Ternate Island, Maluka Islands, Indonesia
Ternate is an island and town in the Maluku Islands (Moluccas) of eastern Indonesia, located off the west coast of the larger island of Halmahera. Like its neighbouring island, Tidore, it is a visually dramatic cone-shaped island dominated by the volcanic Mount Gamalama that erupts regularly, covering the island with volcanic dust.
The peak of Gamalama can be reached by trail. It has three craters and its surrounding environment is very beautiful. Stones from Gamalama’s eruption are scattered across the landscape. Both Lake Laguna, 7 km from town and Lake Tolire, 24 km from town, can be reached by car.
About 4 km west of the town, is the Afo clove tree, which is said to be more than 350 years old. There are good beaches at Bastion, Ngade, Sulamadaha and Tobololo. Ternate Bay is popular for fishing, boats can be hired to take you to the best fishing spots.
Things to See and Do
* Fort Oranje
* Ternate town market
* Sultan’s palace museum
* Mt Gamalama
* Afo clove tree
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Rupiah (IDR)
Language – Ambon, Malay
Land Area – 76 km²
Population – 148,000 approx
Electricity – 2 angled flat pins and 1 round pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT plus seven hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 62
Port Location – There are two ports on Ternate, Bastiong and Ahmad Yani.
Transport Links – There is an airport located on the city fringe with flights by Merpati Nusantara and Trigana airlines. They fly on one or two days a week and schedules vary.
There are hourly speedboat connections to Ternate from Halmahera port (1 hour journey time).