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Dive Review of Solitude Adventurer in
Indonesia/Banda Sea

Solitude Adventurer: "Hammerheads and beautiful coral in the Banda Sea", Oct, 2022,

by Graham McGregor, Kilmacolm, GB (Top Contributor Top Contributor 37 reports with 19 Helpful votes). Report 12110.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments Overall

We had not been previously to the Banda Sea and went largely because of the possibility of Hammerheads. Certainly, they were there and many on our group saw individuals and small schools on several dives. We did see a couple of Hammerheads and a Whale Shark. The hard corals are possibly the best I have seen anywhere- genuinely impressive. There was a good selection and variety of fauna, and we were not disappointed. However, be warned, even though you have to pay $250 in cash for “Marine Park and mooring fees” – at no point are you diving in a protected Marine Park! As a result, there aren’t a lot of larger fish and we saw no sharks (other then Hammerheads) whatsoever.


Getting to/from Ambon.

We flew from the UK on Emirates via Dubai to Jakarta. No masks on board Emirates flights required apart from the Dubai to Jakarta leg. Masks were “required” in the airports and planes in Indonesia, but many people ignored this! We had relatively long (10 hour) layovers in Jakarta before and after our domestic flights from Jakarta to Ambon, so we had day rooms at the FM7 Hotel (about 20/30 mins drive from the International Terminal) on the way there and the Jakarta Airport Hotel ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Galapagos; Socorro; Palau; Sipadan; Truk; Malapascua; Komodo; Ticao Island; Maldives; Red Sea; Caribbean; Cuba; Hawaii; Florida; Cozumel; Spain, Seychelles, Mauritius, Oman, GBR; Raja Ampat
Closest Airport Ambon Getting There Via Jakarta

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 29-30°C / 84-86°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-40 M / 66-131 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minutes dive duration
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Good facilities for UWP ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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