Laut Banda – Gunung Api Banda Marine Park

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Laut Banda – Gunung Api Banda Marine Park

Laut Banda, Gunung Api, Laut Banda, Gunung Api Banda Marine Park, Cagar Alam

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.

Birds
* Collared Kingfisher – Todirhamphus chloris
* Wallace’s Fruit-Dove – Ptilinopus wallacii
* Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove – Ptilinopus regina
* Elegant Imperial-Pigeon – Ducula concinna
* Little Curlew – Numenius minutus
* Whimbrel – Numenius phaeopus
* Common Sandpiper – Tringa hypoleucos
* Grey-tailed Tattler – Tringa brevipes
* Sooty Tern – Sterna fuscata
* Spotted Kestrel – Falco moluccensis
* Red-footed Booby – Sula sula
* Brown Booby – Sula leucogaster
* Pied Heron – Ardea picata
* Australian Pelican – Pelecanus conspicillatus
* Great Frigatebird – Fregata minor
* Lesser Frigatebird – Fregata ariel
* Wedge-tailed Shearwater – Puffinus pacificus
* Island Whistler – Pachycephala phaionotus
* Kai Cicadabird – Coracina dispar
* Rufous Fantail – Rhipidura rufifrons
* Lemon-bellied White-eye – Zosterops chloris Reptiles
* Green Turtle – Chelonia mydas
* Hawksbill Turtle – Eretmochelys imbricata

Fishes
* Surgeonfish – Acanthuridae
* Trumpetfish – Aulostomidae
* Triggerfish – Balistidae
* Fusilier – Caesionidae
* Jacks – Carangidae
* Butterflyfish – Chaetodontidae
* Garden Eel – Congridae
* Batfish – Ephippidae
* Sweetlips – Haemulidae
* Wrasse – Labridae
* Snapper – Lutjanidae
* Moray Eel – Muraenidae
* Angelfish – Pomacanthidae
* Ray – Rajidae
* Parrotfish – Scaridae
* Scorpionfish – Scorpaenidae
* Tuna – Scombridae
* Grouper – Serranidae
* Barracuda – Sphyraenidae
* Reef Whitetip Shark – Triaenodon obesus

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