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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…
Top Choice Beach in Pulau Kei Kecil

Pantai Ngurtavur

The most popular Instagram and selfie destination in the Kei Islands for domestic tourists, Pantai Ngurtavur is a stunning and slender strip of sand – supposedly the longest sandbar in Indonesia – emerging out of th…
Top Choice Indonesian in Kota Ambon

Beta Rumah

The Beta is the Alpha and Omega of real Ambonese food. Laid out in simple rumah makan style, you'll find local delicacies such as kohu-kohu, made with smoked skipjack tuna, green beans and shaved coconut, or squid w…
Top Choice Volcano in Pulau Gunung Api

Gunung Api

The 656m-high still-active volcano of Gunung Api can be climbed for awesome views (especially at sunrise) in two to three hours if you are fit, but the unrelenting slope is arduous and the loose scree is dangerous o…
Top Choice International in Kota Ambon

Bayview Restaurant

The name doesn't lie. There are fine views of Ambon's bay and harbour from the terrace of this relaxed restaurant atop the City Hotel. The menu covers Western classics – pasta, grilled fish, steaks, burgers and sala…
Top Choice Indonesian in Kota Ternate

Royal's Restaurant

Swish by Ternate standards, Royal's is a popular spot thanks to its wide-ranging Chinese-Indonesian menu, which has a big focus on fish and seafood but also covers chicken, beef and duck dishes. There are a few vegg…
Top Choice Cafe in Kota Ambon

Sibu-Sibu

Local heroes and stars of screen and song deck the walls of this ever-popular coffee shop and bar, which plays live Malukan and Hawaiian music while serving snacks such as koyabu (cassava cake) and lopis pulut (stic…
Top Choice Indonesian in Kota Ternate

Kedai Mita

Relocated to the waterfront, this simple, partly open-air, family-run restaurant is one of the best in town for Malukan staples (alongside classic Indo fare). At lunchtimes, try the popeda (sago congee) spread. The …
Top Choice Indonesian in Bandaneira

Cilu Bintang Estate

The best place to stay in Bandaneira is also a good place to eat. During high season, or when there are enough guests, there's an excellent evening buffet of spanking-fresh baked fish, soups liberally spiced with Ba…
Top Choice Indonesian in Tobelo

My Home Cafe

The most atmospheric place to eat in Tobelo – a courtyard garden with a small ornamental pond, packed with plants and lit by lanterns – this cute place also does decent ikan bakar (grilled fish), as well as the usua…