Maluku also known as
the Moluccas or the Spice Islands, is a region of Indonesia
consisting of approximately 1000 islands, that lies between
Sulawesi and Papua.
A place which is the
transition zone between the Asian and Australian fauna and flora,
and also between the Malay-based cultures of western Indonesia and
those of Melanesia, Maluku is a wonderful place to have a vacation
In the era of the Dutch traders, the islands of Maluku were the
only place on earth where nutmeg, mace and several other valuable
spices were grown. In fact, Maluku first came to be on the world
map as the place where exotic spices could be imported from. Now,
however, Maluku is also a well-known tourist destination.
A province of Indonesia
where only 10% of the total surface area is land, Maluku is
surrounded by seas, that is, at places thousands of meters deep.
But, the vast sea-coasts and long beaches are not just the
topographical features of the islands.
The Maluku islands are
forest-covered, and mountainous. The mountains are mostly craters,
and, the islands of Maluku are sitting atop one of the most active
volcanic belts of the world. In fact, the last 400 years have seen
more than 70 eruptions in the Maluku, Indonesia.
Maluku has many interesting places to see, that will make the
visit of a tourist worthwhile.
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