The remote Halmahera island, also called Gilolo or Jailolo, is the largest island in Maluku (the Moluccas), K-shaped almost like a miniature Sulawesi. With white sandy beaches, unspoiled forests and the spectacular Mt Mamuya in the distance, this island offers stunning scenery. This is a rugged and mountainous landscape and much of the island is still covered in forest.

The most popular activities on the island involve exploring its beautiful waters. Surf at Dorume Beach, known for its huge waves, especially in December; which is the best time for surfers to visit. Along with it’s massive surf, the attraction here is the very fine sands of the beach that seem to glitter in the sun as they contain metallic grains.Take in the scenery at the peaceful Talaga Biru, which literally means Blue Lake. This is a small natural pond with crystal-clear water, located near Mamuya village in Galela district.

Useful Information

Visibility: 5 m to 30 m (15 ft to 99 ft)</span4
Depth: 10 m to 30 m (33 ft to 99 ft)
Currents: Light ~ Strong (can be strong in some sites)
Suited For: Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced
Water Temperature: 27 C to 29 C (80 F to 85 F)
Sea State: Calm

Season: Year round
Best Time: October to April
Air Temperature: 27 ~ 31 degrees celsius
Precipitation: October to November being the dry season. Periodic rainfall for the rest of the months like all tropical countries.

Domestic Airport: Ternate (TTE)
International Airport: Jakarta (CGK)
Check in time: Dependent on flight arrivals
Check out time: Dependent on flight departures
Routes: International in bound flights into Indonesia will have to be through Jakarta, Bali or Manado.