|Elevation:||640 m (2,100 ft)||Prominence:||640 m|
|Ribu category:||Spesial||Province:||Maluku (Moluccas)|
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|Eruptions:||1586, 1598, 1609, 1614-15, 1632, 1635, 1683, 1690, 1712, 1722, 1749, 1762, 1765, 1773, 1775, 1778, 1816, 1820, 1824, 1835, 1855, 1890, 1901, 1988|
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Banda Api is a small but very active island volcano in the remote Banda islands. It has been observed and written about for centuries since it was a key location for the trading of spice when the British, Dutch and Portuguese sought the vast quantities of nutmeg on these islands – particularly tiny Run island. To reach the Banda islands, charter a plane or boat from Ambon or look online at the various tours you can join. The last major eruption was in 1988.
For an interesting and informative account of the Banda islands and their historical significance read Nathaniel’s Nutmeg by Giles Milton.