The Maluku Islands (also known as the Moluccas, Moluccan Islands, the Spice Islands) are an archipelago in Indonesia, and part of the larger Maritime Southeast Asia region. Tectonically they are located on the Halmahera Plate within the Molucca Sea Collision Zone. Geographically they are located east of Sulawesi (Celebes), west of New Guinea, and north of Timor. The islands were also historically known as the "Spice Islands" by the Chinese and Europeans, but this term has also been applied to other islands.
Most of the islands are mountainous, some with active volcanoes, and enjoy a wet climate. The vegetation of the small and narrow islands, encompassed by the sea, is very luxuriant; including rainforests, sago, rice and the famous spices - nutmeg, cloves and mace, among others. Though originally Melanesian, many island populations, especially in the Banda Islands, were killed in the 17th century. A second influx of Austronesian immigrants began in the early 20th century under the Dutch and continued in the Indonesian era.
Spice Islands most commonly refer to the Maluku Islands (formerly the Moluccas), which lie on the equator, between Sulawesi (Celebes) and New Guinea in what is now Indonesia, and often specifically to the small volcanic Banda Islands, once the only source of mace and nutmeg.
Maluku province with its capital Ambon, stay at 30 north latitudes 8,300 south latitudes and 1250 - 1350 east longitudes with the area boundaries:
North side: North Maluku Province
South side: Timor Leste and Australia
West Side: Southeast Sulawesi and Central Sulawesi
East Side: Irian Jaya Province
THE WIDE AREA
The wide area of Maluku province is 712.479,69 km_, with the land wide is 54.185km_ and sea wide is 658.294,69km_.
The Maluku Province plain is 85.728 km2 width or 8.572.800 Ha contain of 3 part that is:
- Flat Land: 1.251.630 Ha width (14,6%)
- Wavy Land: 2.417.530 Ha width (28,2%)
- Hilly and Mountainous Land: 4.903.640 Ha width (57,2%)
Almost, Maluku has no upland. The mountain is a back that spread in the middle of the island, forming the mountain with the highest of 3.055 m.
Maluku province consists of mountains, islands that spread from west to east and form north to south among 1150 km.
Maluku has 2 seasons, that is: west season or north, and southeast or east. West season in Maluku is come from December until March, while April is transition season to southeast season. Southeast season is average 6 months begin from May and end on October. The transition to West season is on November.
The homogenate seasons are give different affect to the land and its sea in this region. The temperature is about 26,2 C (in Southeast Maluku especially in rainy).
AMBON CITY TOURS
Duration: 03 Days / 02 Nights
Day 1 : Ambon Arrival (D)
From PATIMMURA airport, you'll be transfered to your hotel. In the afternoon you'll enjoy a sightseeing tour, covering visits to the memorials of PATIMURA and CHRISTINA MARTA TIAHAHU, the war cemetery at KAPAHA/ TANTUI and a visit to the SIWA LIMA Museum.
Day 2 : Ambon City Tour (B L D)
On the way to LATULAHAT, a stop will be made at the Provincial Museum, then a visit to WAEMAHU to see the clove art factory, proceed to NAMALATU Beach for shell collecting or refreshing swim. In the afternoon, proceed to WAAI where if you are lucky you will have a glimpse of the sacred eels before continuing to HUNIMUA Beach.
Day 3 : Ambon - Airport (B)
Free morning until transfer to the airport, but there might still be some time to shop for souvenirs
AMBON PACKAGE TOURS
Durations: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Day 1: Arrival Ambon (L,D)
After arriving at Patimura Airport-Ambon, our English speaking Guide will welcomed the guests , go for city tour (see the statues of Maluku’s heroes,visit the World Peace Gong site) , have lunch on a local restaurant then transfer to hotel,have rest.Dinner will be served at the hotel or at a local restaurant.
Day 2: Ambon City Tour (B,L,D)
After having breakfast at the hotel, the guests will visit Siwalima Museum (culture and marine museums),then visit Pintu Kota beach in Latuhalat for sightseeing,follow with having lunch at a restaurant in the city.After that, the guest will visit Natsepa Beach(well known for its RUJAK “fruit salad”) and Liang beach ( white sandy beaches), with stopping by at Waai Village to see "Sacred eel" at the river.then back to the hotel.In the evening,dinner will be served at a restaurant for the guests.
Day 3: Ambon City Tour (B,L,D)
After Breakfast, the guest will visit Soya village, to see Raja’s house and then do little hiking to reach mountain top, enjoying beautiful scenery and see the Holly Urn.Then visit the Commonwealth memorial (world war cemetary) at Tantui suburb. After that, the guest will go to Hila Village and Kaitetu Village to see the eldest Mosque (Wapauwe Mosque) in Ambon/Maluku,visit the site of Hila colonial church,and to see the historic Amsterdam fortress there.After that,back to the hotel.
Day 4: Ambon - Airport (B)
After having breakfast at the hotel and checking out, the guests will be transfered to the airport/harbour.
AMBON - BANDANEIRA PACKAGE TOURS
Duration: 07 Days / 06 Nights
Day 1: Arrival Ambon (L,D) **ideally arrive on Monday to meet the current Banda flight schedule**
After arriving at Patimura Airport-Ambon, our English speaking Guide will welcomed the guests , go for city tour , have lunch on a local restaurant then transfer to hotel,have rest.Dinner will be served at the hotel or at a local restaurant ( Lunch & dinner provided).
Day 2: Ambon City Tour (B,L,D)
After having breakfast at the hotel, the guests will visit Siwalima Museum (culture and marine museums),then visit Pintu Kota beach in Latuhalat for sightseeing,follow with having lunch at a restaurant in the city.After that, the guest will visit Liang beach ( white sandy beaches), with stopping by at Waai Village to see "Sacred eel" at the river.then back to the hotel.In the evening,dinner will be served at a restaurant for the guests.-rest-
Day 3: Ambon - Banda Island / Wednesday (B,L,D)
Check out hotel in the early morning, then the guest will be transferred to the airport to catch morning flight to Banda Islands by NBA Airlines at 06.30. Upon arrival in Banda Neira (the main island in Banda Islands), the guest will check in at a nice local guesthouse. Afterwards follow with visit to the Museum, Mini Palace (former VOC), the Old Church and the traditional market of Banda.
Day 4: Banda Besar (B,L,D)
After breakfast, the guest is guided into Banda Besar (Lonthor Island) to observe the nutmeg field. Then visit Hollandia Fort and the “Old Sacred Well”. Follow with the visit into Karaka Island-Karang Baru for full day snorkeling (please bring your own gear). Lunch will be provided on the island.
Day 5: Ay Island (B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel. Today the guest will have a full day program by visiting Ay Island, to see the historical places on the island. Lunch on the island and return to Banda Neira by afternoon.
Optional program: the above program can be alter with Banda Volcano hiking.
Day 6: Banda Island - Ambon (B,L,D)
After breakfast, the guest will be leaving the beautiful Banda Islands for catching flight into Ambon by NBA Airlines at 09.55.proceed to the hotel, have little rest then have lunch.after that, go shopping for souvenir then back to the hotel.free at leisure. Dinner will be served at a local resto or at the hotel.
Day 7: Ambon - Airport (B)
After breakfast,. free at leisure until time for transfer to the airport.
EXOTIC KEY ISLAND PACKAGE TOURS
Duration: 08 Days / 07 Nights
Day 01 : Airport - Hotel ( D )
Arrival at Pattimura Airport, meeting service tthen transfer to your Hotel Mutiara in kota Ambon. Free at leisure
Day 02 : Ambon - Larvur Ngabal Tour ( B L D )
After breakfast, then transfer to Patimura Airport for your flight to Kei island,about 2 hours fying.Arrive Dumatubun airport Langgur then meeting service,transfer to Suita Hotel in Ohoijang for check in. Walking to the Fair bridge to enjoy the sunset.back to hotel Suita forovernight.
Day 03 : Ngurbloat Beach Tour ( B L D )
Breakfast at hotel, fullday tour drive to Ohoidertawun village 30 minutes from Tual city to visit petroglyphs. Stop at Masbait hill visit jesus statue on thetop of the hill with beautiful panorama of kei archipelago. Proceed to Evu waterpool, it was used for the local people drink water,bathing and washing.Visit 42 graves of Dutch missionaries killed by japanese at langgur beach. Spend some hours swim,sunbathing at Ngurbloat beach.Overnight stay at Anastasia homestay
Day04 : Great Kei Tour ( B L D )
After breakfast, drive to rhe pier to Joint the speedboat or K.M Ave Maria cross over more then one hour to Kei besar island located on the north coast of Kei.Takes 10 minutes to Elat city for check in at your Homestay/Penginapan Fajar. Continue to Daftel village see the local inhabitants make the coprain traditional way. Heading to Daftel beach for water recreation. Back to Homestay/penginapan Fajar late in the afternoon.
Day 05 : Banda- Ely's Tour (B L D )
After breakfast, depart great kei to Jamtel village takes 10 minutes, continue the trip by longboat cross over to Banda Ely village for overnight. Sightseeing around the place to seethe silvers, irons, plaited mats, ceramics handicarft in some local kind motif made by local inhabitants. The next crossover by longboat to Har beach spend some hours relaxing. Back to Homestay.
Day 06 : Banda Ely - Kei ( B L D )
After breakfast, drive to Elat city, crossing by boat return to kei island and proceed to your homestay Anastasia for Barbeque with staple food Enbal program.
Day 07 : Kei - Ambon Tour ( B L D )
Breakfast in early morning, leave homestay to Airport forflight back to Ambon island. Proceed to your Hotel Mutiara in town.
Day 08 : Ambon - Airport ( B )
After breakfast, transfer to Airport for your onward flight
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are merely some sample of suggested-Package Tours which can be customized to suit your own particular point of interest.
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