Like everywhere else in un-touristed Indonesia, people are very curious when they see non-Indonesians walking down the street. Expect to be stared at and expect everybody you see to say "hello mister" and try to practice their English. Most of the time this curiosity is good-natured. Nobody here seems to be overtly hostile to foreigners.
Garuda, Sriwijaya and Wings air have daily flights from Ambon, Makassar, Manado and Jakarta.
Pelni visits 3 times a week
Taxis to the airport cost and average of 50000 rupiah
Pelni boats depart from "Kota Baru" or Pelabuhan Ahmed Yani, the cost to get there is around 10-15000 rupiah by Ojek or 5000 by Angkot. Port Tax is 2000 rupiah.
The public ferry (ASPD) leaves from Bastiong port in Ternate to Sofifi 6 times a day from 6am. Each trip takes 2 hours and costs Rp.19000. (Motorcycles Rp.24000).
The public ferry (ASPD) leaves from Bastiong port in Ternate to Rum, Tidore and back 5-6 times a day from 7am, passengers Rp.7000 (motorbikes Rp.15000). There are also Kapal Kayu (small wood ferries) that leave from Bastiong Talangame port, (just behind the pasar and south of the speed-boat pier) that shuttle to and from Rum, Tidore, passengers Rp.5000 (motorbikes Rp.25000).
There is a public ferry to Jailolo, Halmahera leaving from the Dufa Dufa port at 8am. (As of 9/18 there was a baggage loading mafia that demanded extra money to load and unload foreigner's motorbikes, avoid if possible)
Speedboats operate between Ternate and Tidore, it takes 10 minutes to get there, they only run when there are 8 or more individuals making the trip, Rp.10000 per passenger when full.
Speed-boats between Ternate and Sofifi takes 40-45 minutes and cost Rp.50000 per person.
There is a central station for all of the Angkots. (which doubles as the famous Ikan Bakar Terminal from 7pm)
Susi Air operates subsidised flights from Ternate to Gebe, Galela, Morotai and Mangoli. Flights are typically once or twice a week.
The Sultan's Palace
The Sultan's Mosque
Benteng Oranye fort
Batu Angus Lava flow
Various memorials to massacred Christians during the riots of 1999-2000. Many abandoned churches too.
Graffiti Murals dedicated to various Punk bands (and Osama bin Laden too)
The big Mosque (with minarets in the sea)
Statue of Vasco de Gama
Mount Gamalama (though hiking is currently strictly forbidden due to the eruption in December 2011)
Mount Tidore (the mountain on the 1000 rupiah note)
Sofifi (a new provincial capital and transport hub being built from scratch)
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Mount Gamalama is an active volcano, the last eruption in December 2011 shut down air traffic in the region and killed 4 people in a lahar.
Sofifi has bus and taxi connections to the rest of Halmahera