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Asia » Indonesia » Maluku January 11th 2011

Après quelques jours de plongée dans la baie d'Ambon, je peux dire que c'est aussi intéressant que Lembeh, avec beaucoup moins de plongeurs, et peut-être un peu plus de variété dans les espèces rencontrées. Belle variété d'antennaires, mais le specimen rayé decouvert ici n'a plus ete vu depuis plus d'un an ! Néanmoins, j'y ai vu ce que avons appelé un hairy ambon scorpionfish... Ici, ils n’avaient pas vu d'ambon scorpionfish depuis des mois (au moins 2 ans) ! Je suis toujours plus chanceux avec les petites bêtes qu'avec les grosses !! Jetez un œil et faites vous une idée des rencontres qu'on peut faire a Ambon.... read more
a Ambon, on voit aussi des razor fish
cepat jo, cepat (un peu plus vite stp)
crevette abeille

Asia » Indonesia » Maluku » Ambon January 10th 2011

Now all our plans were in place it was time for some chillout time. We jumped on a bemo (small bus) and headed to Pintu Kotu a small bay about half an hours drive from the city. After waiting for an hour at in the bemo station gradually waiting for the bemo to fill up with locals and their shopping - namely huge washing up bowls filled with wet fish, produce and other evil smelling stuff we set off. There was barely an inch of spare space. Ten minutes into the journey, the driver who was chain smoking, pulled over and loaded two huge platic containers of petrol into the open bus doorway, petrol was leaking from the caps and hot ash was dropping onto it from the cigarette precariously balanced on his bottom lip as ... read more
Rocky Headland, Kota Pintu
The family that seemed to love us just because we were English!
Crushed into a tiny Bemo

Asia » Indonesia » Maluku » Banda Islands January 8th 2011

The majority of our time in the Maluku region of Indo was spent in the Banda Islands (3 weeks altogether). There were barely any other tourists here due to the difficult transportation challenges to get there (a boat every week or two and only 2 small flights per week). It was exceptionally relaxing to spend the days strolling around the islands, snorkelling amongst the clear waters and beautiful coral gardens, or just hanging out in our guest-house and enjoying local delicasies like food made with locally grown nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, and kenari-nut (almond-like nut). We had a great time and now we are in Bali for a couple weeks to end our Indonesian holiday....more soon.... read more
Svetla on the Bridge
Big Spider

Asia » Indonesia » Maluku » Ambon January 7th 2011

We've reached the halfway mark of our travels and it's time for the difficult bit. We will need to speak Indonesian as much as possible and expect to get stared at a lot as very few Europeans venture as far as Maluku where the Banda Islands are. We flew to Makassar, Sulawesi on 3rd January, the hope had been to get the Pelni Ferry to our final destination the Bandas. It had been impossible to get a schedule before hand so we had to just hope we wouldn't have to wait too long. Unfortunately when we arrived in Makkasar it turned out that a ferry had left just 3 days ago and the next one was probably on the 22nd but no guarantees. Makassar was not a place to hang about, a very noisy, dirty city ... read more
Market Day, Ambon
Market Day , Ambon
The Church, Ambon

Asia » Indonesia » Maluku » Ambon January 4th 2011

Our first week in the Maluku region, near the city of Ambon. We had time to kill for 6 days before the boat left to the Banda Islands. Not a bad place with swimming and coral right outside of our guesthouse room so we could easily go snorkelling in the waters.... read more
Traditional Dress
Beach near our guesthouse

Asia » Indonesia » Maluku » Banda Islands November 20th 2010

Drawn once again by the magical allure of the Banda islands The famed spice islands of old and just what they were seeking when they discovered America. The richness of the place the history and the undersea world overwhelms me and makes every new visit fresh and thrilling. I am not disappointed that getting here and getting back off again remains an adventure in itself and that the main topic of the still limited tourist population of the islands is still how we got here how we can extend our stay and how are we to get off. , with flights (max 22 passengers but dependent on weight ) booking out fast then maybe leaving without a full plane at the last min confusion is still the main player. The plane itself is like a builders ... read more
NBA  Ambon to Banda
Banda Ferry Market
Pelni boarding

Asia » Indonesia » Maluku » Ambon September 25th 2010

tanggal 29 Juni 2010 saya dan teman perwakilan dari puskomda kalbar akan berangkat menuju Ambon bang fadhli,aris,hambali,dan ...kami berangkat dari pontianak jam 14.00, cuaca saat hujan tidak menghalangi kami untuk berangkat ke supadio menggunakan mobil pribadi bapak bang fadhli. tidak lupa sebelum kami berangkat menghantarkan kami hanya di Masjid Muhtadin. kami pun berangkat sekitar setengah jam kami sudah sampai di bandara supadio. kamipun langsung cek ini untuk menyimpan bagasi, eee...ternyata pesawat yang akan kami tumpangi delay selama 2 jam lebih. kami pun menunggu di ruang tunggu sambi menikmati istirihat di room wait. hee... jam menunjukkan 18.00, waktunya shalat maghrib, secara bergantian saya berdua shalat magrib duluan, sedangkan bang fadli menunggu barang kami. beberapa lama kemudian, para penumpang yang pesawatnya pun di panggil, karena pesawat sudah mendarat.kami pun b... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Maluku » Banda Islands September 13th 2009

We just finally were able to get decent 2 entries today :) The Banda Islands (spice islands) were everything we hoped for and more! After an epic boat ride here we were latched onto by several different hotel/homestay hawkers “mister mister you stay here? You want hotel? Good price.” Overwhelmed we went with the one that looked the nicest. Best decision ever. Our room is on the second floor with a patio looking out across the channel to a perfect little volcano - Gunung Api. It is a wonderful place to eat our breakfast and dinner every day and the price can’t be beat: $12.50 for an upstairs room and SamF is in a room downstairs for $7 a night. Originally we were only going to stay here for 3 days and take the same ... read more
Sams enjoying boatride to one of the outer islands to scuba
Birthday Cake Surprise!!!!
Relaxing with bday beer while Sams cook

Asia » Indonesia » Maluku » Ambon September 10th 2009

Lieve mensen, Ook al ben ik alweer 1,5wk terug, toch nog de vraag van een aantal, om het af te schrijven. Bij deze dus. Zondag na de kerkdienst in Seilale gingen we met de hele familie picknicken op Santai Beach. Met zn allen betekende op dat moment 28man. En aangezien niemand een auto heeft, moest er een truck worden geregeld. Bobby had een hele mooie rooie gecharterd waar we met zn allen in pasten! Dat was echt super tof! En eenmaal aangekomen genoten we van een heerlijke middag met zalige hapjes, dobberen op het water en vooral, het gelach en de vrolijkheid van iedereen. Die avond moesten Lena en ik al bijtijds ons mandje in want Mahia stond voor de maandag gepland. Het dorp waar mijn opa oorspronkelijk vandaan komt. En aangezien het een behoorlijke klim ... read more
Ik op Latuhalat beach

Asia » Indonesia » Maluku » Ambon August 22nd 2009

Lieve mensen, Inmiddels zijn alweer een aantal dagen van gebeurtenissen en ervaringen verstreken… In rap tempo val je van de ene blijde gebeurtenis in de andere. De volgende dag gingen we vroeg uit het hotel weg om een kerkdienst bij te wonen in Seilale. Bij aankomst was iedereen al op en top in zondagse kledij. Vooral de kleine nichtjes weten hier duidelijk voordeel uit te trekken. Prinsessenjurkjes blijven niet gespaard! Na de dienst gingen mijn vader en ik op stap met 3 neefjes, 2 nichtjes en aangetrouwde neef. Een lange wandeling stond op het programma, dus mijn zilveren ballerina’s werden verruild voor gympen. Via een hele lange, vrij steile trap kwamen we aan dan aan op een klein strandje waar de boot van mijn oom Arnold ligt. Hij is visser van beroep met peddels dus zonder ... read more

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