It seems unbelievable that the tiny island of Ternate could once have been the administrative headquarters from which all the Dutch East Indies were governed. Ternate was the world’s major producer of cloves upon which their rulers became among the wealthiest and most powerful sultans in the Indonesian region. The Chinese, the Arabs or the Indians had for ages been swopping their food for the precious cloves and nutmegs which one could not find anywhere else. Of the four historically powerful spice sultanates, Ternate is the only one where the institution of the sultanate has survived uninterrupted. Today, the city makes a useful transport gateway for the region and has fishing harbors all around the island which filled with colorful boats in various sizes lying in the shallow turquoise water, shielded by swaying coconut trees, and a few remnant stilt-house neighborhoods. Visit Ternate to be amazed by its volcanic landscape which given the island its fertile soil and beaches with glittering black sands.