West Halmahera

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West Halmahera

 

Halmahera Island is the largest island in the Mollucas, or Maluku Islands. Ternate, a tiny island to the west is the ‘gateway’ to Halmahers. Many centuries ago, when the Sultanante Ternate wan is power, Halmahera Island dominated the political and economic spheres of the Mollucas. The area was famous for its spices  and played a siginificant role in international trade. Now, however, it has begun attracting international attention for another reason – its diving.

The diving industry here is developing in several areas: Jailolo Bay in West Halmahera, some sites in the Guraici Island in the north, and others near Ternate and Tidore. Acces to diving in Jailolo is quite easy, with Jailolo being the capital if West Halmahera, There are many speedboats connecting Jailolo and Ternate.

However, when diving this area, you should contac the operators in Ternate to find someone to to assist you in planning your dive trip. The dive sites are remote, which means that access to emergency and medical facilities is limited. Please make sure that operator and guide you choose are professional and prioritize diver safety.

Jailolo offers a plethora of macro marine life in mini drop offs. Around the Joilolo Pier, you can enjoy a muck dive full of various types of nudibranch, scorpionfish, and also mandarinfish if you dive at dusk. A little further out of the bay there is a submerged reef, five to 40 meters deep, where blacktip and whitetip sharks are usually seen. Turtles and schooling fusilier, damsels, anthias, are also highlights of this underwater scene.

Jailolo’s underwater world is truly fantastic. Other than the attraction of the muck diving and coral reefs, there is also the wreck of sidangoli to explore. The wreck is big and full of life, and, although sometimes the site has reduced visibility and sme current, it is still a diveable wreck for most divers.

If you don’t have time to island hop, then diving in Ternate is a great option; there are sites here that will really sate your diving appetite. And you don’t have to go too far, two of the best sites are just behind the Grand Mosque and right in front of Floridas Restaurant.

 

Getting There

Best Season : May – October

Fly to Ternate

Airport : Sultan Babullah Airport

Route :

Jakarta – Ternate

Manado – Ternate

Makassar – Ternate

Boat transfer :

From Dufa Dufa Harbour in Ternate to Jailolo by speedboat(duration : 50 minutes)

Dive site name : Dermaga VIP (1)

Area : West Halmahera

Average depth : 7m

Maximum depth : 10m

Visibility : 5m

Min temperature : 26c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Flat

Bottom composition : Coral reef,  Sand, Rubble, Mud

Current : –

Marine life : Grouper, Damselfish, Gobies, Moray Eels, Octopus, Crab, Nudibranch

Coral reef : Bad

Type of reef : Patchy

Type of diving : Boat, Shore, Muck,

Highlights : Mandarinfish

Caution : Boat traffic

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 0-1

 

Dive site name : Banahena NHR 3 (2)

Area : West Halmahera

Average depth : 10m

Maximum depth : 25m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 26c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Slope, Steep slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef,  Sand

Current : Long shoe

Marine life : Snapper, Fusilier, Barracuda, Butterfly, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Parrot, Surgeon, Puffer, Porcupine, Moray eels, Scorpion, Blennies, Octopus,  Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch,  Flatworm, Shell, Ray

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Submerged

Type of diving : Boat, Drift

Highlights : –

Caution : 

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive site name : NHR 4 (3)

Area : West Halmahera

Average depth : 40m

Maximum depth : 25m

Visibility : 10m

Min temperature : 26c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Mixed

Bottom composition : Coral reef,  Sand

Current : Long shoe

Marine life : Fusilier, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Surgeon, Trigger, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels, Scorpion, Blennies, Octopus,  Shrimp, Nudibranch

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : –

Caution : 

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive site name : NHR 5 (4)

Area : West Halmahera

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 10m

Min temperature : 26c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Mixed

Bottom composition : Coral reef,  Sand

Current : Long shoe

Marine life : Snapper, Fusilier, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Wrasse, Surgeon, Trigger, Flounders, Gobies, Moray eels, Scorpion, Blennies, Octopus,  Shrimp, Nudibranch

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : –

Caution : 

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive site name : NHR 10 (5)

Area : West Halmahera

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 15M

Min temperature : 26c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Mixed

Bottom composition : Coral reef,  Sand

Current : Long shoe

Marine life : Snapper, Fusilier, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Surgeon, Trigger, Gobies, Moray eels, Scorpion, Blennies, Shrimp, Nudibranch, Shell, Turtle, Ray, Shark

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : –

Caution : 

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive site name : NHR 8 (6)

Area : West Halmahera

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 15M

Min temperature : 26c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef,  Sand

Current : Long shoe

Marine life : Snapper, Fusilier, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Batfish, Wrasse, Surgeon, Trigger, Gobies, Moray eels, Scorpion, Blennies, Shrimp, Nudibranch, Ray

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : –

Caution : 

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive site name : NHR 7 (7)

Area : West Halmahera

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 26c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Mixed

Bottom composition : Coral reef,  Sand

Current : Long shoe

Marine life : Snapper, Fusilier, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Flounders, Gobies, Moray eels, Scorpion, Blennies, Octopus, Shrimp, Nudibranch, Ray

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Submerged

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : –

Caution : 

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive site name : Babua NHR 1 (8)

Area : West Halmahera

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 10m

Min temperature : 26c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Mixed, Drop off, Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef,  Sand

Current : Long shoe

Marine life : Snapper, Fusilier, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels, Scorpion, Blennies, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Shell

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : –

Caution : 

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive site name : Jojo Reef NHR 6 (9)

Area : West Halmahera

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 40m

Visibility : 10m

Min temperature : 26c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Mixed, Drop off, Slope, Steep slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef,  Sand

Current : Long shoe

Marine life : Snapper, Fusilier, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Scorpion, Blennies, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Turtle, Ray, Shark

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Submerged

Type of diving : Boat, Drift

Highlights : Pygmy seahorse

Caution : 

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive site name : NHR 9 (10)

Area : West Halmahera

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 26c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Slope, Steep slope

Bottom composition : Sand, Coral reef, Rubble

Current : Long shoe

Marine life : Snapper, Fusilier, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels, Scorpion, Blennies, Octopus, Shrimp, Nudibranch, Shell, Turtle, Shark, Ray

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Napoleon wrasse

Caution : 

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive site name : Fastofiri (11)

Area : West Halmahera

Average depth : 10m

Maximum depth : 15m

Visibility : 10m

Min temperature : 26c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Slope, Steep slope

Bottom composition : Sand, Coral reef

Current : Long shoe

Marine life : Snapper, Fusilier, Butterfly, Cardinal, Grouper, Damselfish, Wrasse, Trigger, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels, Scorpion, Blennies, Octopus, Shrimp, Nudibranch, Shell

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Submerged

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Mushroom coral Pipefish

Caution : 

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive site name : Sidangoli Wreck (12)

Area : West Halmahera

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 10m

Min temperature : 26c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Sand, Coral reef

Current : Long shoe

Marine life : Fusilier, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Wrasse, Surgeon, Trigger, Gobies, Scorpion, Moray eels, Scorpion, Nudibranch

Coral reef : Bad

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat, Wreck, Drift

Highlights : Sidangoli wreck, Banded pipefish

Caution : 

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

 


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