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Pictures of our Borneo-Sulawesi-Moluccas-Papua Trip -  in August 2017-May 2018
- Seventh part: On Moluccas Part 2 Island of Ambon and continuing by ferry to the island of Yapen in the province of Papua
 
before:
Moluccas (Central) Part 1 – Seram and onwards by ferry to Ambon in Moluccas
West Papua Part 1 – on the western Bird's Head Peninsula from Sorong, ‚Trans Papua Road’ and onwards by ferry to Seram in Moluccas (Central)
North Moluccas Part 2 – Halmahera and onwards by ferry to Sorong in West Papua Part 1 (Irian Jaya) on western Bird's Head Peninsula
North Moluccas Part 1 – Ternate and Tidore and onwards by ferry to  Sofifi on Halmahera on North Moluccas
North Sulawesi Part 2 – Tomohon and surroundings to Tangkoko NP and onwards to Bitung with ferry to Ternate on North Moluccas
Sarawak-Kalimantan-North Sulawesi Part 1 – Miri via Kuching in Sarawak/Malaysia to Balikpapan in Kalimantan and continuing by ferry to Sulawesi
3rd Rejuvenation of our LandCruiser FJ60/1982 in Miri/Sarawak/East Malaysia from 2/6/2017
Myanmar (Burma) Part 3 – from Nyaungshwe at Inle Lake to Mandalay and Goteik viaduct
Myanmar (Burma) Part 2 – Bago (Pegu) - Shwenyaung at Inle Lake
Myanmar (Burma) Part 1 – from Yangon (Rangoon) to the 'Golden Rock' of Kyaiktiyo
Ukraine – from Russia border at Kyaterinіvka to port city Odessa (29th container to Bintulu/Sarawak/East Malaysia)
Russia – from Kazakhstan (at Mikhaylovka) to Mongolia border (at Tashanta) and Ukraine border at Krupets August 21st to November 11th, 2016
Kazakhstan –  from Kyrgyzstan border at Korday to Russia border at Shemonaika – August 9th to 21st, 2016
Kyrgyzstan from Tajikistan border in Pamir to Kazakhstan border at Karkara June 27th to August 9th, 2016
Tajikistan Part 2 from Dushanbe to the Kyrgyzstan border June 19th to 27th, 2016
Tajikistan Part 1 from Uzbekistan border to Dushanbe May 31st to June 18th, 2016
Uzbekistan from Turkmenistan border in Dashoguz to Tajikistan border near Oybeck May 10th to 31st, 2016
Turkmenistan from Iran border at Bajgiran to Uzbekistan border near Khiva May 6th to 10th, 2016
Iran from the ferry port Bandar Abbas to Turkmenistan border near Ashgabat April 11th to May 6th, 2016
United Arab Emirates from Saudi Arabia border to Sharjah and the ferry to Iran January 12th to April 10th, 2016
Saudi Arabia from the ferry port Jeddah in transit to United Arab Emirates border January 9th to 12th, 2016
Sudan – from Ethiopia border to Suakin and the ferry to Saudi Arabia December 9th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016
afterwards:
Papua Part 1 – Yapen and onwards by ferry to Biak in Papua
Papua Part 2 – Biak and onwards by ferry to Manokwari in West Papua Part 2 (Irian Jaya) on eastern Bird's Head Peninsula
West Papua (Irian Jaya) Part 2 – on the eastern Bird's Head Peninsula from Manokwari, ‚Trans Papua Road’ and onwards by ferry to Makassar in South Sulawesi
South Sulawesi-Kalimantan-Sarawak Part 2 – Makassar in South Sulawesi by ferry to Batulicin in South Kalimantan and continuing via Kuching to Miri in Sarawak
Continuation of the 3rd Rejuvenation of our LandCruiser FJ60/1982 in Miri/Sarawak/East Malaysia from 2/6/2017 and again from 7/16/2018
 
Sarawak Map
 
 
 Map of Southeast Asia
Indonesia
 
 
latest picture: March 23, 2018
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1253  Our LandCruiser starts its sea journey from
Seram to Ambon in the hull of the “KMP Dolosi”
ferry. Its neighbors are mainly motorbikes
1254  A ship's passenger leans relaxed at the
railing of our ferry “KMP Dolosi” and enjoys
the coastal scenery of Seram passing by
1255  Emil tracks the GPS course of our 4½-
hour crossing from Masohi/Amahai on Seram
to Ambon on his tablet, accompanied by
3 hours of deafening karaoke din
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tiny villages with dominating mosques and churches crouch at the foot of steeply sloping forested mountains.
Its residents are connected with the outside world partly only by boats
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1257
1258
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1259  The fisherman just can let him drift. He
has installed a small living space on his boat
1260  One of the little floating “bird-houses” on
the Seram Sea that are used for special earmarks
1261  The eastern tip of the Island of Ambon is
in sight.The little pavilions in the turquoise shining
sea at the Liang beach of Hunimua look inviting
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1262  We approach the ferry port of Hunimua
on the Island of Ambon – beside of it the Liang
beach. It is situated about 22 miles [35km]
from the center of Ambon City
1263  The impressive Merah Putih bridge over
the Ambon Bay connects the city of Ambon with
northern villages. It is 3'740 ft. long [1’140m]
long and was inaugurated on April 4, 2016
1264  The attractive two-storey mosque Raya
(Al-Ukhuwah Kapaha) with its silver dome near
the Commonwealth War Cemetary adorns
together with many others the bay of Ambon City
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1265  The main Raya Al-Fatah Mosque with
its golden dome stands side by side with the
green “Masjid Jame” (left), the old “Friday”
Mosque in Ambon City
1266  Ambon’s facade of Saint Francis Xavier
Cathedral, also called Ambon Cathedral, shows
many fine Saint statues
1267  Cycle rickshaw owners are waiting
for customers in Ambon’s city center. It is
amazing how they manage to maneuver
safely through the heavy traffic
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
View across the sprawling city of Ambon from the 7th floor roof terrace of the City Hotel. Ambon with its barely 400'000 inhabitants is the capital
of the Indonesian province of Maluku, consisting of the Central and South Moluccas. The North Moluccas with Ternate as the biggest city and Sofifi on
Halmahera as its capital is a separate province. The Moluccas (also called Spice Islands) with its sectarian war (Muslims 50.8% - Christians 48.4%)
from January 1999 to 2002 have been split up in October 1999
1268  Towards the Jenderal Sudirman Street
1269  Towards the bazaar
Samping Puskesmas Rijali
1270  In the background, opposite of the city,
lies the northern forested part of the island
with the 22 miles [35km] distant airport
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1271  “Happy Birthday Emil”! Emil beams in front
of his burger, French fries and coleslaw salad at the
rooftop terrace of the City Hotel in Ambon. He is
not particularly fond of Indonesian food; therefore
already a burger makes him happy! We toast with
an Indonesian Bintang beer
1272  On the menu card of the City Hotel
is also the appetizing sandwich. Just looking
at it is mouthwatering .....
1273  ….. it is Emil’s next choice. We wonder
how long Bintang will be available in Indonesia
when looking at the noticeably Islamization
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1274  Nice encounter with Swiss Maggie and
Dani who follow us on our website already since
quite some time. Themselves travelers (with blog
in Italian) they are now on a three months’ tour
through the Spice Islands and spotted our
parked LandCruiser and phoned us
1275  At our “Everbright” Hotel in Ambon City
meteorologists are having a seminar. A couple
of them gather around our LandCruiser for a
picture. It's amazing how many seminars are
constantly held in a lot of hotels!
1276  Rickshaw owners in front of our
“Everbright Hotel” are seeking their own shade
while waiting for guests (from the hotel)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1277  A nice way to draw the attention to a
restaurant with a roof of colorful umbrellas
1278  Liliana is pausing a moment for a
picture in front of the governor’s office at
Ambon's Merdeka Square
1279  A typical kiosk at Merdeka Square
crammed full of snacks and drinks. The square
is used for everything imaginable, but also
for soccer games and running
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1280  On the open field in front of the
Governor’s Office at Merdeka Square the
festive seating for the Music Festival is set
in yellow and white
1281  A quiet pole in the hustle and bustle of
Ambon City: The Maranatha church at the west
end of Merdeka Square, a “gift” in 1954 from
President Sukarno to the people of Ambon, to-
gether with Mosque Raya Al-Fatah (pic #1265)
1282  This is how it looks the morning after
the Music Festival at Merdeka Square. Plastic,
plastic and plastic again! Even if there are rubbish
bins, things are just thrown to the ground – a
huge problem, if not the biggest in Indonesia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1283  The “Pattimura Monument” at Merdeka
Square commemorates the national hero
Thomas Matulessi, known also as “Pattimura”
– a freedom fighter against Dutch occupancy
1284  One of the impressing reliefs on the
“Pattimura Monument” at the Merdeka Square
1285  The fruits literally grow into one’s
mouth right on the doorstep: A jackfruit tree
fully loaded with fruits in the center of Ambon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The “Perdamaian Gong” or World Peace Gong in the city of Ambon is the 35th in the world.
Among others there are such in China, Colombia, Croatia, Hungary, India, Laos, Mozambique,
Switzerland and the Ukraine
1288  Where does it end? Not only the
Ambon City center is crammed with motor-
cycles – they are all over! Woe, if those
all are going to change to cars
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1287
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1289  At the port of Ambon City: The ferry
“KM Doro Londa” of the Pelni Line is discharging.
Container and bunches of red bags with tiny onions
from Surabaya are lowered by the ferry's crane
from the upper deck. They pile up on the ground
1290  A dockworker insists to have his
picture taken from Liliana. As thank you
he shakes hands with her
1291  Our LandCruiser is waiting for our
ferry, the “KM Dobonsolo” in the port of
Ambon City. It will carry us to the port of Serai
on the island of Yapen in the Indonesian Papua
Province. Sailing time: 2 nights
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1292  The building of the Port of Ambon.
The unloaded bags with tiny onions from
Surabaya are waiting to be carried away.
The air is filled with onion aroma
1293  Our “KM Dobonsolo” arrives brightly
lit in the port of Ambon City, freshly from
the drydock in Jakarta
1294  At the port of Ambon City heavily
armed police are watching the arrival of the
ferry. One of the guys happily poses for
a picture with Emil
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1295  After brand new cars and dozens of
new motorcycles from Jakarta have been un-
loaded, Emil drives our LandCruiser into the hull
of the ferry “KM Dobonsolo” of the Pelni Line
1296  Watched by guys of our 6-bunkbed
cabin, Emil is eating our own cheese and avocado.
He leaves the food of the Pelni box behind. For
our taste, it is unsuitable and will be now the
same three times a day: Plain rice, fish and a
little bit of vegetables
1297  With the sparkling lights of Ambon City,
we not only bid farewell to the island of Ambon,
but also to Central Maluku. The island of Yapen
in the Indonesian Province of Papua is waiting
to be explored. It's a rather unknown place
in the former Irian Jaya region
 
More websites from the "Borneo-Sulawesi-Moluccas-Papua" trip:
Part 1: Pictures from Sarawak-Kalimantan-North Sulawesi – Miri/Malaysia via Kuching and Balikpapan to North Sulawesi from Aug. to Oct. 2017
Part 2: Pictures from the second part of North Sulawesi – Tomohon and surroundings, Tangkoko NP in October 2017
Part 3: Pictures from the North Moluccas Part 1 – Ternate and Tidore in November/December 2017
Part 4: Pictures from the North Moluccas Part 2 – Halmahera in November/December 2017
Part 5: Pictures from West Papua Part 1 (Irian Jaya) – Sorong and westerly ‘Trans Papua Road’ in December 2017-February 2018
Part 6: Pictures from the Moluccas Part 1 (Central) – Seram in February 2018
Part 8: Pictures from Papua Part 1Yapen in March 2018
Part 9: Pictures from Papua Part 2 – Biak in April 2018
Part 10: Pictures from West Papua Part 2 (Irian Jaya) – Manokwari and easterly ‘Trans Papua Road’ in April 2018
Part 11: Pictures from South Sulawesi-Kalimantan-Sarawak Part 2 South Sulawesi via Kalimantan to Kuching and Miri/Malaysia from May to July 2018
More websites from Indonesia and Timor-Leste:

More websites from East Malaysia und Brunei: