Tanjung Bongo, Mini Raja Ampat in North Halmahera


East Indonesia is the place you want to visit for pristine and exotic natural panorama, especially its rich coastal tourism. Not just beautiful beaches, you can find many otherworldly sceneries in places like Raja Ampat, Wakatobi, or Morotai. And the underwater life is even more remarkable.

Vantage point of Tanjung Bongo. via Instagram/jordy_baisia

You probably have heard about those popular places but there are some less-known destinations that you don’t want to miss, one of them is Tanjung Bongo in Halmahera. Dubbed as the mini Raja Ampat, this place is an interesting destination to explore. Here is what you need to know about Tanjung Bongo Halmahera.

Location & how to get there

The beautiful view. via Instagram/giovanilisa

Tanjung Bongo is a cape on the northern part of Halmahera Island, North Maluku. Administratively, it is located at Pune Village, Galela district, North Halmahera Regency. This is not the easiest place to reach, but it’s not too hard either.

You can fly to Ternate, hop on a ferry to Sofifi, and then take an overland trip for about four hours to Galela. From Galela, you can get to Tanjung Bongo by boat as it is easier and the view is much more beautiful from the sea.

20 selfie spots

Many photo spots in this area. via Instagram/veimey23

Tanjung Bongo is naturally a photogenic area. You can bring your camera, aim it at any side of the whole area, and you will still get a great photo. The management here claims that there are no less than 20 great selfie spots you can find on this coast. Apart from the naturally wonderful scenery, you can also try several platforms that are already built there.

Boat Exploration

Exploring Tanjung Bongo on a boat. via Instagram/mirnacathryna

Tanjung Bongo is basically a coastal area with many small rocky islands with green vegetation. That is why this place is labeled as mini Raja Ampat. The difference is that in Raja Ampat, the small islands have a cone shape. In Tanjung Bongo, it’s just like a normal rocky island.

You can easily get form point to another on a boat. via Instagram/dhahnial

The easiest and most enjoyable way to explore all the beauty of Tanjung Bongo is by boat. You can get from one island to another in no time. You can even stop in the middle of the waters and swim or snorkel while the boat is waiting for you. You can charter the boat at Galela.


Enjoy your trip to this paradise. via Instagram/yomenpic

The beauty of Tanjung Bongo is not only on the islands, but it also extends into the depth of its waters. This place has a colorful marine life that can be easily explored by snorkeling or diving. However, dive and snorkel equipment rentals only open on weekends. You also need to make sure that you will have enough power and space in your camera to capture all of the beauty here.

Silent exploration. via Instagram/priasagu

Tanjung Bongo is an interesting option if you want a great experience similar to visiting Raja Ampat. Its proximity to Morotai also make Tanjung Bongo a great starting point to explore the island.

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