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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…
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…
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…
Volcano in Pulau Halmahera

Gunung Dukono

Despite being an active volcano that continues to belch ash and smoke, it's possible to climb the almost 1400m-high Dukono in six sweaty hours if you are fit. If you don't want to hike back the same day, you could c…
Indonesian in Jailolo

Rumah Makan Rahma

Just southeast of the town's main mosque, this place only serves coto makassar, a season-yourself lemongrass-based soup served with stewed beef, sticky pucks of coconut rice, hard-boiled eggs, deep-fried shallots, s…
Beach in Pulau Halmahera

Pantai Kupa Kupa

This attractive, part-shaded white-sand beach – popular on weekends with the locals – is good for swimming and there's reasonable snorkelling just offshore. There's an oil terminal at the far southern end of beach, …
Indonesian in Tobelo

Podo Moro

Fish and more fish (although, inevitably, chicken is also on the menu) grilled delightfully in front of you at this popular place that stays open later than most restaurants in Tobelo. Fish is priced by weight but i…
Beach in Pulau Halmahera

Pantai Luari

This pretty, horseshoe-shaped bay about 13km north of Tobelo has a shady white-sand beach that's fine for swimming. There's decent snorkelling and diving off the cape here.
Beach in Marimbati

Pantai Marimbati

This long black-sand beach, fringed by palms and facing a wide bay, makes a pleasant excursion from Jailolo but be careful of currents when swimming. The ride here takes you through a mix of Christian and Muslim vil…
Indonesian in Sofifi

Rumah Makan Nasbag

This seafront place ticks over with a steady stream of locals. You can pick and choose from the chicken and veggies on display or go for fresh fish, grilled or fried. It also serves rice and noodle dishes.