Attractions

Top Choice Cemetery in Kota Ambon

Commonwealth War Cemetery

Known to locals as the 'Australian Cemetery', this trim and neatly manicured cemetery was designed by a British landscape architect in honour of Allied servicemen who died in Maluku and the Celebes in WWII. Adding p…
Museum in Kota Ternate

Keraton

Built in 1834 and restored in semi-colonial style, the Sultan’s Palace is still a family home. There's a museum section with a small but interesting collection of historic weaponry and memorabilia from the reigns of…
Museum in Kota Ambon

Museum Siwalima

Ten minutes south of Kota Ambon, set in sloping landscaped gardens adorned with Japanese and Dutch cannon and a scowling statue of Pattimura, parang (machete) aloft, you'll find the modest Siwalima. The collection, …
Museum in Bandaneira

Rumah Budaya

Bandaneira’s little museum is worth a quick visit. It's dusty, and only haphazardly 'curated', but you can see colonial artefacts including coins, silverware, crockery, pipes, swords and flintlock pistols and musket…
Museum in Soasio

Sonyine Malige

Around 200m north of Benteng Tahula the Sonyine Malige Sultan’s Memorial Museum displays the sultan’s throne and giant spittoons, plus the royal crown topped with cassowary feathers (considered as magical as Ternate…
Historic Building in Bandaneira

Schelling House

This massive, columned house, owned by the daughter of the last Banda king, will inspire 'I could live here' fantasies. It has a leafy courtyard, high ceilings and, in the the master bathroom, a stone tub resting ag…
Fortress in Northern & Western Leihitu

Benteng 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 brick floors and thick walls, is fluttering with resident swall…
Temple in Bandaneira

Sun Tien Kong Chinese Temple

The 300-year-old Sun Tien Kong Chinese Temple is testament to the ancient Chinese involvement in the Banda spice trade. Ask at the antique shop across the road for the key, or you'll have to glimpse its dim, lantern…
Fortress in Bandaneira

Benteng Nassau

Nassau, quietly crumbling amongst tropical foliage now, was the scene of the Banda Massacre, the greatest enormity in the violent history of Dutch Banda. It was built in 1609, against the wishes of the orang kaya (l…
Fortress in Bandaneira

Benteng Belgica

A classic star fort, the Unesco-nominated Benteng Belgica was built on the hill above Nassau in 1611, when it became apparent the lower bastion was an inadequate defence. The five massive sharp-pointed bastions were…