The largest island of the group, hilly Banda Besar makes a great day trip and offers the chance to wander through the Kelly Plantation, where centuries-old, buttressed kenari trees tower protectively over a nutmeg grove. Banda Besar is also home to the Van den Broeke Plantation, known as the last Dutch-owned plantation in the Banda Islands until its owner was killed in the 1998–99 sectarian violence.
Most boats from Bandaneira arrive at Walang. A 25-minute walk west of Walang is Lonthoir, the largest village on the island. A long stairway from behind the Masjid Al Taqwa mosque in Lonthoir leads to the Kelly Plantation and Benteng Hollandia. In the northwest of Banda Besar, the secluded white-sand beach of Timbararu, a short walk from the village of Selamon, offers great snorkelling. There is also fine snorkelling off the east coast, although you'll need a boat to visit.