The Banda Islands, or Spice Islands, started a chain of events that changed the world. History reminds us of a time when nutmeg was worth more than its weight in gold, which resulted in the Dutch trading the Run Island for what is currently New York City.
The central islands of Banda Besar, Hatta, and Banda Neira, offer a unique opportunity to discover the unexpected. Remnants of the Spice Trade are peppered throughout the islands, taking you back in time to a far off treasured land. The underwater landscape is equally impressive. The islands are far removed from the tourist radar, leaving the reefs and ecosystems pristine and healthy.
A liveaboard to the Banda Islands allows divers to discover rarely explored areas, remote reefs, and wreck dives. Surrounded by healthy reefs, divers witness vibrant schools of reef fish and the coral gardens bursting with color.
A trip to Banda Besar and Banda Neira Islands will engage your senses with its many sights. Take a stroll through once-formidable forts, ancient nutmeg plantations, and fragrant markets drying the spices in the sun.
Impressive Gunung Api, an active volcano, majestically rises from the water its summit calling to those who are up for the challenge. The steep jungle trek takes you to a breathtaking and expansive view of the surrounding islands.
The best time to start a smooth Banda sail is in April and May and then again September to December. These peak travel months or dry season receive less rain, and the winds are low, assisting with to calm seas.
The months of September to December have increased water visibility between 15 – 30 meters and warmer waters, making for ideal diving throughout the islands.
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Amazing trip!! I am very happy to share my feedback about Hello Indo services and recommendations. My boyfriend and I had a very nice experience booking our sailing journey with them. They have selected for us the best liveaboard and experiences aboard for our romantic holidays. The organization of the trip went smoothly, Charles was very attentive to our needs and gave us the best advice and offer.
Everything was perfect. The comfort of the boat, a warm and attentive team, the food, the exceptional dives. I can not wait to return.
We had our first travel experience last week and thanks to Hello Indo, everything was perfect. The team was very helpful and gave us great advice on choosing our boat and our itinerary. The staff on board were attentive and the activities adapted to our needs. We strongly recommend that you book a trip with Hello Indo.
The boat is beautiful, the crews are very friendly, the food was delicious and the most important is the landscape, so beautiful, totally crazy and I was fascinated! Thank you to the Hello Indo team for helping us make this moment an incredible and unforgettable one! !
Flawless. It was the most incredible vacation experience. 12 friends had fun. The crew was fantastic. Unforgettable.
A group of 12 people took an 8-night cruise with Hello Indo. Up there as one of the best vacations of all time. With a large group to coordinate, Charles of Hello Indo showed patience, responsiveness and honesty, as he responded to many requests as we prepared to leave. My teenage daughters were never bored (as a result), and the sea life and scenery were simply beautiful.
We had our first travel experience last week and thanks to Hello Indo, everything was perfect. The team was very helpful and gave us great advice on choosing our boat and our itinerary. We strongly recommend that you book a trip with Hello Indo.
We felt really spoiled and our 5 day cruise felt like they were too short! I couldn’t have asked for a better vacation.
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