Tiny but historically important, this island is home to Kota
Ternate, today the capital of North Maluku province. The entire island
is made up by the Gamalama volcano rising straight out of the sea - and
shown here providing a majestic background to the Sultan's palace,
Ternate's ultimate symbol. Apart from gazing at the splendid
volcanic scenery, the island's main attractions are its plentiful
historical relics from its turbulent past. Nature lovers will enjoy
visiting the 2 scenic volcanic lakes, beach bums can choose from some
not-so-special black sand beaches (and better ones on neighbouring
Maitara and Hiri), while the energetic shouldn't miss climbing Gamalama!
the four historic North Malukan sultanates, Ternate is the only one
where the institute of the sultanate has survived uninterrupted. It is
also the only one which has managed to retain its significant
commercial and political importance to this day. This does mean however
that the capital city has grown somewhat sprawling and chaotic. It is
no longer a quiant little place steeped in history like the main towns
of neighbouring Tidore or the Bandas, but nevertheless hangs on to its
architectural and cultural heritage proudly.
Visitors to Ternate
should also make sure they visit neighbouring Tidore at least on a
day-trip, and with a few more days to spare, a side-trip to the much
larger island of Halmahera is also highly recommended!