They still exist out there – those fairly unexplored and untouched regions within the Eastern part of Indonesia. Let us take you to the North of the beautiful remoteness of Molucca archipelago for an exclusive dive and cruise experience in Halmahera – or even take you surfing. Formed by the movement of three tectonic plates. The chain of volcanoes stretches out alongside the deep Halmahera Thrust in the middle of the Moluccu Sea – basically all the way from the South up to the North West coast of Halmahera mainland. Only accessible by boat, this beautiful volcanic arc on Halmahera’s West coast invites to just let the boat float for a while and enjoy this astonishing landscape.
Halmahera’s underwater world offers a wide range of species of corals, fish, crustaceans, molluscs, cephalopods, marine reptiles and mammals. The region lies within the so called Coral Triangle and is home to more species than anywhere else in the world. Most sites are suitable for snorkelling and freediving. From mellow hard coral-dominated shallow reef tops which are home to little reef sharks and turtles to more drastic and current effected steep walls. The possibilities of snorkelling, freediving and scuba diving are plenty in the region. Most of the dramatic walls and valleys are home to a huge number of sponges and soft coral, especially if you dive a bit deeper.
Bizarre shapes and colors can hypnotize divers day or night. The more current effected sites still hold a healthy number of big fish such as dog tooth tunas, marcels, rainbow runners and even mobulae and eagle rays. Banded sea snakes are often seen more in the shallow reef tops. Two of our favorite dive sites while cruising Halmahera are Tifore and Bacanan Island. Both site are perfectly suitable for beginners and advanced divers.
Tifore Island is a small, uninhabited island located in the north of Halmahera. It is surrounded by a stunning coral reef, which makes it an excellent spot for both snorkeling and diving. Divers can expect to see a wide range of marine life at Tifore, such as turtles and reef sharks. One of the highlights while diving at Tifore is the chance to see the rare and elusive mandarinfish, which can be spotted during night dives.
Bacan Island is located in the south of Halmahera and is known for its vibrant coral gardens and diverse marine life.
The island’s reefs are home to a variety of fish, including angelfish, butterflyfish, and lionfish, as well as larger species like barracudas and tuna. One of the most popular dive sites on Bacan is called Batu Kapal, which features a dramatic underwater rock formation and is known for its strong currents. Another popular dive site is Tanjung Sama-Sama, which offers a chance to see schools of jacks and snappers, as well as colorful soft corals and sea fans.
Some of the 16 volcanoes in Halmahera are volcanic islands, such as Gamalama and Tidore. Gamalama’s island name is Ternate and has been the center for spice trading since as early as 1512 when the Portuguese opened their first fort. Land excursions offer much to discover. From local markets and spice crops to old forts with some of the first-ever built canons. At local markets, you can taste some of those unique delicacies of East Indonesia.
Trekking up on one of the volcanoes will allow you to experience an extraordinarily peaceful sunrise with an unforgettable view. The volcanoes range from heights of just above 300 meters up to 1730 meters, some of them are still active. The most famous Volcanos on Halmahera Island are Mount Gamkonora and Mount Sibela.
Mount Gamkonora is an active volcano located in the northern part of Halmahera. The volcano stands at 1,560 meters (5,118 feet) tall and is known for its beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. The trek to the summit of Mount Gamkonora takes about 5-6 hours and involves hiking through lush forests and steep terrain.
Mount Sibela is a dormant volcano located in the central part of Halmahera. The volcano is 1,255 meters (4,117 feet) tall and is known for its beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. The trek to the summit of Mount Sibela is a bit shorter and takes about 3-4 hours. You hike through dense forests and open grasslands. From the top, you will be able to see panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the traditional villages scattered throughout the area.
Explore the stunning coastline of the region up close. The white sandy beaches, steel limestone walls, and mangrove forests await you! Cruising and diving in Halmahera is unique and absolutely magical. We are happy to design your customized itinerary and plan your private charter. Your needs and wishes are our priority – let’s create your own personal ocean adventure to Halmahera!