Pulau Bacan Travel Guide

Popular with birdwatchers and trekkers, Pulau Bacan (Bacan Island) lies at the center of the Bacan Islands chain within North Maluku Province. It is a sizeable island with Labuha as its capital and the larger Halmahera Island off to the east.

What is It?
Pulau Bacan is the largest and main island in the Bacan Islands chain of North Maluku.
When to Go
April through October has the calmest, driest weather in Pulau Bacan.
Nearest Town
Labuha lies in central west Bacan and is the capital.
Don't Miss
Mount (Gunung) Labua in the south of the island, which offers good hiking.
Pulau Bacan is much larger than all 80 or so islands in the Bacan Islands chain put together.

Pulau Bacan is volcanic with large mountains and some dense jungle. The highest point is Mount Labua, which rises to over 2,100m above sea level and is good for hiking. Labua is in the south not far from the capital, which itself lies on the coast on a low-lying isthmus.

The island happens to be the easternmost point on earth that is inhabited by the quadrumana black ape and also has a significant number of bird species. Pulau Bacan is also known to harbor the giant mason bee, the world's largest bee.

The nearby islands of Mandioli and Kasiruta also have appeal, and island hopping by charter boat is fun.

Travel to Pulau Bacan - Getting There

Pulau Bacan can be reached by air, with Labuha Airport receiving flights from around Maluku, including from Ternate, and also from Makassar in South Sulawesi (3 hours). From Makassar you can connect to Jakarta, home to Indonesia's main international airport. It's a small airport with limited flights and facilities - bemos run to town. Ferries and speedboats run to Pulau Bacan from elsewhere in North Maluku.