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 & ALOR | 12 Days / 11 Nights

Cruise through Banda Sea & Alor, 
Ambon to Maumere 
Departure 2022:
26th April

347$ per day instead of 480$
Total 4158$/person FULL BOARD

Up to 4 dives/day

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Liveaboard Banda Sea & Alor

Day 1 : Embarkation in Ambon

Once landed in Ambon airport, the cruise team will be waiting for you to drive you to the harbor and the boat. You will be offered a welcome drink and have a quick safety & boat briefing. Later, you will be taken to your cabin where you will have time to settle and unpack. In the afternoon, we will go for a dive in Laha and go back in the water in the evening for a night dive.

Day 2 : Ambon Bay

Today, we will go for 4 dives in Ambon Bay. Many exotic critters are living in this area and it will be an exciting start for you! After dinner, we will sail to Nusa Laut at the end of afternoon.

Day 3 : Nusa Laut

Nusa Laut is a small island located to the East of Ambon. We will go for three great dives there. We will go on the dive sites located between Saparua Island and Nusa Laut, this is a deep channel, but we will focus on the reef, the slopes and the walls that are the most interesting parts of the area. Later, we will cruise to the South toward Pulau Suanggi.

Day 4 : Banda islands

We finally arrived in Banda islands small archipelago. In the morning we will go for two dives and in the afternoon, we will set foot on land, in Banda Neira where we will be able to get the full history of the area with a guide who will show you around the fort and in the old town. In the evening, we will go for a night dive to admire the spectacular Mandarin fish.

Day 5 : Manuk Island

Today we will explore Manuk Island area, where the signs of volcanic activity are clearly visible underwater. The warm waters of the area attract specific marine life, we will find an important community of cold-blooded sea snakes that enjoy this warmness. We can also admire hundreds of reef fishes as well as tuna, jacks and sharks. Hammerhead sharks have been seen here a few times. 3 dives are scheduled during the day.

Day 6 : Nila Island & Nil Deperandum

We will go for one dive on Nila Island and 2 dives on the Nil Deperandum reef. This reef is lost in the middle of Banda Sea and offers a magnificent wall that often welcomes hammerhead sharks at this time of the year.

Day 7 : Damar islands

Today, we will drop the anchor next to this idyllic archipelago where the pristine water, coral reef and unspoiled walls make the underwater world extremely precious. The reef is a kaleidoscopic explosion of colors and shape-shifting forms where you will find yourself surrounded by curious schools of fishes. 3 dives are scheduled in this area.

Day 8 : Nyata Island

Once we reached Nyata Island, you will see that this island is exceptional by its topography, straight inspired by Jurassic Park movies: the land is covered by green and undiscovered jungle. We will go for 3 dives in the area, discover the wall covered with barrel sponges, sea fans and you can spot oceanic white tip sharks in the blue. We will also dive along the slope composed of many soft corals and important fish diversity.

Day 9 : Wetar Island

We will dive on the Eastern part of the island, where we can find great drop offs and excellent visibility. The area is full of life, big schools and stunning marine flora. We will also go for some incredible macro dives for a total of 3 dives in Wetar.

Day 10 : Alor Island

Today, we will go for 3 wonderful dives in Alor area. The dive sites will be chosen according to the current weather conditions and according to your expectations. At the end of the day, the cruise will sail to Komba Island.

Day 11 : Komba Island

Komba is located next to Lembata Island, it is a volcanic island with Mount Batutara has its active ruler. The underwater landscape consists of colorful shining corals on the reef, hard and soft coral that grow on the roots of the volcano. The warm waters shelter a multitude of species, and you can find some purple fire goby! We will go for 2 dives in this area.

Day 12 : Maumere

Once arrived in Maumere, we will do enjoy a last breakfast onboard, share pictures and videos of the trip, say bye to the crew and start the check-out. After what, the team will take you to the airport or to your hotel if you wish to stay a bit longer in the area.

* Please note that the itinerary and services mentioned above are subject to be changed if force majeure, unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances require the captain or the crew to do so. However, we will always do our best to stick to this program.

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!

Protect Sharks

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