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Pictures of our Borneo-Sulawesi-Moluccas-Papua Trip -  in August 2017-May 2018
- Fourth part: On North Moluccas Part 2 Halmahera and afterwards continuing by ferry to Sorong in West Papua
North Moluccas Part 1 Ternate, Tidore and afterwards continuing by ferry to Sofifi on Halmahera on North Moluccas
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
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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latest picture: December 9, 2017
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280  Our LandCruiser stands on 11/23/2017
together with 12 heavily loaded trucks bumper to
bumper in the hull of the aged ferry vessel “KMP
Baronang” that sails from the island of Ternate
in 1½ hours to Sofifi, the main town of the North
Moluccas on Halmahera, our 3rd Moluccan island
281  We glance back to the spice
islands of Ternate and Tidore …..
282  ..... and forward to Halmahera which
with its 6'860 sq. mi. [17’780km²] is the
biggest island of North Moluccas
283  Behind a garbage strewn little coastal
settlement near the Sofifi ferry terminal, the
backdrop of the 5'676 ft. [1'730m] high
Kiematabu volcano of Tidore pops up
284  An attractive catamaran
is moored at Sofifi pier
285  View from the roof top of Hotel Bolote
in Sofifi to the tropical west coast of
Halmahera and the 3'710 ft. [1'130m] high
volcano Jailolo, about 25 miles [40km]
away - 40 mi. [65km] by road
286  A little spot at Sofifi’s coastal road,
where locals hang around. Sofifi is with barely
40'000 people the provincial capital of the
North Moluccas, although neighborly
Ternate is about 5 times bigger
287  At Sofifi’s main square fresh fruits, biscuits
and soft drinks are sold. The stalls are the only
attraction at this otherwise unattractive place
288  Emil is sitting a full hour at Telkomsel
in Sofifi until our mobile internet access of
the laptop works. The language barrier is a
huge problem, lack of knowledge is another
but likewise big one
289  White clouds reflect in a quiet inlet at the
Guraping mangroves northeast of Sofifi, the
scattered provincial capital of the North Moluccas
290  Two colorful boats are inviting to an
excursion in the Guraping mangrove
forests of Sofifi
291  The dark volcanic cones of (left)
Tidore and Ternate (right) rise against
Sofifi’s red colored sunset sky
292  The new 112 miles [180km] long roller
coaster ride from Sofifi to Tobelo in the North
reveals wonderful views into intense green
tropical vegetation
293  A quaint typical wooden homestead
along the tar road to Tobelo. A big part of
these homes is made from wood planks
294  One of the murky brown jungle rivers
that criss-cross the tropical scenery
295  Church at the outskirts of Tobelo towards
Galela to the North. Tobelo is a mostly Christian
oriented town and an export hub for copra
(= dried coconut flesh)
296  Salak fruits (left), also called snake fruits,
and peanuts (right) are waiting to be sold at
Tobelo’s market
297  A banana seller is waiting with her son
for customers at a street corner of Tobelo
298  “Garuda Pancasila” Monument in Igobula,
South Galela with the “Al Istiqomah” Mosque
in the background
299  Remnant of a church ruin in Galela on the
south side of Duma Galela Lake, 17 miles [27km]
north of Tobelo. It was destroyed by religious
violence between Muslim and Christian
communities between 1999 and 2003,
which caused many fatalities
300  Cheerful encounter with a local family
who gathers around our LandCruiser to make
a selfie. Off the beaten track, our LandCruiser
belongs always to the “exotic species”
301  The Duma Galela Lake, 17 miles [27km]
north of Tobelo, enchants with its magnificent
mountain and coconut tree backdrop
302  Good-humored ladies are selling
their catch of the day at the wayside
303  Pavilions are built on the shore of Duma
Galela Lake north of Tobelo. It looks that
they will be used for a fish farm
Mobile salesmen with all kind of household stuff supply the people in remoter areas
307  Kupakupa Beach, 10 miles [10km] south
of Tobelo is almost empty during the week, but on
weekends crowded to the brim by local tourists
308  Women are tapping and scrubbing laundry
at a calm river with a picturesque little waterfall
309  On the almost empty island road – called
“Trans Halmahera Highway” – our LandCruiser
runs leisurely from North to South of the island.
The fascinating denseness of this tropical
landscape accompanies us for many miles
310  A pretty little village church of the Canaan
Church Community in Pale, about 5 miles [8km]
south of Tobelo
311  School kids are moving at a
smart pace along the road. A boy
carries a girl. What happened?
312  Our LandCruiser stops near the village
mosque of Tabobo, about 75 miles [120km]
south of Tobelo. No matter how unattractive
a village is, the mosque is always stunning
313  Tropical vegetation pure: View over a part
of North Halmahera's east coast  in its perfect
natural beauty between Tobelo and Sofifi
314  Deforested grassland, sprinkled
with bushes, in the interior of the island
315  Idyll pure in exuberant nature:
Two fishing boats at the opposing
shore and a makeshift shelter
316  Wild long-stemmed moth orchids of
the genus Phalaenopsis grow wild along road
slopes and enhance the tropical feeling
317  A lush vegetation that can only
be found in the tropics
318  A dash of color to the greenery:
A butterfly feasting on a flower
319  Sweeping view during the descent to
Sidangoli over the deeply forested west coast of
Halmahera. In the background the 2'070 ft. [630m]
high volcanic island of Hiri north of Ternate
320  Then road that leads over two
mountain passes to Jailolo opens a lovely
view to the plain and the sea
321  Coconut plantations extend up to the
hills – a view that doesn't cease to impress us
322  View towards Jailolo – a former Sultanate –
at the foot of the same named, 3'710 ft. [1'130m]
high volcano on the west coast of Halmahera
323  Arriving by sea, Jailolo is greeting with
big letters. This can be seen incidentally at many
harbors in northeastern Indonesia
324  A fisherman in Jailolo is preparing
his boat for his next fish catch


325  At our brief encounter, the lovely
girl is looking shyly to the ground
326  A typical coastal village in Halmahera:
Villages look almost all the same: Modest
houses on both sides of the road with
flowerpots on side ways
327  Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus)
hangs heavily from its tree. They can weigh up
to 80 lb. [35kg] and are edible. A jack fruit
tree can produce 100 - 200 fruits a year
328  A shed and a pile of coconuts at a
coconut plantation to be processed to dry copra,
from which coconut oil is afterwards produced
329  Laundry day at the river: The huge
boulders are handy to lay down the clothes
330  A modest home from wood. This
building style is common in remote areas
Simply captivating beautiful: A carpet of blooming lilac water hyacinths (Eichhornia crassipes)
in a fairytale forest a few miles short of Weda at the eastern coast of Central Halmahera
334  Our Landcruiser is driving on the narrow
island road through a tropical wonderland
335  Four volcano peaks of neighboring
Moluccan islands greet from far: (f.l.t.r.)
Makian, Moti, Tidore and Ternate.
In the foreground the village of Tobaru
336  Dense jungle and coconut plantations
merge seamlessly into one another
337  Just marked by a stone, this road rainwash
can become dangerous for a distracted driver.
Liliana wants to have a closer look
338  A picnic amidst a gigantic tropical scenery.
How small our LandCruiser looks!
339  Coconut palm trees as far as the eye reaches.
Halmahera produces every month hundreds of tons
of copra (dried coconut flesh) for export
Lovely decorated trucks with festively dressed-up people cross us in cheerful mood
343  Only a few meters away from the coastal
road and hidden by trees lies this beach with
view to the Makian volcano (4'452 ft. [1'357m])
344  A boat is steering towards the
ferry terminal of Weda in eastern
Halmahera to greet arriving friends
345  A father is cruising with his two kids
the waters around the ferry terminal of Weda
346  Jerrycans and barrels filled with fuel,
ready to be transported, at the gasoline station
in Weda. Locals often drain a gasoline station
completely to resell afterwards the fuel privately
at a higher price. B.t.w.: 1 Gallon Regular costs
here (Borneo/Sulawesi/Moluccas/Papua)
Rupees 29'145 (=US$2.154) [1lt= €0.48];
Diesel Rp.19'493 (=US$1.442) [1lt=€0.32]
347  Emil argues with the gas station
attendant in Weda. We are lucky to
still get 4x4 gallons [4x15 lt.] of gasoline
from this nostalgic filling station
348  Spectators at a car trouble in Weda: The
starter doesn't work anymore and the petrol
pumps ran at idle. Emil needs to shortcut the
starter with a screw driver and to suck fuel –
an attraction if done by a Bule
(in Indonesian = westerner)
349  The town of Weda is celebrating
“Maulid Nabi”, birthday of Prophet Muhammad,
with self-made masks. It's one of the larger
Islamic celebrations in Indonesia
350  A typical Indonesian kiosk with non-
alcoholic drinks, cigarettes and sweets
351  Fruits are sold at the ferry terminal
in Weda, like the sweet-sour Salak -
a palm fruit (left), dragonfruit (middle)
and mandarins (right)
352  Our LandCruiser drives through the
harbor gate of Weda – its last yards on
North Maluku soil
353  Our ferry “KMP Arar” arrives, which will
carry us from Weda in the North Moluccas with
stopovers at Patani and the islands of Gebe and
Gag in 30 hours to Sorong in West Papua …..
354  ….. the ferry is mooring just at the
embankment and passengers are
waiting to disembark
355  The quaint little coastal fishermen
settlement right beside Weda’s
landing ferry point
356  Calves are trucked into the ferry. At the
end there are one dozen of them, which will
start their long sea journey to Patani and
Gebe together with about 40 goats
357  The skies at the ferry landing in
Weda surprise us with a beautiful cloud
formation before embarking to West Papua
358  Our LandCruiser is waiting at Weda’s
ferry terminal for the order to embark.
A crowd of locals is bidding good bye
359  Our LandCruiser is finally also
in the hull of the ferry. There it's busy
like in a bee house …..
360  ….. it is good not to suffer from claustro-
phobia – that's now for two nights – we got
also some entertainment offered for our ticket
money of Rp. 6'044'000 (=US$447 all-in)
361  Lit by the ferry floodlights, activities
outside of the ferry still continue until our
departure at 1am
362  If one manages to grab one of the few
sleeping mats one belongs to the lucky ones.
On the floor there is room only for 12, the
others have to sit or have to sleep elsewhere
363  We dock in Patani in the eastern tip of
Halmahera, where a big crowd is disembarking
and boarding. Due to the lack of a road, the ferry
is the only connection to the outside world
364  Little stalls under mango trees in the nickel
mining island of Gebe, where ferry passengers
can get some food during the stopover. We buy
boiled eggs and fried bananas. Shortly before
berthing at Gebe, we crossed the equator for
the 23rd time from North to South
365  Two small boats are moored in the
sheltered waters of the Gebe bay. All these
islands that belong already to the Raja Ampat
group have a lot of mangroves. It is our
last view of the North Maluku province –
next is the province of West Papua
366  Flaming red sunset on high sea between
the islands of Gebe and Gag. On this leg we
cross the provincial border between
North Moluccas and West-Papua,
our 23rd province in Indonesia (out of 34)
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 3: Pictures from the North Moluccas Part 1 – Ternate and Tidore 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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