Located between Sulawesi island and Papua island, lies hundreds of small islands collectively called the Moluccas. As a famous source of exotic spices, triggered European sailors to explore centuries ago.

During this tour you will taste the Moluccas as the explorers did in the past.

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LocationAmbon
Duration20 days / 19 nights
DestinationMoluccas
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DAY 01: JAKARTA – TERNATE

Early morning wakeup call and proceed to the airport of Jakarta and fly to Ternate, the capital of North Moluccas province. Today you are free on your own or optionally you could go to Sulamadaha beach for snorkeling.

Overnight At a four star hotel.

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DAY 02: TERNATE TOUR

Ternate is a small round island, dominated by Gamalama volcano. It has a long history as the original “species” island. Here you still could see the “Cengkeh Afo” tree, baptized as mother of the whole clove trees in the world, since this tree has more than 350 years of age.

Ternate also witnessing a long history of how the western world competite to conquer this island. You will visit several fort dated back to the 15th and 16th century such as Kastella Fort, Kalamata fort, Toloko Fort and Oranje fort. You will also visit natural wonder there, Tolire Lake, a big lake that do not have any connection to the sea with its own ecosystem.

You will explore all above interesting spots on a full day tour.

Overnight At a four star hotel.

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DAY 03: TERNATE – SOFIFI – TOBELO

After breakfast, we will proceed to Halmahera island. First by speedboat to Sofifi then with kijangs car to Tobelo. On the way we will stop at Kao and you still could see Japanese military ship that sank by the allied during WW II. We will also stop at several spots for pictures.

Overnight at local Cottages hotel.

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DAY 04: TOBELO – FREE PROGRAM

Today you are free on your own program.

Option: You could go on tour to Telaga Duma and some other interesting area in Galela. If you are a diver, you could go on diving trips with a brand new company there (With new equipment too) at Kakara island. Walking on a white shandy beach in the island at Kumo Island is another option to spend your day.

Overnight at local Cottages hotel.

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DAY 05: TOBELO – MOROTAI ISLAND

Today we will depart to Morotai Island using local public wooden Ferry. The journey to Daruba (about 9000 inhabitant, biggest town in the island), the capital of Morotai, will take about 3 hours. Departure time will be depends from the weather condition. Upon arrival in Daruba, transfer to our accommodation. The rest of the day free on your own.

Morotai is a small Island (1600 sq km only) but full of WWII history. Morotai used to be an important Japanese base. After a long and heavy battle with the allied, Japanese abandoned their base and move to Kao in the mainland of Halmahera. Later General Mac Arthur use Morotai as a base of allied bombers to bomb Japanese position in Philippines where eventually go on into the Japanese Islands it self that result of their surrender. Today, Morotai is just a small island with its many beautiful white beaches, intact coral reefs for snorkel lover and of course small islands with its pristine water.

Overnight at Local Inn.

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DAY 06: MOROTAI ISLAND TOUR

Today we will charter local long boat, visiting Zum Zum island where you still could see the remind of ex bunker of Gen. Douglas Mc Arthur. Continue to Dodola Island, a unique “twin” white sandy beach island, connected only during the low tide.

You will enjoy full day swimming and snorkeling in the island.

Overnight at Local Inn.

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DAY 07: MOROTAI – TOBELO – SOFIFI – GURABUNGA

Depart Morotai Island back to Halmahera main Island using the public wooden ferry boat. Upon arrival in Tobelo, proceed to sofifi harbour, just two hours away. Depart using chartered boat to Tidore island. Upon arrival at Soasiu, a sleepy town the capital of Tidore Island, we will drive up to Gurabunga Village (a village of 800 meters above sea level) via a small winding mountain road. Gurabunga lies in the slope of volcanic mount of Kiematubu (1730 m).

Overnight at local people house.

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DAY 08: GURABUNGA FREE PROGRAM

You are free on your own. You could go on trekking visiting several beautiful villages around such as Lada Ake. If you are mountain anthusiastic, you could also climb Mount Kiematubu (about 4 hours).

Overnight at Local People house at Gurabunga village.

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DAY 09: GURABUNGA – TERNATE

Free half day program. After lunch you will say good bye to your host and transfer to Rum harbor for a 30 minutes speedboat ride back to Ternate island. Upon arrival in Bastiong, the harbor of Ternate, transfer to your hotel for your accommodation. In the afternoon you will be transfer to Florida restaurant, a famous place for its beautiful spot to enjoy magical sunset over the Moluccan sea and islands around Ternate.

Overnight at four star hotel.

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DAY 10: TERNATE – AMBON / LATUHALAT REGION

Leaving Ternate with moning flight and having connection to Ambon. Upon arrival at Pattimura Airport, transfer to Latuhalat region in the eastern side of Ambon. This area is famous for white sandy beach and good snorkeling area.

Overnight at Beach hotel.

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DAY 11: AMBON FREE PROGRAM (B)

Free program to enjoy the Hotel surround, swimming or just having relax at the white sandy beach. Today we will offer you an Option: You could go on city tour, visiting the interesting site of Ambon, such as Big Gong of “Peace for the world”, The mistery of Soya Atas Village, war memorial and many other interesting spots around Ambon.

Overnight at Beach hotel.

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DAY 12: AMBON – MASOHI – SAWAI VILLAGE

After breakfast, proceed to Tulehu Harbour, and board our fast boat at 09:00AM. You will cross Ambon strait to Amahai harbor for about 2 hours in a comfortable air conditioned cabin. Upon arrival, you will proceed to Masohi, the capital of Central Moluccas Region, where you will have a seafood lunch at the local restaurant. You will travel on about 3,5 hours journey via a primary jungle road with pure rain forest. Arrive in a small village of Sawai late in the afternoon, we will check in at our guest house.

Sawai is a small sleepy fisherman village with about 200 inhabitants. The main income of the village is from the sea and the forest surround it. 50% of the houses were built up on the stilt on the sea shore as the case of our Guest house.

Overnight in Local Guest House.

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DAY 13: SAWAI SNORKELING

After breakfast, you will go to Tanjung Batu, a beautiful snorkeling spot not so far from the village. Next, you will visit an inhabited small island with white sandy beach, where you can sun bathing and snorkeling.

Delicious barbeque lunch will be served in this island.

Overnight in Local Guest House.

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DAY 14: SAWAI – JUNGLE PROGRAM

After breakfast, you will board long boat and explore Salawai river. You will start from its end, where the river meets the sea, and you will explore deeper into the jungle. Inside the jungle, during the boat trip, you will see many living creature; birds of any kinds, lizard and even alligator! You will also stop on the way to witness local people making sago processing from tree into powder.

You will stop at the river bank after 2,5 hours on long boat then while you visit the waterfall (a real nice place to swim), your porter will carry your stuff to the simple hut by the forest.

Walking to your hut and continue your swim in the river in front of your hut.

In the afternoon, you will visit a cave by the waterfall and witness thousands of bats flying out for the evening. You can also join local people to catch river shrimp in the sallow part of the river.

Overnight in a simple hut by the jungle.

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DAY 15: JUNGLE – BIRD WATCHING – SAWAI

Wake up early and go on walking with your guide to see the bird (We will have a very good guide on bird watching!). The birds that you might encounters during this morning bird watching are; Hornbill, Moluccan Cockatoos, great-billed parrot, eclectus, red-checked parrot, lorries, and lorikeets. Return to your jungle hut for your simple lunch.

Walking back to Sawai via the jungle path. On the way you will still have the chance to see birds high in the tree.

Near the village of Masihulang, you will visit an NGO that specialized on re-forest all kind of birds that was confisticated from the people. These birds was put in a special cage and were check for it health before releasing back into its natural habitat.

Overnight in Local Guest House.

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DAY 16: SAWAI – MASOHI – FASTBOAT – NATSEPA

After breakfast, you will proceed back to Ambon Island. From Sawai you will travel first to Masohi, the Capital of Seram Region. Stop at local restaurant for lunch before travel to the harbor and board your fast ferry. Upon arrival at the pier of Ambon, transfer to Natsepa Area, a place only 10 minutes away from the harbor.

Overnight at Natsepa Resort.

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DAY 17: NATSEPA – SAPARUA ISLAND

Early breakfast and depart to Hurnala harbor of Ambon. Board the fast ferry to Haria harbor in Saparua island, one of the Lease island. Transfer to your Hotel and free on your own program the whole day. In the afternoon you could go swimming at a beach in front of fort Duurstede.

Overnight at Local Hotel

Simple hotel, but this is the only option to stay in Saparua. All rooms with AC and private.

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DAY 18: SAPARUA TOUR PROGRAM (B)

After breakfast, you will go on half day tour around Saparua island. Places that you will visit include: Fort of Duurstede, OUW “pottery” village, sago baking process, typical traditional house “Baileo” and Haria local market.

Overnight at Local Hotel.

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DAY 19: SAPARUA ISLAND – AMBON (B)

After breakfast transfer to Huria harbor and depart with local fast boat back to Ambon island. Upon arrival, transfer to your accommodation and free on your own the rest of the afternoon.

Overnight at Hotel Natsepa Resort Ambon.

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DAY 20: AMBON ISLAND – NEXT DESTINATION

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