As you might have noticed, we really love the island life. Great food, mellow vibe with Christmas lights, salty air and superb snorekling. We’ve chosen the top 3 snorkeling spots that you would enjoy for sure. Sharks guaranteed! 😀 1). Hatta island, Maluku islands Banda islands in general have beautiful coral reefs but the best of the best was the one on Hatta island. Turtles, sharks, huge fish, colorful corals, and even dolphins in the morning. The drop-off was literally just a few steps from the shore. If…

And here’s a little video we made during our time on Banda islands. It’s filmed on Pulau Ai but neighboring island Hatta is even more beautiful. Well, I’m comparing the best to the best 🙂 You can see the pictures in this post.

Clear blue sea and a few boats on Banda islands.

We’re on the Jakarta airport and I’m barely able to write this post. I’m so sleepy. But we did have an amazing dinner here (beef stew in Baso restaurant on terminal 3, yum!). We’re watching a strange show about Indonesian exorcist and people around are watching intently. We are laughing 🙂   Here are the last of the pictures of historic Bandaneira and autumn Hatta. Soon we’ll be in Myanmar, shooting photos with our new camera! Yaaaaaaay! We just bumped on to a small shop in Ambon and Canon…

View from Banda Neira city to the other islands. Banda islands.

We really wish that everyone of you would get a taste of Banda islands. If you find the time, don’t worry about the money – you will probably spend much less than at home. So the only reason not to go is because you don’t know how to get here and there’s little information on the www? We’ll try to sum up the info we found out 🙂 Read below! Hey! We’re still traveling 🙂 Check out our Instagram profile @wejusttravel! How to get to Banda islands?

Snorkeling on island Ai where the underwater life bustles with life. Banda islands.

Banda islands are supposed to have one of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world. And we have to agree. We’ve snorkeled in Bandaneira, on Ai and Hatta and the coral reef is amazing. Huge corals every shape and size, moving in its life and color.  

Banda islands are a very important part of the history. The island Ai which was massacred by Brits and Dutch in 1600s, the island that has so much nutmeg that every invader in the history went crazy. Island with 1300 people and island with one of the most beautiful and vibrant coral reefs in the world. There is no warungs here but there are home-stays where you get all meals included. For 100.000 IDR or 7 eur per person. I really don’t know how it pays up but the food…

Now that yesterday’s day is getting further away, it’s time to appreciate the beauty of Banda islands. The sight from the ferry is magnificent. Green hills of thick trees, bushes and palms in the middle of turquoise water, they seem totally different from Key islands. The highest one is Gunung Api, 666 m high volcano from which you can still feel hot air coming out. Banda is hard to come by, three times a week there is a plane to here from Ambon and every 14 days a…

What does a travel blogger do without a camera? He mourns. And so we’re mourning for our camera which was stolen on the overnight Pelni ferry from Kei to Banda islands. It served us well and was with us on Indian trains, Nepalese buses, hot Bikaner desert and cold Annapurna base camp at more than 4000m. It helped us to make thousands of beautiful photos for both blogs. We spent the night on a deck and as tourists we were an easy target for the group of young…

We’ve got some beautiful news again 🙂 We’re on Maluku islands, somewhere between Sulawesi and Papua. The other name for Maluku islands is ‘the spice islands’ because of their nutmeg and cloves production in the 17. century. It was our wish to go to Banda islands (part of Maluku) when we were planning Indonesia, but unfortunately the rare boat was unavailable (we just missed it) and planes didn’t seem to operate when Merpati went bankrupt. So when a really cool guy at the tourist info told us he…

You’re never going to believe it. We bought 4 airplane tickets in advance! 😀 We learned our lesson when we overpaid the plane to Padang and back so that’s why we sat down. Talked. And decided on a plan! 🙂 On sunday we’re going to Gili Air for a week, then to Flores and Komodo, and theeeeeen we fly to central part of Maluku islands! Yaaaaay! We tried to buy the ferry tickets to Banda islands of Maluku but there is no ferry (all 3 weeks, I guess…