For views that will leave you breathless, but are truly breathtaking.
Gunung Api, or Fire Mountain, on Ternate Island is a 666m active volcano and the top hiking challenge in Maluku. Climbing steeply for most of the hike, then once you have summited, follow the crater rim for a view truly worth the climb. The inside of the crater is now filled with jungle, but vents still pour out jets of hot steam. The outer edge offers views of the surrounding archipelago of islands.
One of these is Pulau Yamdena, covered in rolling hillsides where water buffalo roam, feeding on the forests. Another is Halmahera Island, the biggest island in the Malukus. Its range of volcanoes and rainforests are favourite among hikers.
Seram is a very mountainous island and includes 3027m Gunung Binaiya, Maluku's highest peak. Seram offers excellent but challenging trekking opportunities. The best of which is a long hike right across the island through Manusela National Park.
If you’re still standing, leg it over to the scenic Kei Islands for a change of pace, and take a leisurely trek to the village of Ohoidertawun. It is well known for its rock carvings and ancient cave paintings that will take your breath away.
The Malukus offer a wide range of challenging tracks with some of the best views in the region.