The island of Ambon forms a wide bay dominated by hills that surround a city. The whole history of Indonesia seems to be present in Ambon, from the colonial period to the vagaries of independence, through WWII. The life there is still tinted by a rhythm of the past, and the atmosphere of Ambon is quite particular. Ambon is a beautiful getaway before exploring the other Moluccas and Banda Islands, better preserved by their isolation.
Ambon translates to “pretty” and possesses a diverse natural and cultural heritage. It acts as a major harbor, tourist destination, and education center. Set at the center of the Moluccas island cluster, Ambon has a mountainous terrain shrouded in a forest. Surrounded by thousands of tiny islands, this region influenced the course of history from the 15th century onwards. Ambon city is one of the largest townships in eastern Indonesia, a beautiful capital fronting crystal clear coastline and backed by a string of emerald mountains. Here, you can explore the ancient forts and stonewalls of a lost age and the Siwa Lawa Museum, housing an extensive collection of colonial artifacts. Enjoy the beauty of the underwater landscape, loaded with different coral reefs and unique mollusks in this excellent and relaxing piece of tropical heaven.