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Take to the Bandaøerne - Indonesia's secret paradise

in recent years, Indonesia gained a foothold among the Danish tourists in a big way flock to the paradisiacal Bali.

But like many Danish tourists, international tourists also become aware of the little gem, and it has resulted in both higher prices and a culture that is increasingly dominated by tourism.

you Will experience the authentic Indonesia and experience the unspoilt paradise, it makes sense, therefore, to look for alternatives. the
Main Bandanaria bears strong marks of a century of european influence. The british and the Dutch fought fiercely on the islands. Private
Undiscovered paradise
In the east of Indonesia you will find just that. In the middle of the big Bandahav find Bandaøerne. The isolated archipelago consists of ten small islands and is located 120 kilometers from the nearest city and the nearest mainland.

First, the later years is the capital Bandanaria been connected with the outside world via regular flights and ferry services to the city of Ambon, which is also the nearest mainland in the area.

This means that tourism is still only budding in the island paradise, which is also not built with expensive resorts and grand hotels. Yet. the
Bandaøerne is completely unspoilt. The local living life, as they have done for centuries. In the background is the mighty Gunung Api, there is a fault in the area's lush land and marine life. Private
Surprising architecture
The first thing you notice when you arrive to the main city of Bandanaria, is the colonial style, the city is listed in.

Have you travelled around in Indonesia, before arriving to the island, it will be a bit of a culture shock. From the end of 1600 century and several centuries fought the Dutch, and the English fierce battles for supremacy over the islands.

The imperialist struggle of the small islands in the far east was due to Bandaøerne up to the middle of the 19. century was the only place in the world where there were grown muskatnødder. A spice, which was extremely valuable.
the Dutch built several fortifications around the ten islands. Most impressive is Fort Belgica. Private
Find the man with the key
Precisely the imperialist style of the building makes Bandanaria particularly interesting, and one should not cheat yourself for a trip in the Dutch built Fort Belgica.

the Fort is only accessible, if you can find the local indoneser, which carries the key. But it should not be nervous. The local spotter quickly tourists and are friendly to help.

for a nominal sum of about ten dollars follow a local around and tells and shows proudly the newly restored fortress above. the
From the fort they could keep an eye on indsejlingerne to the bay between the islands of Gunung Api, Bandanaria and Banda Besar. Private
From the fort's violence has views over the majestic bay. You become overwhelmed when you look over at the mighty, jungleklædte volcano Gunung Api, towering up against the sky on the other side of the pandekageflade water.

South of the town you can see over on the krydderiplantagerne, of course, primarily cultivating muskatnødder, and down by the port you can see the small fishing boats come in with freshly caught tuna. the
Muskatnødder is Bandaøernes gold, and a trip into one of the local farmers is a must. The hospitality is great with the locals, who proudly displays the spices. You're missing something, please do not hesitate to ask for help. They can fix everything from a dinghy to access the locked fort. Private

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Vulkanvandring at Gunung Api

In the middle of the Bandaøerne towering the mighty Gunung Api volcano itself 656 metres up out of the deep surrounding sea.

The active volcano is both the blessing and the curse. The big vulkans massive activity brings nutrients to the sea and the surrounding islands, which ensures a rich fiskeliv, great diving and enviable farmland.

But the eruption has also created death, and not at least the great destruction in connection with its outbreak. Later in 1988, where three were killed and 300 homes were destroyed by the flames.

Up the volcano's side grows the jungle close to, and almost begging the adventurers to be climbed.

the Trip up the volcano-the page is relatively short, but rugged, and requires a guide. By asking around in Bandanaria we found quickly a guy who could put us in touch with a local guide.

the Day after, we met with the wizard and his son at five o'clock in the morning and sailed over to the hidden jungle path that leads to the top of the volcano. The trip to the top is tough and presents many challenges. the
The hard trip to the top is forgotten, when you hold the pause. Here a picture about 300 meters around dawn. Private
Giant spiders
in Addition to the many loose rocks on the steep rise lurking spiders the size of a big and hefty man's hand and snakes on the trip up.

the Climb takes several hours and requires several litres of water.

But already on the way to the top you get the reward. The sunrise seen from the jungle out over the water and, not least, the view from the top is indescribable and almost intoxicating.

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On the hunt for hammerheads at the Palau Hatta. Private
scuba Diving class

you go to the Bandaøerne, you are almost forced to explore when booking around the islands.

In dykkerkredse roses Bandaøerne to have some of the best diving in the world. From October to november there is a chance to see large schools of up to five feet long hammerhead sharks.

We visited the islands in december, and unfortunately, as we no hammerheads on many dives, we got to have.
the coral reefs around the Bandaøerne are many. You can both dive and snorkel on most of them. Private
in return, we saw meterlange moray eels, stingrays, lionfish, sea turtles, reef sharks and a myriad of other species.

the dive sites around the ears are almost endless, and the variation is big. The greatest impression made dives at the grotto at the back of the Palau Banda Besar and undervandssøjlerne out for the Batu Kapal, where the ocean forces with the currents and the waves showed its hard side.

Diving is intoxicating. Have you never tried it, is it just to get away.

In Bandanaria are two dive centres, run by respectively the French and the German. They offer equipment rental and dive to a price in the region of 300 crowns per. day.

scuba Diving around Bandaøerne is world-class. The same is the beaches. Most beaches require a boat, as they are isolated around the islands. Rids you of such a, you have them to turn to yourself. Private

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