|View from Ternate to Tidore|
We landed in Ternate and honestly had no idea what to expect. But people were welcoming us with a lot of smiles again. Airport taxis cost 100'000 IDR/7 EUR, which we considered too expensive. So we walked towards the gate of the airport, where we got two ojeks for 20'000 IDR/1.5 EUR each after a bit of bargaining.
|One of the speedboat jetties in Ternate|
We originally planned to leave for Tobelo (on Halmahera) that morning, but Fabs' toes got scratched while diving in Bunaken and one toe got a pretty bad infection that needed treatment immediately. The only hospital that looked trustworthy enough was the military hospital “Rumah Sakit TK IV”. We were lucky to arrive there at 7.38 am, they open the counter at 7.30 am for registration. Perfect timing to get the first appointment with the doctor who is responsible for infected feet, who starts working at 9 am. He called us in promptly and did a good job. The friendly hospital staff who by then knew us quite well, as Lisa smoked with the older officers outside and Fabs did not fight against the nurses flirt attempts, all bid us goodbye after taking the usual pictures. So after our two hours military hospital visit to get Fabians infected toes cleaned and fixed up for 120'000 IDR/8 EUR, we went to Tiara Inn, the apparently best hotel option we saw in Ternate.
That one looked very new and quite promising, but it was full the day before. When we walked in around noon, they promised us an available room and we agreed that we'd be back at one pm. Super happy about the fact, that we would spend the next night in this beautiful place, we packed our backpacks and walked under the hot sun. When we entered the lobby of the hotel with our backpacks, one of the staff sitting on a sofa jumped up, ran to the reception desk and said something to the ladies. They all together started to say that the hotel is “full, full”. We don't know whether they don't like backpackers or whether they simply forgot the promise they made us an hour earlier, but it was incredibly frustrating for us in that moment.
|Our room in Villa Ma'rasai|
All together the hotel options in Ternate looked pretty bad for us so far. The people are super friendly in general, but the city seems not to be prepared for tourists. To get information from the locals is really hard, and without basic knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia we probably would have been completely lost. Luckily we met the German Mister who owns a hotel in Kupa Kupa on Halmahera. He recommended us to stay in Villa Ma'Rasai, 7km south of Kota Ternate. Where we finally found what we were looking for throughout our holiday.
|Our balcony in Villa Ma'rasai|