Ternate and Tidore

After some days in Bunaken, we planned to have three full days in Ternate and Tidore. Which should be enough time to hike a volcano and explore both islands. It didn’t work out quite as planned. First Garuda called and said they had to reschedule or flight because of operational reasons, so we only had two full days. Then the weatherman showed up with a lot of rain. Since our plan was to stroll up the mountain in sunny condition wearing shorts and tees, we decided to just spend the days driving around the two islands and see what else they had to offer.

 

Ternate and Tidore are a part of North Maluku, which is a part of a group of islands often referred to as The Spice Islands. The reasons for the name is that this was the only place in the world where Clove and Nutmeg was found, and traders and conquerors would travel from all over the world to get their hands on these tasty and valuable spices.

On the left we are walking through a neighborhood rich in colors and smells. On the right nutmeg (Muskat) and mace is being dried in the sun. Further down the road the taste of export-ready cloves (Nelik) would give us a reminder that Christmas is coming. (My wish for Christmas this year is that Gopro 5 will be released).

160908-0018-bunaken-and-ternateThe view of Tidore, from Ternate, can be found on the 1.000 IDR bill. You can call these islands The 1000 Rupiah Islands. It takes about 15 minutes by speedboat from Ternate to Tidore, and it cost 100.000 IDR. It was worth the trip.

You could also call these islands The Selfie Islands. Everywhere we went people kept shouting “HELLO MISTER!!” with a big fat smile on their face. I’ve never felt so welcome in my life. They would drag us out of our car, stop us while crossing the street, and run full speed towards the edge of a cliff, just to take selfies with us. If you ever want to have a Justin Bieber moment, go to the local market in Ternate.

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Taking pictures with a drone is all about finding new perspectives and angles. This fortress looked just like any other fortress found on these islands, until I took off with my drone and saw it from above. It has a weird shape for a fortress, don’t you think? They must have realized it when they drew up the sketches, and then said “let’s just build it, who’s gonna see it from the air anyways?” Welcome to The Erotic Fortress Islands.

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This was our colorful home for the three nights we spent in North Maluku. I have unfinished business with the volcanoes there, so I might have to return. If I do, I know where to stay!

Thanks for reading, Ronny.

 

Here’s some practical information:

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As you can see Ternate is pretty far northeast in Indonesia. You can fly there by Garuda directly from Jakarta. (We came from Manado, after our trip to Bunaken). We stayed at Villa Ma’Rasai on the south side of Ternate, about 30 minutes from the airport. Villa Ma’Rasai is a nice place to stay, the house is colorful and nicely decorated. When we entered the villa the first thing I saw was two old maps on the wall, one of Europe and one of South East Asia. It immediately made me feel like home. The staff was very friendly, they served tasteful food and they helped us arrange our island roadtrip- adventures. Excellent service!

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