AMBON-BANDA-RING OF FIRE
Video courtesy of Nu Parnupong and White Manta
About Ambon-Banda-Ring of Fire
From September through to December and also between April & May each year it is possible to embark upon once in a lifetime voyages across the Banda sea, visiting the famed ‘Spice Islands’ to discover diving Nirvana in the ‘Ring of Fire.’ This is diving as it was meant to be enjoyed, true exploration, away from the crowds, discovering dive sites that very few divers will get a chance to explore; discover unique and spectacular scenery both above and below the waves where volcanic activity has created a remote island paradise, only accessible to divers via live aboard. With our unmatched experience in this area, we can show you just what an incredible destination this is and take you to our ‘Hammerhead hot spots’ where at certain times of the year schools of more than 200 Hammerheads have been witnessed.
Besides the schools of Hammerhead sharks, you will find pristine coral reefs, unique local seaman in Alor, tons of sea snakes in Manuk and a visit to the spice islands in Banda.
The remoteness of these islands along with the low levels of human population, have meant less fishing and pollution pressures resulting in a vibrant, natural and healthy reef system. You can expect reefs bursting with life, huge sea fans and sponges, some monumental hard corals, and more fish than your mask can cope with, there is an extraordinary variety and volume of fish life, both in terms of large and small marine life. Beyond providing some of the best diving in the region the islands also have had a long and fascinating history. Spices, foreign traders, colonial conflicts, wars and earthquakes have all featured heavily in their checkered past. Up until the middle of the 19th century this was the only place on Earth where the spices nutmeg and mace could be found and as a result they were crucial hub for the spice trade, For a taste of this historic atmosphere we will often visit local villages & communities that still rely on these very spices for their day to day living.
Water Temp; Generally 27-29 degrees Celsius. However cooler deeper water can mean temps as low as 25C. Alor can have temps in low to mid 20’s
Air Temp; 22-31 degrees Celsius,
Visibility; 20-30 meters,
Currents; medium to strong, Level; intermediate to advanced.
Best Time to Dive; March, April, & mid-September to December