sea between Sulawesi and Maluku in Indonesia
The Banda Sea is part of the Pacific Ocean. It lies between Sulawesi, East Timor and New Guinea. Sulawesi, and part of New Guinea are part of Indonesia today. East Timor is an independent country. The Banda Sea extends about 1,200 kilometres (750 mi) east-west, and about 600 kilometres (370 mi) from north to south. It contains the Banda Arc, with the Lesser Sunda Islands and the Maluku Islands. Islands such as Sulawesi are part of the Greater Sunda Islands. In its center, the Banda Sea has a depth of 5,800 metres (19,000 ft). Its lowest point is at the Weber deep, at 7,440 metres (24,410 ft).