Culture & Nature Tour: Ternate, Tidore & West Halmahera

Tidore: Children practising a traditional dance

Charming Spice Islands: East Indonesia Island Tour with exotic culture, swimming & snorkeling

Go on a discovery tour: Our East Indonesia Island Tour is something different and offers insights into an island world still untouched by tourism. You will get to know the islands of Ternate, Tidore and West Halmahera.

Your fitness level: To enjoy this tour, you should be of average fitness. The tour can sometimes be a bit strenuous, but the effort is rewarded by unforgettable experiences.

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Tour Information

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Start/ End: Ternate
Departure: Daily
Minimum number of participants: 1 person
Best period to visit: March to November
Rainy season: from December to February

Tour Plan

Day 1

  • Arrival at Sultan Babullah Airport in Ternate with reception by your personal guide and transfer to your hotel (approx. 60 min).
  • Depending on your arrival time, you can enjoy a relaxing day/evening there or explore your surroundings before the adventure begins.
  • Dinner at the hotel (not included).

Day 2

  • Breakfast and pick-up by your personal guide who will accompany you throughout your trip.
  • Today you will follow the path of the spices and explore the island of Ternate.
  • On your journey you will immerse yourself in the island’s past, passing old fortifications and spice plantations with picturesque panoramic views and the Sultan’s Palace, the former centre of power that ruled even the most remote places of this vast archipelago.
  • You will also visit the place in the centre of Ternate, where Alfred Russel Wallace wrote his famous treatise on the origin of species. Dive into the lively streets and markets of the island with its exotic fruits and spices.
  • Continuing your journey around the island you will also visit the unspoilt places of Ternate such as lakes and lonely beaches. Don’t forget your swimwear! Lunch (not included) is taken during the tour
  • Transfer to the hotel
  • Breakfast in your accommodation
  • Lunch/ packed lunch (not included)
  • Dinner at the hotel (not included)

Day 3

  • Your day starts with an early breakfast. Your guide will pick you up early at your hotel to catch the morning car ferry to Tidore.
  • Your island tour starts in the north of Tidore and takes you to the historic capital of the island with the Sultan’s Palace and the strategically located fortifications facing the sea. Here you can enjoy wonderful views of the surroundings.
  • During your island tour you will have the opportunity to get to know the local handicraft in a traditional blacksmith village.
  • On the slopes of Mount Kiematubu you will explore one of Tidore’s spice plantations, sniff exotic spices and enjoy wonderful views. About halfway up the mountain you will make a last stop in one of the traditional villages of Tidore before you head for Ternate. Back in Ternate you spend the rest of the day to your own devices.
  • Breakfast in your accommodation
  • Lunch/packed lunch on tour (not included)
  • Dinner at your hotel in Ternate (not included)

Day 4

  • After an early breakfast and pick up by your guide, you start your discovery tour to the west side of Halmahera, the largest island of the Moluccas.
  • After crossing the Moluccan Sea, the journey takes you to the district of Jailolo, the fourth Sultanate of the Northern Moluccas, ‘Moloku Kie Raha’, the realm of the four mountains.
  • After checking into your accommodation in the early afternoon, you will have the opportunity to explore either the attractions of the city or the snorkelling spots nearby.
  • Breakfast in your accommodation
  • Lunch in local restaurant on tour or packed lunch (not included)
  • Dinner in local restaurant in the village (not included)

Day 5

  • Today, after breakfast, you and your guide will venture further into the north west of the island and stop at a traditional Sahu village.
  • Later you will exchange the car for a boat to explore West Halmahera’s wonderful island world full of fascinating rock formations.
  • You will also have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the life of the inhabitants in one of the most remote villages of the island archipelago.
  • Feel free to take the opportunity to swim or snorkel or just enjoy the beautiful scenery that surrounds you. Do not forget your swimming gear!
  • Breakfast in your accommodation
  • Packed lunch (not included)
  • Dinner at a local restaurant in the village (not included)

Day 6

  • After breakfast you will return to Ternate, where you will arrive in the early afternoon.
  • After checking in at your hotel, you can either immerse yourself in Ternate’s bustling street life again or simply enjoy the rest of the day at the pool – whichever you prefer.
  • Breakfast at your accommodation
  • Packed lunch or lunch in a local restaurant on the way (not included)
  • Dinner at your hotel in Ternate (not included)

Day 7

  • After a last early breakfast you will be transferred to Sultan Babullah airport or one of Ternate’s ports to start your journey home or to extend your adventure.


  • Price: from … EUR / single traveller
  • Price: from … EUR / with 2 persons
  • Price: from …. EUR / with 3 persons

This tour is only partly suitable for children. Accommodation is in one room together with the parents. An extra bed/mattress cannot be guaranteed.

Travel Services

  • 7 days individual round trip according to description
  • All activities will be individually organised for you and will be accompanied by your personal guide
  • 6 nights with breakfast in authentic accommodation far away from mass tourism (with own bath or shower/WC)
  • Meals according to description
  • All transfers (accompanied) from/to Ternate
  • Your personal English-speaking guide/tour guide will accompany you on your entire trip and will be your contact person if you have any questions or requests.
  • Travel insurance certificate

We recommend taking out travel insurance (travel health insurance, travel cancellation insurance).

Extent Your Trip

…and explore destinations beyond the wonders of the Spice Islands. Extending a trip creates even more unique experiences and breathtaking moments for you and your travel companion. Combine your cultural trip with a volcano experience or a beach vacation or even more adventure. Make your trip a unique experience and extend it to experience Indonesia east of the Wallace Line to the fullest.

Expand Your Options

  • Explore the legendary Spice Islands.
  • Discover the beautiful underwater world east of the Wallace Line.
  • Experience further adventures in the jungles of North Sulawesi or the active volcanoes of North Maluku.
  • Or discover the sacred highlands of the Toraja in the south of Sulawesi.

Design Your Tour

The above tour description is intended as a suggestion. The tour can be split or extended according to your wishes. We will be happy to customize it to your individual wishes and ideas. Just get in contact with us.
The prices are from/to the starting point of the tour. They include all services according to the respective tour description. Higher prices apply especially in the high season from … – … and during Indonesian holidays like Ramadan or Idul Fitri. All prices are in Euro and per person based on two people traveling together in the same room/accommodation. Our terms and conditions apply.

What to pack in your backpack for your trip to East Indonesia: your Packing List Culture & Nature Tour and Tour Plan.