"Rujak" - a special fruit salad- is a local ambonese special: Every People of Ambon knows.
One good point to find it is in the Pantai Natsepa- in the places between beachroad and beachside.
See the photos- the first show how the Ibu works to make it
the second Shows the Variation of fruits for this special-
and show the place of the toko Rujak between the beachroad and the beachside- easy from far to see with the blue Plastik roofs against the alltime ambonese rain. (look at Google earth!)
This is usual mentioned as one of the main attraction in the east of Amboina island.
there is no difficulty the driver will find the way.
Near the village at a mountain is the spring with fresh mountain water, coming underground out of a karst formation. In that of dozend holes is maybe since ancient times the housing of the eels generation there in the waai karst spring.
So easy can seen by the people - see the photo. Of course like ever in Ambon is a story around, but please see yourself.
It is said it brings luck to see the holy eels and in special to touch them.
If there are enought tourist together, and if the right time has come (maybe tea time so ariound 5 `o clock- the holy eels are special) the guide will try to call the eels-
and real see at the photos, one of the eels is interested - for the offered egg.
You can follow the ceremony frome the bridge or if you artistic enought, from the lower side try to touch them carfully. Down with the flow of th spring is the washing place of the village- (but the eels seems no problem with that maybe it is usually soap, and maybe too cause the spring delivers enought fresh water and the eels are more night active when the place is free).
Last but not least - please an advice, before going away later, don`t forget the give a little donation.
The people of village Waai cares since long for the holy eels, even in the very difficult times.
( And please attention, only the guide is allowed to feed the holy eels).
In travel books photos and at first sightseeing in Ambon you will shure see the monument of Mrs. Christina Martha Tiahahu - the notable Prinses en Vorvegteres van Aboeboe. (Puten dan Pahlawah dari Abubu)
The great monument of Christina with spear and with free hair in the Nordwind of Ambon Bay is well seen from Ambons harbour road at the upper south hills.
Another good place to find out more of her is the "Museum Siwalima" at the westward hills of Ambon.
At the painting in Siwalima you find a very sympathic Christina M. Tiahahu, see the photo. The background of the painting remembers at the fightings around the walls of Fort Dursteede in Pulau Saparua in the year 1817.
At the second painting from anciend waktu belanda, the honoured Signorina Christinha Martha Tiahahu painted (before 1835 from QMR VerHuell) in the historic realistic Netherland style - showing banish time and the wish for freedom- all is the history of Ambonese people inmid the difficulties of the time -
this drawing about time of quarrell in Maluku,
now 200 years ago but in remembering near, is seen in the museum of Fort Benteng Dursteede in Pulau Saparua (the photo was a little difficult to make cause of glass framing of drawing)
In remembering of Maluku people Ms. Christina is one unforgotten national independence hero, together with Kapitan Pattimurah.
One of the great sightseeing points in Pulau Ambon is the "Batu Chapeo" - the free standing stone at beachside with upper side like a hut.
Here at Photo seen at noon and at low tide, in the background the view to Laha Airport of other side of Ambon Bay.
The hight of Bato Capeo is so about 6 m over ground.. Like in other Ambon places too there is around the "Batu Capeo" - an ambonese -portuguese word, free translated "the stone with the hat"- in the background is told a nice story of Nona, an Ambonese heroine .... the story is connected with a Ambon town part "kota Kudamati" and with a higher mountain at south peninsula Ambon, the "Gunung Nona".... (but more later please).
Nice all- but the time is running quick- the sea waves an are in monsum raintime very strong, hope the "Batu Capeo" will withstand wind and weather for a long time...
surrounded by leafy garden, dawn service in australian day and anzac day every year, what i can see here is a piece of peaceful land. i'd ever been visited the allied forces cemetery in myanmar, indonesia and thailand and what i'd got from this place ... the same serene atmosphere. thanks to mr syamsuddin ohayouf who described the place in detail.
as the city with glorious past, ambon also designated as the central of christian mission. no wonder, old churches still can be found within city radius. my choice goes to maranatha church and josef kam church. both of them are beautiful and serene.
picture i included here is taken in front of josef kam's the protestan church. when i was a kid, there's an old church graveyard in front which now turn into a bleakly government building but the tombstone of josef kam, the missionary who addressed as "rasul maluku" still remain in the tiny garden within church complex.
So if you are in Ambon don`t forget to see more so the Museum SIWALIMA. The quite great exibition is worth to see to get an first overview of land and people in and over history in the Maluku area.
There is real a lot of history in and around Maluku and much is connected with the name Kapitan Pattimura (Thomas Matulessy). The "spicy islands" was point of interest of so much conquerors, the VOC was one of them, but look more in wikipedia - it is easy to find out about this.
Here is a painting showing Kapitan Pattimura and his followers with sword and shield- see the small shields, they are a in Maluku a symbol of bravery and determination!
The painting remebers to the well known Battle of Saparua around the fort Duurstede in the year 1817.
And near this picture you find a nice picture of malukus women independece hero Martha Christiana Tiahahu.
Natsepa is the traditional beachside of Ambon,
the Ambonese people like it very much-
and of course at sunday very much people here.
It is quite good sand beach here,
but at times of south seawind it can be quite cold in this southern beach.
As seen at photo, it is able to take a boat- and so do some water sport.
If you are at or from the way to Ambon Pattimura Airport in Laha,
don' t hesitate to take a stop at the beachroad!
The are some good places were it is a nice panorama sight to Ambon Manisé.
Here at the beachroad near Laha.
See in the little Photo of Ambon city with the house of the gouvernor, and Ambon town up to and surrounded by the southern green hills.
At photo time it was a littly cloudy, but I suggest at every time and weather it is a good idea to take the time for a short stop for to say "hallo" or "goodbye" to Amboina.
"Pantai Natsepa" -
every people in Ambon will like it, the well known beachside in outside of Ambon city-
and it is what in Indonesia very, very important:"pante Netsepa ada "ramai".
It means - a place were you can stay and sit and talk and eat together with all other at the little restaurants along the beachside - see the photo.
A more quiet beach is Santai Beach in south.
If one is interested in the History of Maluku, Ambon and Lease it is a good idea to follow the advice of a tour guide and to have an look in Museum Siwalima.
The Siwalima Museum contains a quite good sorted collection from ancient times of Maluku province until today.
It is situated at a hillside southwest of Ambon City.
From the place before the entrance door one has a good view across Ambon Bay,
and at clear weather a good view to the Airport Pattimura in Laha at the northwestside of Ambon Bay.
A good place for recreation is Santai beach at the south coast of Pulau Ambon.
It is very nice in the wind shadow if a cliff,
and you are at the blue coastline direct before the Banda sea-
a very deep blue sea and if trusting the card,
after the coral reef it will be a very deep see.
I is not real a great beach like the well known "Natsepa Recreation Side" in north east Ambon.
But Santai Beach has is own special,
even cause in the week not so much people are here.
Only two problems are and be a little careful if bathing in Santai Beach:
- one is the coral reef under the sea- dont forget the sandals if want to swim a little more- the coral stones so 30 m away of coast are very sharp,
- the second you will see at seawind (wind from south) -
more ore less trash will accumulate to beach side-
but the trash at the beaches seems unfortunately until yet now a main problem in Ambons beachsides.
Most of local people considered Tanjung Setan (Satan's cave) is a mysterious place to visit. But, our dive guide convinced us that Tanjung Setan is one of best dive site in Ambon. And...he was right! About 1 hour from Ambon city, we drove the car to the hill and then stopped in a small village near a beach where our boat was ready to take us to Tanjung Setan. Colorful fishes, morray eel, mantis shrimp, anemon are the best scene when we get there.
Most of beaches in Ambon still have good coral reefs, just like in Hunimua Beach. Once we even saw sea snake was swimming near us. Besides the chilly water, the beautiful underwater scenery will pay everything...
the australian cemetery that located in kapahaha tantui, a village of 2 km from ambon city. u can reach it by using minibuses. all mini buses that leaving the centre of town will pass it, since it is a oneway passage.
It's a burial ground of australian soldiers who dies in ww-2 against the japanese, n also the alliance army who died during the war. every year on April 25, commemorate the allied soldiers who died in the region during world war - 2.
it's very impressive n well maintained garden, in a beautiful setting. huge trees r providing shade so it's nice to take a rest here and to look around