General An area of 2,500 ha. of the Banda archipelago has been set aside as marine recreation park. Furthermore, Gunung Api Banda, one of the islands of the archipelago, forms a seperate (marine) recreation park of 735 ha. The Banda archipelago consists of nine volcanic islands with quiet beaches surrounded by the most beautiful coral reefs in Maluku. The area is very important for many seabird, turtle and fish species. Gunung Api Banda (676 m) is an active volcano which last erupted in 1988. The volcano, which can be climbed in 2-3 hrs., forms the main attraction of the park. Access The Banda archipelago can be reached by boat or plane from Ambon. All public tranport ends on Pulau Bandanaira. To get to the other islands of the archipelago you have to charter a boat from Bandanaira. Accommodation * Bandanaira o Many possibilities * Pulau Syahrir o Homestay Mailena * Pulau Karaka o Some simple Homestays Addresses KSDA, Jl.Kebun Cengkeh, Batu Merah Atas, Ambon KSDA Maluku, Jl.Pandan Kasturi, Tantui, Ambon Birdlife International, Jl.Ppandan Kasturi SK 43/3, Tantui, Ambon Trekking The Banda archipelago offers excellent diving and snorkeling. Equipment and boats can be hired in Bandanaira.
Born in the Netherlands on 23-04-1940 and passed away in Bali on 25-05-2015. Farelli was the pseudonym of a remarkable man who was infused with an obsessive desire to create things that did not yet exist. Born in the Netherlands in 1940 Dolf Versteegh left his home country in 1990 in order to start a new life on the Island of Bali. Without any formal education he reinvented himself as an architect, as a designer of furniture, as a sculptor and as a writer.
As a teenager Dolf spent only three years in High School but he kept studying history and the natural world all his life and during his last 25 years on Bali he revealed himself not only as versatile artist but also as a formidable scholar of biology.
Farelli was a prolific creator of web content and what he has left behind will remain standing as a great monument to his creative spirit, his ingenuity and his never-ending search for knowledge.