Obi Island, Maluka Islands, Indonesia

Obi Island is the principal island in the Obi Islands, located just south of the larger Halmahera in the Maluku Islands, Indonesia. Its major village, Laiwui, is located on the northeastern coast opposite Bisa Island.

Obi Island is mountainous, with a peak of 5,285 feet (1,611 metres) and a coastal plain around most of the island. Other major islands in the group are Bisa, Obilatu, and Tobalai. Claimed by the Dutch in 1682, the islands were occupied by the Japanese during World War II and became part of the Republic of Indonesia in 1949. They produce some sago, a starchy substance obtained from the pith of sago palms, and forest products.

Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Rupiah (IDR)
Language – Ambonese Malay
Land Area – 3948 km²
Electricity – 2 angled flat pins and 1 round pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT plus seven hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 62

Port Location – The port is located at the capital, Laiwui on the northeastern coast of Obi island.

Transport Links – Much transportation to the rest of Indonesia is through connections on the provincial capital, Ternate island; although Tobelo, the largest town on Halmahera, (located next to Obi island) also has direct ferry and cargo sea links to Surabaya and Manado.


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