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Banda Api, Maluku

Banda Api Dive Site in the Spice Islands

Dive into the vibrant underwater world of an active volcano

Information about Banda Api

Banda Api, located in the Banda Islands of Indonesia, is a spectacular dive site offering a unique blend of vibrant marine life and dramatic underwater landscapes formed by volcanic activity. As an active volcano, Banda Api provides divers with a one-of-a-kind experience, where you can explore the pristine coral reefs thriving in nutrient-rich waters.

Diving at Banda Api is like venturing into an underwater paradise. The volcanic slopes are covered with healthy coral gardens, home to an array of marine species including large pelagics, reef fish, and macro critters. The crystal-clear waters provide excellent visibility, allowing divers to fully appreciate the stunning biodiversity. Expect to encounter schools of barracudas, trevallies, and even the occasional hammerhead shark, making every dive an adventure.

For non-divers, the Banda Islands offer rich historical and cultural experiences. Known as the original Spice Islands, Banda has a fascinating history of nutmeg and clove trade. Visitors can explore old forts, plantations, and charming colonial architecture. Snorkeling around the island is equally rewarding, with vibrant reefs just below the surface. Whether you’re a diver or a history enthusiast, Banda Api promises an unforgettable experience.

Interesting facts about Banda Api

Getting there: The best way to explore Banda Api is by liveaboard, offering seamless access to the remote dive sites. Alternatively, you can fly to Ambon and take a ferry to the Banda Islands.

Best time to visit Banda Api: The optimal time for diving is from September to November and March to April, when water temperatures range from 27°C to 30°C (81°F to 86°F) and conditions are ideal for marine life encounters.

Diving Conditions: Banda Api features water depths from 5 to 40 meters (16 to 131 feet), with moderate to strong currents, suitable for advanced divers. Visibility ranges from 15 to 30 meters (49 to 98 feet), perfect for underwater photography.

Our liveaboard trips: Several liveaboard vessels include Banda Api in their itineraries, with trips typically lasting 10-12 days. These tours often cover other top Banda Islands dive sites, such as Hatta Island and Pulau Ai, ensuring a comprehensive diving adventure.

A little known fact: Banda Api erupted in 1988, dramatically altering the underwater landscape. This event led to the creation of some of the most vibrant and diverse coral gardens in the region, showcasing nature's incredible resilience and ability to regenerate.

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