Welcome to Pulau Tidore
Less populous, less mercantile and less frenetic than Ternate, Tidore makes a refreshing escape from the bustle of its historical enemy. The sultanate – which endured from 1109 until the Sukarno era – was re-established in 1999. Today, the 36th sultan presides over a sublime volcanic island dotted with brightly painted wooden homes bordered by flower gardens, shaded by mango trees and coconut palms, and scented by sheets of cloves and nutmeg sun-drying in the street. Hire an ojek and you can spin all the way around the island in a few hours.