The Malay Archipelago, which is largely comprised of present day Indonesia and several other Southeast Asian states, is an amazing geographic phenomenon in one of the most volcanically active regions of the world. While Indonesia has already established itself as an international travel destination, the majority of its visitors only touch a few corners of this impressive region, typically the business and tourism magnets of Java and Bali.
It is rewarding to travel a little further east, crossing the Wallace Line to discover a wonderful world of natural beauty, cultural diversity and unique wildlife. The Wallace Line, named after the 19th-century naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, runs between Borneo and Sulawesi, and continues between Bali and Lombok, describing the biogeographical dividing line that transcends travelers to a new fauna-rich, biodiverse landscape, that offers many endemic species.
East of the Wallace Line is an island realm far beyond the main tourist spots with an incredible wealth of nature and culture. Travel east of the Wallace Line to discover an archipelago which invites island hopping between thousands of islands with countless secluded beaches, diving into the best diving and snorkeling areas in the world. But it is also a region with incomparable fauna and biodiversity on land and under water, with volcanoes that are among the most active on earth, with dense jungle areas and their fascinating aboriginal inhabitants and a surprising richness of cultural diversity. Indonesia East of the Wallace Line is fascinating and full of adventure, so do not be surprised if it keeps drawing you back there again and again …
As one of the islands of origin of the clove tree, Ternate has got a fascinating history as well as a rich culture. Although a tiny place, it is the heart of and the gateway to the island world of the North Moluccas.
As typical for this region, the landscape of Tidore is dominated by a volcano mountain. Stretches of clove and nutmeg groves as well as sleepy mountain villages shape the island's peaceful atmosphere.
Halmahera stands out with a great diversity in both culture and nature. Native tribes with their century-old traditions, a fascinating landscape, numerous endemic bird species and active volcanoes make up the charm of this island.
Sulawesi's north offers countless things worth seeing. A breathtaking landscape with volcanoes and nature parks, numerous endemic animal species and a diverse underwater world with very good visibility are waiting to be explored.