Thursday 9 December: An eight-hour cruise on the Pelni liner KM Lambela takes me to Ambon where I have a three-day wait to board the KM Ciremai bound for the remote volcanic Banda Islands.
Monday 13: Finally the Ciremai docks at Bandaneria, Banda's main port, and I head for the Dutch colonial style Delfika Guesthouse.
Tuesday 14: Very quiet, very colonial with a Dutch fort and, I'm told, great snorkeling but my foot's too painful to put on flippers so I give it a miss, pity. Until the mid 19th century the Banda Islands were the world's only source of nutmeg and today nutmeg jam for breakfast is a real treat.
Friday 17: All too soon the Ciremai returns and I say goodbye to Bandaneria.
Photos of the Banda Islands.