Halmahera (also called Gailolo or Jailolo) is a
part of Maluku (Moluccas) Islands, which covers an area of 17,780 km2,
and is one of Indonesia’s most northerly islands. During the fifteenth
and sixteenth centuries, it was generally within the sphere of influence
of a powerful sultanate in the Island of Ternate. It is the core of a
larger region, called Moro that includes the island and the coastline of
Halmahera, and is closest to Morotai to the south.
In the mid-sixteenth century, the island was also the site of a
Portuguese Jesuit mission. The Moslem states on Ternate and Halmahera
resented the outpost for its proselytizing activities, and managed to
drive the mission away from the island in 1571. In the seventeenth
century, Ternate further exerted its power over Morotai by repeatedly
forcing major parts of the population to migrate from the island. It was
here that the Americans started their allied invasions against the
occupied Philippines and South Pacific Islands. General McArthur resided
on a small island close to Daruba from whence he planned and
coordinated countless air strikes, sea invasions and counterattacks
against his enemies. The American Daruba Airlfield has seven runways and
can still be sighted today. Due to the enormous amount of explosives,
ammunition and guns still to be found in the shallow waters, the island
remains out of bounds for the majority of foreigners who want to travel.
Surveyors dive here.
Just south of Morotai on the island of Halmahera, several Second
World War wrecks can still be explored in Tobello Bay. These sites are
really off the map and beaten track, predestined for all devoted
adventures and dedicated wreck divers. The region also offers an
unparalleled “Robinson Crusoe” atmosphere, as there is absolutely
nothing apart from beautiful coral islands and pure nature.
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