Pulau Ambon attractions

Pond in Eastern Leihitu

Sacred Eels of Waai

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 eggs. The eels are so tame you can pet them, a rather slimy …
Mosque in Northern & Western Leihitu

Mesjid 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 to the present site in 1664 by ‘supernatural powers’. It's rep…
Museum in Kota Ambon

Museum 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 Pattimura, parang (machete) aloft. The collection is dedicate…
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…
Cemetery in Kota Ambon

Commonwealth 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 who died in Maluku and the Sulawesi in WWII. To add to its poig…
Fortress in Kota Ambon

Benteng 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 fronted by a gilded statue of Slamet Riyadi, an Indonesian commande…
Mosque in Kota Ambon

Masjid 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-Muslims can visit outside of prayer times.
Church in Kota Ambon

Francis 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 glimmering steeples.
Beach in Southern Leitimur

Namalatu 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.
Church in Northern & Western Leihitu

Gereja Tua Hila

This photogenic wooden, thatched-roofed Catholic church was built by the Portuguese. It's closed to the public.