Welcome to Bandaneira
Little Bandaneira is the Bandas’ main port and administrative centre. In the Dutch era the perkeniers virtually bankrupted themselves maintaining a European lifestyle, even after the lost nutmeg monopoly made it untenable. Today, Bandaneira’s sleepy, flower-filled streets are so quiet that two becak count as a traffic jam. 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.