For those who are love going to the beach and do an activity such as diving or snorkeling, Morotai Island is definitely on top of the list that you must visit. Morotai has several beautiful islands and one of the recommended is Dodola Island, because of the reputation many times people dubbed it as Pulau Surga (Paradise Island), it has beautiful white sands beaches and unique diving spots.
The iconic destination of Morotai Island
Morotai Island is surrounded by 33 small islands, 7 out of it are inhabited islands, such as Kolorai Island, Ngele-Ngele Island, Golo-Golo Island, Rao Island, Saminyamau Island and including Dodola Island. The island of Dodola has white sands path connecting with Dodola Besar Island. Unique thing about it is that the path frequently will be sink down during high tide. <- taken out – redundant
When the sun has gone up the beauty of Dodola Island will be seen when seawater is receding the white sand will be stretched out in front of the eyes. At that time you will see there is embossed sands forming a walking path connecting from the island of Dodola Besar to the island of Dodola Kecil.
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Approximately 500 meters long is the distance from Dodola Kecil Island to Dodola Besar Island which you can enjoy from 10 am until 7 pm. You can also swim there because on the edge of the island is quite shallow. With the charm of beauty, it is not surprising that Dodola becomes one the iconic spot destination of Morotai Island.
Paramiswari Iskandar with nickname Kiting she’s a traveler from Palembang – felt, Dodola’s Beach beauty makes her amazed and linger over other islands. She told us that she spend 4-5 hours on Dodola Island, starting from noon until Sunset arrives. Clearwater, white sand, various coral reefs, and a variety of colorful fish make his feel at home.
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“I came with my three friends. We play drones, swimming, and free diving. I am so glad. Because if I traveling, I’d prefer visit a location that has a many tourist spot. As a content maker, Dodola Island is a great spot to make a lot of content. Everything suits my expectation and make me feel at home, “ – said Kiting.
According to Paramiswari, a trip to Morotai Island will not be enough if we only come for a day. Travelers have to stay for several days if you want to explore the whole beauty in Morotai Island
“2015 was the first time I’m come to Morotai Island, it’s just for a day. We just strolling around the island. Have no time for diving or any other activities. So I came back in 2018 and stayed for a week to explore more spots including Dodola” recalls Paramiswari.
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Island with historical value
The historical values of Dodola Island. Yes indeed, the island of Dodola also a historic site of World War II. Because the island used to become one of the war hotspot between Allied forces (United States-Australia) and Japan. Thus, many war remnants found were in the island and even an airplane wreckage on the seabed covered by corals. Therefore, Dodola Island is also become one of Indonesia’s most famous scuba diving spots.
“One of the spots you can try is Wawama Wreck Dive Point which is located in Wawama South Morotai. This is also another World War II hotspot. From the beach, you only need to walk 100 meters to see the remnants of the war between the Allied forces and Japan, “said Yunizar, manager D Aloha Resort/PT. Jababeka Morotai TBK, as a developer of the tourism area Morotai Island, contacted by telephone line, recently.
As you dive in 25 meters depth, you will see the wrecks of Jeep Willys combat vehicles, even the engine of the car still attached there completely with the tires & steering wheel!
“Moving to the other spots at 40 meters in depth, the scene will be filled with the wrecks of bomber airplane used by the allied during World War II, Bristol Beaufort. Size of this bomber airplane is huge and many divers amazed when their eyes gazed at it”, explained by one of the D’aloha Resort tour guide.
Tracing the rest of World War II
Numerous of the war remaining were leaves scattered on the Morotai Island. Due to its strategic position, Morotai Island is a scramble between the Sekutu (Allies /America-Australia) with Japan in the year 1942. In fact, many people don’t know that Morotai Island is the site where the strike airplane that carrying nuclear bombs took off from Morotai to Nagasaki and Hiroshima,” – Nizar said.
Paramiswari herself knows that Dodola Island has a unique charm of sea beauty. Unfortunately, women who also love to ride this mountain claimed to have not had a chance to try the diving spot – taken out redundant
“During my visit in 2018, I know there are plenty leftovers of warships like Jeep cars, tanks, caves, and also under the Sea of Morotai Island. I was diving to Mitita Island – which we can swim with sharks – and play and chilling at Air Terjun Raja unfortunately had no time to try Dodola Diving Spot. I want to go back to Morotai Island, for sure, “said Kiting.
Nizar suggests, ideally tourists should stay at least 3 days 2 nights to stay. The D’aloha Resort has affordable tour packages around Morotai for the tourists. We will pick-up & drop from the airport to the hotel including with meals and tour guides.
“Price per Pax starting from Rp 2.800.000,- for 3 days 2 nights. Of course bigger the group bigger the discount you can get. For inquiry you can please kindly contact +6281299000560 or +6281298234817 for more info. You also can check our website https://www.jababekamorotai.com/dodola-island for itinerary sample.” – said Nizar.