Set in the heart of Indonesia, these hard-to-reach islands are home to healthy underwater ecosystems. Dive from a liveaboard to see dogtooth tuna, pilot whales and mobula rays in paradise.
The Banda Islands are home to healthy coral reefs. While there are plenty of pelagic species, the real reason so many divers want to visit the Banda Islands are the dense schools of fish and incredible biodiversity. Lucky divers will see dogtooth tuna, mobula rays, Ambon scorpionfish and melonhead and pilot whales. The Banda Islands can easily compete with Raja Ampat in terms of biodiversity, but may win out because of a lack of tourist and fishing pressures. While you will find land-based diving on the major islands, the area’s 30 dive sites can only be dived from a liveaboard. Most dive safaris last 7 to 10 nights, and the best time to dive is March to April and September to December.