Scuba Seraya Resort

Beautiful, new luxury villas and well-appointed maisonettes set right on the beach in Tulamben, all with views of the ocean or Mt. Agung Volcano as the majestic backdrop.

Diving with the friendly Scuba Seraya Resort is from motorised dinghies. You can explore the Bali scuba sites of Tulamben, Gili Selang, Amed and the Liberty Wreck as well as the resort’s own renowned critter-haven, under the watchful gaze of experienced dive guides.

Only eight units, a swimming pool and beach, this Tulamben resort is ideal for families, and those wanting to escape the tourist crowds.

Wakatobi Diving

Dive Sites of the Tukang Besi Archipelago, SE Sulawesi

The area of Wakatobi is fast gaining a reputation as one of the top dive spots around. This small collection of islands in the south east of Sulawesi enjoys some of the healthiest coral fields you are likely to see. The rich waters mean an abundance of marine life in all its forms and the area is now regularly visited by liveaboards.

Wakatobi is one of the newest and most exciting diving destinations in Indonesia, winning extraordinary praise from its visitors both for outstanding and accessible diving and the quality of service they receive from the dive operation.

For fans of Wakatobi diving it is not only that there are so many incredible dive sites within easy reach of the resort, being only a short speedboat ride away, but also that a few fin kicks from the shore lies the best house reef in the world. How could a simple house reef be one of the highlights of a diving holiday? Well this isn’t your average house reef.

In fact, the Wakatobi House Reef is considered by many dive professionals to be the finest in the world and is a site that guests often visit over and over again, such is its allure. Stroll in to a dive site that seems impossibly entertaining with every reef character you could imagine including seahorses, trevallies, turtles, eagle rays and hard and soft corals galore.

Although it is simple enough to get to with charter flights from Bali, you still have the remote pioneer-diving feel when enjoying these sites. For serious divers looking for the one of the finest diving experiences in Indonesia, this could well be the place.

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Diving Season

March to December is the season for scuba diving in Wakatobi. This applies to both the resort vacations and to liveaboard safaris. July and August bring rich plankton blooms and their attendant big marine animals, but also cooler water and lower visibility.

The water temperature varies quite a bit here. This is a quick guide: October maximum of 30°C, the latter half of August minimum of 25°C, March until May the temperature averages 28°C, June, July and September are between 26 to 27°C, October 28 to 30°C November to March averages 28°C. In other words for 99% of the year, the temperature ranges between 26 – 29°C.

Reef Basics

Great for: Small animals, underwater photography, reef life and health and visibility
Not so great for: Wrecks and non-diving activities
Depth: 5 – >40m
Visibility: 15 – 80m
Currents: Gentle
Surface Conditions: Calm
Water Temperature: 26 – 29°C
Experience Level: Beginner – advanced
Number of dive sites: >50
Distance: 1,020 km north east of Bali (2½ hours)
Access: Wakatobi liveaboards
Recommended length of stay: 7 – 11 days

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Diving Indonesia Courses

PADI DIVEMASTER

For those of you looking to join the leaders of the pack in the Indonesia scuba diving industry, look no further. The PADI Divemaster programme is your first step leadership level in the PADI System of diver education. This rating denotes you as a person who:

  1. Has a high level of personal diving skill
  2. Has instructor level knowledge of dive theory
  3. Has had significant training in how to assist an instructor during training activities
  4. Is able to assume appropriate responsibilities that benefit the welfare of other divers.

In other words, you’re the cream of the crop and we want you!

As you may know, many PADI Divemasters go on to become PADI Instructors. So, the training and experience you gain trough the PADI Divemaster programme helps shape your abilities and attitude toward becoming a professional level dive educator. To help shape you into a scuba professional, PADI has developed the PADI Divemaster Crew-Pak and various other material.

As a PADI Divemaster, you’ll be qualified to:

  • Organise, conduct and supervise recreational dive activities, both land and boat based
  • Assist PADI Instructors in conducting PADI diver programmes.

To qualify for PADI Divemaster training, you’ll need to:

  • Be certified as an Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Be certified as a Rescue Diver
  • Have logged a minimum of 20 open water dives prior to entry into PADI Divemaster training, and completed and logged a minimum of 60 open water dives with experience in night, deep and navigation prior to certification as a PADI Divemaster
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be in good physical condition for diving and submit a medical exam form signed by a physician.

You’ll complete three phases in the PADI Divemaster programme whilst scuba diving Indonesia:

  1. Watermanship and skills assessment
  2. Watermanship and stamina
  3. General diving skills

Knowledge Development

  • Diving physics
  • Diving physiology
  • Scuba skills and environment
  • Supervising students in training
  • Dive management and control
  • Dive planning
  • Emergency assistance plan for diving emergencies in the local area
  • Mapping a local Indonesia dive site

Practical Application

This involves training activities using various structured training sessions, simulated scenarios and internship sessions with actual PADI programmes. These training sessions enable you to gain practical experience as an instructional assistant and a supervisor of open water diving activities, both as a coordinator and as an underwater guide.

As a PADI Divemaster you’ll be able to:

  • Act as certified instructional assistant to PADI Instructors
  • Supervise participants in PADI experience programmes for uncertified divers
  • Generally supervise both training and no training related diving activities by planning, organising and directing dives
  • Teach and certify PADI Skin Divers
  • Conduct the PADI Scuba Review program for certified divers
  • Enrol in PADI Instructor level training.

Upon successfully completing the PADI Divemaster programme, you’ll receive a certification card and wall certificate denoting this rating. You’ll also become a member of PADI and receive benefits, including the ability to purchase professional liability insurance.

 

Course Information

Location: Tulamben – Bali

Beach Dives: ~25

Duration: 4 weeks

Total Price (incl. all taxes): US$ 995 per person (includes certification costs, use of all diving equipment, and transfer to Tulamben from the south of Bali)

Total Package Price (incl. all taxes): US$ 1,295 per person (includes four weeks bed & breakfast, certification costs, use of all diving equipment, and transfer to Tulamben from the south of Bali)

Location: Manado – Bunaken – Sulawesi

Boat Dives: ~25

Duration: 4 weeks

Total Price (incl. all taxes): US$ 775 per person

 

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Alor Diving

Indonesian Liveaboards

When divers talk about wanting to get away from it all and do some amazing diving in the middle of nowhere, this is what they mean. Alor is a small island north of West Timor. It offers absolutely world class diving and it is a long, long way from the office. An excellent bonus here is the likelihood of spotting pilot whales and dolphins from the boat. Diving in Alor tends to be suitable for experienced divers due to strong currents and eddies and the remote location.

Kal’s Dream – Some recent Timor liveaboard reports suggest this site is not all that it once was, but it still remains a wonderful and colourful site where a large number and variety of fish are all but guaranteed. You are also guaranteed a low density of fellow scuba divers.

You will make a negative entry and fin down to the sea mount around which the action takes place. You quickly see swarms of anthias flickering above the corals as you look out for the bigger fish species. If you are lucky you may see schools of fusiliers, surgeons and snappers. The sightings may also include grey reef sharks, barracudas and rays.

Sharks Galore is off the coast of Pura Island. It is a site where you can get away from the currents without compromising your fun. Given the name, it is no surprise that there is a good chance you will see plenty of sharks here in what is normally a still or gentle drift dive.

You may feel very small indeed as you watch the big grey reef sharks and white tips cruise around in the company of hefty dog-toothed tuna. If conditions are right you may finish this dive on the adjacent Alor site known as Clown Valley.

Just off the beach outside Biangabang village on Pantar Island is The Twilight Zone. There is a steaming hot spring on the beach that might make you expect the water here to be warm. Don’t be fooled, it can get pretty chilly here. The dive starts to the south of the beach by a lava flow and you can choose to head further south over the reef or to head north on to the volcanic black sand. You can drop down to 40 metres or below but most life is found in the shallower waters.

As the name alludes, this is a dive site for weird and unusual creatures that you will need to be eagle-eyed to spot here. Spearing mantis shrimps peer up at divers, focusing their independently movable stalked eyes. These nocturnal creatures are rarely seen out of their holes in day light but lucky divers may see them hunting aggressively at night.

Octopuses are all around the coral mounds including the much sought after mimic. Pegasus seamoths can be found in the rubble areas. Bobbit worms and gurnard lionfish inhabit the sand, while the rare soapfish inhabit the reef areas. On night dives you may see Spanish dancers performing their incredible dance. This is also one of the few places in the world where the huge and rarely seen nudibranch Djibouti Giant has been seen.

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Diving Season

You can dive in Alor all year round, but the best diving conditions are from March to December.

Reef Basics

Great for: Large animals, small animals, drift diving and advanced divers
Not so great for: Wrecks, beginner divers and non-diving activities
Depth: 12 – 40m
Visibility: 12 – 30m
Currents: Can be very strong
Surface Conditions: Can be rough
Water Temperature: 26 – 32°C
Experience Level: Advanced only
Number of dive sites: >15
Distance: ~60 km north of West Timor (3 hours), 1,000 km east of Bali (50 hours), 300 km east of Flores (15 hours) and 1,350 km south west of West Papua (60 hours)
Access: Indonesian liveaboard
Recommended length of stay: 4 – 5 days

Other sites that can be dived as part of an Alor liveaboard cruise:

• Banda Islands • Flores
• Komodo • Raja Ampat
• Sumbawa

 

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Flores Tauchsafaris

Tauchplätze von Maumere Indonesien

Tauchen in Flores ist ein lohnendes Ziel für Taucher, dann man hier vielen Arten begegnen kann denen man sonst nicht so leicht begegnet. Auch wenn Dynamit Fischen und das Erdbeben von 1992 eine menge Schaden angerichtet hat wie auch in Maumere, hat sich der Korallenbestand seit dem schon enorm erholt. Maumere, Flores galt einst als einer der schönsten Tauchplätze und ist nun wieder auf bestem Wege sich diesen Ruf zurück zu holen.

In South Pangah Balang muss man mit Strömungen rechnen wenn man sich, an einer Kolonie von Lederkorallen, auf den Weg zum Grund in 28 Meter tiefe begibt. Die Weichkorallen erreichen hier imposante Ausmaße und schillernn in prächtigen Farben.

Auf dem sandigen Grund kann man Haie und Stechrochen beobachten, wie sie träge im Sand liegen oder geruhsam ihre Runden ziehen. Des Weiteren kann man Kolonien von Röhren Aalen sehen, die jedoch in ihren Löchern verschwinden sobald man über sie hinweg taucht. Büffelkopf Papageien Fische gehören hier ebenfalls zu den Einwohnern des Riffs.

Wai Terang – Direkt vor der Küste von Flores Festland findet man ein Wrack, einem Japanischem Frachter aus dem 2. Weltkrieg, der hier in 25 Metern auf der Seite liegt. Das Wrack kommt bis auf 12 Meter an die Oberfläche heran. Das Wrack ist sehr schön mit Weichkorallen und Hartkorallen bewachsen.

Babi Island ist ein sehr guter Platz, auch wenn er schlimm von der Tsunami von 1992 betroffen war. Die Riffwand fällt hier bis auf 50 Meter ab und man kann gelegentlich schon von der Oberfläche den Grund sehen. 15 Meter Durschnitt für die Sichtweite ist jedoch gang und gebe. Schnapper, Kaiserfische, Papageien Fische und etliche andere Arten beherbergen diese Steilwand. Verschiedene Muränen Arten, wie z.B. die Geistermuräne.

Man findet einen schönen Weichkorallenn bewuchs und eine stattliche Anzahl von Schwämmen, die vielfach von Federsternen besetzt sind. Etliche schöne Gorgonien Fächer besiedeln ebenfalls die Wand. Den größten findet man in 35 Meter Tiefe. Die Strömungen sind hier teils stark, somit bietet sich dieser Tauchpltz ideal für Strömungstauchgänge an.

Adonara Island in Ost Flores hat einige Tauchplätze wie Magic Log an dem Geister Muränen und Krötenfische auf der Tagesordnung stehen. Des Weiteren findet man Skorpionsfische wie den seltenen Rhinopias. Rund um die Insel befinden sich Buchten Landzungen und Kanäle, die den Tauchsafaris in dieser Gegend noch vieles zu Entdecken bieten.

Ein weiterer lohnenswerter Platz ist Lambata Island. Die Landzunge neben dem Ort Lamalera ist es Wert einige Tage tauchen einzuplanen. Man trifft auf Riffhaie, große Kaiserfische, Papgeien Fische und Schulen von Fussilieren. Wer sich Zeit nimmt in den Gorgonien Fächern zu suchen wird mit Sicherheit von Zeit zu Zeit ein Pygmäen Seepferdchen vor die Maske bekommen.

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Tauchsaison

In Flores findet man die besten Tauchbedingungen von April bis Dezember.

Flores Grundlagen

Gut für: Makro, Strömungstauchen und Schnorcheln
Nicht Gut für: Anfänger
Tiefe: 12 – 28m
Sichtweiten: 8 – 30m
Strömungen: teils stark
Oberflächenbedingungen: teils unruhig
Wassertemperatur: 25 – 30°C
Schwierigkeitsgrad: mittel bis schwer
Tauchplätze: ~10
Entfernungen: ~800 km östlich von Bali (40 h), 350 km westlich von West Timor (18 h), 1,600 km südwestlich von Irian Jaya (80 h)
Erreichbarkeit: Timor Tauchsafaris
Empfohlene Aufenthaltdauer: 3 – 4 Tage

Weitere Tauchgebiete die man im Rahemen einer Flores Safari betauche kann:

• Alor • Banda Inseln
• Komodo • Sumbawa

 

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Tasik Ria Dive Resort

Recommended Diving Resort Package…
Other Dive Packages
8 days and 7 nights accommodation with 18 dives
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Time of Year Accommodation
Deluxe Cottage Standard Room
US$ US$
All Year Round (1 April 2007 – 31 March 2010) >> 1,060 >> 983

Destinations: Bunaken Island National Marine Park and Manado. No diving on days of arrival and departure.

Resort diving includes: Dives, boat rides, experienced English-speaking divemaster for maximum 4 divers (max. 15 divers per boat), lunch, coffee, tea, fruit, drinking water, towels, dive computer, tanks, weights and weightbelts. Diving excludes: Other scuba equipment can be rented on arrival. Marine park fees are approx. US$ 20 per person per annum, payable on arrival.

Resort accommodation (based on 2 share) includes: Bed, breakfast and dinner. There will be a compulsory Xmas Gala Dinner, payable on arrival. Family rooms and 3-share rooms are also available. Excludes: Manado Airport – resort return transfers.

How to get there: Tasik Ria Resort is located on a mainland beach 20km west from Manado. The resort provides airport or Manado transfers. For more information see our Manado tourist information section.

Non-diver rates: A discount of 39%-53% on the prices quoted here applies for non-divers, depending on length of stay and room type booked.

Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 9 guests and receive 1 extra free of charge, pay for 14 guests and get 2 extra for free.

Combination packages: To experience all the best diving in Manado, we recommend that you book a combination of resorts here, to include one in the Manado and Bunaken Island area to dive the Bunaken National Marine Park, and one in Lembeh to dive the Lembeh Strait.

Other Resort Diving Packages…
Prices valid until 31 March 2010
All Year Round
Days Nights Dives Deluxe Cottage Standard Room
Price per Person Single Supplement Price per Person Single Supplement
US$ US$ US$ US$
5 4 9 569 182 525 165
6 5 12 733 227 678 208
7 6 15 896 273 830 251
8 7 18 1,060 318 983 294
9 8 21 1,223 364 1,135 337
10 9 24 1,387 409 1,288 380

Dive package inclusions: Same as for recommended package above.

Saya Dive Resort

Low Price Small And Quiet Resort…
Discover the true Bali diving magic where fresh air, sea breezes and ocean waves greet you each morning in Tulamben. Saya Resort is a small, quiet beach resort, with the towering Mount Agung providing a dramatic backdrop. The resort is built in tradtional Balinese style and, because it is outside the main village, you will have plenty of peace and quiet. However, you can be taken to the village at any time.

Rooms: 5
Diving in: Bali – Tulamben, Liberty Wreck and all of mainland Bali
Dive type: Boat & beach dives
Divers: Max. 14

And you’re not restricted to scuba in Tulamben only either. With free use of a minibus you can visit any of the Bali sites accessible by road. You can also choose to see some of the tourist attractions too if you tire of the diving, such as visiting the volcano, local villages and shopping for souvenirs.

Saya Resort is perfect for a quiet romantic break where you can take things at your own leisurely pace and enjoy the natural offerings of Bali’s famed east coast. Unlike some other resorts in Tulamben, there will be no day-trippers arriving in hordes to upset the atmosphere. Come and escape the urban jungle and traffic snarls that is Bali’s most popular tourist area in Kuta these days. You won’t regret it.

Rooms, Beds, Bathrooms, Views…There are only four triple bed rooms and one twin bed room, so the resort is always peaceful. The rooms are set by the large lawn and gardens with tropical fruit trees, just a few yards from the beach.

All the rooms have:

  • Air-conditioning with individual controls
  • Private bathroom with hot water shower and bath, toiletries and towel
  • Garden sun terrace with chairs
  • Minibar
  • Personal lockable drawers
  • Bedside lights
  • Table and chairs
  • Large, bright windows facing the gardens
Diving Details…
Saya Dive Resort offers boat and beach dives to Tulamben, Liberty Wreck, Candi Dasa, Gili Selang, Padang Bay and Amed.

The boat is a traditional 5 metre single engine jukung, suitable for two divers and one guide. Two-tank boat dive trips depart from the resort beach at 09:00 hrs, returning at 13:00. Dive sites are only a couple of minutes away.

For two tank beach dives, the minibus departs from the resort at 08:00 hrs, returning at 12:00 hrs. Transfer time is less than five minutes.

Dive trips include a divemaster, lunch, soft drinks, water, tanks, weights and weightbelts.

Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort

Bunaken Island Resort In The Heart Of The Marine Park…
Situated on Bunaken Island, the most popular of the five islands that comprise the world famous Bunaken National Marine Park, this relaxing and unpretentious dive resort is ideally located if you want to stay right in Manado’s premiere diving destination.

Rooms: 10
Diving in: Bunaken Island
Dive type: Boat dives
Divers: Max. 16

Staying at this resort means that your boat journey times to the dive sites are shortened to just a few minutes and you get to make your night dives within the park itself. Unlike most other resorts within Bunaken, the dive operation employs only qualified divemasters as dive guides, and the enforce a strict ‘no-touch’ policy for marine life which is very refreshing to see in this fragile and unique environment.

Bunaken Cha Cha’s island location really is idyllic. Cut into the small hillside, the resort offers breathtaking views across the marine park to Siladen Island and the Manado mainland. Here you can watch for passing pilot whales or dolphins frolicking on the sea’s surface. Constructed from natural materials and surrounded by indigenous tropical forest, the resort steps down onto its own small beach area. Take your mask and fins with you as just 30 metres or so from the water’s edge, is the Bunaken Timor wall – one of Manado’s favourite dive sites and great for snorkelling too.

Photos of Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort just don’t do the place justice at all. The resort’s personal flavour and friendly atmosphere are invisible to a camera’s lens. This is a small, family business run by an Irish/Italian/English and Japanese partnership. The owner’s approachable style and attention to detail is really what sets this resort apart.

Located on the secluded east coast of Bunaken, your peaceful enjoyment will not be encroached upon by the noisy churches in central Bunaken. The resort is also the only one on the island to have hot water available in the rooms.

Rooms, Beds, Bathrooms, Views…
There are seven larger Superior and three smaller Standard Cottages, all overlooking the wonderful Sulawesi Sea. Bunaken Cha Cha is the only resort on Bunaken Island to offer hot water showers to its guests.

All the cottages have:

  • Seaview
  • Fan cooling
  • Twin or double bed
  • Private bathroom with hot water shower
  • Towels and soap
  • Balcony and chairs
  • Cotton cheesecloth mosquito nets
  • Reading lamps
  • Complimentary mineral water
  • Cabinet, desk, chair and mirror
  • Round two-pin power sockets with power adapters
  • Torch

Because some of the cottage walls are wooden and others stone, some rooms can have noise from adjacent rooms. Please let us know if this is a concern to you, so we can allocate you a stone walled room.

Two of the Superior cottages can be used for three persons (please enquire for details).

Diving Details…
The Cha Cha Diving Club offers boat dives all around the five islands of Bunaken Island national park. Having spent some time at the resort, we think that the personal dive service offered by the operation is very good. In addition, the resort employs only properly qualified divemasters and enforces a ‘look-but-don’t-touch’ policy to marine life – clear positives when compared to the local competition.

The two dive boats feature:

  • 13 m traditional-style with wood hull
  • Built in year 2004
  • Maximum of 8 divers per boat
  • 2 divemasters
  • 3 non-diving boat crew
  • 2 x 40 HP Yamaha engines
  • Speed – 13 knots
  • Shaded kit up area
  • Sundeck
  • Rinse tank
  • Drinking water, biscuits, tea and coffee

Daily departures from the resort are at approx. 08:00 hrs for the first two dives and 14:30 hrs for the third dive. There is a two hour lunch break between trips. Boat journey time is 1-30 minutes.

Note: Due to windy conditions the sea surface can be quite rough between January and March. If you are less agile than most, we recommend visiting outside of these months.

Diving in the Banda Islands

Gunung Api

Gunung Api is a small volcano island lying just across a small strait, to the west of Banda Neira. Its last volcanic eruption took place in 1988, and hot molten lava streams flowed down its north-eastern and northern slopes into the Banda Sea, destroying the existing reef system. The local village was permanently evacuated.

 

After a time the lava cooled and set like a 200 metre wide concrete path on the reef substrate. The solid platform provided by the cold lava, the attendant ionisation process and the earthen minerals with the lava, have combined to form ideal conditions for the regeneration of the coral reef at Gunung Api.

The regrowth rates here have been phenomenal, dumfounding marine biologists and shattering misconceptions about how fast hard corals grow in nature. The size and conditions of the coral formations are quite staggering, especially when one considers that they have only being growing for a maximum of 19 years. Contrasting the existing formations of neighbouring Gunung Api reefs that were not exposed to lava with the new reef, it is clearly evident that a natural wonder of global proportions has occurred at the Banda Islands.

The best point to drop in to see Banda’s wonder-reef is the northern most flow of lava on north east coast of the island. Descending from the Banda Sea surface you are immediately struck by the awesome spectacle below you. In the shallows there are tiered table corals, warty finger corals, bottlebrush corals, acropora corals, then from 20 down to 35 metres cabbage leaf corals take over the scenery. Some of the table corals are as big as houses, the cabbage patches are more like fields, and the corals are so densely packed that there is hardly a spare space amongst them.

Slender fusiliers, greensnout parrotfish and cuttlefish are commonly seen here, as are triggerfish. The shy clown triggerfish could lay claim to being the prettiest of all fishes, with its black, yellow, gold and white contrasting markings. Black triggerfish are far more abundant at Gunung Api, and can be easily identified by their black body with a white band at the base of their dorsal and anal fins.

There are also a couple of rocky outcrops that break up the landscape and add topographical variety. These too are totally covered in corals and a seafan or two, with anthias and damsels swarming all over. A close examination of the gorgonian fan may bring you reward in the form of a longnose hawkfish sighting.

Swimming along at depth, there’s a good chance that you’ll see large Napoleon wrasse, schools of round batfish and pinnate batfish. If upwelling conditions bring in murky planktonic water, then you’re in luck. Some of the Banda Islands more numerous pelagics are likely to visit. Mobula rays fed on the rich plankton, dogtooth tuna and blue trevally will hunt at the extreme of your vision, searching for stray fishes as easy prey.

Gunung Api is a once-in-a-life time experience, and is a ‘must-see’ on any Banda Islands liveaboard safari.

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Gunung Api Reef Basics: Hard coral reef phenomenon
Depth: 5 – 35m
Visibility: 10 – 15m
Currents: Gentle
Surface Conditions: Calm
Water Temperature: 26 – 29°C
Experience Level: Beginner – intermediate
Number of dive sites: 2
Diving Season: March, April, and mid-September to mid-December
Distance: ~1km (5 mins) west of Banda Neira
Access: Banda Sea liveaboards

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