Also known as the Spice Islands, The Bandas offer a true sense of historical excitement with Dutch colonial houses, crumbling forts, stunning tropical scenery, and some of the world’s most pristine and diverse coral reefs. The Myristica Trees, indigenous to the Banda Islands, are the source of two rare and lucrative spices: nutmeg and mace, once found exclusively on the Banda Islands. In the 15th and 16th centuries, nutmeg was believed to be a cure for the bubonic plague, which spurred exploration and shaped colonial empires with European traders selling it at a 6,000 percent markup, making it worth more than its weight in gold. Be a witness of towering, aromatic, tropical evergreens of these incredible islands that still retain an aura of mystery. A quiet colonial ambiance with the sapphire sea that is brimming with exquisite corals and abundant life makes Bandas an exceptional destination. And did you know that the smallest of the Banda Islands, Pulau Run, was traded by the British in the 17th century for another island at the other side of the world, a place that we know today as Manhattan!