Neira Town Stroll
These islands are very remote – In order for our licensed operators to oversee the operation, they have an interesting journey to meet you. There are no flights to Banda Neira and to get there, they have to use a service ship (Pelni ship is schedule every 10 days). First they must fly from Bali to Makasar – Masker to Ambon and from Ambon by ship to Banda Neira. This impact our rates and therefore you might find them higher than usual. Take a guided stroll through Neira town. Your guide will tell you a little about the local and colonial history, and show you some of the riches of the Banda Islands, the spices. Your first stop will be Rumah Budaya, this is traditional colonial house showcasing some of the material heritage of Banda Neira, with photos and an antique collection. Pass by the house of Captain Christopher Cole, the Captain of British Marines who captured Belgica fort and the Island of Neira from the Dutch in 1810, on route to the Old Church. Visit the Old church built in 1611 by Mr. Pieter Both, the Dutch Governor of Banda from 1611 – 1621. It was once the jewel of Banda’s colonial buildings. In the interior, you will see ornaments and the tombstone lined floors that bring weight to the history of the islands. The mini palace or “istana mini” was the residence of the head of the VOC, the Dutch trading company that ran the Dutch East Indies. Along one side, you will see the statue of William III, one of the Dutch Kings. Hatta house was the residence of a local hero, and the country’s first Vice-president. As you walk through the Nassau fort and towards the Belgica Fort, you will pass the “Perigi Rante”, the Rante Well, where the Dutch massacred the local leaders, and thus consolidated monopoly of the nutmeg plantations. Built in 1611, Belgica fort is a pentagonal fort built on the southern hills only 30m above sea level to reinforce the Nassau Fortress situated below it. The open central courtyard has 2 wells, with a channel linking it to the Nassau Fortress located on the Beach head below. You can view the panorama of the Banda Islands and also the volcano Gurung Api from the sturdy walls of this fort. Unlike the Belgica Fort, which has been restored, Fort Nassau has been left unrestored, and is filled with atmosphere. Visit the Nutmeg plantation; see the trees of the “fine spices” that made the Banda Island so heavily fought-over. Take a moment to taste the local nutmeg jam, and enjoy a piece of cinnamon cake with a cup of coffee or tea, before your return to the pier and your SeaDream yacht.
Notes: Guests are requested to wear comfortable shoes and light clothes. Sunglasses, sunscreen and hats are recommended. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Not all of the land adventures shown will be offered on all voyages and departure times are subject to change. Final pricing and departures times will be published onboard.
Port: Banda Neira, Moluccas
Duration: 3 hours
Price: 138 USD