Attractions

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,…
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…
Lake in Pulau Ternate

Danau Tolire Besar

Beyond the village of Takome, a paved lane off the road climbs to the rim of Danau Tolire Besar. Startlingly sheer cliffs plummet down to the lugubriously green, crocodile-infested waters of this deep crater lake. L…
Museum in Kota Ternate

Keraton

Built in 1834 and restored in semi-colonial style, the Sultan’s Palace is technically a family home, although no one is in residence owing to a dispute over the succession between the sons of the last sultan, who pa…
Fort in Kota Ternate

Benteng Oranye

Known to the Portuguese as Fort Malayo, the Dutch-built Benteng Oranye, which dates from the early 17th century, is a sprawling, largely ruinous complex inhabited by goats, rusted cannons and a few army families. On…
Mosque in Kota Ternate

Majolica Ulama Indonesia

It's hardly the Hagia Sophia, and the seaward minarets have been reclaimed by the sea (only the crumbled footings remain), but this concrete-and-tile mosque dominates the central foreshore of Kota Ternate, and has b…
Beach in Pulau Ternate

Sulamadaha

A slender black-sand beach with heavy swells and sadly ruined coral, Sulamadaha is a popular local hangout at weekends. There are fine views across to the offshore volcanic cone of Pulau Hiri, the last step of the S…
Lagoon in Pulau Ternate

Danau Laguna

Danau Laguna is a pleasant, spring-fed bowl lake with a lushly forested perimeter. When viewed from above (take the steep lane to the west of the lagoon), there are great views across the straits to the conical isla…
Fort in Kota Ternate

Benteng Kalamata

The 1540 Benteng Kalamata is dramatically situated on the waterfront 1km southwest of Bastiong, staring down Ternate's old foe, Tidore. You can wander the unusual angular geometry of its outer walls, but may have to…