Lying to the west of Ambon Island, Buru is the third largest island in the Maluku’s. Once a destination for communist political prisoners during the Suharto reign, and therefore off limits it still today attracts few visitors.
As with some other islands in the Maluku’s Buru falls between the Australian and Asian continental zones giving the island a unique and diverse range of flora and fauna. Of the many mammals and birds found on the island a number are endemic to Buru and the nearby smaller islands.
For those who visit there are several attractions within easy reach of Namlea such as the unrestored Kayeli fort at Kayeli village and Jikumerasa beach and a lagoon at the same village.
For those looking for a bit more adventure there are the mountain top lake and villages of Danau Rana located in the centre of the island.
Accommodation can be found in the administrative centre of Namlea on the east coast. Other than that there are very few facilities. Boats run from Ambon to Namlea daily.