Since the Dutch era, Maluku islands have been widely known as “The Spice Islands.” The honor is earned by the islands back in the 16th century when nutmeg, mace, cloves and several other valuable spices grew nowhere but on the islands. Maluku monopoly on spices came to an end in the 18th century. But up until now, the spices are still the chief exports of the area along with several forest and mining products.
“For years, tourists come to Maluku islands to partake in its pristine beaches and stunning array of coral reef.”
Maluku islands encompass most of Indonesia’s smallest islands which are located between Sulawesi and Papua. For more than the thousands islands, only fifty percent have been civilized. Meanwhile the rest, especially those in southern part, are kept uninhabited and off the beaten tracks for travelers.
For years, tourists come to Maluku islands to partake in its pristine beaches and stunning array of coral reef. The islands offer limitless possibility of diving and snorkeling as long as you bring your own gear. But if you don’t, consider diving around the islands in central and north Maluku where some reliable diving operators can be found.
Sea and corals indeed are the main attractions to most of visitors, but, in fact, the region has a lot more to offer. Most of the biggest islands of Maluku are covered with evergreen forest with a chance to spot unique wildlife. Meanwhile ancient landmarks spreading around the land offer fascinating history and culture interest.
Check out the information below and discover the highlights of Maluku islands: