Waai is famous for its 'lucky' belut (moray eels). For 10,000Rp, a 'guide' tempts the eels from dark recesses in a concrete-sided pond by feeding them raw…
Must see attractions in Pulau Ambon
- SSacred Eels of Waai
- MMesjid Wapaue
Kaitetu’s pretty little wood and thatch-roofed Mesjid Wapaue was originally built in 1414 on nearby Gunung Wawane. The mosque was supposedly transferred…
- MMuseum Siwalima
This modest museum is ten minutes south of Kota Ambon, set in sloping landscaped gardens adorned with Japanese and Dutch cannons and a scowling statue of…
- BBenteng Amsterdam
In Hila, the 1649 Benteng Amsterdam is an impressive, old, walled fort. Though the walls are obviously rebuilt with concrete, the inner tower, with its…
- CCommonwealth War Cemetery
Known to locals as the Australian Cemetery, this neatly manicured cemetery was designed by a British landscape architect in honour of Allied servicemen…
- BBenteng Victoria
Undramatic Benteng Victoria (out of bounds due to army use) is a Dutch-era fortress. The site of Indonesian national hero Pattimura's hanging, it’s…
- MMasjid Raya al-Fatah
The town’s biggest mosque, Masjid Raya al-Fatah is a modern concrete affair, its gold-and-brown onion dome visible across much of central Ambon. Non…
- FFrancis Xavier Cathedral
Named for the Basque missionary who visited Maluku in the 16th century, Francis Xavier Cathedral has a facade crusted with statues of saints and…
- NNamalatu Beach
Close to Leitimur's far southern tip, this shady south coast beach isn't great for swimming, but it's a popular hangout for the locals at the weekend.
- GGereja Tua Hila
This photogenic wooden, thatched-roofed Catholic church was built by the Portuguese. It's closed to the public.
- SSantai Beach
This modest, partly rocky beach comes alive at the weekends when the locals arrive in force.
- PPeace Gong
This central landmark next to Pattimura Park was unveiled in 2009 and bears the flags of all nations.
- TTrikora Monument
A 1962 monument to the 'liberation' of West Papua.