonesia like Komodo National Park, Raja Ampat, Moluku islands, Forgotten Islands, Cenderawasih Bay, Triton Bay and more.

Dive Courses

In addition to the facilities for divers, it will also be possible for beginners to have an introduction to diving or to complete their diving certificate after their pool and theory training in areas which permit such activities.

  • PADI Discover Scuba Diving
  • PADI Open Water Referral
  • PADI Adventure Dives
  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • SSI Open Water Referral
  • SSI Advanced Adventurer
  • SSI Advanced Open Water

Equipment Rental

  • BCD 4$
  • Regulator 4$
  • Mask 4$
  • Fins 4$
  • Wetsuit 4$
  • Dive Computer 4$
  • Full set 25$
  • Snorkeling equipment 11$

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Bar
  • Saloon
  • Sun Deck
  • Shaded Deck Area
  • Camera Station
  • Dive Deck

Services

  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Laundry Service
  • Land Tours
  • BBQ Dinner
  • Airport Transfer
  • Kayaks
  • Audio & Video Entertainment

Boat Features & Safety Equipment

Build 2018
Length 27 m
Beam 6 m
Max Speed 8 knots
Cruising Speed 6 knots
Engine Mitsubishi 6D-40T1
Maximum guests 8
Cabins 4
Bathrooms 3
Satellite Phone Yes
Safety Equipment life rafts, lifejackets, lifebuoys, fire alarm, fire extinguisher, searchlights, oxygen, EPIRB
Radio ICOM - VHF M304 & M34/SSB M710
Navigation Garmin GPSMAP 585+
Tenders 1

Cruise Price Includes

Full Crew with planned itinerary.
Harbour Clearance.
Full board accommodation.
Drinking water, tea & coffee...
Three freshly cooked meals per day and interval snacks & treats.
SCUBA Diving as per itinerary.
Weight Belts, weights & DIN/Yoke SCUBA tanks.
One western Cruise Director.
Shore excursions & land expeditions.
The use of onboard snorkeling, kayak, spearfishing, and fishing equipment, where permitted and safe to do so.
Onboard emergency & medical supplies.
Local Airport & Hotel transfers (Banda Neira)
Bathroom towels and hand soap

Cruise Price Excludes

National Park entrance fees and Immigration Clearance.
Rental dive gear.
Beers & other tipples.
Canned & bottled soft drinks.
Crew gratuity (5 - 10% is commonly given).
Travel & Dive Insurance.
International & Domestic flights.
Airport Tax.
Transfer to boat departure location (Komodo & Raja Ampat).
Beach towels.
Toilet Tissue.
Anything else not found under "Inclusions"

  • Raja Ampat

    The territory within the islands of the Four Kings is enormous, covering 9.8 million acres of land and sea, home to 540 types of corals, more than 1,000 different types of reef fish and 700 species of mollusk…  This makes it the most diverse living library for the planets coral reef and underwater biota…  According to a report developed by The Nature Conservancy and Conservation International, around 75% of the world's species reside here… When divers first arrive here their excitement is palpable…  It's common to hear people praise God as they take in the remarkable scenery…  Others prefer to remain in silence taking in the overwhelming sight of so many islands with crystal clear water that softly brushes over the white sandy beaches…
    The four main islands of Misool, Batanta, Waigeo and Salawati, are in turn surrounded by approximately 1,500 wild islands with pristine beaches and sheer limestone cliffs plunging into aqua blue seas…
    While the landscape may look like a dream, this is not an illusion…  As you embark on your dive, the phrase "attention to detail" takes on new meaning, as Pygmy Seahorses swim around your fingers…  Manta Rays and Wobbegong Sharks will glide right by you…  Tuna, Giant Trevally, Snapper, and flocks of Barracuda are abundant and complete your meeting list...
    Not to mention, the friendly assistant of the Dugong, and a busy colleague, with six of the earth’s seven species of Sea Turtle…  Natural and untouched beauty is the main attraction here... With no unnecessary adages, the sky, the lush islands, the sea, and everything above and under it is genuinely saying "Welcome to the Raja Ampat Islands, your personal Disneyland of diving sites"…
    In 2006, 50 new species were discovered on a researcher’s trip to the Bird’s Head Peninsula region, and every year fascinating and previously unrecorded creatures are discovered here…

    Above water, the islands cultural heritage is diverse, with prehistoric cave paintings and relics from the era of the Four Kings who once ruled here, while more recent history is demonstrated in cave bunkers and seabed wreckage from World War II…  Intrepid visitors can trek through the jungle, learn about traditional kampung life in local villages, visit sea turtle rookeries and pearl farms and explore the coastal mangroves by sea kayak...  Resounding with bird calls, the Raja Ampat archipelago houses the largest number of freshwater bird species in the region, Parrots, Hornbills, Lorikeets, Marbled Frogmouths and the famous Bird of Paradise to name a few…
    Raja Ampat remains one of the last untouched corners of the earth, and makes for a magical trip for anyone looking to get away from the daily grind and relax in a naturally beautiful environment…
    Raja Ampat is best visited between September and June…

    CAPE KRI…
    The famed site that put Raja Ampat on the diving world’s map, when Dr Gerry Allen smashed his record for total number of fish species on a single tank dive, 374 different species…  At the Northeast point of Kri island the currents sweep into a channel between Kri and the small island of Koh, at this point beneath waters churning in the current, huge schools of barracuda, snapper and big eye trevally can be seen over the drop off...  At the base of the reef, 38 meters down, an ancient snagged anchor rests next to a bommie with a dense school of banded sweetlips… A large shallow coral garden crowns the reef top, with blacktip reef sharks patrolling amongst the overlapping maze of hard corals and feeding hawksbill turtles…  This phenomenal and ever surprising dive site has it all, from giant queensland groupers down to the diminutive ever present pygmy seahorse… Dawn and dusk are feeding time where divers can experience this site at its awe inspiring best...

    SARDINE REEF
    Quite simply, one of the best reef dives in the world, where divers may witness Raja Ampat’s phenomenal diversity…  Where the current strikes this offshore reef, it splits, a dazzling array of fish congregate, audibly swarming fusiliers spin above, pursued by huge giant trevallies, packs of bluefin jacks and huge Spanish mackerel…  Batfish swarm in their hundreds, while multitudes of schooling bannerfish feed in the turmoil… Grey, black and whitetip reef sharks can also be seen patrolling, whilst the wobbegong waits in ambush, on the sea floor… Coral bommies dot the slope covered with many colourful species of dendronephya, three separate species of pygmy seahorse can be found in amongst them...  On the current swept reef top, a resident school of thirty massive bumphead parrotfish crunch on the coral, keeping divers company, who hang on safety stop, from their reef hooks, like kites in the wind… Photographers love to dive this twice, having to return, to change from wide angle to macro…

    BLUE MAGIC
    This small pinnacle has just about everything…  From wobbegong sharks to tiny hippocampus denise pygmy seahorse…  The reef top is covered in hard coral with some big heads and tabletop acropora corals well, over 3 metres in size…  There is a resident school of big eye trevally and large barracuda... Green sea turtles can be found here as well as black tip, white tip and the occasional grey reef shark...  If you are very lucky even a giant manta ray… This magnificent dive ends with a blue water safety stop drifting over and away from the reef…

    MANTA SANDY
    This sandy slope is famous for it’s manta ray cleaning station...  If the thousand pristine reefs are not quite enough, this area also boasts some of the best manta diving in the world…  Nowhere else can offer such diversity along with a year round possibility of manta sightings...
    Up to 10 mantas can be seen in the sands, vying for a position above the two huge rocks, where the wrasse clean these giants…  We get enormous 4 meter wide black mantas, looking like a negative photographic image, their gills are highlighted in white, along with the other more common white bellied variety…  On the slope, mantas circle above in the sun while divers hook onto the reef, while the current arcs overhead and down the steep slope below... Divers can be caught unaware while giant demonic looking black mantas cruise in behind them…

    THE PASSAGE
    The narrow canyon between Gam and Waigeo best described as a ocean river flowing between two Islands, an incredible marine environment, a haven of peculiar and unique microhabitats…  This is a place where experienced divers and photographers enjoy the utterly different underwater experience of diving, in this truly one of a kind location… Above water, sheer limestone cliffs and vivid virgin jungle, also excessively beautiful…

    ARBOREK PIER...
    A stunning site for a sunset dive with superb atmosphere as the light changes…  The pier supports, have thousands of vivid soft corals and sponges, various nudibranchs such as “blue dragons” can be found crawling about...  Tiny baitfish form huge schools that swarm about underneath the pier and schools of batfish may also be seen...

    MIKE’S POINT…
    As we approach the tiny island known as Mike’s Point, eagles can be seen resting in the tree tops...  Underwater, the site offers varied topography with one side full of overhangs and crevices, whilst the other has steps dropping down to the deep, and a field of whip corals adorning the slope…  With the right current this site is superb and the island can be circumnavigated in one dive seeing sweetlips, batfish, jacks, spanish mackerel, grey reef and wobbegong sharks…

    SEL PELE
    A very large bay located on the western side of Waigeo Island, renowned as the best place in Raja Ampat for critter hunting…  The bay has a large mouth with a small islet in its centre, and an inner bay with pearl farms that can be visited on request… The star of the show here, perhaps the variety of cephalopods that you can find, everything from the gorgeous but lethal blue ringed octopus, baby red octopus and flamboyant cuttlefish...  The bottom dwelling berry bobtail squid can also be found in sandy areas, so watch out for this unmistakable 5cm long, iridescent blue and green, extremely rare creature...
    Check out the fire urchins too for zebra crabs, the sea cucumbers for pearlfish, and the sandy rubble for peacock mantis shrimp, flying gurnards, gobies and blennies…  The variety of colourful nudibranchs that you can find here is second to none from the tiger nudi, tambja affinis, to lock’s nudis... Then there’s West Papua’s usual pygmy seahorses and full range of ghost pipefish, robust, harlequin, halimeda, and even the shortpouch pygmy pipehorse…

    KEBUNG KERANG…
    At the south side of the small island in the bay’s mouth, where the steep bank drops down to 30 metres then down into the bay’s main channel at 40…  Here the coral coverage is good with lots of gigantic mushroom leather corals, purple soft corals, sea squirts and large gorgonians, interspersed with submerged forest logs…
    The fish life is correspondingly more prevalent too if less cryptic, with schools of fusiliers, pale tailed surgeonfish, goatfish and large 6 banded angelfish...  Nudibranchs are also in evidence here with the endemic orange, white and warty phyllidia babai and the solar power nudi, phyllidesmium longicirrum, the unusual photosynthesising nudi from New Guinea and Australia…

    JEF FAM…
    A picturesque group of a dozen or so limestone islands and islets, lying directly west of Batanta Island. There are many channels with shallow, aquamarine inlets, bays, lagoons, beaches, cliffs and coves…  They are a perfect setting from which to explore Raja Ampat’s premiere hard coral dive sites…
    The 3 small islets lying in a triangle that make up Batu Burung, aka Melissa’s Garden, are the best spots in the area for regular sightings of the weird and wonderful tasselled wobbegong, as well as one huge great barracuda and occasional manta rays...
    The tasselled wobbegong is rarely seen outside New Guinea and Australia, so it’s worth diving here to see this member of the shark family alone…  With its 2 metre flattened body and very broad head with skin flaps along its lips, it’s difficult to imagine misidentifying this creature… Look out for them curled up inside large cabbage corals or under ledges...
    This site is fantastic for angelfish as all the Raja Ampat species seem to be here in their glorious colours and forms... Bicolour angelfish (yellow and blue halves), keyhole (navy with a white keyhole), lamarck’s (black and white stripes), 3-spot (bright yellow with blue lips) and 6 banded are all easily spotted…  Purple and threadfin anthias add to the spectrum of colour as you make your way up the slope...
    One of the most interesting features here are the giant tridachna clams at 6 meters depth, some over a meter long, with intricate brown, green and purple patterns, quite a 100 year old rarity…

    NUDI ROCK…
    A small island in the Fiabacet chain, which looks an awful lot like a nudibranch from a distance…  This site is a must for critter enthusiasts and macro photographers… True to its name, you will find a wide range of flamboyant nudibranchs lurking among the abundant soft corals…  The sea fans are well populated with pygmy seahorses and cowries… Be sure to inspect the abundant crinoids for their colour coordinated arrowhead shrimp and clingfish... When currents allow, this site is also popular for its pinnacles crowded with larger pelagic barracuda, big-eyed travelly, and the odd mature grey reef shark...  The sloping shallows of Nudi Rock are stunning for wide angle shots with exquisite colours and hard coral gardens…

    MAGIC MOUNTAIN…
    This sea mount is a busy manta ray cleaning station…  The submerged pinnacle reaches up to about 7 meters, and you have a very good chance of seeing not one but two species of manta rays here, both the giant oceanic birostris as well as the smaller reef manta, alfredi…  Magic Mountain is also a nursery for white tip reef sharks and a love nest for the napoleon wrasse… Because this site is completely exposed to oceanic currents, you can expect to see large schools of pelagic monsters in the blue…

    YILLET…
    The huge island of Yillet stretches east to west, and used to be home to an itinerant shark finning camp… We are pleased by the stunning resurgence of life on its surrounding reefs, including sharks...  One of Yillet’s tiny satellite islands is particularly rich and topographically weird… The tiny island has been undercut by an untold millenia of wave action, forming an umbrella over a sloping underwater plateau with numerous spooky overhangs and cavelets…  Diving with a torch is highly recommended for this site, you will want to illuminate the dark corners of this site to see all the critters, as well as the wild colors... Barramundi cod and hawksbill turtles frequent this site, we also suggest you keep a sharp eye on the blue, as huge schools of barracuda hover in formation...

    BOO WINDOWS…
    One of Raja Ampat’s most famous dive sites, named for its unique topography…  With 2 swims through ‘windows’ carved into it… The southwest face of this site is quite steep and exposed to current, so you are likely to see patrolling sharks as well as the elusive wobbegong, be sure to look under the massive table corals...  When the currents are right, we will move off towards a large pinnacle in the blue… The pinnacle is often surrounded by pulsating schools of fusiliers and gangs of plate-sized batfish... Heading back towards the windows, notice how the sunlight filters through, it’s like nothing else on earth…  Follow the plateau of hard plate corals and look for sweetlips hiding underneath, and be sure to investigate the huge barrel sponges, their crevices often conceal hairy squat lobsters and more...

  • Komodo National Park

    Established in 1980, Komodo National Park was designated a Biosphere Reserve under the UNESCO Man & Biosphere Program and became a World Heritage Site in 1991 and offers stunning dive opportunities...
    The Komodo National Park is composed by the two larger islands, Komodo and Rinca and about 80 smaller islets...  The park hosts one of the richest marine environments including coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds, seamounts and semi-enclosed bays where there has been registered more than 1,000 species of fish, 260 species of reef-building coral and 70 species of sponge...  Sea turtles and marine mammals live in the waters of Komodo, and passing whales are also spotted...  If Komodo's underwater delights were not enough, there is also the 3 meters long lizard walking around Rinca, Kode and Komodo, looking like something coming straight from the age of the dinosaurs...  For many divers Komodo offers the best diving in Indonesia and right up there with the leading dive destinations in the world...
    Komodo boasts stunning scenery both above and below water due to its unique volcanic geology...  The Komodo archipelago is a dramatic hilly landscape of wild Savannah and some patches of forest, blue lagoons, and white, pink and red sandy beaches that host some of the most spectacular underwater scenery in the world...

    Komodo has a reputation, many dive sites sometimes strong and unpredictable currents...  Water temperatures change often and are sometimes far below the usual 28°C you will find in other parts of the Indonesian archipelago...  In the southern area of Komodo National Park water temperatures may be as low as 19°C...
    The Southern waters generally provide better visibility from December through April...  Lower visibility occurs in the South during the dry season when oceanic upwelling and plankton blooms, attracts a wealth of marine life to Komodo, especially invertebrates...  Highest temperatures in the south are during the rainy season...
    Komodo's Northern waters generally provide better visibility year round...  Fish are abundant everywhere but the rocks and reefs in areas of stronger current provide the best chances of spotting the bigger fish, especially sharks and other pelagic species...

    DIVE TRIP HIGHLIGHTS...
    Swept by fierce currents rich in nutrients, the waters of Komodo are a unique sanctuary of marine life offering fantastic underwater experiences for divers...  There is nearly a guarantee to see big pelagic species (manta rays, sharks and more)...  Komodo offers world-class diving with an amazing variety of sites that include pinnacles, caves, wall diving, coral gardens, and quiet bays ideals for macro photographers looking for rare marine life...
    The islands host a large amount of wild animals including buffalo, deer, wild pigs, flying lizards, tropical birds, sea eagles and of course the world famous Komodo dragon (Varanus Komodoensis), the biggest existing lizard on the planet, reaching a staggering 3 meters in length and 200 kilos in weight and looking just like it has just walked straight from the age of the dinosaurs...  It is a true sign of the remoteness of Komodo National Park that the Komodo dragon only became known to the western world in 1912...  All cruises include a short trek inland to spot the dragons...
    Another must is flying fox spectacle that occurs at the sunset.  You will see thousands of Kalong, the giant bat of the fruit, emerging from the mangrove island of Kalong in Flores before flying towards the island of Rinca in the Komodo Archipelago...

    BATU BOLONG...
    Batu Bolong is a rock pinnacle that lies between the islands of Tatawa and Komodo...  For many divers, Batu Bolong is Komodo's signature dive site...
    The reef is in superb condition and has not been targeted by fishermen due to the rock's topography and exposure to strong and in some points, down welling currents...  The top of the Batu Bolong reef is covered with colorful hard corals, whilst the walls and slopes are covered by large sponges...  Always be on the lookout for some of the impressive amount of invertebrate life and thousand of reef fish living in the coral gardens, and for the large fish, giant trevally, sharks, napoleon wrasse, dogtooth tuna along the step walls...  Strong currents around Batu Bolong ensure an awesome volume of fish including schools of fusiliers and surgeons...

    CASTLE ROCK...
    Castle Rock is a huge underwater formation in the middle of the sea, with several pinnacles rising from a shelf 20-24 meters deep to 4 meters below the surface...  Because Castle Rock is in open water the visibility is excellent, and as you have already guessed, can be prone to very strong currents...  As the current is generally much stronger at the surface than in the deeper waters, Castle Rock is recommended for experienced divers at times of strong current...
    Otherwise, fish action is guaranteed with giant trevally, Spanish mackerels, and giant jacks attracted by schools of fusilier and surgeon. Not to mention the dolphins, eagle and manta rays, white tip and black tip reefs sharks...

    CRYSTAL ROCK...
    Crystal Rock is a fine example of how Komodo truly represents diving diversity...  Sitting about 300 meters from Castle Rock, Crystal Rock is a pinnacle that becomes exposed at low tide...  Like Castle Rock, the currents can be pretty strong, though shelter from the current can be found in the shade of the big rock, where a beautiful coral garden rich in fan corals hides the tiny pygmy seahorse, perfectly camouflaged to blend in with their surroundings (but not enough for the expert eyes of our dive guides)...

    THE CAULDRON...
    As the name might suggest, The Cauldron looks like the top of a boiling pot...  The Cauldron is a drift dive along the channel between Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat offering a nice opportunity to watch the predator/prey action, as schools of smaller fish are threatened by reefs sharks and other larger pelagic species...

    KARANG MAKASSAR...
    Manta Rays come here for cleaning...  The reef does not have much in the way of corals or fish life, this location is a manta ray aggregation site...  The best way to find the manta ray is to cruise along the eastern face of the reef until you see them on surface...  The best time to spot manta rays here is during the rising tide...  There can be as many as 40-50 mantas here together...

    BATU TIGA...
    Batu Tiga is an excellent "big fish" dive...  Large boulders in deeper water to the west offer habitat for grouper, mantas, giant trevally and other pelagic species...  Most of the coral at Batu Tiga is stunted due to the strong prevailing currents...

    WAINILU...
    The main attraction of Wainilu is undoubtedly the amazing mandarin fish, surely one of the most colourful animals every to share our planet...  Photographers have your equipment at the ready...

    PILLARSTEEN...
    Pillarsteen is a rock pinnacle off the shores of Padar Island...  It is an amazing reef covered with an head spinning variety of soft corals, frequented by large schools of fusiliers found along the reef slope...  It is not unusual to encounter many sharks and turtles at Pillarsteen...
    As well as a fascinating landscape, Pillarsteen offers an array of interesting dives that will take you through caves, chimney stacks and rocky outcrops at different depths...

    THE THREE SISTERS...
    In close proximity to Pillarsteen, The Three Sisters are three large submerged rocks, sitting on a sandy bottom in about 20 meters of water, rising to 3 - 5 meters from the surface...  The Three Sisters is a very pristine site covered in coral growth and rich in marine life...

    LANGKOI ROCK...
    Langkoi Rock can be a real adrenalin rush at the right time...  From July to September, many sharks such as grey reefs, whitetip reef sharks, hammerhead and bronze whalers aggregate around this site...

    MANTA ALLEY...
    Manta Alley is another of Komodo's big attractions, and the main location to find mantas...  Mantas can usually be seen feeding here between September and January...  Manta Alley is also noted for very large giant trevallies, sharks, beautiful corals and a high diversity of invertebrate life in relatively shallow waters (between 5-20m of depth)...  The waters can also be cool and affected by currents...  Due to the low temperatures experienced in the southern dive sites of Komodo (22°-24° C), it is highly recommended to wear a 3-5mm full wet suit...

    GERMAN FLAG...
    From September to January high densities of plankton attract many large manta rays that can normally be seen swimming on the surface along the shores and rocks of Southern Komodo Island...  The shallow waters around the shores (5-20m deep) are littered with large rocks and boulders that shelter huge grouper, potato cod, napoleon wrasse, schools of surgeonfish and red snapper...

    YELLOW WALL...
    Komodo's Yellow Wall is great place to take in the invertebrate diversity of Indonesia, especially during night dives...  The walls are packed with a mind boggling array of marine life and color, stunning soft corals, Spanish dancer nudibranch, colorful sea urchins, bright red sea apples as well as a huge variety of tunicates...  Crevices in the walls are home to sleeping fish, spiny and slipper lobsters, cleaner shrimps and decorator crabs...  Nocturnal marine life at Yellow Wall includes sleeping coral trout, catsharks, all kinds of cardinal fish and parrot fish in their mucus cocoon...

    CRINOID CORNER...
    Crinoid Corner is a small cove just outside the island of Nusa Kode, almost directly opposite Yellow Wall...  A lot of small invertebrate sea life can be found on and in the crevices of a very colorful wall...
    The angle of the morning sun makes Crinoid Corner is a great place to dive early in the day.  The lack of current makes the dive nice and easy, ideal for all levels...

    CANNIBAL ROCK...
    This dive site is famous for its variety and colorful invertebrates...  Cannibal Rock is awash with rich soft corals as well as sea apples and others sea cucumbers species...  Among the surprises are fire urchins with the famed Coleman shrimp...  The fish life can also be good at Cannibal Rock with an array of scorpion fish, schools of red snapper and surgeonfish.  Unusual fish such as the pygmy seahorse and frogfish can also be spotted...

  • Banda Sea

    Way off the beaten track, undeveloped and distant from populated areas, largely isolated from the world, and even the rest of Indonesia, Ambon and the Islands of Banda lay accessible to diving liveaboards only…  Inter monsoon calm periods, allow divers the chance to explore rare seascapes, with many sites awaiting true discovery…
    Some of the best diving in Indonesian waters is offered in Maluku, those seeking something unique and special, true explorers, adventure divers and snorkelers, can expect to find plenty of rare and unusual critters and stunning corals, but also fantastic opportunities for pelagic sightings, and schools of larger fish such as barracuda and mackerel, as well as the chance to meet an elusive whale shark, a pod of sperm whales and if in luck, large numbers of schooling hammerhead sharks…
    The Banda Islands, Maluccas and the Spice Islands…  Names of the most enigmatic and romantic past, evoking mystery, daring and fortunes made and lost…  Here the world was shaped and the great powers fought over small Islands for the fortunes found within in the form of spices, then unique to this small archipelago…

    The greater region comprising many diverse Islands and dive sites is known collectively as the ‘Maluccas’ with Ambon as the defacto capital and main Airport...
    A mountainous, well-watered, and fertile Island, Ambon is made up of two territories of old, the main city and seaport Ambon, which is also the capital of Maluku province and Maluku Tengah…  Ambon Island lies off the southwest coast of the much larger Seram Island… It is on the north side of the Banda Sea, part of a chain of volcanic islands that encircle the sea…  Lying southeast of the much larger Island of Seram, the Banda chain, a relatively small and unassuming collection of beautiful dive sites and Islands considering the troubles they once witnessed...
    In late September/October we cruise through to the Banda Islands from Ambon, in search of a once a year congregation of the beautiful hammerhead shark, continuing on, up into southern Raja Ampat, and the islands that surround Misool…  This is remote, wild, amazing cruising, and was genuinely the reason why we built Kira Kira and Akomo Isseki, to allow us to all explore those places regular tours cannot even imagine reaching...
    In addition, there are remote Islands home to thousands of nesting seabirds at Manuk, deep below however, this sight is overshadowed by the myriad of sea snakes steaming and frothing underwater…  The volcanic vents and resulting warm thermoclines here are the attraction to these cold-blooded snakes allowing large numbers to congregate and thrive…
    The harbour of Banda Neira is a stunning anchorage situated beneath a picture perfect Volcano on one side, overlooked by the ancient fort and colonial ruins on the other, don’t miss a chance to explore these old wharves, houses and forts to allow your imagination to be captured with sites and smells of the spice trade...
    Covering a large area but relatively underpopulated, the reefs and natural marine life has survived the ravages and overfishing sadly seen elsewhere in the world, a blessing for divers searching pristine and healthy corals populated by myriad species of fish in huge numbers…  You will encounter numbers of pelagic gods, intense muck diving and explore healthy and vibrant reef systems underwater, whilst on land, you will move amongst the ruins of a colonial era that time forgot… History is as vivid as the diving… Indeed it was to these waters and Islands, that Christopher Columbus hoped to find a westerly route when he stumbled on the Americas...

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