Ternate Island, the entirety of which is also the city of Ternate.
Like the other Maluku Islands, Ternate was the scene of vicious combat between European colonial powers intent on monopolizing the spice trade, and between those European powers and local rulers. The various conquerors left behind forts that can still be visited today. However, unlike in centuries past, Ternate and neighboring islands are no longer central to world trade, and are not among the best-known tourist destinations in Indonesia.
Like everywhere else in untouristed Indonesia, people are very curious when they see non-Indonesians walking down the street. Expect to be stared at and expect everybody you see to say hello to you, and try to practice their English. Most of the time this curiosity is good-natured, so smile and be friendly in return.
Garuda, Sriwijaya and Wings air have daily flights from Makassar and Manado. Pelni visits 3 times a week
Taxis to the airport cost and average of 50000 rupiah
The public ferry leaves from Ternate to Sofifi at 6am. It returns at 9am, then makes the second journey at 11am, and returns for the final time at 4pm. Each trip takes 2 hours and costs 15000 Rupiah. The boat departs from "Kota Baru" which is costs around 10-15000 rupiah by Ojek or 5000 by Angkot. Port Tax is 2000 rupiah
Speedboats operate between Ternate and Tidore, and Ternate and Sofifi all day. It takes 20 minutes to get to Tidore from Ternate and 40-45 Minutes to Sofifi. They only run when there are 8 or more individuals making the trip though. Each journey costs 50,000 rupiah.
There is a central station for all of the Angkots near the tourist market.
The Sultan's Palace
The Sultan's Mosque
Benteng Oranye fort
Batu Angus Lava flow
Various memorials to massacred Christians during the riots of 1999-2000. Many abandoned churches too.
Graffiti Murals dedicated to various Punk bands (and Osama bin Laden too)
The big Mosque (with minarets in the sea)
Statue of Vasco de Gama
Mount Gamalama (though hiking is currently strictly forbidden due to the eruption in December 2011)
Mount Tidore (the mountain on the 1000 rupiah note)
Sofifi (a new provincial capital and transport hub being built from scratch)
Nasi Bambu is a regional speciality
Mount Gamalama is an active volcano. The last eruption in December 2011 shut down air traffic in the region and killed 4 people in a lahar.
Sofifi has bus and taxi connections to the rest of Halmahera