North Gorontalo Regency

North Gorontalo Regency
Kabupaten Gorontalo Utara
Coat of arms of North Gorontalo Regency
Lokasi Gorontalo Kabupaten Gorontalo Utara.svg
 • TypeKabupaten
 • Acting RegentThariq Modanggu
 • Total686.11 sq mi (1,777.02 km2)
 (mid 2021 estimate)
 • Total126,521
 • Density180/sq mi (71/km2)

North Gorontalo (Gorontalo Utara) is a regency of Gorontalo Province, Indonesia, stretching along the entire northern coast of the province. It is located on the northern peninsula of the island of Sulawesi. It was established in 2007 under Law Number (Undang-Undang Nomor) 11/2007 from the former northern districts of Gorontalo Regency. The new regency has an area of 1,777.02 km2, and it had a population of 104,133 at the 2010 Census[2] and 124,957 at the 2020 Census;[3] the official estimate as at mid 2021 was 126,521.[4] Its regency seat is the town of Moluo in Kwandang District.


In 2010 the Regency comprised six districts (kecamatan), but subsequently five additional districts have been created by splitting of four of the original six. The districts are tabulated below in geographical order from east to west, with their areas and their populations at the 2010 Census[5] and 2020 Census;[6] together with the official estimates as at mid 2021.[7] The table includes the locations of the district administrative centres, the number of rural villages in each district (in all there are 123 rural desa, plus a single urban kelurahan - the town of Moluo), and its postal code.

Name Area
mid 2021
Atinggola 265.55 10,299 12,121 12,249 Kota Jin 14 96516
Gentuma Raya 100.34 7,972 10,003 10,171 Gentuma 11 96513
Tomilito 99.31 (a) 9,708 9,827 Dambalo 10 96512
Ponelo Kepulauan
(Ponelo Islands)
7.83 (a) 4,110 4,136 Ponelo 4 96517
Kwandang 190.75 35,965 28,792 29,124 Titidu 18 96518
Anggrek 141.51 20,230 17,718 18,040 Ilangata 15 96525
Monano 144.02 (b) 7,117 7,164 Mokonowu 10 96526
Sumalata Timur
(East Sumalita)
197.55 (c) 7,662 7,778 Buladu 10 96515
Sumalata 305.59 16,038 11,428 11,536 Bulontio Barat 11 96514
Biau 111.69 (d) 5,611 5,672 Biau 10 96523
Tolinggula 213.89 13,629 10,687 10,824 Tolinggula Tengah 10 96524
Totals 1,777.02 104,133 124,957 126,521 Kwandang 124

Notes: (a) the 2010 populations of the new Tomilito and Ponelo Kepulauan Districts are included in the figure for Kwandang District (from which they were split). (b) the 2010 populations of the new Monano District is included in the figure for Anggrek District (from which it was split). (c) the 2010 population of the new Sumalata Timur District is included in the figure for Sumalata District (from which it was split). (d) the 2010 population of the new Biau District is included in the figure for Tolinggula District (from which it was split).

Five of the original six districts included a variety of smaller islands off the north coast of Sulawesi. The numbers of these (by original district) were:

  • Atingola District - 3
  • Gentuma Raya District - 0
  • Kwandang District - 21 (including the Ponelo Islands group, now a separate district)
  • Angrek District - 16
  • Sumalata District - 11
  • Tolinggula District - 1 (Pulau Tolinggula)


Saronde Island is the number one tourist destination in this region. There were more than 16,000 tourists who visited this Island in 2016. This island can be reached from the Kwandang District port of Moluo using local boat transportation called Taxi Saronde. It takes 30–40 minutes to reach the island from Kwandang seaport. White beach sand and crystal clear water is this island's main attraction.

Oranye fortress. This old Portuguese fortress can be found in Kecamatan Kwandang, near the seaport. Built in the 1500s, this fortress consists of three towers and a large central grass field.

Raja Island Conservation. The islands of Pepaya, Mas and Raja, located in Sumalata Village (about 30 km from Saronde Island), have been named a nature reserve since the Dutch colonial time in 1936. Four of the only seven species of turtles can be found in the islands, the world's best turtle habitat. They include Penyu Hijau (Chelonia midas), Penyu Sisik (Eretmochelys imbricata), Penyu Tempayan (Caretta caretta) and Penyu Belimbing (Dermochelys coriacea). In 2011, the habitat was threatened by human activities such as illegal poaching and fish bombing activities; furthermore a lot of coral reefs, which represent a source of food for turtles, have been damaged.[8]


  1. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2022.
  2. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  3. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2021.
  4. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2022.
  5. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  6. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2021.
  7. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2022.
  8. ^ "World's best turtle habitat in Gorontalo threatened".

Coordinates: 0°46′12″N 122°19′00″E / 0.77000°N 122.31667°E / 0.77000; 122.31667



  1. ^ "Gorontalo Utara – Dinas Pariwisata Gorontalo Utara". Archived from the original on 2017-04-29. Retrieved 2017-06-04.
  2. ^ "Kabupaten Gorontalo Utara - Website Resmi Pemerintah Provinsi Gorontalo". Archived from the original on 2013-09-11.
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