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Pictures of our Borneo-Sulawesi-Moluccas-Papua Trip -  in August 2017-May 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 FJ60/1982 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 Part 3 – 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 August 9th, 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 Part 1 (Irian Jaya) on western Bird's Head Peninsula
West Papua (Irian Jaya) Part 1 – Sorong, ‚Trans Papua Road’ and onwards by ferry to Seram in Moluccas (Central)
Moluccas (Central) Part 1 – Seram and onwards by ferry to Ambon in Moluccas
Moluccas (Central) Part 2 – Ambon and onwards by ferry to Serui on Yapen in Papua
Papua Part 1 – Yapen and onwards by ferry to Biak in Papua
Papua Part 2 – Biak and onwards by ferry to Manokwari in West Papua Part 2 (Irian Jaya) on eastern Bird's Head Peninsula
West Papua (Irian Jaya) Part 2 – on the eastern Bird's Head Peninsula from Manokwari, ‚Trans Papua Road’ and onwards by ferry to Makassar in South Sulawesi
South Sulawesi-Kalimantan-Sarawak Part 2 – Makassar in South Sulawesi by ferry to Batulicin in South Kalimantan and continuing via Kuching to Miri in Sarawak
Continuation of the 3rd Rejuvenation of our LandCruiser FJ60/1982 in Miri/Sarawak/East Malaysia from 2/6/2017 and again from 7/16/2018
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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 Aug. to Oct. 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 Part 1 (Irian Jaya) – Sorong and westerly ‘Trans Papua Road’ in December 2017-February 2018
Part 6: Pictures from the Moluccas Part 1 (Central) – Seram in February 2018
Part 7: Pictures from the Moluccas Part 2 (Central) – Ambon in February/March 2018
Part 8: Pictures from Papua Part 1Yapen in March 2018
Part 9: Pictures from Papua Part 2 – Biak in April 2018
Part 10: Pictures from West Papua Part 2 (Irian Jaya) – Manokwari and easterly ‘Trans Papua Road’ in April 2018
Part 11: Pictures from South Sulawesi-Kalimantan-Sarawak Part 2 South Sulawesi via Kalimantan to Kuching and Miri/Malaysia from May to July 2018
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