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Maluku Islands

  • Guning Api from Banda Besar, Maluku Islands
Guning Api from Banda Besar
also known as:
Maluku, Moluccas, Moluccan Islands, the Spice Islands
Priority: Midd
Location Type: Region
Formerly knowm as the Spice Islands, the Maluku archipelago of 632 distant islands are blessed with tropical beaches, coral reefs, volcanic mountains, and unique wildlife. Most travellers visiting Maluku visit the volcanic island of Ternate, the Banda Islands, and the amazing beaches of the Kei Islands.
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Wikipedia - Maluku Islands

View from Ternate to Tidore
View from Ternate to Tidore, where the Portuguese and Spanish ultimately met and clashed in 1525

The Maluku Islands (also known as the Moluccas, Moluccan Islands, the Spice Islands) are an archipelago in Indonesia, and part of the larger Maritime Southeast Asia region. Tectonically they are located on the Halmahera Plate within the Molucca Sea Collision Zone. Geographically they are located east of Sulawesi (Celebes), west of New Guinea, and north of Timor. The islands were also historically known as the "Spice Islands" by the Chinese and Europeans, but this term has also been applied to other islands outside Indonesia. Most of the islands are mountainous, some with active volcanoes, and enjoy a wet climate. The vegetation of the small and narrow islands, encompassed by the sea, is very luxuriant; including rainforests, sago, rice and the famous spices - nutmeg, cloves and mace, among others. Though originally Melanesian, many island populations, especially in the Banda Islands, were killed off in the 17th century during the Spice wars. A second influx of Austronesian immigrants began in the early 20th century under the Dutch and continues in the Indonesian era. ... read more

Wikitravel - Maluku

Map of the Maluku Islands

The Maluku Islands, also known as the Moluccas or the Spice Islands, are a region of Indonesia lying between Sulawesi and Papua. In the Dutch era, the Moluccas were known as the Spice Islands and were the only place on earth where nutmeg, mace, cloves and several other valuable spices were grown. The over 632 islands Maluku are sprawled across a vast expanse of ocean, sitting astride one of the world’s most volatile volcanic belts. Maluku is blessed with incredible sea gardens, idyllic, tropical beaches and rugged, forest-coated volcanic mountains. ... read more

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