Why visit Banda islands
Banda Islands is a remote paradise guarded by a romantic, cone-shaped volcano. With eleven pristine, palm-fringed islands, beautiful green jungle, white powder beaches, and enchanting nutmeg plantations – an ideal recipe for outdoor explorers
The nutrients of the Banda Sea provide a perfect habitat for spectacular coral reefs to bloom into some of the most acclaimed on Earth – ideal for underwater adventurers
Take a Spice Tour on Banda Besar, and learn about the fascinating history of spices that were once exclusive to Banda Islands
Visit fragrant nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon plantations on Run, Hatta, and Ai islands
Discover historical Dutch fortresses of the 15-16th century, including spectacular Fort Belgica, Nassau, and Hollandia
Hike 640 meters on top of Banda Api active volcano for a 360-degree view of the Banda Islands
Banda Api’s lava flows run deep underwater, producing glorious coral gardens to snorkel over; some of Indonesia’s best kept secret snorkeling spot
Shop for pearls on Ai Island, home to one of the finest wild pearls on the planet, highly valued by collectors
With over 40 world-class dive sites, the Bandas offers a sensational playground to spot large fish, including spinner dolphins, hammerhead sharks, melonhead, blue, pilot and humpback whales
So rich in history that has shaped Empires, there is no other tropical island destination on the planet that offers fragrance, pristine beaches, snorkeling, and diving, all at once!
Where is Banda islands
Banda Islands are located in the heart of the Banda Sea in Indonesia. These tropical volcanic islands are part of a more significant Maluku archipelago that sits between West Papua and Sulawesi. In recent years, mainly due to development in local airports, Maluku archipelago started to attract international travelers, especially people who’re looking for renowned diving spots. Ambon is the closest airport offering a range of domestic flights to reach this exceptional destination. The Spice Islands is among the unique cruising grounds, too, a perfect itinerary for sailing and diving holiday connoisseurs.
Best time in Banda islands
The best time to visit Banda Islands is in March-April and September-November. These months enjoy stable and sunny weather to allow for exceptional land explorations. While the Banda Sea enjoys calm waters, guaranteeing unforgettable diving and snorkeling adventures. Only a few people in the world get an opportunity to visit this paradise filled with romantic, cone-shaped volcanoes, palm-fringed islands, sumptuous green jungle, golden beaches, and enchanting nutmeg plantations – the perfect recipe for outdoor explorers.
Best diving in Banda islands
There are more than 40 dive sites dotted around the Banda Islands, most of which can only be accessed by liveaboard diving. The diversity of marine life rivals popular Raja Ampat, including spinner dolphins, melonhead, blue and humpback whales, hammerhead sharks – and far fewer tourists! Around Run Island, you can enjoy world-class diving with huge pilot whales, contrasting with tiny pygmy seahorses, the size of a stamp. Head to Ai Island to experience the pristine coral drop-offs just off the beach, and dive with Napoleon fish and migrating dolphins and whales in October. Visit the top spawning grounds at Pisang “Banana” Island and explore its underwater valleys with visibility exceeding 50 meters. Diving in clearest deep waters of the Banda Sea is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that no diver should ever miss.
How to reach Banda islands from Ambon
Getting to the Banda Islands from Ambon is the most popular route. You can book a direct flight from Ambon to Bandanaira or charter a liveaboard with Islander to experience Banda Islands on a sailing holiday. Be sure to book your flights in advance and always check the updates since it’s not rare that trips are getting canceled in this part of Indonesia.
How to reach Banda islands from Bali
The only way to get to Banda Islands from Bali is by booking a flight to Ambon via Jakarta or Makassar. From Ambon, you can then catch another flight to Bandanaira. Alternatively, the slower option that allows you to explore every tiny island between from Ambon to Banda archipelago is booking a yacht holiday with Islander.
How to reach Banda islands from Singapore
The most convenient way to reach the Banda archipelago from Singapore is by flying directly to Jakarta or Manado in Indonesia and then booking a flight to Ambon. From Ambon, you will have several options. First is a domestic flight to Bandanaira. The second, more luxurious option, is to charter a crewed yacht with Islander and to explore this jaw-dropping destination on a personalized itinerary, one Banda island after another.