Ternate is a small volcanic island with an area of 111 km² in the Maluku
archipelago in the Indonesian province of North Maluku. The island is almost circular with a diameter of 11-13 km. It is of volcanic origin and is dominated by Mt Gamalama, an active volcano with an altitude of 1715m. The coastline consists of black lava rocks and a few beaches with black sand.
The sultanate of Ternate flourished for centuries based on the income generated by the cultivation of cloves. At the peak of its power at the end of the 16th century it controlled an area stretching from Papua to east Sulawesi. Europeans arrived in the 16th century, aiming to control the lucrative spice trade. The Portuguese arrived first and were followed by the Dutch. As a result Ternate, in addition to its impressive natural landscape, has a significant cultural and historic heritage from its colonial period.
How to get to Ternate
Ternate has an airport with flights to Jakarta, Makassar, Ambon, Manado and other Indonesian cities.
Ternate has a number of hotels which are bookable via the international booking portals.