Top things to do in Banda Islands

Top Choice Fortress in Bandaneira

Benteng Belgica

A classic star fort, the Unesco-nominated Benteng Belgica was built on the hill above Benteng Nassau in 1611, when it became apparent the lower bastion was an inadequate defence. The five massive sharp-pointed basti…
Top Choice Volcano in Pulau Gunung Api

Gunung Api

The 656m-high still-active volcano of Gunung Api can be climbed for awesome views (especially at sunrise) in two to three hours if you are fit, but the unrelenting slope is arduous and the loose scree is dangerous o…
Top Choice Indonesian in Bandaneira

Cilu Bintang Estate

The best place to stay in Bandaneira is also a good place to eat. During high season, or when there are enough guests, there's an excellent evening buffet of spanking-fresh baked fish, soups liberally spiced with Ba…
Indonesian in Bandaneira

Delfika Cafe

Attached to the penginapan of the same name, Delfika serves seasonal fruit juices, delicious nutmeg-jam pancakes, soto ayam (chicken soup), nasi ikan (rice and fish) and a variety of fried noodle and vegetable dishe…
Fort in Pulau Banda Besar

Benteng Hollandia

One of Banda's best views is from the chunky, overgrown ruins of Benteng Hollandia. Built in 1624, this was once one of the biggest Dutch fortresses in the East Indies, until it was shattered by a devastating 1743 e…
Indonesian in Bandaneira

Nutmeg Cafe

Bolted on to a family home, sleepy, shuttered Nutmeg Cafe is a charmer. It serves noodles, juices, fish and rice, a good soto ayam and thick pancakes to slather with house-jarred nutmeg jam.
Island in Pulau Run

Pulau Neilaka

Off the northern tip of Run are the postcard-perfect, powdery white sands of Pulau Neilaka, an islet so small you can explore it in 10 minutes, drinking in dazzlingly photogenic views of Gunung Api.
Fortress in Bandaneira

Benteng Nassau

Quietly crumbling among tropical foliage, Nassau was the scene of the Banda Massacre, the greatest obscenity in the violent history of Dutch Banda. The fort was built in 1609, against the wishes of the orang kaya (l…
Museum in Bandaneira

Rumah Budaya

Bandaneira’s little museum displays colonial artefacts including coins, silverware, crockery, pipes, swords and flintlock pistols and muskets. There's also a smattering of Bandanese stuff, including the parang (mach…
Historic Building in Bandaneira

Hatta’s House

Of three early-20th-century ‘exile houses’ in Banda, Mohammed Hatta’s house is the most appealing. It’s partly furnished and photos of the dissident, his typewriter, distinctive spectacles and neatly folded suit are…