Banda Neira. The Forgotten Islands.
This place will always hold a special place in my heart. Why? It was a massive challenge to get here. Banda islands are so remote that access is...unpredictable to say the least. But, once you reach its shores, you’ll feel like you’re in a world of your own. Everything moves at island time here, the heat is scorching with barely any breeze which makes their iced cinnamon tea even more of a delight (I can’t tell you how many mason jars of those goodness I sculled). .
The handful of tourists you’ll see are keen divers or explorers making their way back from/to Raja Ampat. Whilst having dinner, I struck a convo with a table of Swiss-German divers next to me and told them about the government’s plan to extend the airport’s runway to accommodate bigger capacity planes. His reaction mirrors the sentiment of the locals and myself - an absolute NO!
Even though neighbouring Raja Ampat is unbeatable for diving, the special part about the Banda islands is its unique coral reefs that grew as a result of a volcanic eruption in the 80s. Whilst the lava destroyed many of the marine habitat, overtime the hardened lava rocks became a fertile source for corals to grow. It’s this gem that pulls divers in from all around the world.
As for me, I was mesmerised by its rich history. But, I’ll leave that for another post :)
Camera : Sony A7ii
Lens : Sony 10-18mm F4 OSS
Tripod : Leofoto
Filter : Haida Soft GND 1.2 & ND64
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