Ambon should be a beautiful place, but unfortunately the concept of not throwing rubbish everywhere has escaped the locals! The bay is wonderful, but full of rubbish! As are all the local places to see as you travel around.
The most memorable place was the war cemetery, the trees and the surrounding gardens are beautifully kept and a credit to the staff who look after it. Hopefully in the future they can find a way to recycle the rubbish and make it the beautiful place it deserve to be! I would not recommend unless you are a history buff and want to look at the war cemetery.
I was in Ambon 20 years ago. It is now a vibrant city with shopping malls, organised traffic, good roads, restaurants overlooking the water, services all available and pretty clean all round.
Still all delivered very informal manner, but a pleasant place to stay.
There are many interesting and worthy day trips around Ambon Island, Liang beach, Hila with the restored 17th century Dutch fort Amsterdam, the Portuguese era thatched roof church i.
e. Gereja Tua, the ancient thatched roof mosque Wapaue, etc. And the pretty little seaside villages around the North end. Ambon city itself has little of interest to speak of save the beautifully situated Muzium Siwalima. At the time of my visit, the main exhibition hall was being renovated. However the collected could still be visited at an adjacent temporary hall. Ambon is the gateway to a plethora of wonderful and interesting destinations such as the Lease Islands, Banda Islands, Seram island with its beguiling Manusela National Park. however, more time is needed. I would have visited Manusela, but due to forest fires and logistical problems did not.
Visit Natsepa Beach, Collin Beach, Desa Seri, Liang Beach, Pintu Kota. Try diving and beach activities but also you can do hiking in mountain.
The airport is FAR from the city center because of the shape of the island. Prepare yourself for a relatively expensive taxi ride.
The city is quite compact, with only a small flat area along the port, and then it extends up the hillsides surrounding the city.
There are good beaches in that part of Ambon (accessible within one hour), and the surrounding area is lush and green.
Take an Angkot to Pintu Kota. It's lovely there and you can relax on the beach. Although there are so many stones on the beach.
Ambon has a very beautiful beach around, you also must try the local food here. For example papeda, and their seafood.
I believe any month will be good, but we were there in December. I was bringing my dad back to see where he was born.
Ambon is small but beautifull and you should just stay a couple of days and drive around the Island. Waai beach is very pretty and the ocean is gorgeous! It is very primitive, not a lot of restaurants. Make sure you go see the Sacred Eels in Waai Beach.