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The Banda islands comprise a group of 10 main volcanic islands situated between Sulawesi and West Papua in the Banda Sea. The group is part of the Maluku province and has a rich history, having been an important stop on the spice island trade route.
The islands are some of the most remote in Indonesia. The remoteness of Banda virtually guarantees no adverse environmental pressure, from humans or otherwise and thus affords marine life pristine conditions to thrive. From impressive drop-offs with super clear visibility to the famous Mandarin fish dive at the main harbor of Naira, a dive trip to Banda yields a truly unforgettable experience.
Ambon Island is part of the Maluku Island archipelago in the north Banda Sea. The island is a relatively populated one with an estimated population of 300,000 inhabitants. Despite its remote location, the island was strongly contested in the mid to late 17th century because of its strategic military value and role in the spice trades.
Ambon has gained the reputation as being one of Indonesia’s premier muck diving locals. Divers here are treated to an amazing array of critters and creatures roaming the sea floor. The area is also famed for impressive views of underwater typography that ranges from the Kukarila Caves system to the grand 17 meter Pintu Kota (City Gates) – a milieu for amazing photography.
Ambon serves as the center point for diving a number of smaller islands within the area including; Palau Tiga with its excellent drift diving, soft coral slopes and amazing marine life diversity.