HomeBlogs Tidore: Ternate's Ancient Rival Sultanate The beautiful island of Tidore is just a few minutes across the sea
from Ternate by speedboat. Like Ternate, it is also an ancient
spice-trading sultanate dominated by a towering volcano, Gunung
Kiematubu. Its attractions are also similar: historic forts, beaches,
and good hiking possibilities.
But unlike Ternate, which has
retained its commercial and political importance as the main
administrative and trading centre of North Maluku, Tidore has slipped
into relative obscurity. For visitors, this is a blessing in disguise
though: it means that while facilities are more limited, the
traditional architecture, customs and historical sights have been
spared from modern influences and over-restoration. Even the capital
Soasio has the feeling of a sleepy village, and like most villages
themselves, it has neat streets full of flowers and white-washed houses.
it is easily visited as a day-trip from Ternate, Tidore rewards those
prepared to spend a longer time exploring its attractions and soaking
up its historic atmosphere thoroughly.