Bandanaira is the only city in the Bandas – with a devastating history. 14 vessels sailed from Holland in 1602, headed to the East Indies. Four years later, 13 arrived in Neira with one objective; to monopolize the world’s most valuable spices – nutmeg and mace. The story after that involved the awful massacre of the native Banda population. Fast forward centuries, Bandanaira now is a beautiful town to take a leisurely stroll and explore the two old forts – Nassau and Belgica. Walk the mysterious pathway that leads to colonial-era mansions, an ancient Chinese temple, 17th-century cannons which sit abandoned by the roadside, and a museum which occupies one of Banda’s oldest houses.