Places To Visit In Maluku Islands

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1. Kota Ambon

Kota Ambon

2,202 km
from city center
1 out of 5
places to visit in Maluku Islands

Kota Ambon is the capital of the Maluku province and was recognised as the UNESCO City of music in 2019. The city consists of a mix of ethnic groups like the Javanese, Balinese, Butonese, Bugis, Makassar, Papuan, Minahasa, Mining, Flobamora and also the Chinese, Arabian-Ambonese, Spanish-Ambonese, German-Ambonese, Portuguese-Ambonese, Dutch-Ambonese. Ambon is mostly a hilly and steep sloping area while some parts can be flat and shallow-sloped. The climate at Ambon is similar to the tropical rainforest climate where there is no proper dry season, the driest month can be said to be November, while June and July are the coolest months.

2. Kota Ternate

Kota Ternate

433 km
from city center
2 out of 5
places to visit in Maluku Islands

Kota Ternate was voted as the happiest city in all of Indonesia in 2017. Ternate has a tropical climate and is a seismic region with active volcanoes and also belongs to the group of islands of the Ring Of Fire. Ternate is home to Mount Gamalama and at the foothills are the clove trees, the Hiri island is located in the northern tip and Tolire Lake lies in the northwest bordered by sheer cliffs. The region is dominated by the Muslims and the Ternate language is used for communication however the Indonesian language is also popular.

3. Pulau Seram

Pulau Seram

396 km
from city center
3 out of 5
places to visit in Maluku Islands

The Pulau Seram is called by some Malukans as Nusa Ina (mother island) because they believe that all life sprang from Nunusaku peak located in the western ghats of the Seram island. Pulau Seram is the home to a number of endemic species and the Nau-ulu tribes, the tall towering mountains of Seram rise upto 3000m and are home to a wide range of wild species. The people at Seram are divided into two, Christians and Muslims due to either immigration or conversion, with a minority of people belonging to Hinduism.

4. Pulau Kei

Pulau Kei

715 km
from city center
4 out of 5
places to visit in Maluku Islands

Located in the southeastern parts of the Maluku province, the Pulau Kei is known for its spices that are grown in the island like the nutmegs, cloves, mace and many more. The climate here is akin to a tropical one, and the months of April-September, is known as the driest months of Kei island where the rains are scarce. Christianity is the dominant religion of the island. The official language is Indonesian, however Keiese is also widely spoken.

5. Pulau Banda

Pulau Banda

379 km
from city center
5 out of 5
places to visit in Maluku Islands

The Pulau Banda got its name as the spice island as it was the original and the only location for the production of spices during the colonial period of the Europeans, Portuguese and Dutch. Most of the present inhabitants of Banda are the second or third generation of migrants from various parts of Indonesia. The Bandanese here speak Malay language but with a peculiar dialect. The island is a volcanic island with a number of active volcanoes. The place is also known for scuba diving and snorkeling.

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