The Maluku Islands

Morotai belongs to group of islands that is known as the Spice Islands ,
Moluccas or simply Maluku. They are located on the “Australian Plate”, lying east of Sulawesi (Celebes), west of New Guinea, and north of Timor. Most of the islands are mountainous, some with active volcanoes, and enjoy a wet climate. The vegetation of the small and narrow islands, encompassed by the sea, is very luxuriant; including rainforests, sago, rice, and the famous spices--nutmeg,cloves and mace, among others.

Politically, the Maluku Islands formed a single province from 1950 until 1999. In 1999 the North Maluku (Maluku Utara) and Halmahera Tengah (Central Halmahera) regency were split off as a separate province, so the islands are now divided between two provinces, Maluku and North Maluku.

Since the decentralization in Indonesia, Halmahera has started to develop as a tourism destination. The big attraction for travellers are the unspoiled coral reefs, beaches and beautiful terrain.  Music and dances together with mixture of different cultures give this area its natural charm.


Halmahera is the largest island in the Maluku Region. It ispart of the North-Maluku province of Indonesia.
has a land area of 17,780 km² (6,865 sq mi). About half of its inhabitants are Muslim and about half are Christian.

Morotai  has the size of 2500 sq km,  approximately 3 times Singapore or 5 times Phuket Island, Thailand.

Morotai constitutes the complex and mountainous terrain of rainforests
and nearly 80 percent of its original forest is still intact. The inland of Morotai is hilly, covered with forests, teeming with wildlife, and mostly unexplored. The coastline and shores surrounding the main island offer secluded sand beaches of various color (white, gold, grey and black) and untouched coral-reefs.

Morotai also know for its place in World War II where the American and Japanese established their base camp. Many plane and shipwrecks remains make an interesting dive sites.

The 15 islands along the south-west of Morotai vary in sizes and shapes.  Those small islands selected for development can accommodate luxurious boutique and middle size beach resorts, while maintaining lush and natural surroundings.