Banda Islands is historically known as part of the Spice Islands of the Moluccas. It belongs to a string of islands south east of Ambon. It has an old Dutch fort and there is a volcano here called Gunung Api (mountain of fire) which erupted in 1988. The lava flow from topside is still all black and it flowed all the way into the sea. Life underwater erupted as well. The corals from the most shallow all the way to the deep was just COVERED by hard branching corals. The coral traffic was intense.