Latuhalat, Ambon Island, Indonesia

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Comments (15)

Ian Stehbens on May 25, 2007

I sort of broke the rules with this composition, deliberately - centering the horizon. But using the overhead foliage to screen the sky I was able to record this quite isolated beach to which one family had retreated. On this southern coast of Ambon we are just over the hills from Ambon City which had been the centre of dreadful violence and arson for the few preceeding years. Slowly community trauma may be healed, feared foes reconciled. Such a sad contrast from the peacful setting pictured.

Jacob D.C Sihasale on May 20, 2008

Is a good place for scuba dive

Ian Stehbens on May 20, 2008

Yes Jacob,

I believe it certainly is. And it is a place where turtles are bred and released.

Kind regards,


Maria no mas on March 14, 2009

Latuhalat is the real name, not Latuhalaf.... Never mind, it's o.k.

I like this place and was here before....


Ian Stehbens on March 14, 2009

Thank you Maria, I have corrected the spelling error. It is a special and beautiful place. Ambon has suffered a great deal through recent and past history. Thanks for your response.


Dos Anjos on March 15, 2009

Nice photo,congratulations.Hug

Ian Stehbens on March 16, 2009

Hi Dos Anjos and Maria,

Thank you both for your appreciation of this beautiful place. Thanks for the hug. That's special!

Yes, I live in Australia, Sydney in fact, but soon will be relocating to Brisbane. I travel to Indonesia from time to time, assisting communities and leaders to build peace and guiding communities towards reconciliation that is sustainable. I love Indonesia and Indonesians are very special people.



Ian Stehbens on March 16, 2009

Good morning Maria,

I like these little questions, Maria. Let's start with TK. Terima Kasih. I thought you were familiar with Indonesia or maybe even Indonesian, so I thanked you in Bahasa Indonesia.

And Dos Anjos is the person who commented on this photo after you: see the comment above.

And my childhood home is Imbil, so I know Bli Bli well. Have you been to Imbil?

And as for Bali, I am sure you will have enjoyed your 4 weeks very much. I have been in and out of Bali quite often for it is my entry point for Indonesia most times. If you use the "Indonesia" tag on the right of this page or on the front page, you'll see more of my images from the land of diversity.

Thanks for the chat. A hug, too.


elberter on March 15, 2013

Nice one. Was just looking one of your photos from one of my favorite countries Ireland, switching to the next and coming to Ambon, where my sister in law is from :) Reminds a bit of where I am living right now, Mauritius.

Ian Stehbens on March 18, 2013

Greetings elberter,

You are a person with a big world view, too. Not often does Ireland, Mauritius and Ambon make it into the same sentence!

Thanks for your visit and comment.

Hope to hear more from you.


elberter on March 20, 2013

Thank you very much for your comments. Unfortunately I haven't seen Ambon yet. But it is definitely on my to do list also. I am sure it is quite different from Mauritius.

Ian Stehbens on August 10, 2013

Ambon is very different from Mauritius, elberter! Eastern Indonesia is a fascinating part of the world.


wan on April 15, 2014

yes I agree, ambon is presumely more enchanting..... bet there re more behind those great pics.... nature s best kept secrets re there..... seeing is believing LIKE !

Ian Stehbens on April 17, 2014

Greetings Wan. Some of my Jakarta friends told me many years ago that their favourite part of Indonesia was Maluku. I trust the wounds from past conflict are continuing to heal in Ambon.


Kostadinos delta on August 14

Stunning waters , great photo! L

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Photo taken in Jl. Amanhuse, Nusaniwe, Kota Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia

Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 22, 2007
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Ian Stehbens
    • Camera: Canon EOS 20D
    • Taken on 2006/08/18 14:37:36
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 24.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/14.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash