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Indonesia - North Maluku Province

Of several eastern Indonesia provinces located on the Pacific Ocean, North Maluku may have the best surfing opportunities in Pacific Indonesia.

Featuring the jungle-clad and wave-rich islands of Morotai and Halmahera and the fabled spice islands of Ternate and Tidore on the other side in the Molucca Sea, this area was one of the earliest places in Indonesia visited by Europeans. 

First the Portuguese, and later the Dutch and the English all came halfway around the world to the Moluccas in search of one thing: precious spices like cloves and nutmeg, which could be sold for a small fortune in the markets of Venice at the time.

Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum) have been found in unlikely places in Asia, the Middle East, in Europe and as far north as Scandinavia in contexts going back more than 2500 years. 

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