Come and see Banda as your passport traveling to Indonesia.
Come to Banda Island and have a pleasant and enjoyable stay in this exotic marine paradise of the Spice Island rich in 16 and 17 the century history.
The Banda Islands are still famous for their crystal clear water with exotic sea garden and for their abundance of historical islets such as Naira with its old European town with the historical residences of Indonesian National Patriots. Mr. Muhammad Hatta and St. Syahrir. Lonthoir with its nutmeg plantations.
The Banda group, about 132 kilometers southeast of Ambon, consists of three larger islands and seven smaller ones, perched on the rim of Indonesia's deepest sea,
This Archipelago is a cluster of 13 tiny islets spouting out of the deep Banda Sea. Located only eight hours away south east from Ambon (capital of Maluku Province, Indonesia) on a regular passenger sea liner. While one hour direct flight in a small 18 seat airplane takes about 60 minutes.
the Banda Sea. Near Manuk Island the water reaches a depth of more than 6,500 meters. Gunung Api Island is an active volcano, the last major eruption occurred only a few years ago. The seas around Banda are the site of the famous Maluku sea gardens with their fantasyland coral reefs and kaleidoscopic array of multi-colored fish darting through the crystal-clear water. Pulau Karaka, Pulau Pisang and Pulau Ai are particularly well-known for their amazing snorkeling and diving. Facilities for sightseeing, snorkeling and skin diving as well as clean, comfortable cottages are available on some islands.
Banda was home to some of the bloodiest episodes of Maluku's history. In 1609 the Dutch East Indies Company dispatched a new governor-general to the islands to obtain the contested spice trade monopoly at any cost. Confronted by superior power, the people of Banda were forced to allow the company to establish a fort, but in that same year Governor Verhoeff was killed, together with 45 of his men. The Company retaliated, but peace was not restored. In 1619, V 0. C. Governor-General Jan Pieterszoon Coen arrived at the head of a penal expedition and exterminated the entire population of Banda. The land was divided into lots, called "perken", and given to former company employees, the "perkiniers", who were obliged to grow nutmeg and sell them at predetermined prices to the company. Slaves did the actual work in the fields The old "perkenier house",. or what is left of them, and old churches still retain a peculiar colonial character to the port town of Bandeniera today. Two old forts Belgica and Nassau are inside the town limits. Others are found elsewhere on the island. See also the former Dutch Governor's mansion, the museum of History in Niera, and the huge nutmeg plantation nearby.
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