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Ternate & Tidore: Fortress Islands & Centuries-old Sultanate (5D/4N)

Tour Code: C2I-HALMAHERA05

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Ternate & Tidore: Fortress Islands & Centuries-old Sultanate (5D/4N)
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Explore Ternate & Tidore, the fortress Islands with centuries-old sultanate and a mighty volcano. The two islands were some of the earliest places in Indonesia to be occupied by colonial powers during the World War II. That is why they are filled with remnants of the war on land and also underwater. In this tour, we will take you to explore the old Oranje Fortress built by the Dutch in the 17th century, the palace of Ternate Sultan which exhibits many valuable relics including the golden throne, as well as natural interests such as the magical Tolire Lake that changes colors with the seasons and the pristine sandy Maitara Beach where you can enjoy your lunch under the swaying coconut trees.

  • 4 Nights
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Pickup: Ternate, Moluccas (TTE)
Itinerary: Ternate & Tidore Tour


Welcome to Ternate! Arrived Sultan Babullah Airport, meeting service and then our guide will take you around Ternate city. There are many historical sites such as: Kastela Ruined Fort as the first colonial fortification constructed, and Sultan Ternate Mosque, the largest mosque in the city and the royal mosque of the Ternate Sultanate. Your lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

Next, we will go to Jikomalamo Beach, white sandy beach that spans approximately 100 meters and located in a sheltered bay, then to Mount Hiri where Australian forces took Sultan of Ternate and the family to escape from the Japanese during the World War II. You will also visit Batu Angus (scorched stone), an area left with remnants of lava eruption of Mount Gamalama in the 17th century. Interestingly, it is also a historical site that commemorating the death of a Japanese soldier who was killed by his parachute that did not open normally during his jumps from planes in 1945. At the end of the day, check in at your accommodation, then dinner and overnight.

Meals: Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Villa Marasai


Being the military bases during the World War II because of its strategic location, Ternate was home to many fortresses. After breakfast, we will explore more of the forts but also some beaches for you to relax from the history lesson! 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. Afterwards, you will go to the local markets to see the daily trades. 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.

Your lunch will be served 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 and conclude the tour at Kampung Papua, built by a lecturer from a local university for the community of Papuan students. Back to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Villa Marasai


After breakfast, we will take you by car to Bastiong speedboat jetty, cruising in half and hour to Tidore island. On arrival, you will start your journey by visiting Tahulla fortress, which is another Portuguese fort on a foothill near Soajawa village overlooking the city centre of Soasio and Halmahera ocean. You will then proceed to visit the nearby Sultanate Tidore Museum, Tore Fortress, as well as the Sultan Tidore Palace, and even if possible be able to meet the Sultan directly and have a little chat with him. Your lunch will be served at a local Restaurant.

After lunch, we continue to hot water spring and then you can do a little shopping at Dowora souvenir shop. Enjoy the afternoon with a cup of tea and local cake at Akasehu white sandy beach. Moving on, we leave Akesahu beach to Gurabunga village. The village is clean and the locals plant some flowers which makes it even more beautiful, in addition to the surrounding trees. We will also visit Mount Kie Matubu to see beautiful sceneries of Ternate town and Maitara island. Down the way by car, we go direct to Tidore speedboat jetty to return to Ternate. Arrival, transfer to the villa for dinner and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Villa Marasai


Today, we will do another island visit after breakfast. The island is Maitara, and the crusing time should be around 30 minutes. On arrival on the island, take a little stroll around the village and then head to the beach. You will have all the time for swimming, snorkeling, or sunbathing.

Your BBQ lunch and local meals will be served at the beach. At the end of the day, we go back by speedboat to Ternate. On arrival in Ternate, you can enjoy coffee break at the beach, accompanied by local cakes. You can also try the Air Guraka, a traditional drink made of palm sugar and ginger, and it’s served with ground nuts or walnuts as topping. Enjoy the local delicacies as you watch the sunset. After that, we go back to the villa for dinner and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Villa 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 exploring Ternate and Tidore with us!

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: –


Photos: Ternate & Tidore 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: Ternate & Tidore 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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