The biggest island in North Maluku. It
has great scenery with several volcanoes, offshore islands and
unique bird life. It suffered badly from fighting in 2000, but
is now recovering and safe for travellers, though signs of the
conflict are still visible.
the most convenient gateway.
From the Bastiong Harbour South of the city boats go SW Halmahera
(in the evening).
From behind Gamalama market
to Sidangoli on Halmahera
(10 000Rp), speedboats leave at
7.00, connecting with cars up NE Halmahera there.
From Dufa Dufa harbour
to Jailolo on Halmahera, speedboats. From where cars go up the
NW coast of the island.
But there are also direct boats
from North Sulawesi.
From Manado to Tobelo: 1 baot/week, 115 000Rp From Tobelo,
there are daily boats to Morotai Island)
From Bitung to Ibu:2 boats/week, 45 000Rp
From Sidangoli there are public cars to Kao, Tobelo
and Galela, and from Jailolo to Ibu. Elsewhere on the island
there are only boats.
Tobelo is the best place to look for boats around Northern
Simple losmens in towns of Tobelo, Sidangoli,, Jailolo and Buli.
Elsewhere it is possible to stay with local people in villages.
h1 PENGINAPAN ASEAN
JAYA: Jl.Pelabuhan, T:(924)21051
f s 25 000 d40 000
Simple, but the very friendly owner
speaks fluent English and Chinese.
h2 HOTEL SIDANGOLI
INDAH: Jl.Tobelo, near Terminal, f 40 000
There is none.