Banda Maluku Ambon
Historically known as the spice islands, Banda is located in the Maluku Islands of Indonesia and comprises hundreds of islands stretching from Timor to West Papua. Connected to the Pacific Ocean, with a total area of 850.000 KM2 90% sea, this biogeographical region contains an eclectic mix of plant, marine and animal species from both Asia and Australasia. Ambon, the region’s capital, holds an important place in both the rich history of Indonesia and as one of it’s best marine diving destinations. Conquered by the Portuguese, Spanish and later the Dutch provides the area with a rich, diverse mix of cultures and ethnicity. Boasting islands with hundreds of banded sea snakes, unspoiled beaches, muck diving, 3000 + species of fish life, 100+ corals, marsupials, 100+ endemic bird species, pelagic fishes and low levels of population, this region is the meeting point of four geological plates and two continental blocks, placing it in the heart of the active “ring of fire”.