The Spice Islands are the flavour of adventure
The Banda Islands are part of an area romantically known as the Spice Islands and were a much-disputed region during the colonial hiatus of the 16th and 17th centuries. The spice related nickname was well deserved and their historical worth was assured as the only region in the world where valuable nutmeg, cloves and mace were found in abundance.
The Portuguese, the Dutch and the English all vied for superiority in these faraway waters but as these commodities began to be cultivated in other places this hotspot faded away into insignificance. Colonial ambitions sprouted elsewhere, history marched on and these spectacular islands were all but forgotten about until now.
The zesty zing of this remote region has recently been resurrected as a destination for only the most intrepid travellers. Literally bursting with opportunities for exploration this sparsely populated location has turquoise oceans thronging with marine life, deserted beaches, friendly locals and the charming remnants of architecture from a bygone age.
In the 21st century, the Banda Islands spice up any trip to Indonesia with their unique flavour.