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Royal's Restaurant

Swish by Ternate standards, Royal's is a popular spot thanks to its wide-ranging Chinese-Indonesian menu, which has a big focus on fish and seafood but also covers chicken, beef and duck dishes. There are a few vegg…
Top Choice Indonesian in Kota Ternate

Kedai Mita

Relocated to the waterfront, this simple, partly open-air, family-run restaurant is one of the best in town for Malukan staples (alongside classic Indo fare). At lunchtimes, try the popeda (sago congee) spread. The …
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My Home Cafe

The most atmospheric place to eat in Tobelo – a courtyard garden with a small ornamental pond, packed with plants and lit by lanterns – this cute place also does decent ikan bakar (grilled fish), as well as the usua…
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…
Seafood in Kota Ternate

Floridas

Floridas is a locally famous seafood restaurant, thanks in part to its seafront balcony with peerless views to Tidore and Maitara. But it's also a good place to tuck into ikan woku balanga: fish steak roasted with k…
Indonesian in Kota Ternate

Rumah Makan Popeda Gamalama

Buried at the far end of the market, this is a great spot to try popeda. An array of fish, stewed greens, mushrooms, pumpkin and sambals accompanies the mucilaginous sago-flour glue that is popeda. Leave your textur…
Indonesian in Tobelo

Waroeng Family

Locals push through the carved wooden doors, hunker down under pastel walls adorned with patterned fans, and scratch their heads over the choice: either ikan bakar (grilled fish) or ayam goreng (fried chicken). Both…
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…