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Exploring Halmahera, The Spice Island (6D/5N)

Tour Code: C2I-HALMAHERA03

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Exploring Halmahera, The Spice Island (6D/5N)
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Halmahera, one of the forgotten Spice Islands, is the largest island in Maluku archipelago (also known as Moluccas). The shape of the island is similar to Sulawesi or Celebes that resembles the letter “K”. Being some of the first to be colonialized in Indonesia during the World War II, many remnants from the war are scattered around the island. In this 5-night Halmahera tour, you will learn the history and the authentic culture, as well as the unspoiled nature of white sandy beaches, waterfall, and hot spring. Try also the local snack with funny name known as Pisang Mulut Bebek (Duck Beak Banana)!

  • 5 Nights
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Pickup: Ternate, Moluccas (TTE)
Itinerary: Halmahera Tour


Welcome to Ternate! The starting point of our off-beaten-track Halmahera tour. Arrive at the airport, meeting service and then our guide will take you to your accommodation for check-in. After settling down, we will take you to Dufadufa speedboat jetty. There, you will take a regular boat and cruise in about 40 minutes to Jailolo port located in the west part of Halmahera island. On arrival, we will drive around town to visit Jailolo sultanate Palace, local market to witness the daily life of local housewives selling groceries, and a kind of special banana snack called Pisang Mulut Bebek (Duck Beak Banana).

We will then go to Jailolo bay encircled with mangrove forest, that serves as venue for the annual Jailolo festival. We leave by boat to Idamdehe beach, a special beach with warm water that comes from the ground. Your lunch will be served at a local Restaurant. We go back to port then taking local boat to Sirih Island as vantage point for the views of Ternate and Halmahera islands. Go back to jetty and cross over by regular speedboat to Ternate late in the afternoon. On arrival, we go directly to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Meals: Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Villa Marasai


After breakfast, we drive by car to a jetty where will take a boat to Sidangoli village with green bush and tropical forest. Stroll around the village and meet the locals. Your lunch will be served en route.  Then we will continue by car to Tobelo, for your next accommodation. Enjoy your free time in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel President – Standard Room


Today, we will have some history lessons since these islands were some of the earliest places in Indonesia to be occupied by colonial powers during the World War II. We will visit some places related to the war that are now reminders of the past such as abandoned ship, cannons, bunker, and you will also visit the local market. Your lunch will be served en route. Drive to Kupakupa beach for some relaxing time or short walk along the shore. Then we will go to Wingongiri ricefield. Enjoy local culinary and drinks. Go back to hotel, dinner and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel President – Standard Room


We continue our Halmahera tour after breakfast. Depart hotel by car to Kao subdistrict to see the Japanese runway from World War II, and we will spend some time at a hot spring, waterfall and Duma Lake. Enjoy your lunch at the local Restaurant. After lunch, cross by local boat called Ketinting to visit a traditional house called Hibulamo. You can also do a little shopping for a home-made souvenir from Pandanus leaves. In the evening, you will do a cooking class for your dinner at a local house. Go back to Hotel for overnight.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel President – Standard Room


We will pick you up by car at the hotel, and leave for Sofifi jetty to go back to Ternate. On arrival, you will have a city tour. We will visit Tolukko Fort that was built to control the trade in clove spices, then Oranje Fort which is the largest Dutch fortress in Ternate built in 1607. Also, you will go to Kayumerah Fort or Kalamata or Santa Lucia; the interesting part isn’t the different names but the design which resembles four corners of the compass that has four pointed bastions and has a viewfinder.

Then you will go to Ternate Palace that was built in the 13th century and now exhibits some of the historical relics in the palace museum. Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant. Head towards the stunning Tolire Lake, a brilliantly blue volcanic lake set in a crater at the foot of Mount Gamalama. Then we’ll go to the beautiful Hol Sulamadaha Beach, enjoy some local culinary. You will get a chance to buy some souvenirs before going back to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast

AccommodationVilla Marasai


After breakfast at the hotel, at indicated time our driver will take you to the airport to catch the flight to your next destination. Thank you for enjoying this Halmahera tour with us!

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: –


Photos: Halmahera Tour

Price Includes

  • Transportation and visits according to the itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals according to itinerary
  • English-speaking guide during the excursions
  • Entrance fees & donations

Price Excludes

  • International & domestic flights
  • Visa & airport taxes
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Porter(s) for your luggage
  • Personal expenses such as: tipping, laundry, alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Extra expenses due to causes beyond our control, e.g. delays or cancellations of flights, etc.
  • Everything not mentioned in "INCLUDES"
Map: Halmahera Tour

How do I get to Ternate?

Flights are available from Jakarta (CGK) and Denpasar, Bali (DPS) where most international flights arrive and depart. However, the flights to Ternate usually include transit(s) through Makassar (UPG). Feel free to contact us to help you organize the flights.

When is the best time of the year to do this tour?

Our favourite time for travel in Indonesia is between April to October, although Indonesia is a great year-round destination, offering memorable experiences for all kinds of adventures. July to August are the peak summer months.

In West to Central part of the weather is delightfully warm and it’s a popular time for travellers to visit for holidays, whilst if you wish to travel from October to April, the Eastern part Indonesia, like Banda and Raja Ampat, would be the best option.

If you wish to have a relaxing journey in Indonesia with less crowds, the shoulder months of April to June and September to October are ideal and slightly more economic. If you must travel in ‘high season’ but want to avoid the crowd, worry not, there are numbered of unbeaten track in Indonesia ready to be explored.

What should I bring?

Tropical areas are usually warm and often sweaty places, especially if you have Borneo or Sulawesi included in your travel. Check out our suggestions on What to Wear:

  • Comfortable and light shirt and at least a pair of long sleeves
  • Comfortable walking shoes or trekking shoes if your trip include some trekking
  • Shorts and long pants
  • Couple of pairs of socks
  • Waterproof Jacket/Raincoat

Depends on the type of travel, you may also need these in your What to Bring list:

Underwater trips:

  • Dive Insurance
  • Dive certificate
  • Certificate of Nitrox (for those who are using Nitrox)
  • Dive equipment except Tanks and Weights. Please consult your travel expert to find out if the equipment is inclusive or not in your booking.
  • Swimsuit/Dive suit
  • Adapter DIN or INT
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen SPF +40
  • Waterproof bags

Land tours and trekking:

  • Small backpack for daily important item
  • Travel Insurance, which covers trekking and sport risk
  • Trekking shoes (check with your travel expert if you need a Goretex or simply a walking shoes)
  • Pullover (as in some areas with high altitude like Mt. Bromo, the temperature can get as low as 0 degree)
  • Small flashlight or head flashlight
  • Valid passport with valid visa (or check if you are eligible for Visa Free Entry)
  • Waterproof bag to put all important documents
  • All documents for your trip: vouchers, tickets, contact numbers ((keep the soft copies in your mobile)
  • Credit card (in some major cities, credit card is widely accepted in restaurants and shops. Small charge might be applied)
  • Cash in Euro or USD (you may change into local currency Rupiah when you arrive here)
  • Camera, Battery and Charger
  • Adapter (220V is used in Indonesia)
  • International driving license (if you plan to drive on your own)
  • Mosquito Repellent with DEET
  • Hygienic travel kits (mask, disinfectant or anti-virus spray, etc.)

How hard is this tour?

We have classified our tours in 3 different classes. Always check which one suitable for your condition. If you have any doubt, you may consult to our travel expert.

Easy: Suitable for most people in good health. These trips can include short walk for days with around 2–3 hours in good paths and at low altitudes.

Medium: A reasonable level of fitness or technique is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels as the trip may include longer days of approximately 5-6 hours of activity or/and in higher altitudes, or snorkelling in strong current.

Hard: These trips are physically demanding and best suited for people with a high endurance level, good level of fitness and exercise regularly. Days can be long around 7-8 hours of activity, often at high altitudes, in remote regions and sometimes without a support vehicle nearby. Travellers may be required to carry their backpack, trip with trekking overnights without access to normal toilets or accommodations.


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