The biggest city in Maluku Island, Indonesia – Ternate – is a relatively new place never heard by tourists but not for travellers. Ternate is rich with its long history, where you can see from the forts built by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the Spanish here in Ternate. Before it was colonised, there is a duration of time where Ternate Sultanate ruled over other empires like Ambon, Sulawesi and Papuan. Even up till now, you can visit the palace of Sultan of Ternate which was converted to be a museum now.
Sultan Babullah Airport is located in North Maluku and close to Ternate’s centre. The airport was named after Sultan Babullah of Ternate who is an Indonesian warrior. The central airways operate here are Batik Air, Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, NAM Air, Sriwijaya Air and Wings Air. To get to the airport is easy because you can take a taxi that will cost you SGD 6. There are also motorcycle taxi and minibus that you can ride which are less pricey than a cab. The facilities at the airport will suffice to meet your basic needs.
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The ideal time to go sightseeing in Ternate is in between September to October. The months that you will want to avoid is August, July and May because Ternate will full of sweaty tourists at that moment. The main concern is not that, but the marked-up prices in Ternate due to busy tourisms. If you still need to be in Ternate for one of those months, you will want to purchase your airline tickets ahead of time. For those who are under a smaller budget, you can visit Ternate in December because you are most likely to find excellent deals because of the slow tourism in that month.
Ternate has a tropical climate due to being near the equator. Rainy days are quite common here even in the driest month you still will encounter some rainfall. The mean temperature of Ternate is 26 degree Celsius where November being the hottest month whereas December is the coldest month. The wettest month being the month of May and the driest one is in September. Just beware of the possible rain at any time when you go outside, best if you check the weather forecast first.
If you would like to experience Ternate’s best festival, you might want to join Legu Gam Festival. In this festival, the Sultan of Ternate will mingle with the people where it is considered to be the most important festival in Ternate mainly, North Maluku generally. One of the activities that will be done with the royalty and the people are watching the solar eclipse together. The Sultan will have to perform some rituals alone and then, along with the local communities. It is such an exciting festival to attend, if you are in town, do drop by and have a look!
Ternate is just a small city located in North Maluku, Indonesia. Although its size not as big as other main cities in Indonesia, Ternate has a lot to offer.
Tolukko Fort – Alfonso de Albuquerque in Malacca ordered his men to find spices in Ternate where they built St. Luke Fort over there to control all the trades at the city. When the Dutch defeated the Portuguese, the fort changed the name to Holandia Fort. Soon, Sultanate of Ternate reclaimed back the fort and named is Tolukko Fort. To see why and how the fort is so precious for all of the empires, you need to drop a visit here.
Sulamadaha Beach – Located in Sulamadaha Village, the beach has unique black sand with turquoise gradient water that will mesmerise you. Sulamadaha Beach also known as Glass Beach because the crystal-clear water makes all the boats on the water look like they are floating. Because of the clear water, you can see fishes swim gracefully around the coral reefs.
Laguna Lake – An ethereal place, when you arrive at this place, you will feel like you are transferred to a magical land. The view is phenomenal with the glimpse of mountains behinds, islet and dark greenery surround the royal blue water is something you want to experience yourself. Laguna Lake also is used for fish farming, irrigation and fishing grounds. You can drop by the floating restaurant to enjoy the magnificent view over a delicious meal.