island in North Halmahera Regency, North Maluku Province, Indonesia
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Morotai is an island in the Maluku islands.

Understand edit

A lot of the island is jungle, and parts of it are so isolated that one Japanese soldier from World War II survived here and did not surrender until 1974.

Get in edit

By plane edit

  • 1 Leo Wattimena Airport (OTI IATA Pitu airport). Flights from Ternate.    

By ferry edit

  • 2 Pelabuhan Ferry Juanga. Daily ferry from Tobelo.

Get around edit

There are bemo going on most roads, and most motorbikes would offer ojek (motorcycle taxi).

See edit

The island has some pristine beaches and a few World War II relics.

History and museums edit

  • 1 Amphibious Tank Sites (Situs Tank Amfibi), Gotalamo, Morotai Selatan. A site of Landing Vehicle Tracked Mark 2 was used by US Navy in World War II. Free.
  • 2 McArthur Monument, Zum-zum Island.
  • 3 Museum Swadaya Perang Dunia Kedua (Private Museum of World War II).
  • 4 Nakamura Monument.
  • 5 World War II Museum (Museum Perang Dunia II dan Trikora), Wawama, Morotai Selatan. A WWII museum.

Nature edit

 
Two kids playing sand on Dodola Island
  • 6 Dodola Island (Pulau Dodola). A white sand island that is separated into two islands in the afternoon because of the tide.
  • 7 Gorango Beach (Tanjung Gorango).
  • 8 Kokota Waterfall (Air Terjun Kokota).
  • 9 Kokoya Island (Pulau Kokoya).
  • 10 Kolorai Island (Pulau Kolorai).
  • 11 Nunuhu Beach (Pantai Nunuhu).
  • 12 Popogu Cave (Wisata Goa Popogu).
  • 13 Raja Waterfall (Air Terjun Raja).
  • 14 Tabailenge Island (Pulau Tabailenge).

Do edit

 
A freediver hold an Indonesian flag in the water of Dodola Island.
  • Freediving or snorkeling in the water around Dodola Island.
  • Surfing in Tanjung Sopi.
  • Wreck diving in the water of Rorasa Beach.

Buy edit

Handicraft edit

  • Kerajinan Besi Putih (White Iron Craft)

Eat edit

There are a lot of food stalls in Daruba, the capital of Morotai Island. As an island, seafood become one of the specialty dishes in Morotai also local food is influenced by Minahasan and Maluku cuisine. Many other Indonesian cuisines are also available in Morotai such as Buginese, Javanese, also Padang, or Minang food.

Drink edit

Some coffee shops can be found around the city park 1 Taman Morotai Daloha

Sleep edit

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Less than Rp500,000
Mid-range Rp500,000-1,000,000
Splurge More than Rp1,000,000

Budget edit

Splurge edit

  • 2 Moro Ma Doto, Buho-buho, Morotai Timur, +62 811 380 1699. Luxury rooms and the swimming pool facing the coast. From Rp1,822,550.

Connect edit

The telephone area code of Morotai Island is 0923.

Go next edit

  • Tobelo — The capital of North Halmahera. 2 hr by ferry.



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