Dodola island specifically located in the western part of Morotai Island, North Maluku Province-Indonesia. The beautiful beach directly facing the huge Pacific Ocean, make this island called as the pearl in the lips of Pacific. Shiny white sand spread out around this small island as precious as a pearl.
This island has an unique characteristic. There is a long white sand beach which connects the two island of Dodola namely big Dodola and small Dodola. That beach actually can be seen depending on flux and reflux cycle of the ocean water. The length of the beach between the two islands is just 500 meters, so you can cross the two islands on foot. The perfect time to do that is around 10.00 a.m. till 7.00 p.m. If you want to walk from one island to the other island, you will only need 10 minutes walking.
The amazing view of the blue Pacific Ocean will lead you to the atmosphere of paradise. The sand is white, soft as flour, the water is clear as mirror, and the reflection of the blazing sun on the white sand looks shiny as a pearl. In addition, the air breezing will make you relax while enjoying the beauty of the shores. a small surge of waves also will create rhythm of silence in Dodola Island. What a perfect place to escape from your routine. It is also located far from residential areas, there are not many local people or local fisherman visiting this place makes Dodola island still virgin. As what it is said, a peaceful atmosphere will be waiting for your visit in Dodola Island.
Reaching Dodola Island is not difficult. The only way to reach there is by sea. It is because Dodola Island is a small island in the western part of Morotai island. For those who want to visit this place, you need to have a flight from jakarta to Ternate (North Maluku) then from Ternate there will be a commercial flight to Morotai Island everyday. After arriving at Morotai Island, simply rent a small boat to Dodola Island . There are various types of boats that can be rented. There are speed boat and some fishing boats are often rented for tourist who want to travel in small islands including Pulau Dodola. If you want to rent a speed boat, they will serve you in full day service and will deliver you to go the other some beautiful small islands around.
Talking about the price of renting the speed boat, you need to prepare at least Rp.1.500.000,- per boat for 10 people. So, you just need spent Rp. 150.000/person. It is a cheap price for enjoying the amazing view of Dodola Island. If you want to go there alone, it is recommended for you to rent a fishing boat for a lower price. It just like visitng your private Island!. If you are lucky, you are only charged to buy fuel oil (BBM) and the cost of the service. It will spend Rp 250,000 to Rp 500,000. And the price some time is not a fix price, you need to re- negotiate with the owner of the boat to get the ideal price While enjoying the beauty of the Dodola island, do not forget to taste the fresh young coconut water and fried banana that are available for visitors. The uniqueness of the fried bananas here is that they are served with a hot chili sauce caled “Dabu-dabu”. That makes fried bananas in Dodola Island have a unique and delicious taste.
If you want to stay longer, homestay is available near the beach. Many local tourists choose Dodola Island as a place to spend their weekend with their beloved family . Many foreign tourists who frequently visit Morotai, North Maluku for diving, will took long time to visit this unique island. When you visit Dodola Island, it is guaranteed that you will have a big willingness to come back again to this beautiful island. After coming to this island many people said that “Dodola is really the hidden pearl in the lips of Pacific Ocean”. So, What are you waiting for? Let’s take a look to the pearl in the small island in Pasific Ocean, Dodola.