Attractions

Top Choice Fortress in Bandaneira

Benteng Belgica

A classic star fort, the Unesco-nominated Benteng Belgica was built on the hill above Benteng Nassau in 1611, when it became apparent the lower bastion was an inadequate defence. The five massive sharp-pointed basti…
Top Choice Beach in Pulau Kei Kecil

Pantai Ngurtavur

The most popular Instagram and selfie destination in the Kei Islands for domestic tourists, Pantai Ngurtavur is a stunning and slender strip of sand – supposedly the longest sandbar in Indonesia – emerging out of th…
Top Choice Volcano in Pulau Gunung Api

Gunung Api

The 656m-high still-active volcano of Gunung Api can be climbed for awesome views (especially at sunrise) in two to three hours if you are fit, but the unrelenting slope is arduous and the loose scree is dangerous o…
Volcano in Gunung Api Gamalama

Gunung Api Gamalama

Gamalama's volcanic cone dominates Ternate, rising to 1721m. Major eruptions in 1775 and 1840 wreaked havoc on the island. Gamalama still spews out lava, ash and smoke periodically, but it is possible to climb the p…
Fort in Kota Ternate

Benteng Tolukko

A tiny, beautifully situated fort surrounded by a vivid tropical garden, Benteng Tolukko was the first Portuguese stronghold on Ternate (dating back to 1512). It's better preserved than the town's two other benteng,…
National Park in Eastern Halmahera

Aketajawe-Lolobata National Park

Established in 2004, this national park is especially interesting for bird-watchers, who can spot rare kingfishers, goshawks and crows, as well as many other species. The park is also home to the 2000-odd semi-nomad…
Fort in Pulau Banda Besar

Benteng Hollandia

One of Banda's best views is from the chunky, overgrown ruins of Benteng Hollandia. Built in 1624, this was once one of the biggest Dutch fortresses in the East Indies, until it was shattered by a devastating 1743 e…
National Park in Pulau Seram

Manusela National Park

Established in 1997, this remote national park mostly attracts bird-watchers drawn by the chance to see rare parrots. Home to four villages and a number of minority peoples, the park is mountainous and covered in th…
Pond in Eastern Leihitu

Sacred Eels of Waai

Waai is famous for its 'lucky' bulut (moray eels). For 10,000Rp, a 'guide' tempts the eels from dark recesses in a concrete-sided pond by feeding them raw eggs. The eels are so tame you can pet them, a rather slimy …
Beach in Pulau Ternate

Jikomalamo

A couple of kilometres past Sulamadaha, a lane runs right off the highway down to the secluded stilted village of Jikomalamo. There are some small sandy coves here for swimming and snorkelling, although be careful o…