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Discover Banda Sea


Marine Life

Hammerheads (Sep-Nov), pelagics

Dive Info

Advanced AND minimum 75 logged dives


Pinnacles rising from the deep

Scenery & Beach

Remote & challenging area. No connection to the rest of the world for several days


Strong currents can occur

Water Temperature

27° - 29°C

The Banda Sea is spectacular as it is very remote due to its location and possibility of rougher seas. Crystal clear waters, bottomless dropoffs, colorful coral pinnacles and so much more. After the eruption (1988) of Gunung Api close to Banda Neira, the lava flowed into the sea covering and over throwing the coral below. 

You will be amazed by the fast recovery of the hard-coral garden that grew in its place. For the night/dusk dive we can see the mating dance of the very colorful mandarin fish, search for frogfish,seahorses, razorfish and octopus

We offer you the opportunity to visit the old historic town of Banda Neira. Here you will find many remains of the Dutch and English spice trade. We will visit an old nutmeg plantation and have a little taste of how you can make great use of this famous spice that once was believed to cure the plague. 

The fort Belgica offers great views of the port and Gunung Api

Manuk is another active volcano with many seabirds and sea snakes, very similar to Gunung Api only a little smaller. Hundreds of sea snakes will accompany you on this dive while you enjoy the lava ridges covered in coral. Keep your eyes open for big pelagic. 



Destination FAQ

Crystal clear waters, bottomless dropoffs, colorful coral pinnacles, The fort Belgica offers great views of the port and Gunung Api

Manuk is another active volcano with many seabirds and sea snakes

Most notable include hammerhead sharks and many kinds of whales such as the humpback, blue and pygmy blue whales, orcas, spinner and pilot dolphins. Most of these can be easily seen in specific dive sites. The Banda Sea is also home to Mobula rays, tunas, and Mobula Rays, see snakes

Nusa Laut, Banda Neira, Manuk, Nil Desperandum, Serua Island, Palau Koon

Visibility can reach up to 30 meters. 

Hammerhead season is from September till November

Visiting the famed ‘Spice Islands’ to discover diving nirvana in the ‘Ring of Fire.’  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 liveaboard. 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 (Sep-Nov is best) schools of more than 200 Hammerheads have been witnessed.

Generally, the Banda Sea dive sites have good conditions with great visibility and mild currents, but you can also find some sites with strong currents that are more suitable for advanced divers. 

Around 27 till 29 degrees

Destinations & Itineraries

Discover the hidden gems and breathtaking dive sites that this tropical paradise has to offer. Prepare to be enchanted by the unparalleled beauty of Indonesia's underwater world.



  • Year built 2010
  • Length 32m
  • Width 8m
  • Capacity 16guests / 16 crew
  • Hull Ironwood
  • Body Teak
  • Ratio guests/Dive guide 4/1

The Iliké

The ILIKE was built on Sulawesi in Bira in 2010. It is the area where the local tribe is famous for building the strong and reliable phinisi boats, the traditional ships specifically designed and built for travelling the Indonesian archipelago.

Ilike hosts a total of 16 guests in 8 cabins that are fully air-conditioned with ensuite bathroom with hot water shower, toilet and sink. Indonesian and International meals will be served in the spacious saloon with open kitchen, or in the outdoor sitting area at the stern of the boat, well protected from wind while sailing. The comfortable dive deck in front of the boat is one of the most spacious on Indonesian liveaboards. As a diver you can choose to dive on Air or Nitrox from our membrane Nitrox compressor. Between dives you are invited to catch some sun on our sun deck, where you will also enjoy spectacular sunsets, sipping a cool drink!

The yacht is powered by 2 x 320HP marine engines, allowing us to cruise at an average speed of 9-10 knots across Indonesia. We schedule top diving destinations like Komodo, Alor, Maluku, Banda Sea, Triton Bay, Raja Ampat and Kalimantan. Rich marine life, healthy corals and stunning landscapes may soon become your memories after a stay on board of Ilike. We look forward to welcome you on board!

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