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Pictures of our Borneo-Sulawesi-Moluccas-West Papua Trip -  in August 2017-..... 2018
- Third part: On North Moluccas Part 1 Ternate, Tidore and afterwards continuing by ferries to Halmahera and West Papua
North Sulawesi Part 2 – Tomohon and surroundings to Tangkoko NP and onwards to Bitung and by ferry to Ternate on North Moluccas
Sarawak-Kalimantan-North Sulawesi Part 1 – Miri via Kuching in Sarawak/Malaysia to Balikpapan in Kalimantan and continuing by ferry to Sulawesi
3rd Rejuvenation of our LandCruiser FJ601982 in Miri/Sarawak/East Malaysia from 2/6/2017
Myanmar (Burma) Part 3 – from Nyaungshwe at Inle Lake to Mandalay and Goteik viaduct
Myanmar (Burma) Part 2 – Bago (Pegu) - Shwenyaung at Inle Lake
Myanmar (Burma) Part 1 – from Yangon (Rangoon) to the 'Golden Rock' of Kyaiktiyo
Ukraine – from Russia border at Kyaterinіvka to port city Odessa (29th container to Bintulu/Sarawak/East Malaysia)
Russia – from Kazakhstan (at Mikhaylovka) to Mongolia border (at Tashanta) and Ukraine border at Krupets August 21st to November 11th, 2016
Kazakhstan –  from Kyrgyzstan border at Korday to Russia border at Shemonaika – August 9th to 21st, 2016
Kyrgyzstan from Tajikistan border in Pamir to Kazakhstan border at Karkara June 27th to July xxth, 2016
Tajikistan Part 2 from Dushanbe to the Kyrgyzstan border June 19th to 27th, 2016
Tajikistan Part 1 from Uzbekistan border to Dushanbe May 31st to June 18th, 2016
Uzbekistan from Turkmenistan border in Dashoguz to Tajikistan border near Oybeck May 10th to 31st, 2016
Turkmenistan from Iran border at Bajgiran to Uzbekistan border near Khiva May 6th to 10th, 2016
Iran from the ferry port Bandar Abbas to Turkmenistan border near Ashgabat April 11th to May 6th, 2016
United Arab Emirates from Saudi Arabia border to Sharjah and the ferry to Iran January 12th to April 10th, 2016
Saudi Arabia from the ferry port Jeddah in transit to United Arab Emirates border January 9th to 12th, 2016
Sudan – from Ethiopia border to Suakin and the ferry to Saudi Arabia December 9th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016
  • North Moluccas Part 2 – Halmahera and onwards by ferry to Sorong in West-Papua (Irian Jaya) on Bird's Head Peninsula
  • West-Papua (Irian Jaya) – Sorong, ‚Trans Papua Road’ and onwards by ferry to Seram in Moluccas (Central)
    Moluccas (Central) – Seram and onwards by ferry to Ambon
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    latest picture: November 23, 2017
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    208  Section of map regarding the ferry links
    within and to the North Moluccas (we used the
    "yellow lines" from the west [Bitung], in the
    center [Bastiong, Rum, Sofifi] and eastwards
    [Weda, Patani, Gebe])
    209  On 11/16/2017 our ASDP ferry
    “Portlink VIII” sets sail at the Northeastern port
    of Bitung in Sulawesi and heads to the islands
    of the North Moluccas. It's our 3rd ferry trip in
    Indonesia. The commercial center of the northern
    Maluku group (Ternate and Tidore) appears
    210  Ternate with the near-conical volcano
    Gamalama 5'627 ft. [1'715m] is our first North
    Moluccan island. It's greeting with a beautiful cap
    of white clouds, measures 43 sq.mi. [111km²],
    counts about 210'000 people and the road
    around it is barely 30 miles [50km] long
    211  We are welcomed on the bridge of the
    relatively new ASDP ferry “Portlink VIII”
    (built 2016), where the captain offers us a coffee
    212  Happy are the ones, who are able to grab
    for the night-time sea journey a sleeping mat.
    After the captain’s intervention, we are
    also among them. There are no cabins
    213  “Actually I would rather be in the
    air than on the water” – a white cockatoo
    (Cacatua alba), which is amazingly quiet
    214  Our ship is approaching after a 15 hours,
    167 miles [268km] long but quiet sea journey the
    ASDP ferry terminal ‘Bastiong’ of Ternate. South
    of it (on the picture) are the contours of the island
    of Tidore (5'676 ft. [1'730m]), in the front the
    1'266 ft. [386m) tall Maitare Island
    215  Equipped with his camera, Emil is
    standing at the railing of the ferry putting himself
    in the right mood for the spice island of Ternate
    216  Settlements are sprinkled particularly on
    the east and south side on the coastal slopes
    of the tropical volcanic island of Ternate. Its
    volcano Gamalama is pretty active; it was
    since 2012 through all the years restless
    with smoke, ashes and earth tremors
    217  On 11/17/2017, 11am, our ferry berths
    at the port of Bastiong in Ternate. Emil is
    waiting his turn to drive ashore
    218  The time cas come: Our LandCruiser
    is able to leave the hull of the ferry after
    20 minutes and drives onto new territory: The
    North Moluccas or also called North Maluku
    219  Houses on stilts line the shore
    of Ternate’s ferry terminal of Bastiong
    220  We enjoy the view from the 6th floor
    of the Muara Hotel in Ternate of the near-
    conical, 5'627 ft. [1’715m] high Gamalama
    volcano that dominates the city …..
    221  ….. one of the many impressive mosques
    on the tropical slope dominating Ternate – an
    ancient Islamic Sultanate. North Maluku consists
    of four former major sultanates: Ternate, Tidore,
    Jailolo on Halmahera and Bacan in the south
    222  A new weather condition, another
    view: A tropical rainy front passes by
    and engulfs the Gamalama cone
    223  View to the eastside of the city of Ternate.
    In the background Jailolo Mountain on Halmahera
    Island, reachable by a 2 hours’ ferry ride
    from Bastiong to either Sofifi or Sidangoli
    224  At the most beautiful sea location lies
    the mosque Raya Al Munawwar. Ternate first
    of all, but also the whole province of North
    Maluku, is predominantly Muslim
    225  Ternate City spreads along the seashore.
    The perfectly shaped peak in the background
    is the volcano Kiematabu (5'676 ft. [1'730m])
    on the island of Tidore
    226  “Kedaton” – the former Sultan’s Palace
    was built in 1796 and is now converted into a
    museum (since the death of the last sultan in
    2015 'temporarily' closed)
    227  Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Michael
    Jackson, B.B. King, Nelson Mandela und
    Martin Luther King (fltr) are greeting from a house
    wall opposite of the Sultan’s Palace of Ternate
    228  Domes and minarets (front Al-Muttaqien
    and back Raya Al Munawwar) dominate the
    townscape of Ternate –
    here in direction Southwest
    229  Liliana at Tolukko Fort. It was built
    by the Portuguese in the 16th century to
    control the trade of gloves. From its seaside
    cliff it offers superb views …..
    230  ….. to the forest covered slopes
    of the still active Gamalama volcano
    with its scattered settlements …..
    231  ….. and across the rusty corrugated
    iron roofs of Ternate towards
    the island of Halmahera
    232  “Batu Angus” (burnt rocks) was formed
    by a lava flow from an eruption of the
    Gamalama volcano in 1673 …..
    233  ….. the lava flu into the sea and
    continued under water for quite a distance …..
    234  ….. An asphalted path leads
    through the bizarre lava region
    235  Christian sisters seek shade at one of
    the pavilions at “Batu Angus”. Heat can get
    unbearable within the black lava formations
    236  A Christian and a Muslim
    child on their way to the kindergarten
    237  Children in special costumes are waiting
    to perform at the Muara Hotel in Ternate.
    Because of the black-red-yellow-green colors
    it's about a historic Soya-Soya dance, which is
    performed in honor of important personalities
    238  The calm, deep green “Tolire” crater lake
    on the foot of Mount Gamalama, surrounded by
    forest, is said to be infested by crocodiles
    239  Jungle vegetation is growing rampant
    and engulfing everything around it
    240  The humidity of the jungle benefits
    the growth of mushrooms and fungi
    241  Danau Laguna – also called Lake Ngade,
    known for its lotus flowers and holy crocodiles
    that should bring luck when spotting them …..
    242  ….. a blooming lotus flower
    (Nelumbo nucifera) with sparkling
    dewdrops on its large leaves …..
    243  ….. view to the other
    lake side with fishermen huts
    244  The branches of a dead tree tower
    ghostly at the Kastela beach into the sky. In the
    distance "our" ferry 'Portlink VIII' reappears,
    with which we arrived from Bintung
    245  The kids from the kindergarten
    at the Kastela beach have a tea-brake
    246  The crumbling Portuguese fort Kastela
    southwest of Ternate, built 1522, was the first
    colonial fortification of the Moluccas. On
    2/28/1570 Sultan Khairun of Ternate
    was killed by the Portuguese
    247  On the north coast of Ternate lies
    Hiri Island (2'067 ft. [630m], also a
    volcano with its steep slopes
    248  The small harbor of Sulamadaha,
    from where boats sail to Hiri Island
    249  A boat is transporting motorbikes
    across the sea to the island of Tidore
    250  A deserted black sandy beach at Cape
    Dukomadihi near the "Little Tolire Lake"
    (at right) at the northwest coast of Ternate
    251  A beautiful relaxed stop at the black
    sandy beach of Cape Dukomadihi with
    lovely view to the Hiri volcano
    252  The skies see us off with a fantastic
    cloud set-up on our last night before leaving
    the island of Ternate after totally 10 days
    253  11/22/2017: Liliana is standing at the railing
    of the ferry “KMP Aeng Mas 1” that will sail with
    us in only 20 minutes from Bastiong on the island
    of Ternate to Rum on the island of Tidore,
    our second Maluku-island-destination
    254  Promising mood over Tidore – a
    volcanic island similar to the one of Ternate – with
    a size of 45 sq.mi [117km²] but a population of
    only 60'000 people; its tallest peak, Mt. Kiematabu,
    is 5'676 ft. [1'730m] high. The circumnavigation
    road measures also barely 30 miles [50km]
    255  The sun is rising behind the big neighbor
    island of Halmahera (6,860 sq mi [17'780 km²]).
    View from our homestay “Penginapan Seroja”
    in the main town Soasio in the southeast
    256  “Old Soasio” the main town of Tidore's
    rich history, enchants by its abundance of
    flowers and plants. Even the sidewalks
    are adorned with flower pots
    257  Our LandCruiser is allowed to park next
    to blooming orchids of every kind at the “Pengina-
    pan Seroja” homestay in “Old Soasio” – a cozy
    place which however has seen better times
    258  An empty motorbike rickshaw is waiting
    for guests at the roadside of “Old Soasio” – a
    nostalgic sight that reflects the sleepy island
    character of Tidore. There are no trike
    rickshaws on Ternate


    259  An information sign in Soasio
    of a different kind
    260  Friendly Tidore faces are smiling into
    our camera. The majority of Tidore’s population
    – an ancient sultanate that had also territory on
    Halmahera – is mainly Muslim
    261  The flower pots on the sidewalks
    of Soasio don't only enjoy the eyes,
    they also serve as a seat
    262  Fort “Benteng Tahula” is reigning over
    “Old Soasio”. It is testimony of the short presence
    of the Spaniards in the early 17th century
    263  School kids visiting Fort Tahula
    are taking a rest under a shady tree
    from the steep ascent
    264  Not only plants and flowers grow in
    the garden of Fort Tahula, but also a little
    maize field has been planted
    265  View from Fort Tahula across the roofs
    of the sleepy seaside town of “Old Soasio”
    in the southeastern corner of Tidore
    266  A fig tree is spreading its large roots
    at the steep entrance stairway to the
    fortress “Benteng Torre” in Soasio
    267  The North Molucca island group is
    within sight of each other. Here the view
    southwards from Tidore’s Fort Tahula to the
    islands of Moti (3'120 ft. [950m]) and behind
    it Makian (ragged, 4'452 ft. [1'357m])
    268  The entrance to Fort Torre in
    Soasio is surrounded by beautiful flowers. It
    was built by the Spaniards in the 17th century
    269  Fort Torre lies amidst black
    lava rocks. Its overwhelming floral
    splendor sticks out everywhere
    270  Due to the fertile volcanic soil,
    flowers grow in abundance at Torre
    Fort and give it its special charm
    271  Only Liliana interrupts the compact
    tropical picture at Fort Torre in Soasio
    272  A blooming frangipani plant (Plumeria)
    within the fort area. It reminds us to Tahiti in
    the Pacific, where women stick this blossom
    as adornment behind their ears
    273  The Christ’s thorn (Euphorbia milii)
    is one of the most frequently growing plants
    on the island of Tidore. The blossoms
    are of a surprising size
    274  View from the walls of Fort Torre
    to the pretty pavilion and the southern part
    of the neighboring island of Halmahera
    in the far distance
    275  Again and again high growing palm
    trees tower above the tropical vegetation
    of Tidore. The highest mountain of Tidore,
    Kiematabu, hides already at 8am in the clouds
    276  A lovely villa at a priviledged seaside
    spot at the foot of Fort Torre
    277  A couple of mangroves interrupt
    the omnipresent colorful coastal houses
    on the north and northeast coast
    278  A small ribbon of sand along the
    north coast before the village of Rum,
    Tidore’s ferry terminal from Ternate
    279  With a group picture on our ferry
    back to Ternate, we say good bye to Tidore.
    We will remember this tiny dot on the
    map as lovely “flower island”
    More websites from the "Borneo-Sulawesi-Moluccas-Papua" trip:
    Part 1: Pictures from Sarawak-Kalimantan-North Sulawesi – Miri/Malaysia via Kuching and Balikpapan to North Sulawesi from August to October 2017
    Part 2: Pictures from the second part of North Sulawesi – Tomohon and surroundings, Tangkoko NP in October 2017
    Part 4: Pictures from the North Moluccas Part 2 – Halmahera in November/December 2017
    Part 5: Pictures from West Papua (Irian Jaya) – Sorong and ‚Trans Papua Road’ in December 2017-February 2018
    Part 6: Pictures from the Moluccas (Central) – Seram, Ambon and Buru in February/March 2018
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