Attractions

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…
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…
Historic Building in Bandaneira

Istana Mini

This grand, atmospheric yet empty 1820s mansion gives a sense of the scale of the Dutch enterprise in the Banda Islands. Once the residence of the colonial governors, it's now largely neglected. You can find 19th-ce…
Historic Building in Bandaneira

Schelling House

This massive columned house, owned by the daughter of the last Banda king, has a leafy courtyard, high ceilings and, in the the master bathroom, a stone tub resting against an exposed coral wall. Make sure to wander…
Temple in Bandaneira

Sun Tien Kong Chinese Temple

There are still a few Chinese families living on Bandaneira and the 300-year-old Sun Tien Kong Temple is testament to the ancient Chinese involvement in the Banda spice trade. Ask for the key at the Chinese-run groc…
Mosque in Bandaneira

Mesjid Hatta-Syahrir

Behind the main port are the eye-catching minarets of the Mesjid Hatta-Syahrir. Some locals claim this was converted into a mosque from the mansion that first accommodated Hatta and Syahrir on their arrival in 1936.…
Church in Bandaneira

Dutch Church

This restored 1852 Dutch church with a portico of four chubby columns is open for services. Inside are a decorative bell-clock and wooden pews, as well as ancient flagstones marking the deaths of former Dutch govern…
Historic Building in Bandaneira

Makatita Hall

Makatita Hall occupies the site of the former Harmonie Club (aka ‘the Soc’), which was once the focus of colonial-era social events. In an increasingly poor state of repair, the building is partially occupied by squ…