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Bouwsteen 6 dagen Banda met fastboat

De Banda eilanden, een eilandengroep met een interessante geschiedenis. Vroeger een van de meest belangrijke plaatsen van Indonesië want hier groeide de nootmuskaat. Tot op heden zijn de invloeden van de koloniale tijd zichtbaar.
Ook staat deze eilandengroep bekend om haar prachtige onderwaterwereld. Snorkelen en duiken zijn echte aanraders! Met deze bouwsteen kunt u uw eigen programma van dag tot dag samenstellen. Houdt u van rust, dan plant u een paar dagen vrij. Wilt u graag alles zien wat de eilanden te bieden hebben dan is dat ook mogelijk.

U vaart met de fastboat (een veilige, grote speedboot) in ruim vier uur op dinsdag en zaterdagochtend heen en op woensdag of zondag terug naar Ambon.

NB: Het toerisme staat op de Molukken nog in de kinderschoenen. Houdt u er rekening mee dat er wijzigingen kunnen optreden.

NB 2: in de maanden mei t/m augustus en in december en januari, wordt de fastboat regelmatig uit de vaart genomen vanwege de hoge zeeën.

Included and excluded

•Transfers to and from the port
•Assistance with signing on and off on the boat
•Accommodations based on bed and breakfast
•Excursions as mentioned in the program
•Mentioned flights or boat trips

•Other meals
•Tips and expenses of a personal nature
•Flights or boat trips not mentioned
•Booking costs and contribution Calamity Fund € 30
•SGR contribution € 5 per person
•CO2 compensation € 22 per person

Dag 1 Fastboat Ambon-Banda, VIP seat , including porter service Banda and Ambon and transfer from hotel

In the early morning you will be picked up and taken to the port of Tulehu. A porter helps your luggage on board. You sail with the Express Bahari in the VIP class in about 4 hours from Ambon to Banda Neira. Once there, a porter carries your luggage to your hotel. Departure Tuesday and Saturday morning at 09:00.

Banda citytour

You will be picked up by your guide and start with a visit to the fish market. You then visit the restored fort Belgica with a beautiful view over the Bay of Banda and then the remains of Fort Nassau. The Hatta house is decorated as a small museum. During the colonial period, the co-founders of the Republic of Indonesia, Hatta and Sharir were banned from the Netherlands to Banda. Hatta spent his time here teaching the local youth. The VOC or Jan Pieterszoon Coenmuseum shows in all simplicity how Coen raged among the people of the Banda islands. The old church is still used and is in good condition.

Dag 2 Banda Besar (Pulau Lontar)

You can go to the island of Pulau Lontar, better known as Banda Besar, in a half hour by longboat. This island is mainly known for the planters who grow their nutmeg and mace here. Among other things, we pay a visit to the former beds of the Van den Broeke family. We continue our walk through Fort Hollandia to the tomb stone of Nona Lantsuese.

Dag 3 Pulau Api, the volcano

We go by longboat to the south side of this volcanic island to make the two-hour climb to the top around 03.30 in the morning. At the top you have a beautiful view and you can enjoy the sunrise. After a break we go back down again and then you will be taken to your hotel. NB: for this excursion you need to be agile and in good physical condition!

Dag 4 Snorkelling and relaxing

The Banda Islands shelter dozens of beautiful snorkelling and diving locations with colourful coral and many different fish. A wonderful day of snorkelilng and relaxing on a white beach is an absolute must. With fresh fish from the fire, lunch is not to be sneezed at! Diving is also possible, at an additional cost.

Dag 5 Free day

Nothing has been planned for this day. You can book an excursion to one of the islands at your hotel or guesthouse. When you visit the Banda islands in April or October, you’ve got a big chance to see (the preparations for) the kora-kora matches. The impressive rowing boats are then rowed by about twenty muscular men.

Dag 6 Fastboat Banda-Ambon (Express Bahari 2b), VIP seat, including porter service Banda and Ambon and transfer to hotel

Return from Banda to Ambon by fastboat. The porter will help you on board with your luggage and will you will sail back to Ambon in about 4 hours in the VIP class. Upon arrival in Ambon, a porter is waiting and you will be taken to your hotel. Departure on Wednesday and Sunday at 09:00.

Maulana hotel Banda Neira

The Maulana hotel is the only 3 * hotel on Banda Neira. It features spacious and clean rooms on the ground floor and the first floor. The somewhat dated hotel is located directly on the Banda sea and has a view of the volcano Api. From the hotel all kinds of excursions can be made. Just in front of the hotel you step directly in a longboat to visit the other islands of Banda. An excellent location for rest, culture, nature, history, snorkelling and diving. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

The Nutmeg tree - Banda neira

This small and cosy guesthouse is located directly on the Bay of Banda. Like at all guesthouses on Banda, the food is delicious! There is a diving centre at the guesthouse. All imaginable excursions can be organized from The Nutmeg tree: . Banda Besar with cultures of nutmeg and cloves . Pulau Api: climb the volcano in the early morning . Snorkelling or diving in the Banda archipelago . Island tour meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Mutiara Banda

Mutiara Banda is a cosy guesthouse. It is run by Abba and his wife who speak fluent English. They have a nice garden with terrace at the guesthouse and the rooms are spacious and well maintained. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Bintang Laut - Banda Neira

Bintang Laut is a simple guesthouse. It has a nice terrace on the bay overlooking the volcano. Please note that there is no hot water here. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Vita - Banda Neira

Vita Guesthouse is a simple guesthouse. It has a cosy terrace on the bay with a view of the Gunung Api volcano. Alan, the manager, can tell you a lot in English about the Bandanese people and activities in the area. Please note that you do not have hot water at your disposal here. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Banda Neira

Banda islands

The Banda Islands (Indonesian: Kepulauan Banda) are a group of ten small volcanic islands in the Banda Sea and belong to the Indonesian archipelago of the Moluccas and the province of South Moluccas.
The population is approximately 15,000. Its capital is Banda Neira, on the island of the same name.

Banda is not always easy to reach. There are three weekly flights to and from Ambon, often with small 12-person planes. However, flights are often canceled at the last minute.
From September to mid-December and February to the end of April a fast boat sails twice a week to and from Ambon. The trip takes about four hours.
Then there are the Pelni passenger ships that sail an average of three times every two weeks throughout the year between Ambon and Banda.

Sights to visit

The Banda Neira island tour is done on foot: You visit the fort Belgica, the Hatta house (Co-founder of the Republik Indonesia Mohammed Hatta was exiled by the Netherlands to Banda in colonial times. He started a school here, among other things.), The Banda museum with many relics and images from the VOC era and the old church with cemetery

Banda Besar: By longboat you sail in half an hour to the island of Banda Besar. Here you will find Fort Hollandia, the gravestone of Nona Lantsuese and the nutmeg plantation of the van den Broeke family.

Gunung Api is the island with the volcano. You will sail by longboat to the south side of this volcano island to make the two-hour climb to the top at around 5:30 am. At the top you have a beautiful view and you can enjoy the sunrise.

Snorkeling and Diving: The Banda Islands are home to dozens of beautiful snorkeling and diving locations, with colorful coral and many different fish. A wonderful day of snorkeling and relaxing on a white beach is an absolute must. Lunch is not to be missed with fresh fish from the fire!

Around October, divers may encounter large schools of hammerhead sharks at Pulau Hatta. During that month there are also several liveaboards offering dive cruises between Ambon and Banda.


Until the mid-18th century, the Banda Islands were the only known place in the world where the spices nutmeg and mace were grown. The Dutch conquered the islands in the 17th century to control the production of nutmeg and mace. At that time, nutmeg was very profitable in Europe. It was part of plague quack remedies, and a monopoly was very lucrative.

The local population was massacred by the Dutch in 1621 under the leadership of Jan Pieterszoon Coen, and replaced by slaves from Madagascar and Indians. Fort Belgica on Banda Neira, one of the fortresses built by the VOC, is the largest European fort in Indonesia.

Another fun fact: At the time, 'The Netherlands owned almost the entire Banda archipelago. Only the island of Pulau Run belonged to England. In 1667, the Netherlands exchanged the island with the English against the colony of New Amsterdam, now New York ...

Violent religious strife broke out in 1999, which dealt a serious blow to tourism. One of the last perkeniers on Banda was Wim van den Broeke, who lived on the island of Lonthor, also known as Banda Besar. Both Prince Bernhard and former minister Pronk visited him. The van den Broeke family owned five nutmeg plantations, of which Groot Waling on Lonthar is the oldest. A large part of the van den Broeke family died during the religious disputes.

Favourite restaurant

No doubt, the best tuna fish comes from Ibu Dila at the Cilu Bintang Estate. The Tuna Rujak style is to die for!

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