Of the four historic North Malukan sultanates, Ternate is the only one where the institute of the sultanate has survived uninterrupted. It is also the only one which has managed to retain its significant commercial and political importance to this day. This does mean however that the capital city has grown somewhat sprawling and chaotic. It is no longer a quiant little place steeped in history like the main towns of neighbouring Tidore or the Bandas, but nevertheless hangs on to its architectural and cultural heritage proudly.
Visitors to Ternate should also make sure they visit neighbouring Tidore at least on a day-trip, and with a few more days to spare, a side-trip to the much larger island of Halmahera is also highly recommended!