Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Halmahera : The beautiful as it's pearl

North Halmahera, located in North Maluku Province, and formed on May 31, 2003 with a capital of Tobelo. In line with the formation of new districts, the districts and villages had bloomed. Nine districts separated into 22 sub-districts and 174 villages to 260 villages. The total area of this district is an area of 24983.32 km2 consisting of 19536.02 km2 (78%) of marine and 5447.30 km2 (22%) land area. North Halmahera has 115 islands scattered in the sea of Maluku and the Halmahera sea. Almost every island has a unique natural the beauty of.

Small islands with a panoramic view of white sand beach, the beauty of the sea is very beautiful sea garden with a variety of ,fish, diversity of flora fauna and the cultural as well as historical sites during World War II can be found in this area. A beautiful natural scenery and fascinating cultural as well as artistic diversity that is still deeply rooted in society is a capital of tourism potential for development. Natural tourism objects, marine tourism, cultural tourism as well as agro-tourism and the heritage history supported by variety of cultural dances as well as handicrafts made of North Halmahera is a an ideal tourist destination.

The surrounding district has some fine beaches, a nice off-shore island, and - rare in Halmahera - a string of interior villages that serve as a good starting point for hikes across the northern peninsula to Ibu. A few decades ago, the southern part of Kao district was split off to become the new district of Malifut, a resettlement site for Makianese people whose island was devastated by a huge volcanic eruption. This has caused much resentment among the native Kaonese, all the more so when gold was found in Malifut and a huge Australian-operated mine opened there! Today Malifut is busier than Kao itself, but the latter has more appeal to visitors.

One of the most popular tourist destination for divers because of the stunning marine sea garden is a Bobale ISLAND, which is a tiny island with white sand located in North Halmahera, Maluku, not far in front of the village of Daru District Kao. In the waters of the Bobale island there are more than one point dive, the water depth reaches 20-10 meters can be found coral reefs and the marine diversity. Conditions in the sea water of Bobale is very clear until the seabed to a depth of 2 meters. In this place there is a marine park that is still very natural by the waters around so it is very frequently used by tourists for diving. In this island there is also a bunker that is still intact, which is the inheritance of the Japanese in World War II.

History of Kao in North Halmahera can not be released from Japanese occupation during World War II. In this city found many relics of war as found in the location of the airport Kuabang Kao. At this location there are several bunkers and four cannons in good condition. Largest bunker has two rooms with a ± 15 meters long tunnel located in the area near the runway. The foundation Kuabang itself is a cornerstone Japanese heritage.

In addition from diving, you can get around on the island of Bobale, watch for the art of making crafts from pearl shell. Ngoco, that's the name for Shell Pearls. From these various home pearl pendant necklaces earrings made. Usually the shell is obtained by ordering from young people around the village, who used to dive to retrieve the pearls on the seabed around the island Bobale with depths up to 10-40 meters above sea level.

To make this handicraft, is built by a rough pattern as you wish to the shell of the pearl as a basic pattern, then shells sawed in the form of small boxes. Then the box-shaped pieces of shell that slowly eroded while occasionally cleaned with water. Until the desired shape is formed, and then refined as the final touch. Of the various forms such as chilies (cahe), crosses, hearts, parallelograms, other this handicraft are usually costs Rp 10 thousand to Rp 25 thousand for each pendant. Some types of craft that has two colors that occur naturally as well as taped from different pieces of shell.


For access into the can through the village of Daru Bobale in Kao region, about 57km south of Tobelo. While from the port of Daru, Dodola Island, takes only 20 minutes by speedboat from hiring local residents.

-. From Ternate Sofifi crossing to the port by speedboat (traveling an estimated 1 hour)
-. From the harbor to the village of Daru Sofifi with majors Tobello car travel (estimated travel 2 hours)
-. From the Daru village to the island of Bobale with famboat / katingting (traditional wooden boat)


-. Bobale Island can be reached by renting small boats owned by fishermen along the coast in the district of Kao. The cost can be negotiated, approximately Rp. 150 thousand go-home.
-. Other object that can be enjoyed is Bobale Island beach. There we could be fishing or just sunbathing. To dive you must bring your own diving equipment.
-. For those who dare to dive to a depth of more distant, Bobale pearl luster of the white to black is promising to take home as souvenirs

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