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Manuk Ridge

Manuk Ridge Diving in Maluku Islands

Dive with sea snakes and marvel at pristine coral reefs

Information about Manuk Ridge

Manuk Ridge, located in the remote Banda Sea, is an extraordinary dive site known for its vibrant coral reefs and an abundance of sea snakes. This volcanic ridge, often referred to as "Snake Island," provides a unique diving experience with its surreal underwater landscape and diverse marine life. The ridge itself is an underwater extension of the Manuk Island volcano, creating dramatic topographies with steep drop-offs and thriving coral gardens.

What makes Manuk Ridge truly exceptional is the presence of numerous banded sea kraits, which are harmless to divers but fascinating to observe as they hunt for prey among the coral. Divers can also expect to encounter schools of barracuda, tuna, and various species of reef sharks. The nutrient-rich waters attract a wide range of marine life, including colorful reef fish, nudibranchs, and healthy coral formations.

For non-divers, the nearby Manuk Island offers opportunities for bird watching and exploring its volcanic landscape. The island is home to thousands of seabirds, adding to the unique charm of this destination. Manuk Ridge is a must-visit for those seeking an adventure off the beaten path, combining world-class diving with spectacular natural beauty.

Interesting facts about Manuk Ridge

Getting there: The best way to reach Manuk Ridge is by liveaboard, offering convenient access to this remote site. Liveaboard trips often depart from Ambon or Sorong.

Best time to visit Manuk Ridge: The ideal time to dive here is from September to December, with water temperatures ranging from 27°C to 30°C (81°F to 86°F) and excellent visibility.

Diving Conditions: Manuk Ridge features depths from 10 to 40 meters (33 to 131 feet) with occasional strong currents, suitable for intermediate to advanced divers. The site offers spectacular visibility, often exceeding 30 meters (98 feet).

Our liveaboard trips: Several liveaboards operate in the Maluku Islands, with trips typically lasting 10-14 days. These expeditions often include other notable sites such as the Maluku Islands and Raja Ampat.

A little known fact: Manuk Island is an active volcano, and divers can sometimes hear the rumblings of volcanic activity underwater, adding an extra thrill to the diving experience.

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