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A lyrical name, an obscure history, and far from the tourist trail – Morotai is every inch the desert island that has yet to buckle beneath the demands of hordes of discerning travellers. Dubbed the Pearl of the Pacific, Morotai invites you as far-flung north as you can go in Indonesia. A barely-there place to be; Morotai is constantly shifting to merge and split island sands, the pristine waters ripple with diving spots containing the skeletal remains of fighter planes and stashed away waterfalls invite lagoon plunging in paradise. There’s only one luxury resort and little infrastructure meaning that surfers can enjoy salt-laden days all to themselves. Tanjung Sopi is considered the nation's pride when it comes to pristine overhead peaks. Challenging conditions, uncluttered waves, and few who can lay claim to this shore make it a bucket list spot for savvy soul surfers.
“Morotai may be the wild pearl of the Pacific, but Moro Ma Doto brings the glowing sheen. Polished to near perfection, this remote rarity manages to balance local treasures with five-star pleasures – all against a backdrop of eco-conscious elegance, ocean drama, and empty surf right on the doorstep.”