Maluku islands or Moluccas is an Indonesian archipelago known for their palm beaches and volcanoes. The islands are located east of Sulawesi and west of New Guinea and north of Timor. The political entities encompassing the islands are Maluku and North Maluku.
The island was only producer of nutmeg, cloves and mace and formerly called as Spice islands and hence developed colonial interest from Europe in the 16th century. It was once a traveller destination for divers and bird watchers but in January 1999 massacre between Christians and Muslims led to the loss of many lives and the displacement of more than 500,000 people, which hurt the tourism industry. But the Moluccas are now becoming a world-famous traveller destination again.