Since the first century AD, the Banda islands have been the sole producers of the fragrant nutmeg and mace for which Chinese, Indian, and Arab ships traveled across the seas. These precious spices could be sold at enormous profit in foreign markets.
The people of Banda thrived on their natural resources, but in later years suffered at the hands of Dutch colonizers who wanted to dominate the world’s spice trade.
Despite such a big reputation, the fabled Banda islands are only a tiny cluster of islands, composed of three large islands and seven smaller ones. The islands are perched on the rim of Indonesia’s deepest underwater gorge, the Banda Sea, where waters can reach depths of over 6,500 meters.
Two of the biggest islands, Banda Besar and Banda Neira, are covered with nutmeg trees. The third island, Gunung Api or ‘peak of fire’, is an active volcano that emerges from the deep in a perfect cone, and is entirely rugged and highly volcanic. In the waters surrounding these islands you’ll find some of the world’s most spectacular marine gardens, with bright corals and colorful fish, bustling through the crystal-clear waters, making it suitable for diving, snorkeling or even simply sightseeing.
Lying about 132 kilometers southeast of Ambon, the islands are a remote and exquisitely beautiful part of Indonesia. With multi-colored reefs, warm seas and exotic marine life, the Banda’s are a haven for divers who come from around the world to explore some of the most remote and unspoiled dive sites in the world.
Today, Banda attracts divers, sailors and cruise ships from around the world by its sheer natural beauty, both above as below the sea, which can only be matched by Raja Ampat, Papua; another location for ultimate underwater adventures.
The Banda Islands are one of the Indonesia’s most popular destinations for divers. Both experts and beginner divers will enjoy themselves here, as the diving spots vary from the shallow lagoon between Bandaneira and Gunung Api, to the vertical walls of Hatta Island. Wherever you go here, you’ll discover stunning tropical scenery, a remarkable history, friendly locals, and some of the globe’s most pristine, biologically diverse coral reefs.
Scuba diving is still relatively new here, but pioneering divers didn’t have to work hard to find a thrill. The undersea world around Ambon and the nearby island of Saparua have top-rate dive sites. As you explore beneath the surface you’ll see everything from sharks, enormous turtles, schools of Napoleon Wrasse, giant groupers, dogtooth tuna, mobula rays, redtooth triggerfish, various species of whales, spinner dolphins, and huge lobsters – neighbors to generous schools of reef fish and endemic Ambon scorpionfish.
Come to Banda islands and visit the best kept secret in Eastern Indonesia. While flights here are not frequent, it’s worth the wait. For this ideal tropical paradise won’t remain deserted for long.
Day 1: Arrival Ambon City (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 Neira / 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 Neira Tour (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 Tour (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.
Day 6: Banda Neira – 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.
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