Mount Api, active Volcano Island directly opposite Banda Neira last erupted in the late 1980s but fortunately almost all the lava and ash fell on the side away from the town. The view from the summit is spectacular. To climb, go with a guide and get start early to beat the heat of the day. Count on 20 – 30,000 for a guide, including the canoe ride to and from Banda Neira. A guide isn’t really necessary since once you land on the dock on the East Side of , there’s only one way up and it’s pretty obvious. If you’re alone and safety conscious, you may wish to take a guide since the trail is quite treacherous.