View from Banda Neira city to the other islands. Banda islands.

We really wish that everyone of you would get a taste of Banda islands. If you find the time, don’t worry about the money – you will probably spend much less than at home. So the only reason not to go is because you don’t know how to get here and there’s little information on the www? We’ll try to sum up the info we found out 🙂 How to get to Banda islands?

Snorkeling on island Ai where the underwater life bustles with life. Banda islands.

Banda islands are supposed to have one of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world. And we have to agree. We’ve snorkeled in Bandaneira, on Ai and Hatta and the coral reef is amazing. Huge corals every shape and size, moving in its life and color.  

Banda islands are a very important part of the history. The island Ai which was massacred by Brits and Dutch in 1600s, the island that has so much nutmeg that every invader in the history went crazy. Island with 1300 people and island with one of the most beautiful and vibrant coral reefs in the world. There is no warungs here but there are home-stays where you get all meals included. For 100.000 IDR or 7 eur per person. I really don’t know how it pays up but the food…

We’ve got some beautiful news again 🙂 We’re on Maluku islands, somewhere between Sulawesi and Papua. The other name for Maluku islands is ‘the spice islands’ because of their nutmeg and cloves production in the 17. century. It was our wish to go to Banda islands (part of Maluku) when we were planning Indonesia, but unfortunately the rare boat was unavailable (we just missed it) and planes didn’t seem to operate when Merpati went bankrupt. So when a really cool guy at the tourist info told us he…

The long bus ride took us to our next goal – fishing city of Riung. Transport really seems to be the low point of Flores (by now, my butt is made of stone). Riung is a very calm and silent city with interesting elevated houses near the port. It is a gate to the ’17 islands’ to where you go for snorkeling trips. The number of islands is actually 21 but because Indonesia became independent on 17.8. they named this archipelago after this event 🙂 After a sleepless…

Of course you need to see a Komodo dragon, if you’re so close to these big reptiles. We went on a boat trip to Rinca island (Komodo was too far) and to a few snorkeling spots. Rinca is famous for Komodo dragons, wild pigs, water buffaloes and birds. It’s also less popular than Komodo island and the possibility to see a dragon is greater. Komodo dragons are the largest lizards and can grow up to 3 m and weigh 70 kg. Huge! They can eat a whole buffalo…

The first day was the most memorable for sure. We come to live in a paradise. We go snorkeling and see 5 lion fish.

After 36 hours on several buses and ferries, we arrived to Labuan Bajo, sleepy and hungry. Our broken bodies needed rest and we decided to relax a couple of days in this port city. But just the next day we ate lunch on a small remote island surrounded with a coral reef and turquoise water. Ah, the joy of not planning 😀 Kanawa island is small and most of it is a hill with dry brown grass (good for watching sunset and sunrise) and in the base the…

Since we bought a mask, we’ve been snorkeling every day. This island probably has the best and most accesible coral reef I’ve ever experienced. The best thing is probably that you don’t need a boat or a snorkeling trip. It’s right in feont of you! The reef is colorful, you see hundreds of different fish and they’re not afraid of humans so you feel like swimming in a tropical aquarium. Box fish, trigger fish, fluorescent blue fish, needle fish, fake Nemos 🙂 Oh and in the afternoon the…

A flight from Delhi to Kolkata, quite comfortable night on Kolkata airport and a short flight from Kolkata to Port Blair took us to Andaman Islands. It’s been a looong journey but just the sight from the plane on little spots of white sand, green jungle and turquoise sea made our worries go away. The main city, Port Blair, is not the paradise yet, you have to take some ferries to get there. It’s so humid here, not to mention the heat. Everything is different. People, language, food….