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Biodiversity Special Ring of Fire – Ambon – Banda Sea – Alor- Maumere

Join Mermaid Liveaboards for an exciting adventure across the Banda Sea also known as the Ring of Fire.

Begin your cruise in in the brilliant Ambon Bay to hunt for weird and wonderful critters. After this you will head through the Forgotten Islands for fantastic wall dives and the chance for schooling hammerhead sharks.

Finish your cruise in Maumere on Flores Island with a visit to the Alor archipelago.

 

 

Biodiversity Special Ring of Fire – Ambon – Banda Sea  – Alor- Maumere

Biodiversity Special Ring of Fire – Ambon – Banda Sea – Alor- Maumere with

Mermaid I

MV Mermaid I

12 days / 11 nights38 Dives
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Itinerary with MV Mermaid I Biodiversity Special Ring of Fire – Ambon – Banda Sea – Alor- Maumere
Dives

Day 1

Check-in on board Mermaid I. After arriving at Ambon and a safety briefing. You will do two dives at Ambon Bay in some fabulous muck dives with critters galore. This area is known for many rare and unusual species including the psychedelic frogfish and Rhinopias.

Dives

2

Day 2-3

The next two days will be spent in the Banda Islands, formerly known as the Spice Islands. Many of the dive sites around the Banda islands are wall dives. The walls are covered in massive gorgonians, soft corals, barrel sponges and have some very interesting swim throughs. But there are other attractive dive sites such as pinnacles with enormous groups of schooling pyramid butterflyfish, triggerfish and pelagic fishes such as tunas passing through, spectacular hard coral reefs next to the volcano, and great muck dives with lots of mandarin fish at the local jetty.


The Banda Islands are much more than diving. It is also a cultural and historical experience. You will spend one morning walking around the village of Banda Neira the main island, with a local guide, visiting the local museum, the old Dutch fort, the old colonial governor’s house, the local fish market and a nutmeg plantation, where you will have breakfast.

Dives

7

Day 4

Manuk – Snake Volcano – sometimes has more snakes than Gunung Api. Still no need to be afraid! The site also offers a black sand reef dive with loads of fish and pretty hard corals. If sharks were present at all at Nila, there is a chance to stay there today instead – doing three dives then travelling through to Nila.

Dives

3

Day 5

Surrounding the island of Nila there are two atolls, Dusborgh and Nil Desperandum. It’s at these two atolls that there is a good chance of seeing hammerhead sharks. Even without the hammerheads, the reefs are fabulous, with healthy walls and 50+ metre visibility. Cruise overnight to Damar.

Dives

4

Day 6

Today you will dive several small islands – Neus Leur, Terbang Seletan, Terbang Utara and Damar. The island of Damar and its three surrounding small islands have spectacular diving. Like many dives in the Banda Sea, there is crystal clear water and beautiful walls covered in massive sponges and beautiful soft corals.  Cruise a few hours to Gunung Api.

Dives

4

Day 7

Gunung Api – during October and November you have the chance to see the schooling hammerheads this area is becoming famous for. Gunung Api is already a rare and unusual dive site consisting mainly of sea snakes – mostly Chinese green snakes with a few banded sea snakes as well. No need to be scared but be prepared to have some awesome dives!!! Overnight to Wetar.

Dives

4

Day 8

In Wetar you will do four dives at the small island of Reong and at Cape Nunukae.


Pulau Reong is a small island on the northwest coast of Wetar and separated by a small channel only 700 metres wide. More walls, like many of the dive sites in the Banda Sea, covered in small soft corals but of a great variety of colours, with zillions of triggerfish of every species.


Cape Nunukae, about 6 nautical miles southwest of Pulau Reong, is a large ridge with slopes on both sides, covered with a hard coral reef on the shallow area of the ridge, with soft corals on the slopes in the deeper areas. There can be strong currents at the end of the ridge, where large aggregations of schooling fish can be found. Cruise overnight to Alor.

Dives

4

Day 9

Alor is a favourite dive spot for divers coming to dive Indonesia year after year due to its variety of dive sites. Healthy reefs, pinnacles, walls, great muck dives, cold water, warm water, strong currents and protected areas. Alor has it all. Cruise overnight to Bacatan.

Dives

4

Day 10

Dive Cape Bacatan and the bay of Lewaling at the island of Kawula. Three dives along walls and ledges covered in sea fans and soft corals – chance for pygmy seahorse and critters here as well.


Cape Bacatan is a good place to spot whitetips, blacktips and occasionally, grey reef sharks. Also a popular spot for eagle rays and Napoleon wrasse with loads of schooling fish. A great muck night dive will be done in front of a traditional fishing village. Cruise overnight to Maumere.

Dives

4

Day 11

You will do two dives today. One dive at the fabulous critter sanctuary provided by the pier and another super reef dive just a few hours from Maumere.

Dives

2

Day 12

Disembark after breakfast. Mermaid I staff will transfer you to the airport.


This is a sample itinerary and is subject to changes beyond the operator’s control. The exact itinerary for your cruise may be adapted to best suit the weather conditions, tides and currents, season and other prevailing events.

Dives

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Total Dives: 38
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Departure Port

Ambon

Arrival Port

Maumere

Free Transfers

Transfers are included on departure days from Ambon airport (AMQ) and arrival days to Maumere airport (MOF). The free transfers will ensure hassle free transport to and from Mermaid I.

Convenient Departure Location

We depart out of Ambon Harbour only a quick 10 minute ride from the airport.

Departures and Arrivals

All guests are required to arrive the day before the cruise departure as there will be two dives on the first day before travelling to the next diving spot. Arrival time back will be 0800 hours giving a lot of time to catch a same day flight out of Maumere.

First class luxury liveaboard at affordable prices

We offer exceptional value when compared to other boats operating in the region in both price and in comfort.

Airlines Recommendation

Below are the airlines that fly to this destination. Should you wish to have a streamlined travel experience for your trip, we will be happy to arrange your flight, please inform us when making an inquiry through our inquiry form.

  • Garuda Indonesia

    Garuda Indonesia is the national airline of Indonesia. Named after the holy bird Garuda of Hinduism from the national emblem of Indonesia. Garuda flies to most of our ports of embarkation and disembarkation. At the time of writing they offer an extra 23kg baggage allowance for sports gear, including scuba diving equipment.

  • Batik Air

    Batik Air is a full-service airline which began operations in May 2013. This airline is part of the Lion Air group. Batik Air flies to many of Mermaid’s destinations. They offer some convenient options such as direct flights from Jakarta to Sorong, for our Raja Ampat cruises, or to Ambon to join some of our most exciting cruises.

  • Lion Air

    Lion Air is an Indonesian low-cost airline and is the second largest low-cost airline in Southeast Asia after AirAsia and the largest airline of Indonesia. The airline operates domestic as well as international routes, which connects different destinations of Indonesia. Wings Air is part of Lion Air and flies to the more remote destinations. Batik Air is also part of the Lion Air group. Between all these airlines, Lion, Wings and Batik can fly you to any of the area where we operate.

  • Sriwijaya Air

    Sriwijaya Air is an Indonesian airline based in Jakarta. Garuda Indonesia group recently took over the operation of Sriwijaya Air. This airline is the country’s third largest carrier and offers flights to various Indonesian destinations and a few international destinations. Sriwijaya also offer convenient direct flights from Jakarta to Sorong for our Raja Ampat cruises.

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The boat is in-port for its yearly maintenance schedule

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      04
      Oct
      2019
      MMI 26/19AM

      Biodiversity Special Ring of Fire – Ambon – Banda Sea – Alor- Maumere

      Duration: 12D 11N

      Return: 15 Oct 2019

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      2020
      MMI 26/20AM

      Biodiversity Special Ring of Fire – Ambon – Banda Sea – Alor- Maumere

      Duration: 12D 11N

      Return: 16 Oct 2020

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      Duration: 12D 11N

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      04 Oct 2019

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      MMI 26/19AM

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      Biodiversity Special Ring of Fire – Ambon – Banda Sea – Alor- Maumere

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      15 Oct 2019

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      05 Oct 2020

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      MMI 26/20AM

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      Biodiversity Special Ring of Fire – Ambon – Banda Sea – Alor- Maumere

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      16 Oct 2020

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      30 Sep 2021

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      MMI 26/21AM

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      Biodiversity Special Ring of Fire – Ambon – Banda Sea – Alor- Maumere

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      11 Oct 2021

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