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October 22nd 2017
Published: October 22nd 2017
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Three hundred and fifty years ago New York was still called Nieuw Amsterdam. And three hundred and fifty years ago, the British had a useless speck of an island in the Banda archipelago. Useless though it was, as the Dutch had destroyed all the nutmeg plantations on the island, which was the original reason for the British to set up shop there, it was a bit of thorn in the side of the Dutch who co... Read Full Entry



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You could get quite close to some of them
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Golden Rabbit Fish
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Triggerfish
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Regal Angelfish
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Needlefish
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Lined Surgeonfish
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Pale Monocle Bream
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Coral bridge
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Indian Goatfish
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Midnight Snapper
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Turtle grazing
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Coral landscapes
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Another perfect sunset
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Dusk
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Pink clouds
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The boat back to Banda Neira
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Kelly's nutmeg plantation, the big trees are Kenari trees, which shade the smaller nutmeg trees
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View of Lonthoir village and Gunung Api



22nd October 2017
Banda Neira

Banda Neira
Great to hear you are letting the tide carry you to what island it may, Ralf. Here's to expectation of serendipity to prevail for you.
22nd October 2017
Banda Neira

Muchas Gracias
All I can say it will be an adventure, as it always is...
22nd October 2017

Dangit!
I saw "manhattan" in my email and thought maybe you were here! haha. Glad you are at least connected to me right now in a way. Miss you.
22nd October 2017

So sorry
But one day I will come and visit you in Manhattan, and maybe reclaim it back for the Dutch ;)
22nd October 2017

Dive the lavaflow
Hello Ralf, good to hear you are traveling again. If you are still in banda then dive the lavaflow, the area was destroid 20 years ago by a vulcano eruption, what grew back in the last 20 years changes your opinion about coral completely. If you like Hatta, spend some time on pulau ai, its a good place for snorkeling, its a nice relaxed island with verry nice people. If you like muckdiving try ambon, the diveshop in banda has a branch in ambon its a verry good place. I have a nother 2 weeks than i am on my way to madagascar, the island has a feeling similar to indonesia but the diving is not as good. Hope to meet you again some where. Jens Ps. We met in port blair in the andamans.
23rd October 2017

Too late
To do any diving. I am off to Saumlaki today on a PELNI. It will just have to be Hatta, Banda Besar and Banda Neira for me. Have fun on Madagascar!!

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