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Sail 2010 to be organised near Banda JAKARTA - After a successful Sail Bunaken 2009, held in Manado in North Sulawesi, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries will organize a similar event next year as well. The location for this event will be Banda, one of the island is the Moluccan archipelago. The event is already named 'Sail Banda 2010'.
"The Banda Islands are known worldwide for their historical significance and undersea natural beauty, and therefore Maluku will host Sail Banda 2010," said Alex Retraubun, general director of Coastal Areas and Small Islands under the ministry. Banda is known for it's many original species of animals and plants like nutmeg and mace that were used as trade commodities since the 15th century.

The Banda archipelago is made up of eleven small volcanic islands; Neira, Gunung Api, Banda Besar, Rhun, Ai, Hatta, Karaka, Manukan, Nailaka, Syahrir and Batu Kapal. Most of the islands can be used as starts of diving trips in the waters. A picnic on the beach is among the possibilities as well. There are boats that can bring people from and to several beaches in about 20 minutes.

Members of the Sail Banda 2010 international committee will soon visit the area to survey three different locations which could possibly be used as venue for the event. A spokesman for the provincial government, Bakrie Lumbessy, said that the sites which were to be surveyed were the Lucipara islands in the Banda Sea, Banda Islands, and a diving site in Southwest Maluku district.


Tags: maluku, banda, sail, event


Posted in Tourism @ 26 September 2009 11:51 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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