This once obscure village on the west coast of Halmahera has been chosen, rather controversially, to replace Ternate as the future capital of North Maluku.
Beyond the original, sleepy coastal village it is now just a huge construction site, with wide roads bulldozed into the jungle and huge, lavish government offices being built along them.
Locals agree it will take many many years for Sofifi to become a real city, and government workers must dread the thought of having to relocate here from Ternate.
For visitors, Sofifi is only of interest as the hub of road transport around Halmahera, and thus the best gateway into the island.

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