Tidore is a small island in Indonesia's northern Maluku province with a surface 116 km².
It lies 2km south of Ternate and a few km west of Halmahera island. Tidore is a volcanic island and its highest peak is the Kie Matubu volcano (1730m of altitude). The island doesn't have many beaches and the few ones have black, volcanic sand. Tidore was home to a former powerful sultanate. At the peak of its power in the 16th century Tidore was controlling the islands of Halmahera, Buru, Ambon and the western part of New Guinea. Tidore maintained its independence for a long time and was only incorporated into the Dutch East Indies empire in 1779.
Nowadays Tidore is a pleasant island with some historic places all located on the southeastern coast, not far from the capital Soasio. These include Benteng Tahula, a 17th century Spanish fort, the Tore fort and the sultan's palace which now has been converted into a museum.
How to get to Tidore
Tidore can be reached by boat from Ternate. The nearest airport is the one in Ternate.
There is not much accomodation in Tidore. Most hotels are in nearby Ternate.