Snorkeling in Banda Neira, Central Maluku (Christmas Week!)

Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia

Pattimura International Airport

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“Hi, I am Tracy! I am a full-time Travel Blogger, Planner & Organizer. I am Indonesian and I stayed in Singapore for about 11 years before I moved back for good in 2016. I love nature - I hike and I dive. I support coral conservation. When I am not doing either one, I write and I plan. And yes, also meeting friends for a cuppa tea or coffee, too! :) Hope to see you around one day!”

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This adventure page is for those who want to join for snorkelling or just for leisure. For those who want to join as divers, please head on to this adventure page Diving in Banda Neira. Both are happening at the same time.

Please allow adjustment +/- one to two days from the scheduled date as we are still waiting for the official release of the ferry schedule. 

Snorkeling in Banda Neira, Central Maluku (Christmas Week!) starting at Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia
THE ROUTE
1st: Singapore – Jakarta (by air)
2nd: Jakarta – Ambon (by air)
3rd: Ambon – Banda Neira (by public boat-overnight in the cabin) 




BANDA NEIRA
Banda Neira or Banda Naira is one of ten volcanic islands in the Banda Archipelago in the Maluku province, in eastern Indonesia. The Banda Islands, probably better known as the fabled Spice Islands of ancient times, are covered with towering, aromatic, tropical-evergreens. The Myristica Trees, indigenous to the Banda Islands, are the source of two rare and lucrative spices: nutmeg and mace, once found exclusively on the Banda Islands. A sparkling, sapphire sea surrounds these already incredible islands, brimming with exquisite corals and abundant ocean life, making the Banda Islands not only a historically significant destination but also an internationally recognized diving spot.

Snorkeling in Banda Neira, Central Maluku (Christmas Week!) starting at Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia
In Banda, you will find some of the world’s best and healthiest coral reefs. With more than 300 hard coral species and more than 500 fish species, the reefs give you the impression of diving into a different world of hundreds of different colours and motions. Every season in Banda has its own appeal: the transition seasons from October till December and from February till May are spoiling you with magnificent visibilities whereas the more turbid plankton-rich times after the southeast monsoon in August and September will surprise you with incredible numbers of fish and more frequent encounters with larger pelagics. No matter whether you’re a diver or not, you will definitely find lots of different things to do on Banda.

Snorkeling in Banda Neira, Central Maluku (Christmas Week!) starting at Ambon, Maluku, IndonesiaSnorkeling in Banda Neira, Central Maluku (Christmas Week!) starting at Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia


3D2N Open Water Dive Course (Jakarta/Bali)
Contact me for more info.

I also organize cultural and hiking trips. Do check out my profile to see the list of trips I organize. 

Love, preserve and conserve natures while we can and with what we can. 

Thank you. :)

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Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN AMBON – BANDA
Arrive Ambon and travel to Banda by fast boat or overnight by ferry, whichever available.

DAY 2: HATTA ISLAND (B,L)
After breakfast, get ready to dive/snorkel at Hatta Island. Hatta Island is a relatively flat island on the east. Known most of its sandy beaches, it’s also famous for beautiful coral drop-offs and dive site as there’s an atoll not too far off the shoreline.

DAY 3: RUN AND AI ISLAND (B,L)
After breakfast, get ready to dive/snorkel at Run and Ai Island.

DAY 4: PISANG ISLAND (B,L)
After breakfast, we will snorkel/dive around Pisang Island.

DAY 5: HOUSE REEF (B,L)
After breakfast, we will snorkel/dive at house reef or nearby island.

DAY 6: BANDA NAIRA (B)
Free programme in the morning. You may consider going for a morning trek on Gunung Api or do additional dives (excluded). After lunch, we will have a tour around Neira.

DAY 7: BANDA NAIRA – AMBON (B)
After breakfast, get ready to check out. We will travel back to Ambon by fast boat or ferry, whichever available.

DAY 8: AMBON (B)
Free programme. Transfer to airport.

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Note 1: The sequence of itinerary may be changed if necessary. Please understand that as we will be taking the public ferry boat, sometimes it can be slower due to the weather.

Note 2: You might need to reach Ambon one day earlier if only midnight or afternoon ferry is available at that time. You might also need to stay one night in Ambon after back from Banda (excluded).

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