In the south of Maluku, Indonesia, lies a cluster of remote islands blooming with spices. They are the main producers of nutmeg—which covers about 50% of worlds’ nutmeg production. This is the Banda Islands, one of the most important islands in the archipelagic Indonesia during the Dutch colonisation. These little islands were the sole source of nutmeg, which was the most valuable commodity in the Europe at that time. The nutmeg’s value however eventually collapsed and post the colonisation, the Banda Islands faded back to the background. Remote and forgotten. Nature claim back what was theirs and do wonders to the fertile landscape—up and below. The forgotten spice island is now rising as another world class diving destination in the country. Banda sea liveaboard begin to meander on its tranquil water, bringing curious travelers to roam the magnificent underwater world.
Here are five awesome things to do in the remote Banda and comeback with awesome adventure stories to tell.
Wake up to a view from Banda Sea liveaboard
The best way to visit Banda Islands is by liveaboard. The clusters has lots of intriguing islands and dive spots to visit and liveaboard allows you to relax between the trips. And let me tell you one thing, waking up from the Banda Sea liveaboard is an entirely different thing. You will wake up to bright blue sky, vast blue ocean, and breeze of fresh air every day. Nothing blocks your view except of towering nearby islands covered by fresh shades of greens. Grab your morning tea/ coffee and light breakfast, and savour the tranquil view from the teakwood deck of the liveaboard. I cannot imagine better way to start an adventure in remote islands like this.
Snorkel at Hatta Island
The thirst of enchanting underwater exploration is the main drive people embark a long journey to Banda Island and this is definitely paid off at Hatta Island. It’s one of the top 10 snorkeling destination in Indonesia after the more well-known Raja Ampat, Komodo, or Wakatobi. The Hatta Island remains as the country’s hidden treasures with enchanting ocean life underneath. Translucent blue waters, healthy corals, beautiful drop down wall, Flipping Ray, turtles, pilot whales, and small and big fishes thrives on Hatta’s underwater. Be prepared for some divine time—and don’t forget to surface!
See historical colonial buildings on Banda Neira
The Dutch used to rule Banda Neira and now the island has some nice colonial buildings, old fort, and museums. Have a day strolling around the island and try some nutmeg delights on local cafes!
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Dive with gentle sea serpents at Mount Api
The Api volcano is standing tall and proud from the quietness of Banda Sea, and the land beneath its water offers a thrill of diving you won’t easily forget. The shallow waters is brimming with very healthy corals and—ready or not—sea snakes. Though they are deadly venomous, they are incredibly gentle and oftentimes curious towards divers.
Diver or not, Banda Sea liveaboard would definitely make a stop in Mount Api. Either to go explore the ocean floor or to hike the summit for beautiful sunrise, the Mount Api is definitely a must. This volcano even made appearance on Indonesian old 1000 Rupiah bill.
Relax at the comfort of Banda Sea liveaboard
You have paid fair amount for a comfortable sailing in Banda Sea liveaboard, so might as well enjoy the ship to the most!