Welcome to Pulau Ternate
The dramatic volcanic cone of Gunung Api Gamalama (1721m) dominates Pulau Ternate. Settlements are sprinkled around its lower coastal slopes with villages on the east coast coalescing into North Maluku’s biggest town, Kota Ternate. The city makes a useful transport gateway for the region and has fishing harbours bobbing with colourful boats and a few remaining stilt-house neighbourhoods.
Ternate is not big: you can drive around it on an ojek in a few hours. It's a worthwhile trip that takes in a few reasonable beaches, friendly villages and one crocodile-infested crater lake.