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About Maluku Islands

The Maluku Islands, formerly known as the Spice Islands, (Indonesian: Malukua) is an archipelago, as well as the name of a province, in eastern Indonesia. The archipelago comprises about 1000 islands with a total area of ​​over 74,500 km2. The Moluccas are considered eastern Indonesia and form the islands between the larger, more famous island of Sulawesi, north of Timor and Nusa Tenggara or the small Sunda Islands and the western Indonesian part of New Guinea, Papua Barat. Many of the around 1000 islands are mountainous and of volcanic origin. The rain forest that covered the islands has been severely felled. Historically, the islands have been anchored by both Portugal and the Netherlands, and the availability of various exotic spices was the major reason for the occupation and control of spices that were often very brutally controlled and exported, where perhaps nutmegs and cloves were the best known and origin from here.

The islands have a rich animal and bird life and even endemic species both in the sea and on land. This is also where Alfred Wallace made his discoveries and got his thoughts on the origin of the species he sent to Charles Darwin who later published and became the one who became famous. Alfred Wallace is still a very big and respected name in the Maluku Islands.

The Moluccas were previously a single large province but are now divided into northern Maluku which are mainly muslim and the southern, Maluku, which are mainly christian, where Ambon is the main island in the southern part but the island of Seram is by far the largest and in the northern Maluku is Ternate main island but the island of Halmahera the largest. Diving in the area has not yet been fully explored, but resorts and liveaboards have begun to explore and dive these fantastic islands. Here you will find unique epaulette sharks, reef sharks, hammerhead sharks, mantas and other large fish, but also the macro life is fantastic and many quite unique species, such as the psychedelic frogfish found only here around Ambon.

You only come here through one of the international airports, Jakarta, Bali or Manado and then onward domestic. We of course help you to this amazing paradise.

Travel information Maluku Islands

  • Time: GMT +9
  • Currency: Rupiah
  • Language: Indonesian is the most common language in Maluku Islands
  • Water: Avoid drinking tap water and ice made from tap water. Instead, opt for bottled water.
  • Visa: As a Swedish citizen you are eligible to a visa on arrival (along with 61 other nationalities), which is valid for up to 30 days.
  • Health: Please contact your local vaccination clinic to see what you specifically need.
  • Recompression chamber: Available in Denpasar in Bali and Manado on the island of Sulawesi. It is both incredibly expensive and difficult to arrange transport to the chamber, so long safety stops, nitrox and a very comprehensive dive insurance is necessary.
  • Country code: +62
  • Electricity: Mainly resorts and liveaboards have EU 2-pin sockets with 220 volt.
  • Weather:The climate is warm and tropical, the temperature varies between 25-34 degrees depending on the season. The rainy season usually lasts from December to March in the northern parts as well as for the rest of Indonesia, while the southern and central parts have their rainy season deviating with May to August / September as windy and rainy, with short showers usually occurring in the afternoon and evenings.
  • Tips: A common tip is ca 10% of the total check..
  • Clothing recommendations: Everyday clothing is appropriate in most cases. When visiting temples, please make sure to cover your shoulders, and legs to below the knee, preferably using a sarong and sash. Hats and light clothing to protect your skin from the sun is recommended.

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