Kalamata Fort
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Raymond W
Townsville, Australia4,558 contributions
Jul 2011 • Couples
There are at least five historic forts on the small island of Ternate, attesting to its erstwhile importance as a centre of the spice trade. We set off to see them all with a feeling of excitement but, in the end, it proved a rather disappointing experience. Some of them are sadly neglected, some of them are hopelessly overgrown and one of them has been over-zealously restored. The best of the five is undoubtedly Benteng Kalamata (Fort Kalamata). If you only visit one of these forts, Kalamata should be the one you check out.

The main thing it has going for it is the views. From this fort you can see right across the channel to neighbouring Tidore and its offshore volcanic cone. This sight is available from several places along this stretch of coast but Kalamata has one of the best. The second factor in its favour is that with its turrets, old stonework and antique cannons, it successfully evokes the island's past as a spice port. It has obviously been restored but unlike some of the other forts in the Malukus, the concrete has been used sparingly.
Written June 10, 2012
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alliharper
Miami, FL211 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
If you go to Kalamata Fort on the Indonesian island of Ternate for no other reason than to have a great view of Tidore and its volcano, it is worth a visit. A photo of Tidore from outside the fort wall that juts out into the sea is especially impressive.

Originally built by the Portuguese in 1540 as protection to its spice trade, the fort was taken over and rebuilt by the Dutch who became the dominant European in the next century. This fort was even in the hands of the English briefly, but the Dutch recovered it. The Indonesia government has somewhat recently restored the fort.

Spices are so easy to come by today that it is hard to imagine the wars fought over spices centuries ago. But spices were so new and rare that they bought in huge amounts of money.

There is another Portuguese fort in Ternate called Tolukko, built about the same time as Kalamata. It is on a hill, handy for spotting intruders, and has great views of not only Tidore, but also the surrounding city with its many mosques and other buildings.

Both historic forts merit a visit and are recommended.
Written August 3, 2015
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JohnYannopapas
Manchester, UK414 contributions
Feb 2013 • Friends
The Fort is worth a stop as you tour the island so you can take some photos with background the fortifications and the sea.
Written March 17, 2013
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SHIRRAMARINA
Bali, Indonesia62 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
The fort was wel maintained, as well as the front yard. It is a small fort, facing the water front. The fee is up to the guest, it’s more like a donation.
Written March 8, 2022
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Louise Wijaya
Manado, Indonesia170 contributions
Aug 2018 • Business
The Entry is free, we took some photos. But when we want to leave the place, some old man, ask us for money (not specific amount) but we ok for that.
Written October 14, 2018
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Jirka Š
Czech Republic5 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
Good place for short stop. Near to Kota Ternate. Interesting, that even today Is very well kept.....
Written February 20, 2018
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Javier_3456
Barcelona, Spain50 contributions
Jan 2018 • Solo
Well preserved fort, very near the sea and not very far away from Kuta Ternate. Very easy access by ojek . Near the fort other interesting places as Ngade lagoon or Panorama Cafe ( very nice views of the nearby islands of Maitara and Tidore)
Written January 23, 2018
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Marcus
Lomma, Sweden521 contributions
Dec 2017 • Solo
The Kalamata Fort is a small wellkept fort with origins from the portoguese in 1540 - the starfort was built by the dutch in early 1600.

Clean and well kept. The fort is small and there isnt really that much to see but the way it is kept in shape is really amazing.

There are no entryfee but there is a goatherder who claims taking care of the place... I gave him 5000 rph.
Written December 18, 2017
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FarAway728900
21 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
Best preserved stonework fort in Ternate, but no cannons. Only one sign, all in Indonesian, with history.so much more could be done.
Written September 14, 2017
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harry_mdj
Bali, Indonesia209 contributions
Dec 2016 • Friends
a well maintenance fort on seaside with beautiful sea views. there's no activities or another attraction inside this fort. it takes only less than 30 minutes to explore this place.
Written January 16, 2017
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