Bandanaira Transportation

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    To Bandanaira

    by lotharscheer Updated Mar 16, 2015

    At the moment (February 2015) getting to Bandanaira is difficult, only 1 boat from Pelni, the Tidar, runs every 14 days from Jakarta, Surabaya, Bau Bau, Ambon to Banda and on to Kei Islands, Dobo, Kaimana and Fak Fak in western Papua.
    There is a second Pelni boat (the Kelimutu one of the oldest from Pelni), but that was on a lengthy overhaul, running again in late March from Surabaya, Bau Bau, Ambon to Banda and on to Kei Islands, Dobo, Agat to Merauke in southern Papua.
    Pelni might be a few hours late, but it is running.
    There is on and of a airline from Ambon (the last one lost its licence December 15, 2014, there was non in summer 2014, there was an other one the winter before... now, late February 2015 a new one, Susi air (soon maybe also to Amahai, Seram), flying Monday's and Wednesday' s, maybe soon also Friday's.
    If there is one flying it will be unreliable because Banda airport is not equipped for bad weather.
    With the airlines which did this run so far you could book only in Ambon and in Banda.
    You can fly cheaply and daily to Ambon from Jakarta, Surabaya, Makassar and Manado, and not so cheap from Ambon to Kei Island (if the date for Pelni to Banda is more convenient from there).
    To go from Raja Ampat to Banda either by ferry to Sorong then plane to Ambon then Pelni (or plane if it is flying again) or fly to Fak Fak (every 2. day, sometimes there is also a Pelni) from Sorong and Pelni from there.
    Pelni takes about 8 hours and 140000 Rupies from Ambon, 12 hours from Kei Islands and 45 hours and 375000 Rupies from Fak Fak.
    In case you have a plane from Banda to Ambon and it got cancelled and you don't want to miss your onward flight sometimes there are small cargo boats to Ambon or Amahai, Seram or you have to charter a boat to Pulau Seram and go from there to Ambon.
    New: there is now a speedboat from Ambon, Tulehu to Bandanaira on Monday and Friday 8 am, 4 hours and 300000 Rupies.

    The Susi air office
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    By air to Banda islands

    by lotharscheer Updated Mar 16, 2015

    New airline, Susi, from Ambon to Bandanaira on Monday and Wednesday (http://fly.susiair.com/ but neither this route nor Sorong to Waigeo is listed so far).
    More reliable probably a new speedboat line KM. Express Bahari 2B from Ambon, Tulehu on Monday and Friday at 8 am, returning from Banda tuesday and saturday at 8 am for 300000 Rupies and 4 hours.
    This might be their phone number (indonesian only ?): 0815305323646

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    By Boat to Banda islands

    by lotharscheer Updated Feb 28, 2015

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    Pelni web site is a bit limited and gives only the next departures, there are 2 boats from Ambon to Banda Km. Tidar and Km. Tidar (coming from Makassar, Surabaya...going  to Kai islands, Fak Fak...) running every 2 weeks.

    Pelni arriving in Ambon
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    Catching a ferry to Bandaneira

    by Daihappydai Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Pelni ferries travel from Ambon to Banda, Banda to Tual (in the Kei Islands), Tual to Banda, and Banda to Ambon. There are a number of classes on the ferries 'ekonomi', 'kelas tiga', 'kelas dua' and 'kelas satu' depending on the ferry. If travelling on a budget, the ferry is much cheaper than the plane and takes about 8 hours for the Ambon-Banda trip (12 or 17 hours from Banda to Tual depending on the ferry). There can be some difficulties booking - the pelni website, www.pelni.co.id, usually only has the schedule for the next month, and I even found buying tickets more than a week in advance can be difficult. Still, it can be a great experience, and a good chance to chat to some locals, especially if most of your trip is in daylight hours - ekonomi is not so comfortable at night. There have been reports of pick-pocketing when trying to board the ferry - it is a manic loading of people and goods, and some reports of gangs of young men pickpocketing on board.

    Pelni ferry arriving in Bandaneira Crazy scenes as people get on and off the ferry
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    Travelling between the Banda Islands

    by Daihappydai Written Feb 26, 2011

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    It is easy to catch a public boat to take you to several of the Banda Islands from Bandaneira. Boats for Lonthoir and other places on Banda Besar leave frequently. There are at least two boats per day to Pulau Ai, and it is easy to get across to Pulau Gunung Api at most times of day. Note that the boats to Pulau Ai leave in the morning, so if you take the public boat you will have to stay overnight (or longer, because it is a fantastic little island - see my tip). In January 2011, the fare for the public boat to Pulau Ai was 20,000 rupiah one way. If you want to do a day trip to snorkel arounnd Pulau Ai, you will need to charter. The cost is around 400,000 rupiah (share with other travellers) and may include a snorkelling stop near Pulau Run depending on the weather. Getting to Banda Besar and back in a day on the public boats should be fairly simple.

    Travelling between islands, Bandaneira Public transport, Bandaneira Some locals still do it the traditonal way, Banda Almost anything can be carried on public boats Locals sit on the roof to catch the breeze, Banda
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    Flying NBA from Ambon to Bandanaira

    by Daihappydai Updated Feb 25, 2011

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    Nusantara Buana Airways (NBA) have been given another governement subsidised contract to fly Ambon - Banda - Ambon two days a week - Saturday and Wednesday. The plane is an 18 seater and price was 320,000 rupiah in January 2011 (the price will depend on how large the government subsidy is). There is a 10kg luggage limit - although carry on luggage was not weighed when I flew and some travellers were carrying at least another 10kg. Booking is still difficult - there seems a reluctance to sell return tickets - so unless you have a contact, the tickets to return from Banda to Ambon can only be bought in Banda. Locals are hoping for at least one more flight per week, and also hoping that the price will come down a little. The flight from Ambon to Banda takes an hour with some great views of tiny islands en route. As you approach the airstrip, you can understand why the planes used are only 18 seaters!

    Arriving in Bandaneira NBA plane upon arrival at Bandaneira airport Runway at Bandaneira
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    Rent the Boat or Join The Cruise

    by aj03 Written Feb 10, 2009

    If you have extra money you can always rented speedboat. One medium boat for 10-15 people can be rented for 25 million rupiah or around $250 (if 1$=RP10,000). Contact two dive operators in Ambon Blue Rose www.bluerosedivers.com or Maluku Divers www.divingmaluku.com to arrange the trip. Divers long for convenient often join live a board cruise. You hop in the luxurious boat with accommodation for minimum seven days stay. Few cruises cater Banda Seas diving along together with other Indonesian dive sites such as Raja Ampat Papua, Komodo Dragon Island, Saparua and Halmahera Island. Among those are luxury wooden-boat Pindito www.pindito.com, medium size and customized Seven Seas www.thesevenseas.net or Archipelago www.archipelago-fleet.com/pages-destinations/banda-diving-01 .

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    Hassle to Get in and Get Out

    by aj03 Written Jan 30, 2009

    Banda Island isolated because there is no reliable and frequent transportation. Merpati airlines "supposedly" fly every Monday morning back and forth Banda form Ambon. Once a week. But they are too often change his flight even at the same day! the same morning. Sometimes for a good reason such as bad weather, but too often for "mysterious unexplainable" reason, such as some of rich European tourist hired for Rp25 million for themselves. Much better and reliable services offered by PELNI, big boat Ciremai sail every two weeks from Ambon to Banda. Leave Saturday from Ambon around 5pm and arrived in Bandaneira midnight. Book the ticket immidiately if you want first class tickets (which give you two berth and nice Airco for Rp275,000 / $28). The Boat back from banda next Tuesday around 10pm (or they change sometime depends on what time they leave from Tual Island). It arrived in Ambon at 5pm.

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    flight to banda from ambon

    by nabunay Updated Oct 13, 2007

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    There is only one weekly flight to Bandaneira from Ambon. And it depends on wind/weather condition too. If it doesn't fly this monday then u'll have to wait till next monday. Flight is at 7a.m. from Ambon, and around 8a.m. from Bandaneira. Ticket is priced at 120 000rp. The plane is very small, accomodating less than 20 people.

    You can also take Pelni ship to Bandaneira. But you will have to check with Pelni the schedule. Price of ticket depends on which class of ticket you intend to buy. It takes about 7hrs to get from Ambon to Banda.

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