"One of Indonesia's top destination for divers." Bandanaira by aj03

Bandanaira Travel Guide: 37 reviews and 126 photos

Gold worth

Bandanaira or often dubbed as Banda Neira is the capital of Banda Islands. In this charming little Island where I stayed are full of old Dutch houses and fortresses, despite their isolation. This was the center of the nutmeg trade in the 16th century, when the spice was worth more than its weight in gold. I came to Banda to wandering around aimlessly with my rented bicycled, admiring the old history that stood still. But I also came for Banda's underwater. Clear crystal water, amazing corral formation. The variety and numbers of fish are excellent. The Banda Island are one of Indonesia's top destination for divers.

My happiest moment

Indonesia’s Banda Island has plentiful world class scuba dive sites and superlative snorkeling. Yet, the hassle and remoteness keep the historically fascinating picturesque islands as a best keeps secret among divers. When you are tired with over-dive crowded places, Banda gives you marine life overload to your eyes only. All hassle to reach Banda was truly paid off

Fishy Business

The chances to see big fish, healthy corrals and abundance of reef fishes.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The Island's beauty worth of trouble
  • Cons:Very much a region off the beaten track and tourist facilities remain largely undeveloped.
  • In a nutshell:One of Indonesia's top destination for divers.
  • Last visit to Bandanaira: Jan 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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