HomeBlogs Yamdena: The Center of the Tanimbars The main island of the
Tanimbar archipelago, home to the regional capital Saumlaki and the
largest island by far, Yamdena also has the largest range of places to
stay and places to visit in these parts. In addition to the beaches and
off-shore islands you can automatically expect in southern Maluku, it
also has several intriguing historical sites, whether they are ancient
megaliths or ones associated withthe locally prominent Catholic faith.
Unfortunately, it is less immediately impressive as far as scenery and
nature is concerned, with the main road along the SE coast of the
island taking you past largely deforested, rolling hills. Budget
travellers should also be warned that costs here are just about the
highest in Maluku, with accommodation being particularly poor value.
The locals, while still maintaining much of their interesting
traditional culture, can also sometimes be a rough lot. So a typical
tropical paradise it may not be, but interesting Yamdena surely is!