When asked about the most beautiful beach in Indonesia, most folks may choose Padang-Padang beach in Bali (thanks to Julia Roberts to make it even more famous than before) or one of the Gilis beach in Lombok. Some who thought those two are overrated may offer Wayag in Raja Ampat or Pink Beach in Komodo as the substitute. I’d rather to lay down my back in Dodola Beach, Morotai, not only because I already visit all those beach before, but also the beauty of this Morotai’s landmark.
Dodola – do not confuse this with Loloda some 180 km away from Dodola island – is a tiny island lies in the vicinity of Morotai’s Islets (also known as Morotai’s west belt) were already been selected as the destination for Dutch’s “Sinyo and Noni” beachgoers during the colonial era. Even if it won’t impress you, then ask General Mac Arthur why he frequently landed here for relaxation prior to practice “leap-frog” strategy to retake The Phillipines. It consists of two islands actually: Dodola Besar (Big Dodola) and Dodola Kecil (Small Dodola) separated by tiny isthmus (5-20 m width) which dissapears at very high tide.
Dodola Kecil – as well as Wayag and Pink Beach – is also uninhabitated, leaves you freely to make “selfie” as much as you want with no one disturbing. The big different between this island and those previous is you have option to visit both side of the beach, east side or west side, this is important since normally when you have west monsoon, you can calmly swim in the east side, and if you are in east monsoon you can do in reverse. East side offer pretty calm sea actually, so you can snorkel or just ditch your self in this valhalla, all year round.
There is a cottage in Dodola Besar that you can rent for a couple of days, is owned by Morotai Island’s local government as well as Jetski rental or even wooden boat for fishing. If you want to do so, you can also contact us to arrange the island hopping in Dodola.