We’re planning on doing a minimum of 28 dives for this trip and are going to be searching for the schools of hammerheads that congregate there at this time of year. There are several atolls, totally remote, that drop down to 2,000m, so they’re the perfect place to find what we’re looking for. We’ve been lucky enough to see 100+ hammerheads at once on our previous expeditions.
We’re going to be looking around The Banda Sea visiting Nil Desperandum, Gili Manuk, Hatta Atoll and more but the exact route will be weather dependent. If we can get further east we’ll go to the famous snake island – Gili Manuk, an active volcano where you can see hundreds of sea snakes on one dive alone. When we start to run low on food and supplies we’ll head to Alor and visit the headhunter village followed by a night dive.
The water temperature can vary – down to 17 degrees in Alor or up to 28 in other areas, but this is why the big stuff comes in – we’ll even have the chance of seeing mola molas – the oceanic sunfish, and possibly even sperm whales – we’ve also snorkelled with false killer whales here in the past.