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The Maluku Islands are an archipelago in Indonesia, and part of the larger Maritime Southeast Asia region. Tectonically they are located on the Halmahera Plate within the Molucca Sea Collision Zone. Geographically they are located east of Sulawesi, west of New Guinea, and north of Timor. The islands were also historically known as the Spice Islands by the Chinese and Europeans, but this term has also been applied to other islands.

Tolire Lake
A walk to remember

Long time ago, in a small village, a father impregnated his own daughter and causing God fury. God cursed the father and his daughter-the form of big Tolire Lake reflected the fathers figure and the Small Tolire Lake reflected his daughter. Other myth about the lake, local people believe that the lake is the house for many invisible crocodiles.

Tolire lake covers 5 acre and reaches depths of up to 50 meters . It is located 10 kilometers from the main city of Ternate and is reachable by bus or ojeg (rented motorbike) depend on the mode of travel (if you manage your travel individually/couple, you better take ojeg, otherwise, for those who wish to travel in a group, hiring bus would be perfect). Tolire lake stated in the deep crater of Mount. Gamalama, the highest mountain in North Maluku with highest peak is 1715 m above sea level.

The relaxing and oozing view of Gamalama mountain, the crystal clear water of the lake, the lush green view of the forest, the enchanting sounds of chirping birds and the lovely smile of Ternates people, all bounding together make this place glowing with beauty.

Getting there

From Jakarta you can reach Ternate airport via Makassar. It is about a four-hour flight in total, with a stop in Makassar. From the airport you can take a rented bus or ojeg to your destination.

Where to stay

You can stay in non-star hotel owned by local people, installed with Television and air-conditioning.

Moving around

You can acces the lake using hired bus if you wish to travel in a group, while "ojeg" will be the perfect choice for individual traveller.

Dining guide

There are several foods, beverage and fruit to boost-up your taste and surely make your visit unforgettable. Unique and genuine! Thats how the visitors, whether it Indonesian or foreigner express their feeling the moment they give it a try.

  • saraba: made from coconut milk, brown sugar and ginger
  • sagu: local food made from sago palm
  • durian: a very famous fruit in Indonesia with strong aroma.
  • bagea: traditional cake made from sagu, crispy and a bit salty.
  • makron: made from sago mixed with almond
  • nasi jaha: made from rice submerged in coconut milk, grilled on a charcoal fire

Souvenir tips

You can buy various souvenir in Pasar Gamalama or in the middle of Ternate town, traditional food, local handicrafts and etc. Make sure you know how to bargain the price to get the best price.

Other things to see

After an extraordinary experience at Gamalama Mountain and Tolire Lake, dont forget to visit other places of interest which located near by the lake. Make sure you dont miss these: Small Tolire Lake, Ngade lake, Sultan Baabullahs grave, Old forts as the legacy of Portuguese, Sulamadaha Beach and Gamalama market.

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Last revised on May 20, 2011
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