Lake Tolire is located under the Gamalama volcano in Ternate, North Maluku. If we visit the lake, we have to fly to Ternate City, North Maluku. From Ternate City, the distance is approximately 10 kilometers to the south of the city. After a long journey for 20 minutes passing by the beach and hill, then you will arrive at Lake Tolire.
Based on the saga of the Ternate people and a belief of local residents, Lake Tolire was formed due to the wrath of the Almighty because of the forbidden love between a father and his child. Behind the folklore, Lake Tolire provides a unique tour in addition to the natural beauty and living creatures around it. This lake consists of two lakes, Big Lake Tolire Lake and Small Lake Tolire; it is only 200 meters away with the beautiful scenery on the background of the Gamalama volcano, the Big Lake Tolire looks beautiful and exotic with its turquoise green water.
No one has researched how deep Lake Tolire is. But, the local people believe the depth is difficult to reach because it is estimated to connect to the sea. As for the small Lake Tolire, its position is 200 meters away from the big one. The small Lake Tolire is closer to the shoreline.At first glance, it looks like a shrimp or fish pond on the edge of the beach; there are rows of coconut trees and other trees.When visiting the big one, there are many other tourism attractions that can be enjoyed, such as the panoramic beauty of the peak of Mount Gamalama, a number of Portuguese forts and the tomb of Sultan Babullah, the most famous Sultan of Ternate. In addition, when the afternoon approaches, both Big and Small Lake Tolire will be the perfect place to enjoy the sunset with a beautiful blue ocean background.
Don’t forget if you visit the easter part of Indonesia, please stop by North Maluku where there are many natural attractions that are worth visiting, such as the beaches, mountains and history.