Surrounded by the 5,000-metre-deep Banda Sea, the Banda Islands are a marine wilderness area of great ecological significance. They are part of the migration route of the blue whale, and a meeting point for pelagic predators such as hammerhead sharks and bluefin tuna. Some of the most colourful and diverse coral reef systems are found here, and have demonstrated a unique resilience.

“The beta-diversity in Banda’s reefs is really high,” explains marine researcher Marieke Huhn, co-founder of Banda-based Luminocean. “This means that you don’t just find a high number of species across all reefs, but that each reef hosts a similarly high number of species. High diversity is always a good indicator for resilience.”


Read more in the The Banda Islands: Hidden Histories and Miracles of Nature. To order a copy, email

The book is priced at Rp. 395,000. 10% of direct sales go to sustainability initiatives on the islands. For more information on the causes we support, click here.

The Banda Islands is also currently available in Indonesia at Periplus nationwide, at Aksara and Bartele Gallery in Jakarta, and at Ganesha in Bali.

*image by Angelo Germidis