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Basuri Tjahaja Purnama, President Director of PT. Jababeka Morotai as manager of Morotai Special Economic Zone signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Leo Budiman as director of PT. Transnusa Aviation Mandiri, to open the flight route and support the increase of tourism on Morotai, at the Board of Directors Room, 25th floor, Menara Batavia-Jakarta, Wednesday (19/2).

Following the MoU signing TransNusa will provide the flight route of HongkongMorotai-Bali with a frequency of 2 times a week. While Jababeka Morotai will provide accommodation and transportation for the tourists who will come to Morotai Island.

According to Basuri Tjahaja Purnama, if the international route is successfully opened, it is projected to make tourism in Morotai Special Economic Zone become more lively and able to boost the amount of local and foreign tourist visits to the Morotai Island.

It is believed that Morotai SEZ is famous for its beautiful beach and underwater nature, filled with the remains of World War II and swimming with blacktip shark safely, exotic waterfalls, Dodola Island, Trikora Museum, World War II Museum, and 28 diving spots with its own uniqueness in each spot.

“This is our effort to accelerate and stimulate the economy in Morotai. We believe that the agreement regarding opening domestic and international routes can help increase tourist visits to Morotai Island and increase the foreign exchange directly to the community of Morotai and the surrounding area, “said Basuri.

The same thing also said by Leo Budiman, that the Bali-MorotaiHongkong route flight can initiate the growth of tourism and even the economy in Morotai. That is because this route has been through market research process. So it is believed to be able to attract tourists who are in Bali and Hongkong but also the investors to come to Morotai Island.

“I am very optimistic about this agreement. Because Indonesia is the source of market, Indonesia is the starting point of economy, “explained Leo.

So, when will the Bali-MorotaiHongkong flight route be opened?

“It is planned to be opened in June 2020 when all administrative and field conditions are ready, considering the current conditions in Asia which have not been conducive due to The Corona outbreak. Therefore, let’s pray for the world to recover and can pull through from the virus together and tourism will be passionate again. Amen, “Closed Basuri

 

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The Ministry of Public Works and Housing (PUPR) supports the infrastructure program of the tourism area in Morotai through the development of water infrastructure and road access. Hopefully, infrastructure improvements can help boosting the amount of local and international tourist visitors and help Morotai Island to be the center of logistics in the Asian region.

As known, Morotai Island is one of the tourist destinations which is included in the program of 10 New Bali because of the potential natural resources of marine and cultural richness. The tourist attractions are usually offered, including Dodola Beach, Zum Zum Island, and Trikora Museum.

To increase the connectivity among tourism destinations in the island, The Ministry of Public Works and Housing has completed the road quality improvement, construction of new roads, and bridge construction on The Morotai Ring Road Section of 201.89 Km long constructed in 2019 with a budget of Rp 273.86 billion. The construction of Morotai Ring Road is one of the National Strategic Programs (PSN) referred to Presidential regulation No. 56 the year of 2018.

Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of House work and Public Housing said, the increase of accessibility and network connectivity of road infrastructure provides tourists smoothness, safety, security, and convenience during traveling to tourism sites in Morotai.

“Better road access will support the economic growth for people living in the tourism area,” said Minister Basuki, Tuesday (18/2/2020).

Responding to that, Basuri Tjahaja Purnama, President Director of PT. Jababeka Morotai as a manager of the Morotai Special Economic Zone said that if the accessibility of the road to Morotai SEZ is well connected, it gives satisfaction to tourists because the traveling time to Morotai SEZ will be faster, hence, the more destinations they can visit.

“Or it will be more convenient for them to enjoy a tourist destination in Morotai as well. Because they feel like they are not in a rush to get to many destinations while visiting Morotai SEZ, “he said.

Basuri added that strengthening connectivity is also very effective to create Morotai SEZ as the logistic center in eastern Indonesia. This is due to the status of Morotai SEZ, which is included as industrial special economic zones. The location of Morotai Island is very strategic which is in a locus of inter-state and intercontinental trade lines.

Geographically Morotai Island is directly facing the Pacific Ocean, a gateway to America, Australia, New Zealand, and close to China, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan. Those countries have a relatively high trend in economic growth.

“To develop Morotai Island as the logistic center, we have made a master plan for port development. And with the increase of connectivity, it will give a great opportunity for Morotai Island to be the trade center (boat crossing port) in the Asia-Pacific and Logistic Hub di Asia region,” said Basuri.

The improvement of infrastructure road in Morotai, conducted by the Ministry of Housework and Public Housing through the Directorate General Bina Marga, is divided into several works, including the construction of the new road of the Sofi-Wayabula section of 6 Km, at a cost of Rp 32 billion, Road preservation on the city limits of Daruba-Daeo/Sangowo-Bere Bere-Sofi-Daruba – Wayabula for 195.29 Km, at a cost of Rp 10.43 billion.

Furthermore, the construction and replacement of 6 bridges with a cost of Rp 231.43 billion consisting of Bere Bere-Sofi section with length of 152 meters and 7 meters, the Sofi-Wayabula 1 with the length of 125.80 meters, the Sofi-Wayabula 2 with the length of 100 meters, Sofi-Wayabula 3 with the length of 87 meters, and the Sofi-Wayabula 4 with the length of 125 meters. The whole physical work of the construction of Morotai Road is now completed 100%. (QN)

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Most international tourists immediately think of Bali when anyone mentions Indonesia. The “Island of the Gods” is world-renowned for its beach resorts, rice paddies, volcanic mountains and Hindu temples. But there’s really so much more to the South East Asian country than Bali.

Indonesia is actually the world’s largest island country, made up of over seventeen thousand islands in a vast area scattered between the Pacific and Indian Oceans. With islands bridging the continents of Asia and Australia, many remote spots here still remain off the tourist radar. Morotai Island, located in the less-visited eastern side of Indonesia is one of those spots.

When I got the invitation to visit Morotai Island from the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I was immediately intrigued because I had no idea where it was. Looking at Google Maps, Morotai is geographically closer to the Southern Philippines compared to Jakarta, the capital and largest city of Indonesia, which would be the jump-off point for our group of 10 bloggers, vloggers and influencers coming from different ASEAN countries and Japan.

Because of its remote location and the long travel time required to get there from major hubs, Morotai is still not yet that well-known among international tourists and even Indonesian citizens. Aside from mentions about its strategic role during World War II, I couldn’t find much information about what to do there online.

But it’s usually the most underrated and obscure destinations that offer some of the best natural attractions, and in this aspect, Morotai Island did not disappoint. I feel extremely lucky and privileged to have been given this opportunity to explore the beauty of this tropical island paradise in Indonesia that not many people have been to.

Morotai Island is located in the Maluku Utara (North Moluccas) province of Indonesia in Southeast Asia. It is situated in the northeast of the larger island of Halmahera. The Philippines is located directly to the North of Morotai Island while it’s bounded by the Pacific Ocean on the East.

Most international tourists immediately think of Bali when anyone mentions Indonesia. The “Island of the Gods” is world-renowned for its beach resorts, rice paddies, volcanic mountains and Hindu temples. But there’s really so much more to the South East Asian country than Bali.

Indonesia is actually the world’s largest island country, made up of over seventeen thousand islands in a vast area scattered between the Pacific and Indian Oceans. With islands bridging the continents of Asia and Australia, many remote spots here still remain off the tourist radar. Morotai Island, located in the less-visited eastern side of Indonesia is one of those spots.

When I got the invitation to visit Morotai Island from the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I was immediately intrigued because I had no idea where it was. Looking at Google Maps, Morotai is geographically closer to the Southern Philippines compared to Jakarta, the capital and largest city of Indonesia, which would be the jump-off point for our group of 10 bloggers, vloggers and influencers coming from different ASEAN countries and Japan.

Because of its remote location and the long travel time required to get there from major hubs, Morotai is still not yet that well-known among international tourists and even Indonesian citizens. Aside from mentions about its strategic role during World War II, I couldn’t find much information about what to do there online.

But it’s usually the most underrated and obscure destinations that offer some of the best natural attractions, and in this aspect, Morotai Island did not disappoint. I feel extremely lucky and privileged to have been given this opportunity to explore the beauty of this tropical island paradise in Indonesia that not many people have been to.

Where exactly is Morotai?

Morotai Island is located in the Maluku Utara (North Moluccas) province of Indonesia in Southeast Asia. It is situated in the northeast of the larger island of Halmahera. The Philippines is located directly to the North of Morotai Island while it’s bounded by the Pacific Ocean on the East.

How to get to Morotai

By air

Admittedly, Morotai Island is not the easiest place to get to. I traveled from the Philippines and had to take multiple flights to get to there: Manila to Jakarta via PAL; Jakarta to Manado via Batik Air; and Manado to Morotai (with a stopover in Ternate) via Lion Air’s Wings. Some media delegates coming from other ASEAN countries had extra connecting flights just to get into Jakarta. The flight from Jakarta to Manado takes 3 hours and 15 minutes.

As of August 2019, a small ATR aircraft flies once daily from the Sam Ratulangi Airport (MDC) in Manado to the Leo Wattimena Airport, also known as Pitu airport (OTI) in Morotai Island with a brief stopover in Sultan Babullah (TTE) airport in Ternate. The airport in Morotai was a former United States military base during World War II. Presently, it’s a very small, basic airport, with only one runway being used, but construction is underway for its expansion.

According to local officials, flights from Singapore and the Philippines (from Davao) to Manado (the largest city and main gateway to Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia) are being negotiated with airlines, which will make the remote beach & diving destination more accessible to Filipino and international travelers who want to explore lesser-known destinations around the Southeast Asia circuit.

By sea

Ferries connect Indonesia with the neighboring countries of Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines. A Roll On Roll Off (RoRo) shipping routeconnecting General Santos and Davao in the Philippines with Bitung, in North Sulawesi, near Manado in Indonesia is expected to cut travel time to about a day and a half compared with the previous Davao-Manila-Jakarta-Surabaya-Bitung route which takes three to four weeks.

Getting around Morotai

Many locals use scooters and motorcycles to get around town. I was able to rent a scooter from D’Aloha Beach Resort to take a short ride for a fee of Rp 1,000,000 (7 USD) for about 2 hours use. I think it would be great if resorts could consider offering bicycles for rent as well for those who want to explore on their own.

If you’re traveling in a group, the easiest way to get around is to charter a van or car to take you around by land. D’Aloha Beach Resort can arrange van transportation services around Morotai. Here are the average costs:

  • Pick up from airport to resort – Rp 150,000 (USD 10)
  • City Tour (10 hours) – Rp 500,000 (USD 35)
  • Land tour Morotai (Tanjung Gorango) – Rp 1,000,000 (USD 60)
  • Land Tour South Morotai (Wayabula) Rp- 800,000 (USD 47)
  • Contact: D’ALoha Resort: 0812-9900-0560
  • Email: resortdaloha@gmail.com

For short distances, you can ride the local motorized transport, similar to Thailand’s tuktuk or Philippine tricycle. The tricycles here have a unique style. In other Asian countries, the passenger seats are usually located in a sidecar or at the back of the driver. Here the passenger seats are in front of the driver, for an unobstructed view.

What to do in Morotai Island

Morotai is home to beautiful white sandy beaches, secluded smaller islands, and scuba diving spots where divers often encounter sharks and whales. The top tourist activities to do in Morotai Island include:

  • Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Island-hopping
  • Visiting historic World War II sites and landmarks
  • Enjoying the peaceful quiet island life

 

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Where to go in Morotai Island

Pasir Timbul

Pasir Timbul is a small white sand islet located in the middle of the sea surrounded by beautiful coral reefs. The sight of white sandy shores, incredibly clear turquoise waters and white seabirds flying overhead on a clear, sunny day just spells pure paradise.

There are no trees or any source of shade on this island, so it’s best to make this your first stop during mornings when the sun is not too harsh.

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Kokoya Island

Kokoya Island is a small 8-hectare forested island inhabited by just one family. You can spot swarms of tiny fish swimming under the docks leaving patches of dark areas in the otherwise crystal clear waters.

The water facing the main Juanga Beach is very calm and shallow, making it a great spot for swimming and floating around.

Dodola Island

One of the best spots we visited was Dodola Island, formed from two islands, called Big Dodola and Small Dodola, which are connected by a narrow sandbar that you can cross by foot when the water recedes.

Dodola offers stunning beach scenery on the shore from every angle and several serene swimming areas, with moderate waves on one side and calm waters on the opposite cove. Probably the best island to fly a drone. It looks amazing in drone photos and videos.

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Several picnic huts, benches and lots of trees offer shade, making this island a nice stop for picnics and lunch during your island-hopping tour. There are various snorkeling and diving sites in the areas around the island, which offer a view of coral reefs and colorful fish.

A small inflatable playground on the left side of the island where the current is stronger offers a fun challenge for those who want to run around, climb obstacles, and slide down. They also offer jet skis for rent and other water-based activities on this island, so be sure to bring some extra cash if you want to try out the activities.

Zum-Zum Island

Zum-Zum Island, also known as Douglas McArthur Island, was once the quarter and army base of the US General who was a prominent figure during World War II who helped liberate the Philippines from Japan. On this island, you can find a 20-meter tall statue of Gen. McArthur with the words “I Shall Return.”

Batu Kopi

Located in Rao Island, Posi-Posi Rao Village, Batu Kopi is a stone formation located on the beach that is unique because it is said to produce the aroma of fresh coffee.

Despite there being no coffee plantations or trees on the island, mysteriously, the stone produces the aroma of coffee. However, not all visitors can smell it. Some locals say the aroma is strongest at certain times of the day. Others claim that only those who are worthy (“good people”) can smell the coffee. Unfortunately, I couldn’t smell it.

Rao Island

Aside from the stone formation on the beach, Rao Island itself has a stunning beach, with a white sandy, 2-km long coast without any stones or dead corals. The sea near the shore is very shallow with clear and calm waters, making it a relaxing swimming spot for families with young children.

Dive sites

Morotai Island is a premium diving destination, known mainly for shark diving. They also have various World War II wrecks with sunken aircraft, warships scattered among colorful reefs making it a thrilling and unique destination for divers.

 

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They currently have 28 identified diving spots.

Museums, historical sites & landmarks

As one of the islands bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Philippines, during World War II, Morotai served as a major Japanese military base. It was captured by Allied forces in 1944 and was developed into a strategic airbase from which they attacked posts in the Philippines and Borneo in their fight against Japanese forces during World War II.

World War II Museum & Trikora Monument

History buffs can visit the World War II Museum which displays replicas of items and war equipment used during such war and has displays of some models of the United States’ war crafts during the fight against Japan. Outside the museum, you can find the Trikora Monument, inaugurated in 2012, to commemorate the history of the struggle of the Indonesian army during the liberation of West Irian in the Trikora operation.

Swadaya World War II Museum

Located on the outskirts of the town in Djoubela Village in Southern Morotai district is a small museum independently managed by Muhlis Eso, a local who has amassed a large collection of World War II historical items. The relic hunter has converted his humble house into a display area for all the bullets, old guns, coins and other war memorabilia that he found in the area.

Teruo Nakamura Monument

Teruo Nakamura was a Taiwan-born soldier who fought for Japan during World War II. He was stationed on Morotai Island in shortly before the island was overrun by the Allies during the Battle of Morotai. He ended up living in the jungle along with other stragglers and did not surrender until 1974. The statue is located at the place where he was found by villagers 30 years after WW2.

Daruba City Park

Located near the coast, Daruba City Park is a seaside boulevard and local hangout. It’s a pleasant area to just catch the breeze and watch the sunset. There’s a Morotai Culinary Center here with several kiosks serving local food like fried banana (served with sambal) and drinks like coffee and tea.

There’s a nice picturesque dock nearby where I spotted some locals handline fishing and one of the decorative fish boats used during the float parade for the Morotai Festival.

Other tourist spots

Morotai has many other islands, beaches and natural sites of interest that we weren’t able to visit during our visit, but am listing them and their main features for reference for those who have more time to explore:

 

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  • Kolorai Island – home to a tourist village that sells salted fish and local woven crafts that can be bought as souvenirs
  • Rorasa Beach – beach with a coral stone that offers seasonal surfing
  • Nunuhu Beach – a beach located in the Bido Village in East Morotai
  • Mitita Island – a dive spot home to vibrant coral reefs
  • Galo-Galo Island – an inhabited island with a soft white sand beach
  • Ngele-Ngele Island – an inhabited island where locals engage in pearl farming and cultivation
  • Tanjung Gorango – a cove with a vast spread of white sand where tourists can enjoy the beautiful scenery from a hill
  • Tabailenge Island – an uninhabited island with white sand and pine trees
  • Popogu Cave – 1-km long cave with an underwater river
  • Raja Waterfall – 7-tiered waterfall located in Raja Village in West South Morotai

 

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Where to stay & eat in Morotai

D’Aloha Beach Resort

For this trip, we stayed at D’Aloha Beach Resort located in the Southern part of Morotai Island, relatively near the airport and very close to Daruba City. It’s said to be one of the best accommodations on the island and is one of the best places to base while exploring Morotai Island.

The beach resort offers cozy natural resort cottages with one or two-bedroom units, a common living area with a TV and shared bathrooms. The They currently has 25 cottages spread about in the resort under a grove of coconut and mango trees. It can get quite humid in the afternoons and early evenings in Morotai, but the beds are very comfortable and you can jack up the airconditioning.

D’Aloha Beach Resort has a large restaurant serving a mix of local and international cuisine. They can cater up to 300 pax, making it ideal for group events and weddings.

The beachfront area is pleasant and offers a sunset view, with several huts and benches where you can relax at night. The resort staff are very helpful and accommodating.

  • Address: D’Aloha Beach Resort. Jln. Tanjung Dehegila, Juanga Village, District of South Morotai
  • Contact: +6281 282896292, + 6281 298234817
  • Website: www.jababekamorotai.com

Magic Bay Rao Beach Bungalows

While visiting Batu Kopi in Rao Island, we stopped by Magic Bay Rao Beach Bungalows which offers two private beach bungalows, ideal for honeymooners, a family or a small group of friends who want to truly disconnect and enjoy the island all to themselves.

They also run a small kitchen and restaurant where we ordered some refreshments, including coffee, tea and Bintang Beer. Yay! (NOTE: As a Muslim majority country, beer is not that widely available in restaurants and convenience stores. Believe me, I checked.)  

  • Address: Magic Bay Rao Beach Bungalows, Rao Island, Morotai, North Maluku, Indonesia.
  • Email: posiposirao@gmail.com, info@wedaresort.com
  • Contact: +628124433754 (Rob)
  • Website: http://www.magicbayrao.com/
Local snack of fried banana with sambal sauce

Pandawa Cafe

Pandawa Cafe is a karaoke joint behind the Trikora World War II Museum that serves basic Nasi Goreng rice meals, noodles, and fresh fruit shakes. They don’t have a lot of food choices, but the cafe seems to be a popular hangout for locals who want to unwind at night.

  • Address: Wawama, South Morotai, Morotai Island Regency, North Maluku, Indonesia
  • Open: 4pm – 11pm

Festival: Morotai Festival

Our visit coincided with the first-ever Morotai Festival held last August 2019, which was organized to help promote the island as a tourist destination. The festival featured fun dives, fishing competitions, swimming races, local bazaars, local song and dance performances and a boat parade. We missed the main parade festivities but enjoyed the cultural night, where we witnessed some traditional music and local bands.

Our group got even called on stage to introduce ourselves which led to impromptu speeches and performances from companions who wowed the crowd with their singing and beatboxing.

Why should you visit Morotai?

The Morotai Island District was formed just in 2008, as a division of Northern Halmahera District. Since it’s still relatively new, tourism is still in its infancy stage. However, Morotai has been identified as one of the ten new priority tourist destinations considered as alternatives to Bali in Indonesia. The area is being developed as a special economic zone for fisheries and local officials are prioritizing infrastructure and accessibility to attract more domestic and foreign tourists in the future.

Source: Invest Islands

Presently, it’s not a destination for those looking for vibrant parties, shopping and nightlife, but I think that where its charm lies. Going “off-the-grid” and traveling to destinations few have been to before where you can enjoy beaches and islands all to yourself has become a luxury.

For travelers who want to explore an exciting new destination away from the tourist crowds, enjoy pristine beaches and islets surrounded by crystal clear water and experience genuine hospitality and warmth from locals, now is the best time to visit.

Some delegates in our group said that Morotai Island had some of the best beaches that they’ve even been to. While the Philippines has its fair share of islands and beaches, I was likewise impressed with the beaches here. The destinations had barely any other tourists, it was so peaceful and serene, the water was very clear, visibility for snorkeling was good, and there was no litter on the shores.

I think Morotai Island will appeal mainly to honeymooners, expats, retirees who want uncrowded destinations, divers, WWII history buffs, and adventurous travelers in search of relatively unknown destinations. Business travelers looking to invest can also consider Morotai. It’s only a matter of time before new developments and more flights will open up this paradise to the public. So I encourage travelers who want to enjoy nature, wildlife and culture of the local people to visit as soon as possible!

Sample Morotai Itinerary

Here are a few suggested itineraries for Morotai based on the package tours offered by D’Aloha Resort. While most tourists stay 3-5 days, divers might want to spend up to a week just to explore various dive sights.

3 Days / 2 Nights

  • Rp 3,800,000++/person (2 – 4 participants)
  • Rp 3,100,000++/person (5 to 10 participants)
  • Rp 2,800,000++/person (above 10 participants)

Day 1: Arrival & Free Time

  • Pick up at Leo Wattimara Morotai Airport
  • Welcome drink at D’Aloha Resort
  • Lunch
  • Break Time / Free activity
  • Enjoy the beautiful sunset at Tanjung Dehegila – the tip of the peninsula in Southern Morotai Island
  • Dinner and free activity

Day 2: Island-Hopping

  • Kokoya Island
  • Kolorai Island
  • Dodola Island
  • Lunch at Dodola Island
  • Zum-Zum Island
  • BBQ Night at D’Aloha Resort

Day 3: City Tour & Departure

  • Breakfast
  • Photo Ops at D’Aloha Resort Sign
  • City Tour
  • Lunch
  • Drop off at the airport

4 Days / 3 Nights

  • Rp 5,200,000++/person (2 – 4 participants)
  • Rp 4,200,000++/person (5 to 10 participants)
  • Rp 3,700,000++/person (above 10 participants)

Day 1: Arrival & Free Time

  • Pick up at Leo Wattimara Morotai Airport
  • Welcome drink at D’Aloha Resort
  • Lunch
  • Break Time / Free activity
  • Enjoy the beautiful sunset at Tanjung Dehegila – the tip of the peninsula in Southern Morotai Island
  • Dinner and free activity

Day 2: Island-Hopping

  • White Sand Island
  • Kokoya Island
  • Kolorai Island
  • Dodola Island
  • Lunch at Dodola Island
  • Zum-Zum Island
  • Dinner or free activity

Day 3: Explore Northern Morotai

  • Rorasa Island
  • Nunuhu Island
  • Lunch on the island
  • Tanjung Gorango
  • Dinner

Day 4: City Tour & Departure

  • Breakfast
  • Photo Ops at D’Aloha Resort Sign
  • City Tour
  • Lunch
  • Drop off at the airport

5 Days / 4 Nights

  • Rp 6,800,000++/person (2 – 4 participants)
  • Rp 5,500,000++/person (5 to 10 participants)
  • Rp 4,800,000++/person (above 10 participants)

Day 1: Arrival & Free Time

  • Pick up at Leo Wattimara Morotai Airport
  • Welcome drink at D’Aloha Resort
  • Lunch
  • Break Time / Free activity
  • Enjoy the beautiful sunset at Tanjung Dehegila – the tip of the peninsula in Southern Morotai Island
  • Dinner and free activity

Day 2: Island-Hopping

  • White Sand Island
  • Kokoya Island
  • Kolorai Island
  • Dodola Island
  • Lunch at Dodola Island
  • Dinner or free activity

Day 3: Explore Northern Morotai

  • Rorasa Island
  • Nunuhu Island
  • Lunch on the island
  • Tanjung Gorango
  • Dinner

Day 4: Island Hopping or Raja Waterfall

  • Zum Zum Island
  • Big Galo-Galo Island
  • Small Galo-Galo Island
  • Lunch on island
  • Small Ngele-Ngele Island
  • Barbecue dinner at D’Aloha Resort

Or

  • River cruise
  • Raja Waterfall Bathhouse
  • Jungle Trekking
  • Raja Waterfall

Day 5: City Tour & Departure

  • Breakfast
  • Photo Ops at D’Aloha Resort Sign
  • City Tour
  • Lunch
  • Drop off at the airport

Package inclusions

  • Pick up and drop off at Leo Wattimena Morotai airport
  • Breakfast / lunch / dinner at D’Aloha Resort
  • Lodging in D’Aloha Resort
  • Land and sea transportation during tours
  • Snack and lunch box during island-hopping tours
  • Professional guide during traveling
  • Entrance fees for tourist attractions

Package exclusions

  • Flight ticket
  • Snorkeling (rental fees and guide fee)
  • Shopping for personal needs
  • Miscellaneous costs

For inquiries on package tours, please contact D’Aloha Resort directly at 0812-99000560 or 0812-98234817 or email resortdaloha@gmail.com

This trip was made possible by the Directorate of South East Asian Affairs of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the local government of Morotai in IndonesiaThank you very much to everyone for the warm welcome and hospitality. Ayo ke Morotai!

This article has been publish on traveling-up.com with the title “Travel Guide: Morotai Island, Indonesia”.

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News.abs-cbn.com : Indonesia’s Morotai Island offers a quieter alternative to Bali https://www.jababekamorotai.com/en/morotai-island-offers-a-quieter-alternative-to-bali/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=morotai-island-offers-a-quieter-alternative-to-bali Mon, 26 Aug 2019 02:15:20 +0000 https://www.jababekamorotai.com/?p=731 News.abs-cbn.com : Indonesia’s Morotai Island offers a quieter alternative to Bali Read More »

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MOROTAI, Indonesia — As the most popular destinations around the world grapple with the problem of overtourism, finding a beach or island that you can enjoy all to yourself for a peaceful and quiet vacation has become a luxury.

Everyone knows Bali, but not a lot of tourists have heard of Morotai. Located in the Halmahera group in North Maluku (once known as the Spice Islands), Morotai is one of Indonesia’s northernmost islands.

Home to white sand beaches, diving spots, World War II relics and rugged forests for trekking, Morotai offers an alternative for those looking to get away from the crowds.

“Indonesia is made up of over 17,000 islands, but most international tourists tend to focus just on Bali,” noted Minister for Foreign Affairs Republic of Indonesia Retno L.P. Marsudi.

To spread the impact, Indonesia has embarked on a “10 New Balis” project identifying tourism hubs for priority development, which includes the upgrading of airports and infrastructure to increase connectivity, and activities to boost awareness of the relatively unknown destinations.

In a familiarization tour organized by the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, media, travel bloggers and social media influencers from Southeast Asian countries and Japan were invited to experience the beauty of Morotai Island firsthand.

The main draw of Morotai is its natural beauty. Tourists can enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the turquoise waters lining the various islands that dot the coast and relax in native bungalows at beach resorts at night.

Remote virgin beaches like Pasir Timbul, a bare sandbar in the middle of the sea; Kokoya Island, where swarms of tiny fish swim under the dock near the crystal-clear shores; and Dodola Island, two islets connected by a sandbar that visitors can cross by foot during low tide, offer stunning destinations for island-hopping trips.

In Rao Island, tourists can visit Batu Kopi, a mysterious stone formation that emits the aroma of coffee despite there being no coffee plantations or trees on the island.

Because of the island’s strategic role during World War II, Morotai also offers an interesting destination for history buffs, with several museums and landmarks displaying remnants and artifacts from World War II.

The Swadaya World War II museum in a village on the outskirts of the Southern Morotai district is privately managed by Muhlis Eso, a local relic hunter who has amassed a large collection of World War II artifacts. His house has been converted into a mini-museum displaying the various bullets, old guns, coins and other war memorabilia he dug around his residence.

Primarily known for shark and wreck diving, Morotai also offers a unique destination for divers. The island has at least 28 identified dive spots with sunken aircrafts and warships scattered among colorful coral reefs.

 

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According to Samuel Samson, Special Advisor to the Government of Morotai, tourism is still fairly new, as Morotai was established only as a separate district in 2008. However, they expect new investments to aid in the development, connectivity and tourism promotion of the area.

“We would love to see Morotai as a clean, green and smart island. Infrastructure is important, but everything must be done with the protection of the environment in mind,” said Samson.

The local government has engaged with Jeju Island to study their zero-carbon initiatives and are interested in utilizing electric-powered vehicles in the future. Plans are underway to build more sustainable resorts on the island as well and turn the area into a trade hub for seafood.

The first-ever Morotai Festival was recently held to promote and increase awareness about the island. The festival featured fun dives, fishing competitions, swimming races, local bazaars, a boat parade, and a cultural night with traditional music and local bands.

Morotai Festival 2019. Kara Santos

“We organized the festival so we could attract attention from Jakarta as well. Because this is a remote area from Jakarta. The direct flight already takes 3.5 hours. Since Indonesia is quite big, connectivity is not so easy,” said Samson.

Currently, Morotai is accessible by a flight from the Indonesian capital of Jakarta to Manado, the largest city and main gateway to Northern Sulawesi and a shorter connecting flight with a stopover at Ternate. For Philippine travelers, the revival of direct flights from Davao to Manado (1 hour 15 minutes), via Indonesia’s national airline Garuda Indonesia, is expected to draw more travelers from both sides.

Aside from Morotai, the other priority areas identified as “10 new Balis” in Indonesia include Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Tanjung Lesung in Banten, Kepulauan Seribu in Jakarta, Tanjung Kelayang Beach in Bangka Belitung, Borobudur Temple in Central Java, Mount Bromo in East Java, Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara and Wakatobi in South Sulawesi.

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Dodola Island, the Iconic Destination of Morotai Island https://www.jababekamorotai.com/en/scuba-diving-bali/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=scuba-diving-bali Wed, 07 Aug 2019 02:08:26 +0000 https://www.jababekamorotai.com/?p=692 Dodola Island, the Iconic Destination of Morotai Island Read More »

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For those who 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 sink down during high tide. 

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 are 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 spent 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 freediving. I am so glad. Because if I travel, I’d prefer to visit a location that has many tourist spots. As a content maker, Dodola Island is a great spot to make a lot of content. Everything suits my expectations and makes 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’ve come to Morotai Island, it’s just for a day. We just strolled 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 is 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 on the island and even an airplane wreckage on the seabed covered by corals. Therefore, Dodola island has also became one of the most famous scuba diving Indonesia.

“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 were amazed when their eyes gazed at it”, explained by one of the D’aloha Resort tour guides.

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 carried nuclear bombs took off from Morotai to Nagasaki and Hiroshima,” – Nizar said.

Nizar added that the rest of the World War II wars make diving spots in Morotai unique and comparable with other famous diving spots in Indonesia, such as scuba diving Bali. Diving at Morotai you will not only find beautiful underwater landscapes, but also discover the remnants of World War II.

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 of 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 meals and tour guides.

“Price per Pax starting from Rp 2.800.000,- for 3 days 2 nights. Of course the 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 samples.” – said Nizar.

 

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Indonesia launches three economic zones, eyes $10.5 billion investment https://www.jababekamorotai.com/en/indonesia-launches-three-economic-zones-eyes-10-5-billion-investment/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=indonesia-launches-three-economic-zones-eyes-10-5-billion-investment Tue, 02 Apr 2019 06:50:12 +0000 https://www.jababekamorotai.com/?p=587 Indonesia launches three economic zones, eyes $10.5 billion investment Read More »

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JAKARTA (REUTERS) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Monday (April 1) launched three special economic zones (SEZs) across 2,200ha of land at the eastern part of the archipelago in a fresh bid to attract investment and spur economic growth in less-developed areas.

The government aims to attract 110 trillion rupiah (S$10.5 billion) investment in the SEZs – in East Kalimantan, North Sulawesi, and North Maluku – and create 120,000 jobs by 2025, according to a statement from the coordinating ministry for economic affairs.

Investors in the SEZs get preferential treatment such as removal of import duties for manufacturing of export goods, as well as easier land and employment rules, including allowing expatriates to own properties within the zone.

“We hope that the existence of SEZs will grow manufacturing and other industries so that we will no longer export raw materials, but products with higher added value,” the statement quoted Mr Joko, who was in Manado, North Sulawesi for a launch ceremony, as saying.

Mr Joko has had mixed success with his reform agenda since taking office in 2014, promising to transform South-east Asia’s largest economy by reviving manufacturing and lifting growth to 7 per cent.

Annual growth has remained around 5 per cent in recent years, while foreign investment last year was weak despite the President’s efforts to improve investment climate.

Mr Joko is running for re-election on April 17 against former military general Prabowo Subianto, who has criticised his economic track record. In 2014, Mr Joko defeated Mr Prabowo to win a five-year term.

Monday’s government statement said the three new SEZs have attracted a combined 5.24 trillion rupiah of investment commitments.

These include ones from PT Jababeka Morotai, a unit of industrial estate developer PT Jababeka, and Kilang Kaltim Continental, a crude oil refinery operator, subsidiary of Canadian Continental Energy Corporation.

 

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