Banda, Spice Island Divers

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Moluccas, Banda, Spice Island Divers

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Diving Banda; Dive Banda with Spice Island Divers

Spice Island Divers is the only land based dive centre diving Banda. Owned and operated by a multinational management team, the operation prides itself on service and professionalism, despite the remote location of the facility.

Banda has long been thought a destination only to be visited with liveaboard dive vessels, whose limited itineraries curtail the length of time which can be spent in the Banda islands. Land based diving in Banda allows divers to enjoy more flexible dive experiences, with more time to dive the plethora of sites within Banda’s huge natural harbour and also to join excursions to the outer islands in the region.

The islands nestle in the Banda Sea, Eastern Indonesia, reached through the central hub of Maluku, Ambon City. The archipelago of Banda is made up of seven main islands, these being Banda Neira, Lonthor, Gunung Api, Pulau Pisang, Hatta, Ai and Run . 

Diving & Exploring

Spice Island Divers, a partner of Maluku Divers in Ambon, presents divers with the chance to explore the underwater delights of Banda, whilst offering extended time for exploration of the fascinating town.

The Banda Islands are amongst the most unique destinations in the world. The intrigue surrounding the history and culture of the region is mirrored in the underwater experiences too, with amazing variety of dive sites all easily accessible from Spice Island Divers dive centre.

Spice Island Divers offers the opportunity for divers to enjoy the topside and diving delights of a region which has for years remained remote and inaccessible. Dive Banda, the most abundant waters in Indonesia, with the only land based dive centre operating in the region – Spice Island Divers.

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Banda Accommodation, The Maulana Hotel

The Spice Island Divers operation is currently based in the most luxury residence on Banda, Hotel Maulana, owned by Des Alwi the King of Banda. The wonderful waterside positioning of the hotel affords the most spectacular views of Gunung Api. The list of superstars to have graced the island is impressive; Lady Diana, Mick Jagger and Jacques Cousteau have all sought out the peace and tranquility of this exotic hideaway.

The hotel is a traditional colonial design with an expansive patio and outdoor eating areas, overlooking the gardens, just feet from the crystal clear waters of Banda Harbour, built on the site of Pak Des’ family pearl factory. There are 50 rooms in the residence, All rooms are air conditioned and have en-suite bathroom facilities. At just $50 per room per night, rates are very reasonable.

Local Delicacies

Food served at the hotel consists of a delightful array of local delicacies, concentrating on fresh fish and local fruit produce.

Some lucky divers may have the chance to meet the owner of the Maulana Hotel, the ruler of Banda himself Mr Des Alwi, and a tour of the town in his company is a pleasure indeed. To see an 80 year old gentleman with such zest and passion for life is intoxicating.

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