Replies: 6 - Last Post: Sep 9, 2013 4:04 AM Last Post By: NonaRicky
Aug 16, 2013 10:58 PM
Banda IslandsAdvice needed!
We are planning on flying to Ambon at the end of August (from Makassar) but unsure of the weather conditions. Is it still pretty rainy over there? I'm thinking of doing some scuba diving/ lifeboat/ snorkeling around Banda Islands.
Are there any regular charter boats taking me from Ambon to Banda?
I'm also looking for some cosy/ rather budget accommodation around there. Any suggestions please?
Also does anyone know a reliable diving center/ diving instructor (what I mean a reliable prices and services), I might be tempted to do a diving course..
Also are there any regular boats from Banda to Nusa Nenggara? How long would it take to get there by sea? Otherwise what would be the easiest option to get to Flores?
Thanks in advance
Aug 17, 2013 5:27 AM
Based in Banda Naira - when I spoke to them last year they mentioned they also had a centre in Ambon (or thereabouts).
They did close down for a few months midway through my extended stay around Bandas - I arrived there beginning of June.
Their website also suggests accommodation - I stayed at Delfika 1 during my 3 visits to Banda Naira for a total of 5 or 6 nights. 85,000rp per nights including basic breakfast. Double bed with fan. Clean and lovely family.
I did the same trip from Bandas to Flores - I caught a Pelni from Banda Naira to Makassar (via Ambon and Bau Bau) - 24 hours in Makassar and then another Pelni from Makassar to Maumere (wanted to use Maumere for a visa extension). That journey took around 3 days - spent it on the deck class of both Pelni ships and met some great people.
Check out the Pelni website for sailings etc.
Aug 17, 2013 3:54 PM
Pretty much the only reliable way there is by Pelni - ca 8 hours from Ambon.
No straightforward charters (too far) and no direct connections to Nusa Tenggara.
The most reliable dive operation should be the one run by Germans at Hotel Maulana.
Loads of budget accommodation to choose from.
Aug 18, 2013 2:23 PM
Aug 18, 2013 9:39 PM
I initially mentioned I arrived in Banda at the start of June... I actually arrived 20 May and left around 17 June 2012.
Towards the end of my stay the rain did get heavier, but there were plenty of dry and hot days (cloudy skies).
A remarkable place and one of the best areas of Indonesia I've come across.
I spent most of my time with Usman and his family across in Lonthoir (LP book 2010, maybe also in current issue).
Wonderful and very friendly village.
To be honest there is no need for a guide while on any of the islands - local maps are readily available. Any of the places you stay at will point you in the right direction.
Enjoy the islands.
Aug 19, 2013 6:14 PM
5When you transit in Ambon, I suggest you to stay at Penginapan Asri near Trikora monument. It's also near to the port (10 min walk) where you take the PELNI boat to Banda. While in Ambon, you can visit some interesting places by taking very affordable angkots (bemos). Visit my blog through the link below to look at the transportation system map in Ambon that I created:
English Teacher at Ambon
Sep 9, 2013 4:04 AM
6Banda Islands is definitely my next destination after Flores. You need indeed a lot of time to get there and in the mean time I will keep reading and gather info as much as possible.
Just want to compliment, can’t help it …
dc1: how you love Indonesia, amazing ..
Laszlo: as always, a very reliable info provider
Poenja: I checked the link, thanks for providing bali and ambon maps and other useful posts, keep on posting ..
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