Maitara Island

Maitara Island, Ternate: Address, Maitara Island Reviews: 4/5

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91yj
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Jun 2019 • Couples
If you're travelling to Ternate, make sure to ask for Bahar. He will make sure that your trip in Ternate is really well spent.

Not only is he knowledgable about the historical landmarks, he also has a keen interest in birding, and the enthusiasm for his job was evident in the way he points out every interesting nugget during the trip. Yet, it is his extensive network of contacts that made the trip stand out.

As part of the snorkelling trip to Tidore, there was a visit to one of the smaller islands of Maitara, which comprises 3 villages branching off from the jetty. Bahar happened to know the village chief and secretariat of the island, and an informal meetup over coffee and coconuts ended up in being hosted for dinner.

That ended up being one of the best meals in Ternate (Ternate's attractions are not much to shout about - the cool stuff are all beyond), as dinner along the beach became a sunset experience, with the skyline of the Ternate coastline lighting up the night sky when the sun finally dipped below the horizon. Dinner prepared by the village chief's family was a simple yet authentic affair served on banana leaves, and really does justice to reflect the warmth and hospitality of the people in North Maluku.

Bahar speaks perfect English, and many villages do not, so having such a guide will be helpful in navigating the many smaller Spice islands. The people of North Maluku do not see many tourists, and will be more than willing to receive foreigners with curiosity and open arms.
Written 28 June 2019
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Karl B
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Mar 2016 • Solo
Had a great time here. The island is pretty small, and not used to tourists. There are no places to stay, so you'll have to camp, or know someone who can offer you a room. But be warned, the place is very underdeveloped, with no fresh water and basic toilets.
If you need the comforts of civilisation, then it is advisable to get a boat from Ternate in the morning, to take you to the more secluded beaches. You can probably secure a chartered boat for less than 100,000 IRL.
Written 18 March 2016
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