Gunung Gamalama on Ternate 1715 m
Just west of sprawling, four armed K-shaped Halmahera island two perfectly shaped volcanic cone islands lurk off the western cost. Ternate and Tidore, the famous clove islands. Three century ago, the great kingdoms of Europe fought bitterly for the control of these tiny islands that measure just a little more then 10 km across. Today Ternate and Tidore have faded from the world’s attention, but these lush, breezy islands are just as beautiful as they were when first Portuguese sailors landed. The main reason for our visit to the spice islands was to search for indigenous dishes that will be included in our newest book publication that will feature Indonesia’s most original dishes as well as showcasing the many great mountains and volcanoes of this fascinating country. Obviously there are very few places in the country where you can combine food and hiking on two very tiny islands that have changed the history of our planet so much. It was our aim to arrive on Thursday, climb Gunung Gamalama on Friday, then relocate to the island of Tidore on Saturday and climb Gunung Kiematuba on Sunday morning. Well this was the plan which then was changed rather dramatically a week prior to our departure, when Gunung Gamalama on Ternate started to spew large clouds of ash and the volcano was placed on high alert, making any attempt at climbing impossible. This dramatic events took place in September 2012.