Ternate

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Ternate

 

Stepping off the plane in Ternate you are greeted by the grand, volcanic Mount Gamalama sitting peacefully beside the vast ocean. Located right in the middle of the Coral Triangle, the Indo-Pacific Ocean blesses this area with rich marine biodiversity.

One of the fantastic things about Ternate is that you don’t have to spend hours at sea to reach a great spot, as even the shallow sites hold enchanting corals and life. In these pristinely clean waters are numerous types of dives, from gantle slopes lined with dense coral reefs and drop offs, to pinnacles, walls shallow reefs and bays that are home to creatures like the pygmy seahorse. Even the night diving is good here in Ternate, with the city lights shining upon the surface of the water. Excellent sites can be found behind the Grand Mosque and in front of Floridas Restaurant.

This place is also rich in historical and archeological landmarks. Even avid divers keen to spend hours underwater shouldn’t neglect Ternate’s terrestrial attractions: The Sultan Ternate Mousque, a highlights of Indonesia architecture; the Toluko Fort, built by the Portuguese; Sultan Ternate Palace where historical artifcats are stored; Batu Angus, a lava boulder from Mount Gamalama, nestled in the middle of the sea; and Sulamadaha Beach, which offers fun snorkeling experiences, or just a fantastic place to soak up the sun.

 

Getting There

Best Season : May – October

Fly to Ternate

Airport : Sultan Babullah Airport

Route :

Jakarta – Ternate

Manado – Ternate

Makassar – Ternate

Dive site name : Guramangova (1)

Area : Ternate

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 20m

Min temperature : 28c

Max temperatire : 30c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Rock

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fussilier, Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Porcupine, Flounders, Gobies, Moray eels, Blennies, Dragonet, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Ray, Shark

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Schooling Barracuda, Blacktip reef shark

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive site name : Black Rock (2)

Area : Ternate

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 20m

Min temperature : 28c

Max temperatire : 30c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Rock

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fussilier, Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Batfish, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels, Eels, Scorpion, Blennies, Dragonet, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Ray, Shark, Turtle

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : –

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive site name : Talaga Nita (3)

Area : Ternate

Average depth : 15m

Maximum depth : 25m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 28c

Max temperatire : 30c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fussilier, Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Puffer, Porcupine, Flounders, Gobies, Moray eels, Eels, Frogfish, Dragonet, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Shark, Turtle

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : –

Caution :-

Recommended for : Experienced divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive site name : Dodoku Jetty (4)

Area : Ternate

Average depth : 15m

Maximum depth : 20m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 27c

Max temperatire : 29c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Sand, Rubble, Rock

Current : Hardly any current

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fussilier, Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Flounders, Gobies, Moray eels, Eels, Frogfish, Leaffish,  Scorpion, Blennies, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Ray, Shark

Coral reef : Bad

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Shore, Muck

Highlights : Ghostpipefish, Mandarinfish, Frogfish, Walking shark, “Vespa”, wreck

Caution : Boat traffic

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 0-2

 

Dive site name : Kananga (5)

Area : Ternate

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 40m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 28c

Max temperatire : 30c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fussilier, Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Porcupine,  Flounders, Gobies, Moray eels, Eels, Frogfish, Leaffish,  Scorpion, Flathead, Blennies, Dragonet, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Ray, Shark, Snake

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Shore, Deep, Ternate Star Shipwreck

Highlights : –

Caution : Boat traffic

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive site name : Masjid Raya (6)

Area : Ternate

Average depth : 12m

Maximum depth : 15m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 27c

Max temperatire : 29c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Sand, Coral reef, Rubble

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Snapper, Fussilier, Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Box, Puffer, Flounder, Gobies, Moray eels, Frogfish, Leaffish,  Scorpion, Flathead, Blennies, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Turtle, Ray, Shark

Coral reef : Bad

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Anemone crab

Caution : Boat traffic

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 0-2

 

Dive site name : Swering Point (7)

Area : Ternate

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 27c

Max temperatire : 30c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fussilier, Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Box, Puffer, Flounder, Gobies, Moray eels, Eels, Frogfish ,  Scorpion, Blennies, Dragonet, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Shark

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Shore, Muck

Highlights : Walking shark (endemic)

Caution : 

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 0-1

 

Dive site name : Sampalo (8)

Area : Ternate

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 20m

Min temperature : 28c

Max temperatire : 30c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fussilier, Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Box, Puffer, Porcupie , Flounder, Gobies, Moray eels, Eels, Frogfish , Leaffish, Scorpion, Flathead, Blennies, Dragonet, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Ray

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : –

Caution : 

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive site name : Kota Janji (9)

Area : Ternate

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 20m

Min temperature : 27c

Max temperatire : 29c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Steep slope

Bottom composition : Sand, Rock, Coral reef, Rubble

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fussilier, Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels, Leaffish, Scorpion,  Blennies, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Ray

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Shore

Highlights : Seamount with wall and steep slpe, Varous nudibranchs

Caution : 

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive site name : Floridas (10)

Area : Ternate

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 20m

Min temperature : 27c

Max temperatire : 29c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Steep slope, Mixed

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rubble

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fussilier, Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Gobies, Moray eels,  Scorpion,  Blennies, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Snake, Turtle, Ray, Shark

Coral reef : Bad

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Blacktip reef shark.

Caution : Drop off with good visibility to depth

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive site name : Tanjung Kalumata (11)

Area : Ternate

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 27c

Max temperatire : 29c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rubble, Sand, Rock

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fussilier, Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Porcupine, Gobies, Moray eels,  Scorpion,  Blennies, Dragonet, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Ray

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat, Drift

Highlights : Bargibanty pygmy seahorse, Bumphead parrotfish, Ghostpipefish, Hairy shrimp, Various nudibranchs

Caution : 

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive site name : Tanjung Rum (12)

Area : Ternate

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 20m

Min temperature : 27c

Max temperatire : 29c

Bottom contour : Steep slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fussilier, Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels, Leaffish,  Blennies, Dragonet, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Ray, Snake, Shark

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Bargibanty pygmy seahorse,  Ghostpipefish, Blacktip reef  shark

Caution : 

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

 


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