Bobale Island

Indonesia is rich in unique nature, especially islands and nearby underwater worlds. Starting from the eastern tip of Indonesia near Sabang in Aceh, Sumatra, to the most western one in Merauke in Papua all of them have their specific and unique enchantment of beauty. Bobale Island is worth mentioning. Bobale Island is situated in North Kao district in North Maluku Province. This small island is surrounded by white sands and managed by North Halmahera Tourism Department. Although this island is small it has become a favorite place for daytrips for travelers and locals in North Maluku Province as the island is used as a base for the amazing views and sights around this island, underwater: snorkeling or diving.

There are several great spots around this island with lots of species. It can be easily found at a depth of only 2 - 10 meters under sea level thanks to very clear water, like crystal. Because of this, Bobale Island has become a favorite place for divers. Unfortunately, there is no diving or snorkeling equipment for rent so you would need to bring diving and snorkeling equipment by yourself before you go here.

If you are done looking under water you can go hiking on the island to the old bunkers. There are several ruins of Japanese bunkers build during World War II all build on the coast overlooking the sea.

From Tobelo City (Central City of North Halmahera) you can go by speedboat to Daru Village Port about 57 km away and a 1,5 hours boat ride. This port is located just in front of Bobale Island. From this port, you can get to Bobale Island by a traditional small boat 'ketinting' which will take just about 20 minutes.

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