Welcome to Bandaneira
Little Bandaneira, on Pulau Neira, is the Bandas’ main port and administrative centre. In the Dutch era the perkeniers virtually bankrupted themselves maintaining a European lifestyle, even after the end of the nutmeg monopoly made that untenable. Today, a fair amount of colonial-era architecture still lines Bandaneira’s sleepy, flower-filled streets. It’s a charming place to wander aimlessly, admire tumbledown Dutch villas, ponder mouldering ruins, watch glorious cloudscapes over Gunung Api and trip over discarded cannon lolling in the grass.