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Nailaka Island, Maluku

Maluku Islands Diving, Liveaboard

Explore the uncharted waters of Indonesia's Maluku Islands.

Information about Maluku Islands

Welcome to the Maluku Islands, a hidden gem in the Indonesian archipelago, where each dive unveils a new underwater marvel.

Situated between Sulawesi and Papua, the Maluku Islands boast some of the most pristine and unexplored dive sites in Indonesia. With over 1,000 islands, including the famous Ambon, Banda, and Halmahera, this region offers a rich tapestry of marine life and historical intrigue. Picture diving through vibrant coral gardens, swimming alongside rare marine species, and exploring sunken ships from the spice trade era, all set in waters that range from emerald green to deep blue.

Compared to other Indonesian diving destinations, the Maluku Islands stand out for their unique blend of pelagic encounters and historical wrecks. Imagine spotting rare critters like the psychedelic frogfish in Ambon, encountering hammerhead sharks in Banda, and exploring underwater remnants of colonial forts. Visibility often exceeds 25 meters (82 feet), making it a paradise for underwater photographers and history enthusiasts alike. Whether you’re diving, snorkeling, or exploring the islands on foot, our liveaboard trips ensure you experience the best of Maluku’s hidden treasures.

For macro lovers, the muck diving in Ambon is world-renowned, with creatures like the rhinopias and harlequin shrimp. If you prefer big fish action, the Banda Sea offers thrilling encounters with hammerheads and mobula rays. And don’t miss the topside attractions – picturesque spice plantations, ancient forts, and vibrant local markets add a cultural flavor to your adventure.

For practical diving tips: A 3mm wetsuit is typically sufficient, but you might want a 5mm for extended dives or during cooler months. Bring a macro lens for the incredible small critters, and a wide-angle lens for capturing larger marine life and wrecks. Be prepared for variable currents, making some dive sites more suitable for intermediate to advanced divers. Don’t forget the Marine Park Entry Fee, which supports the conservation of this remarkable area.

Interesting facts about Maluku Islands

Marine Biodiversity: The Maluku Islands are home to a diverse array of marine life, including over 600 species of coral and 1,200 species of fish, making it a biodiversity hotspot.

Historical Wrecks: The region is famous for its historical shipwrecks from the Dutch East India Company era, offering a unique glimpse into the maritime history of the spice trade.

Hammerhead Sharks: Banda Sea is renowned for its seasonal aggregations of hammerhead sharks, providing an exhilarating experience for divers.

Spice Islands: The Maluku Islands were once the global center of the spice trade, particularly for nutmeg and cloves, influencing the history and culture of the region.

Pictures of Maluku Islands

Nailaka Island, Maluku
Molana, Maluku
Too Many Fish, Maluku Islands

The Maluku Islands Islands

Highlights in Maluku Islands

Our trips to Maluku Islands

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