Halmahera is the largest island in all Maluku, and by far the largest one in North Maluku province.
shaped with four mountainous peninsulas, its geographic features also
include several active volcanoes, scenic lakes, unexplored caves and
plenty of pretty off-shore islands. It also boasts
Aketajawe-Lolobata National Park, the first in North Maluku, and one of
the most pristine and unvisited in all Indonesia. Halmahera also
possesses the highest number of endemic birds of all Maluku islands,
and a fascinating variety of reptiles - with several interesting new
species discovered in recent years.
Its native inhabitants are
mostly members of unique ethnic groups who speak languages more closely
related to those of Papua and the Pacific than to languages spoken
elsewhere in Indonesia or even Maluku. These peoples hold onto some
fascinating traditions, though like everywhere in the region, you must
be lucky enough to happen on a special event to see traditional
rituals, costumes and dancing. Over the years.
The pages below
are just a quick overview of the various regions of Halmahera - for
many of them I have built separate pages where you will find more
detailed info on their attractions and culture.