Bacan: North Maluku’s Third Historic Sultanate



Bacan is a large, mountainous island west of southern Halmahera.
It is home to one of the four historic sultanates in North Maluku – some think the one here was once more important than the more famous Ternate and Tidore.
The local capital Labuha has some sights connected with the sultanate and the colonial era, while away from there, Bacan has some OK beaches and forested mountains which include Gunung Sibela, North Maluku’s highest peak.
It is also famous for the Black Macaques, the only monkeys in Maluku, which were introduced here from North Sulawesi.

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