As the historical center and most important island of Maluku, Ambon has a number of sites that are of historical and cultural interest. Among them are the remnants of some old forts built by the Dutch East Indies Company during the days of the spice traders. And at the ANZAC War Cemetery near the town of Ambon services are held every year to commemorate the Allied soldiers who died in the region during world War II.
Outside the dusty city, the island shows up as a tropical gem, with flowering gardens and lush mountains in the background. Two great bays offer beautiful sea gardens and coral reefs, as well as other watersport opportunities like canoeing, water-skiing.
Things to do in Ambon
Ambon has many wonderful beaches and coral sea gardens. Very rewarding is the following selection:
- Santai Beach
- Liang Beach
- Naku Beach
- Namalatu beach
During the month of August, the Darwin-Ambon Yacht Race is a huge event, where the sailing boats race from Darwin/Australia to Ambon.
The Siwa Lima Museum displays Maluku's most complete collection of historical, mainly colonial, artifacts.
Travel to Ambon
Ambon is well connected inside Indonesia, as many domestic airlines serve its Pattiumura Airport. And of course the Pelni ships head to Ambon as well. With Pelni you reach Ambon from Surabaya, and you can then go on to the Banda islands.
Once arrived at Pattimura Aiport, you can go by taxi or by bemo the 30km distance to Ambon city center. The city itself has a quite useful bemo service. Simply ask at your guest house or hotel how it exactly works.