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Beauty of Banda Neira – Spice Islands [PICTURES]

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Tour Code: C2I-BANDA01

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The tranquil island of Banda Neira is one of the volcanic islands in Maluku archipelago. It is the fabled spice islands since the colonial era. The indigenous myristica trees are the source of two rare and lucrative spices: nutmeg and mace, once found solely on the Banda Islands. A glittering, sapphire sea surrounding these already fascinating islands, overflowing with magnificent corals and rich marine life, making the Banda Islands not only an important site to Indonesian history, but also an internationally acknowledged diving spot.

  • 7 Nights
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Pickup: Ambon, Maluku (AMQ)
Itinerary: Beauty of Banda Neira - Spice Islands

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN AMBON      ▼

Welcome to Ambon! The island is known with the phrase ‘Ambon Manise’ which means the sweet or beautiful Ambon. It is popular for the wide variety of spices which makes it the “flavor” of Indonesia. You can find pristine beaches and great diving spots. Arrive at Pattimura airport in Ambon, meet and greet by our guide then we will transfer to Hotel by car which takes about 30 minutes. We will have a sigh­tseeing to Karang Panjang area to see Ambon town from the hill top. In the afternoon proceed to Latuhalat beach to do snorkeling and watching sunset. Back to Hotel.

Meals:

AccommodationMutiara Hotel

DAY 2:AMBON - BANDA NEIRA      ▼

Have your breakfast at the hotel. At the appointed time, we will transfer you to Tulehu Harbour (30 minutes by car) then catch the fastboat to Banda Neira, leaving at 9.00 am. Trip to Banda Neira takes approx. 5 hours. The fastboat is fully air-conditioned with reclining seats.

Arrive Banda Neira around 14.00. Check in at hotel, then we continue to visit the colonial houses, Fort Nassau and watching sunset from Fort Belgica. The town is very small, it takes around 2 hours walk around.

Meals: Breakfast – Dinner

AccommodationNutmeg Tree Hotel

DAY 3:NUTMEG PLANTATION TOUR      ▼

Have your breakfast at the hotel, then we will begin today’s activities by first going to Banda Besar island by boat (10 minutes). There are some places to visit: An old nutmeg plantation, old Dutch cemetery, we will walk around the traditional village of Lonthoir and then visit an old nutmeg warehouse that still run by the 13th generation of Van den Broeke family. From Banda Besar proceed to Pisang Island for snorkling trip. Lunch box will be provided. Back to the hotel and free program.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Nutmeg Tree Hotel

Day 4:AY AND RHUN ISLANDS      ▼

Breakfast at the hotel, then we leave for the famous Ay island (40 minutes by speedboat) to see another nutmeg plantation and Fort Revenge. From here proceed to famous Rhun island that used to exchange with New York in 1660 between The Dutch and the British. Lunch at Nailaka Atol and do some snorkelling and then back to Neira. Enjoy free afternoon and then have dinner at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Nutmeg Tree Hotel

Day 5:GUNUNG API AND KARAKA ISLANDS      ▼

After breakfast, we will visit the Lava Flow at Gunung Api island. It is just on the opposite of the hotel and takes 5-10 minutes by boat. Snorkeling at Lava flow and then to nearby island of Karaka, The Gunung Api trekking will be arranged. It takes about 2 hours to get to the top. We go back to have lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon, we will visit Neira air strip and Malole beach to watch the sunset. Visit fish market to buy some fish and squids. Return to the hotel and have a little barbeque.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Nutmeg Tree Hotel

Day 6:HATTA ISLAND      ▼

After breakfast, we do snorkeling at Hatta Island. It is named after the first vice president of Indonesia and one of the 2 prime intellectuals behind its campaign for independence, Mohammad Hatta. Hatta island is Known in the colonial era, this Eastern most island in the Banda archipelago is one of the best diving and snor­kelling site. We can do also an island hoping enjoy the its clean and quite beach. Afternoon we back to hotel and free program.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Nutmeg Tree Hotel

Day 7:BANDA NEIRA - AMBON      ▼

Breakfast at 7.30 and then we will prepare to leave to take the fast boat back to Ambon at 9.30. Arrive in Ambon around 15.00, we go straight to the hotel. Enjoy the day for free on your own leisure.

Meals: Breakfast 

Accommodation: Mutiara Hotel

Day 8:AMBON - AIRPORT      ▼

Breakfast at hotel, then at the indicated time we will transfer you to airport to catch the flight for your next desti­nation. Sampai Jumpa!

Meals: Breakfast 

Accommodation

Photos: Beauty of Banda Neira - Spice Islands

Price Includes

  • Transportation and visits according to the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and tickets for excursions visited in the itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals according to the itinerary
  • English speaking guide throughout the journey

Price Excludes

  • Flights, visas, airport taxes
  • Personal expenses: Laundry, soft drinks, alcohol, tips, etc.
  • Extra expenses occurred due to problems greater than our control such as flight cancellations, etc.
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Anything not mentioned in the "INCLUDES"
Map: Beauty of Banda Neira - Spice Islands

FAQ

How do I get to Ambon?

There are direct flights available daily from Jakarta (CGK) usually by Garuda Indonesia and Batik Air. From Denpasar-Bali (DPS), the flight is available by Lion Air including transit(s) through Makassar and sometimes in Surabaya as well. Feel free to contact us to help you organize the flights.

Is this tour available every day?

The tour runs only on certain days of the week as we follow the boat schedules between Ambon Island and Banda Neira. Currently, the boat operates twice a week:

From Ambon to Banda: Tuesdays & Saturdays

From Banda to Ambon: Wednesdays & Sundays

The tour program includes one night before and after the boat trip.

When is the best time of the year to do this tour?

Our favourite time for travel in Indonesia is between April to October, although Indonesia is a great year-round destination, offering memorable experiences for all kinds of adventures. July to August are the peak summer months.

In West to Central part of the weather is delightfully warm and it’s a popular time for travellers to visit for holidays, whilst if you wish to travel from October to April, the Eastern part Indonesia, like Banda and Raja Ampat, would be the best option.

If you wish to have a relaxing journey in Indonesia with less crowds, the shoulder months of April to June and September to October are ideal and slightly more economic. If you must travel in ‘high season’ but want to avoid the crowd, worry not, there are numbered of unbeaten track in Indonesia ready to be explored.

What should I bring?

Tropical areas are usually warm and often sweaty places, especially if you have Borneo or Sulawesi included in your travel. Check out our suggestions on What to Wear:

  • Comfortable and light shirt and at least a pair of long sleeves
  • Comfortable walking shoes or trekking shoes if your trip include some trekking
  • Shorts and long pants
  • Couple of pairs of socks
  • Waterproof Jacket/Raincoat

Depends on the type of travel, you may also need these in your What to Bring list:

Underwater trips:

  • Dive Insurance
  • Dive certificate
  • Certificate of Nitrox (for those who are using Nitrox)
  • Dive equipment except Tanks and Weights. Please consult your travel expert to find out if the equipment is inclusive or not in your booking.
  • Swimsuit/Dive suit
  • Adapter DIN or INT
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen SPF +40
  • Waterproof bags

Land tours and trekking:

  • Small backpack for daily important item
  • Travel Insurance, which covers trekking and sport risk
  • Trekking shoes (check with your travel expert if you need a Goretex or simply a walking shoes)
  • Pullover (as in some areas with high altitude like Mt. Bromo, the temperature can get as low as 0 degree)
  • Small flashlight or head flashlight
  • Valid passport with valid visa (or check if you are eligible for Visa Free Entry)
  • Waterproof bag to put all important documents
  • All documents for your trip: vouchers, tickets, contact numbers ((keep the soft copies in your mobile)
  • Credit card (in some major cities, credit card is widely accepted in restaurants and shops. Small charge might be applied)
  • Cash in Euro or USD (you may change into local currency Rupiah when you arrive here)
  • Camera, Battery and Charger
  • Adapter (220V is used in Indonesia)
  • International driving license (if you plan to drive on your own)
  • Mosquito Repellent with DEET
  • Hygienic travel kits (mask, disinfectant or anti-virus spray, etc.)

How hard is this tour?

We have classified our tours in 3 different classes. Always check which one suitable for your condition. If you have any doubt, you may consult to our travel expert.

Easy: Suitable for most people in good health. These trips can include short walk for days with around 2–3 hours in good paths and at low altitudes.

Medium: A reasonable level of fitness or technique is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels as the trip may include longer days of approximately 5-6 hours of activity or/and in higher altitudes, or snorkelling in strong current.

Hard: These trips are physically demanding and best suited for people with a high endurance level, good level of fitness and exercise regularly. Days can be long around 7-8 hours of activity, often at high altitudes, in remote regions and sometimes without a support vehicle nearby. Travellers may be required to carry their backpack, trip with trekking overnights without access to normal toilets or accommodations.

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