Overlooking Halmahera Island from Tagalaya Island's lookout tower
Tagalaya Island, situated off Tobelo City, capital of North Halmahera Regency, Maluku Province of Indonesia. The island is locals' favorite weekend getaway and remains quiet and deserted during weekdays. Warm shallow waters and mild current, it felt like my own private island when my feet first stepped on its white sand beach. Nothing I could do but owning the island by myself, savoring its shallow waters, swimming from one beach to another. I wouldn't blame yo if you felt that too.