Morotai Island was the site of a major
battle during World War II. The landing strips built by the Allied
forces in Morotai could handle today's jumbo jet, but serve only
small Twin Otters. Although much of the relics from the war were
carted off to the maws if the Krakatau steel mill, in Java, there
are steill remnants of war machinery.
Morotai Island, lying to the north of
Halmahera, was an important air-base during world War II, first
for the Allies and later for the Japanese until its recapture near
the end of the war. The ghosts of war still linger in this area,
where many wrecks of aircraft and rusting guns lie abandoned in
the bushes. The coral reefs here are not easily forgotten. Wayabula,
Berebere, Busus-busu, Sangowo and Daruba are villages on the beach.