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Ai Island in Maluku

Dive into untouched reefs and a rich history in the heart of the Spice Islands

What you need to know about Ai

Ai Island, part of the renowned Banda Islands in Indonesia, is a captivating destination for divers seeking untouched underwater beauty. Known for its rich history as a former spice trade center, Ai Island boasts stunning coral reefs, clear waters, and an abundance of marine life. The island's remote location ensures pristine diving conditions, making it a paradise for underwater photographers and marine biologists alike.

The diving experience at Ai Island is unparalleled, with vibrant coral gardens, dramatic drop-offs, and diverse marine species such as Napoleon wrasse, reef sharks, and colorful nudibranchs. For non-divers, the island offers historical tours of Dutch forts and nutmeg plantations, providing a glimpse into its fascinating past. Whether exploring the depths or walking through history, Ai Island promises a unique adventure.

Beyond its underwater allure, Ai Island is surrounded by crystal-clear waters with excellent visibility, making every dive a breathtaking experience. The serene and untouched environment of Ai Island offers an exclusive diving escape, far from the crowds, ensuring an unforgettable journey both above and below the water.

Interesting facts about Ai Island

Getting there: The best way to reach Ai Island is by liveaboard, which provides easy access to the island's remote dive sites. Alternatively, you can fly to Ambon and take a boat from there.

Best time to visit Ai Island: The optimal time for diving at Ai Island is from March to November, when water temperatures range from 27°C to 30°C (81°F to 86°F) and conditions are calm.

Diving Conditions: Expect water depths ranging from 5 to 40 meters (16 to 131 feet) with excellent visibility and mild currents, suitable for divers of all levels.

Our liveaboard trips: Several of our liveaboards operate in the Banda Sea, with trips typically lasting 7-10 days. These itineraries often include stops at other historical Spice Islands like Banda Neira and Run Island.

A little known fact: Ai Island was once a hotly contested area between the Dutch and the British due to its valuable nutmeg plantations, a reminder of its rich and storied past.

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Pulai Ai, Maluku, Indonesia
Pulai Ai, Maluku, Indonesia

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