famed as the legendary Spice Islands, visited by past traders and explorers from European continents in search of cloves, nutmeg, mace and other spices, worth more than gold at the time.
Also known as the Moluccas, this land of fascinating history has been on the international map for hundreds of years, although largely still remains a mystery.
Its capital Ambon, the main gateway to Maluku, is filled with historical colonial sites and remnants of a once great trading centre. Ambon takes island hopping to another level. On the south, lies the Banda Islands archipelago, a chain of 10 beautiful volcanic islands with Banda Neira as its largest, most developed and one of the three inhabited ones. Hire a fishing boat for a day and dive in any of the 22 available dive spots with its incredible marine life. Above land, it boasts the majestic Fort Belgica, a UNESCO world heritage site.
With creamy white sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise water and lush jungle covered mountains, Ambon is a castaway destination for those searching to disconnect from the world.
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