Hammerhead Shark

A unique kind of shark

Banda Sea Hammerhead Shark
  • Where to find this emblematic species?

    This emblematic shark species can be seen in few places in the world. Luckily, you can see them with the Liveaboards we offer that cruise through Banda Sea. Otherwise, it is possible to see them on the coasts of the South hemisphere. The biggest shoals to be seen are in South-East Asia are this trajectory is one of their main migration itineraries.

    Hammerhead Dive

    Explore the Banda islands & dive with Hammerhead Sharks!

    Diving Cruise BANDA SEA & RAJA AMPAT

    | 12 Days / 11 Nights | 4383 € Full Board

    Cruise Banda Sea & South Raja Ampat, 
    Ambon to Sorong 

    Next Departure:

    2024 October 26th to 06th

    365 per day instead of 406€

    Up to 4 dives/day

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    Hammerheads of the Bandas’

    Hammerhead sharks come around the Banda islands because this area is full of volcanic activities. The small islands and islets are precisely located on the Ring of Fire, Banda Sea offers warmer waters to this specific species. We know a specific dive site in the waters of Pulau Ai, also named Hammerhead Point where Hammerhead sharks shoals swim as part of their migration trajectory in October and November. This unique moment is part of every diver bucket’s list and in Banda, you can easily encounter 30 individuals in one time!

    Hammerhead Sharks Shoal in Banda

    Hammerhead shark species

    As you must already know, the Hammerhead shark is pretty distinct from the other shark species. It is easy to identify with its particular head’s shape that can easily be compared to a hammer. More than one species of hammerhead shark exists, actually we can distinguish 9 types of Hammerhead shark… The species we can easily encounter in Banda Sea is the scalloped Hammerhead shark which is a critically endangered species and protected by the Indonesian government since 2013.

    Hammerhead Shark

    The importance of Sharks

    Sharks and some other species from the Chondrichthyes class of fish are vital to the wellness of the underwater environment. Effectively, most sharks’ species are top predators of the ocean, and they control the populations of smaller fishes, mollusks and crustaceans. Also, sharks are well known for aiming at weak or sick preys and therefore play a major role at keeping the natural balance of the ecosystem. Consequently, a healthy reef and rich in species and diversity area is often synonym of an intact shark population!

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    Habits, Diet & Reproduction

    Hammerhead sharks often swim in schools, sometimes more than one hundred individuals, and are only found alone hunting at night. They are hanging around coastal areas in search of warmer water until summer or change of current occurs and they migrate to slightly cooler area.
    Hammerheads feed on fishes, squids, stingrays, octopus and crustaceans. They can be seen using their unique head’s shape to hammer their preys, until half-conscious so they can start the feast.
    Female Scalloped Hammerhead shark can give birth once a year and they usually have litter of 12 to 15 pups. The baby sharks follow the mother to warmer waters until they are mature and big enough to leave the group and hunt individually.

    Hammerhead Shark Behaviour


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