The Forgotten Islands, a remote chain of islands stretching across the Banda Sea in Indonesia, offer a unique and unforgettable experience to those brave enough to embark on the journey. The rugged and volcanic islands, which can often include the Kei and Banda islands, are located in the deep waters of the Banda Sea, where depths can reach 7,440 meters. Despite the challenges posed by the vast body of water and its seasonal winds, visiting the Forgotten Islands during the transitional months of April/May and September/October can be a truly rewarding experience. From the oceanic volcanoes and schools of Hammerhead sharks, to the islands covered in snakes and migrating whales, the Banda Sea holds many treasures waiting to be discovered. The traditional trip to the Forgotten Islands is done as a way to transition between the north and the south of Indonesia, making it a memorable experience for those looking for adventure.
With small islands that drop off straight into the deep, local knowledge is key to finding the few anchorages and dive spots where rare sea creatures such as Blue Whales and hundreds of schooling Hammerheads and thousands of barracuda. The large island of Aru in the far west holds Indonesia’s population of Kangaroos and other mammal life from Australia, while the small volcanic islands of Manuk and Api (fire) island in the inner arc are known for their oceanic birds and high concentrations of sea snakes.
Trips to the Forgotten Islands can be tailored to suit the interests and comfort levels of travelers, with the majority starting in the south and ending in Ambon or even further afield in Sorong. This experience is best suited for adventurous guests and exploration vessels, who are comfortable without seeing land or restocking for up to 10 days. With the unmatched diving and marine life of the Banda Sea, a trip to the Forgotten Islands is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.