MALUKU, REMOTE & TIMELESS
Formerly known as the Moluccas these islands were the original Spice Islands, which were once a trading post for cloves and nutmeg, spices highly valued for their aroma and medicinal qualities. The province comprises a cluster of 1,000 totaling 74,504 sq km. The islands are treasure troves of flora and fauna. Meranti trees and different species of orchids are found all over the islands. There are birds of paradise, brilliantly colored lorikeets and parrots, wild goats and numerous rare species of birds and animals.
Maluku is remote and getting to the islands may need some planning and few air connections. The trip is worth the effort for a virtual paradise awaits the travelers. Snorkel in the beautiful Bandas, explore the beaches of the sun-kissed Kei Islands, be awed by North Maluku’s volcano-islands and explore ruins of Dutch fortresses. Due to its remoteness the beaches and seas are never over-crowded.
Maluku is divided into two provinces: Maluku with its capital in Ambon, and North Maluku with its capital in Ternate. Other important islands in the group include Halmahera, Seram, and Buru.
The central and southerly areas of Maluku enjoy its dry season from October to March, with the wet monsoon season between May and August. On the northern side of Maluku, the wet season is from December until March. Temperatures throughout the province averages 30°C.