North Maluku, formerly also known as Spice Islands, is an archipelago in the Eastern Indonesia. It used to be the center of four oldest Islamic sultanates within the modern Indonesian territory, the so-called ‘Four Mountain Sultanates’. Clove and nutmeg made the Spice Islands an attractive prize for competition between several European colonial powers – the Portuguese, the Dutch, the Spanish, of which the Dutch eventually emerged a winner. Today, the North Maluku is one of the least populous areas of Indonesia, with tourism industry almost non-existent. For those after the unspoiled nature experience, North Maluku has a lot to offer.