Underwater Photo Essay: The Banda Islands

If you’ve ever been scuba diving in Indonesia, you know that nearly every popular dive site is world class. Indonesia as a whole is a diver’s dream, with epic locations like Raja Ampat, Komodo, Bali and many more.

As a scuba traveler, with a love of exploring the more remote locations, Indonesia offers a ton of far-flung dive sites that most people haven’t heard of, but are some of the best in the world, all situated in the coral triangle.

Even with climate changes and pollution and coral die-offs, reefs in Indonesia are some of the few that are actually improving.

The Banda Islands are a good example of both awesome reefs, as well as being lesser known and remote.

To get to the Banda Islands, its easiest to get to Ambon and go from there. A fast ferry leaves from Ambon to Bandaneira at 9 am on Tuesdays and Saturdays and returns the following day.

Direct flights to Ambon with Lion Air, Batik Air, Garuda and others are available from Jakarta, Surabaya and Makassar. There are direct flights from Bali to Surabaya with Lion Air.

While you’re in Ambon, you might want to get a few dives in there as well, and if you are extremely lucky, just maybe you will run into the legendary psychedelic frogfish, which is only found in Ambon. But even there it is rarely seen, sometimes thought extinct.

But when you do hit the Bandas for some awesome dives, here is a little taste of what you can expect to see.

These photos were taken by my friend Pinneng, the guy who probably does more diving in more locations around indonesia than anyone.

Related article: Guide to Scuba Diving Bali & 101 Awesome Things to do in Bali

About the Photographer:

Pinneng and Gemala are the Indonesian team behind Wettraveler.com, and the authority in scuba diving around the wonders of Indonesia. Together they travel every corner of their home country to explore and document some of the best diving the world has to offer.

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Justin is a dive master and world traveler on a mission to dive and document the top 100 dive sites in the world. In doing this he hopes to bring love for the marine environment to the world!

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