Ambon's harbor is a long, deep harbor surrounded on both sides by steep, verdant volcanic slopes. The port is located in the city of Ambon
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The island is mountainous, well watered, and fertile. It is one of the 3 main islands of the South Moluccas. The main city and seaport is Kota Ambon, which is also the capital of Maluku province.
The capital of Indonesia’s Maluku region, Ambon is crowned by statues on the high hills. For a great view and an interesting story, visit the Tiahahu Monument, and see the striking statue of the young female who was a freedom fighter against the Dutch colonialism. The Siwalima Museum has a large collection of ethnographic arts and crafts from Maluku.
Many towns have taxis, but be sure to agree on a fare in advance.
Take the time to explore the charming Kota Ambon and even take a guided walk to admire the lush, tropical, vegetation.
Other interesting options are visits to the mountain villages of Leitimur such as Soya Atas, or the “Sacred Eels” of Waai, swimming in a clear pool and considered good luck to see.
In Indonesia eating with your hand (instead of utensils like forks and spoons) is very common. The basic idea is to use four fingers to pack a little ball of rice, which can then be dipped into sauces before you pop it in your mouth by pushing it with your thumb. There's one basic rule of etiquette to observe: Use only your right hand, as the left hand is used to clean yourself in the bathroom. Don't stick either hand into communal serving dishes: instead, use the left hand to serve yourself with utensils and then dig in. Needless to say, it's wise to wash your hands well before and after eating. Eating by hand is frowned on in some "classier" places. If you are provided with cutlery and nobody else around you seems to be doing it, then take the hint.
ATMs are common in any major cities in Indonesia.
Be careful when using credit cards, as cloning and fraud are a major problem in Indonesia. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted, but American Express can be problematic. At smaller operations, surcharges of 2-5% over cash are common.
The sole official language is Indonesian, known as Bahasa Indonesia.
Internet: Prices vary considerably, and as usual you tend to get what you pay for, but you'll usually be looking at around Rp 5,000 per hour. In large cities, there are free hotspots in certain shopping malls, McDonald restaurants and Starbucks cafes. Some hotels provide free hotspots in the lobby.
mobile phones emergency number: 112
December/January Idul Fitri, the celebration of the end of Ramadan.
January 1 New Year's Day ( Tahun Baru).
March/April Nyepi, Balinese saka New Year.
March/April Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
May Idul Adha (Hajh), Muslim Day of Sacrifice.
May Waisak Day, anniversary of the birth, death and enlightenment of Buddha.
May/June Ascension Day.
June/July Muharam, Muslim New Year.
July/August Maulud Nabi Muhammad, the anniversary of the birth of Mohammed.
August 17 Independence Day ( Hari Proklamasi Kemerdekaan) celebrates the proclamation of Indonesian Independence in 1945 by Dr Sukarno.
December Ascension Day of Mohammed.
December 25 Christmas Day.
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