Saparua is a small island in the chain of Nusa-Ina islands, it’s famousity because of the Fort Duurstede. If you are a fortress lover than you can combine the visit to Banda island, which also offers a lot of fortresses such as Fort Belgica, Fort Hollandia and Fort Nassau. Visiting the fortresses on your own it will consume time and money; Matahari Travels made an attractive 8-days tour to see them all. Please see the itinerary.
|Location||Saparua & Banda island|
|Duration||8 days / 7 nights|
DAY 01:ARRIVAL AMBON AIRPORT – SAPARUA ISLAND
Arrival with an early morning flight at Pattimura International, the airport of Ambon, transfer to the harbour for a 09:00 local fastboat destination Saparua island. The sea journey will take about 2 hours and upon arrival at Hurnala Pier of Saparua, transfer to your hotel.
Free afternoon program.
Overnight at a local simple hotel.
DAY 02: FORT TOUR & ISLAND TOUR
After breakfast, you will walk into the fort Duurstede. This Fort was build by the protugese in 1676 but later take over by VOC governoor in 1691 and become the center of the Dutch Government. After visit the fort you can continue your tour around the Island, visiting thepottery village, Baileo traditional house, sagoo process and swimming & snorkeling at a deserted beah.
Late in the afternoon return to your accomodation in Saparua.
DAY 03: SAPARUA ISLAND – AMBON ISLAND
Breakfast early, then board the local fastboat heading back to Ambon pier tehn transfer to your hotel in Latuhalat area. Today you are free on your own and since your hotel directly face the sea, then you can swim and relax by the sea side. You can also explore this eastern coast of Ambon on your own. Optionally you can go for snorkeling on the near by coral reefs.
Overnight at a comfortable local Hotel in Latuhalat area.
DAY 04: AMBON ISLAND – BANDA ISLAND
At this moment, there is no flight acces to Banda Island so your tour depend fully on PELNI boat liner. This boat travel from ambon to Banda on about 8 hours. Upon arrival in Banda, walk into your accomodation.
Meals and accomodation prepare at your accommodation
DAY 05 / 06 / 07: BANDA ISLAND FORT TOUR
In this three days you will visit several Fort which is in intac condtions. Fort of Belgica, Build in 1611 by Governoor General Pieter Booth to stop the local people revolt againts the VOC. Later this fort also function to watch incming and outgoing ships in Banda island. Fort Hollandia, built in 1624 at the highest point of Lonthoir Island to watch people and ships traffic around these Islands. Fort of Nassau, build in 1609 at Banda Besar island or Neira island. The function of this fort is to control the trade of nutmeg & mace, which at that time only growth in Banda island.
You could also visit many historical site in this amazing Island in the middle of nowhere.
Overnight & meals prepare at your accommodation.
DAY 08: BANDA ISLAND – AMBON ISLAND
Travel back to Ambon island using the PELNI Liners on nine hours journey. And it depends of your arrival time in Ambon, you can go directly to the airport and fly to your next destination or you can check in at a hotel in Ambon and relax there for several days. End of the tour program.