The people of the island can be divided into more than 250 sub-groups, including the Marindanim, Yah’ray, Asmat, Mandobo, Dani, Afyat, Amungme, Bauzi, Kamoro, Kombai, Korowai, Mee, Sentani, Lani, Yei and Yali
Papua is rich in a strategic area for tourism. Many natural beauty that is created there. Starting from the Beach, Forest, Mountain, Swamp, it is still natural and not polluted as in big cities. Abepura (between Jayapura and Sentani) is the best place for ethnographic pieces and Asmat arts from the Rockefeller Foundation. Danau Sentani is one of the biggest lakes and you can cross to the Apayo island, where local people make bark paintings. For wood carvings and rock paintings, you can stop by at Doyo Lama Village. The Baliem Valley is the home of the Dani, Lani and Yali tribesmen, it takes a 45 minute flight from Jayapura. Dani and Lani are very close to each other. They have the same language, but different dialects.The Yali tribesmen live far from the two tribes in the rugged terrain. They have their own language, which is very different with the Dani or Lani. It takes a five day trek from Wamena, the one and only town in Baliem valley. The famous Asmat tribesmen live in the harsh environment on the south coast of West Papua. This etchnic group are fishermen and carvers. Asmat means street or wood people. Every year they conduct the Sago Larva feast. Recently the local government of West Papua, together the tourist office, started the yearly art and culture festival in the fisrt week of October, to support and maintain Asmat art and culture. Besides traditional dancing during the festival Asmat woodcarvings are sold.
Papua's known forest fauna includes marsupials, mammals, many bird species, the world's longest lizards (Papua monitor) and the world's largest butterflies. The island has an estimated 16,000 species of plant, 124 genera of which are endemic.
Its tropical rain forest and jungles are known to be very wild and impenetrable. Puncak Jaya or the so - called Carstenz Peak, one of the tallest peaks in the island, covered by everlasting snow and surrounded by Lorentz Reserve which is the largest conservation area in Indonesia, covering some 21.500 km².
As stunningly beautiful above water as it is below, Raja Ampat (which literally translates as “The Four Kings”) has a startling diversity of habitats to explore. The area’s reefs are covered in a diverse selection of both hard and soft corals. Most of the areas reefs are pristine, with mile after mile of perfect hard corals, drift after drift of soft corals of many species and colors ranging from brilliant red, to shocking yellow pretty pink and exotic purple. Most reef dives are very colorful. Diversity at its best, Raja Ampat is arguably the best dive site in the world.
Papua places of Interest:
The capital of the district withSame name, located in the nose region of Papua Island's bird head. Aside from being a center of local government, Sorong also be oil and wood-processing center in this region. Area around Sorong has several interesting tourist locations such as beaches and several small islands off the coast.
A good beach for swimming or snorkeling, located not far from Sorong. Location of the beach can be reached by public transportation from the terminal Sorong.
Jefman Island can be reached from Sorong with riding motorboat or ferry. The island has excellent beaches and interesting trekking route. Other islands can be visited from Sorong are Doom Island, Batanta Island, Islands Matan Island and Kafiau Island. These islands have beautiful beaches and fun locations for swimming and diving.
A fun city to begin exploring the Cendrawasih Bay. The town is located in Doreri located by the bay, this was the first city where the entry of Christian missionaries to West Papua. The city has a fairly complete accommodation facility, particularly pleasant and comfortable lodging located on the east side Doreri Bay. Arfak Mountains and Manokwari are famous among insect aficionado for the unique butterfly species. Tourism office in Manokwari located in Jl Merdeka (tel. 21230) in this place, tourists can find tourist information, including if you are interested in trekking in the Arfak Mountains.
Located south of Manokwari is a pleasant transmigration town. Road conditions between Manokwari and Ransiki sometimes damaged and barely passable even during rainy season, but the panorama in along the way between the two cities are very impressive.
Giji and Gita Lakes
From Ransiki tourists start the hiking journey for two or three days accompany by guides to Gita and Giji Lakes which located in Arfak mountainous area at an altitude of 2.030 m above sea level that presents a very beautiful panorama. The lake has a depth of 100 feet is a good location for swimming. Population residing in this region is called by the name of Hatam and Manikom people. They live with their traditional culture. Travel to reach the lake begins by walking along the river until you reach Siwi Momi and continued with the walk up the muddy road to the lake. At night, hikers can stay at the cabins that are available along the route of travel.
Cendrawasih Bay Marine Reserve
An area of 14.300 km2 and is the largest marine reserves in Indonesia. This nature reserve covers 18 islands and coastal areas along more than 500 km the habitat of various species of birds and of course a variety of marine animals such as giant clams, turtles and dugongs.
Waters in this region has many dive sites with the natural beauty under the water that is very impressive. Travelers must obtain prior permission before leaving for the region this cagar alam. Permits can be obtained from WWF in Jl. Martadinata, Nabire. Inhabited islands in this region among other Rumberpon, Mioswaar, Roon and Angrameos. Tourists can visit the islands through Nabire or Ransaki. On the island visitors can explore the beautiful beach area.
Tourists can snorkel in the coral reef areas with a diverse flora and fauna of the beautiful sea. Rumberspon also offers the opportunity to explore the forest on the island. Rumberpon Island can be reached from Ransiki with a two-hour speedboat ride.
From Rumberpon Island tourists can rent a motorboat to the other islands such as Pulau Wairondi, which a turtle habitat untouched by human hands, and also to the Auri Island. Pasir Putih Beach is only two kilometers from Manokwari town, with land vehicles. This is a beautiful beach with cool wind blowing, very cool for swimming or simply sunbathing.
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and has a 2-meter-high waves make the beach very challenging to surf. Located five kilometers from Manokwari town, this beach is easily accessible by road.
Lays the beautiful panorama Kabori Lake is fun for fishing, located only 20 km from the town of Manokwari and can be reached by bike or oplet.
The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry University often use forests with various types of plants. Located 7 km from the town of Manokwari.
Rumah Kaki Seribu
The stage house was partly built by the Arfak tribe. This house has a unique and rare design, with a lot of support poles like millipedes. The walls are made of forest trees, its roof made of reeds. Houses for millipedes are found in some villages: Kebar and Anggi.
Meja Mountains and Monuments of Japan
The mountain that resembles a table from a distance is a reserve forest which has beautiful scenery and green, very suitable for hiking and other adventure tours. In this area there is a monument of Japan, established to mark arrival of the first Japanese troops in Papua. Located only two kilometers from Manokwari town can be reached by land vehicles and even on foot.
Located in Pasir Putih village with beautiful scenery, this waterfall has a diverse species of flora and fauna. Great fun for bathing. Can be reach only 10 minutes by boat from Fak-Fak town and walk around 2, 5 hours along the creek.
Tubir Seram Island
A memorial "The struggle of Red and White" into the deep background Seram Island is beautiful and filled with various types of colorful flowers. There is a mini museum that has historical value. This place can be achieved only 5 minutes by boat from Fak-Fak.
Monuments Act of Free Choice
A moment which was founded in 1069 is located in downtown Fak-Fak To commemorate the struggle of the Indonesian nation again seize West Papua.
World War II monument
Built by the Dutch in 1948 in downtown Fak-Fak, this monument commemorates the Dutch soldiers who were killed by Japanese soldiers during World War II.
Japanese Army Fortress
Built in the year 1944/1945, the fort is located in downtown Kokas was once used as a fortress of defense and concealment by Japanese soldiers during World War II. Can be reach within 4 hours by boat from the town of Fak-Fak.
Images / stamp some reddish hands, arms, and the animals are still listed clearly on the wall of rock an island in the average height of 10-30 meters above sea level, right in front of the town of Kokas.
A long beach and reef clean save the exotic variety. For diving Aficionado, you can find this beach is about 3 km from Sorong to drive through the land.
An island with sloping yellow sand beaches, clear water is very soft and suitable for swimming and fishing. Located half a km from the town of Sorong and can be reached by speedboat.
Very rich in fauna and flora of the beauty of sea, Kafiau Island located in the middle of the Dampir Waigeo Strait is very interesting for diving enthusiast. Only 1,5 hours from the town of Sorong with a motorboat.
Various species of trees, soft white sand and clear water is a feature of island Matan very nice for sunbathing and fishing. Can be reached from Sorong town with a speedboat about 20 minutes.
Klaijili Hot Springs
Natural hot spring water is beneficial for treating skin diseases is located in Makbon, 60 km from the town of Sorong, and can be reached by land vehicles.
Raja Ampat Islands
Composed of four major islands, namely Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool and hundreds of smaller islands. The islands are part of the expanse of ocean areas that include the Bird's Head area of Cenderawasih Bay, the largest marine national park in Indonesia.
Research shows that the Raja Ampat Islands located in the triangle area of coral reef, exactly in the northwest province of West Papua has the largest marine wealth in the world with 537 species of corals, which represent approximately 75% of reefs in the world. Also found 1070 species of fish, 537 species of sponges (Raja Ampat has 96% of all Indonesian coral species) and 699 species of marine mollusk. Also populated by many sharks species such as wobbegongs. In Mansuar, the waters are populated by stingrays and turtle species. Of the boats you have the opportunity to see these ocean resources, snorkeling surrounded by dolphins and even whales occasionally appear in the vicinity. Raja Ampat region becomes newest favorite place for submarines aficionado from foreign countries.
In mainland areas, tourist can found a variety of plants forest, endemic and rare plants, plants in the limestone as well as thousands of sea turtle nesting beaches.
Pendaratan Sekutu Monument
Erected to commemorate the Allied troops landing on the beach on 22 April 1944 under the leadership of General Douglas Mac Arthur.
Built to commemorate the Declaration of Determination of the People's Opinions (Act of Free Choice) in 1969, to determine the wishes of the people of Papua to join Indonesia. Voting is conducted six years after the UN handed over Papua to Indonesia. This monument is located in APO, the first allied army post, and 500 m from downtown Jayapura.
Yos Sudarso Monument
Built to commemorate Commodore Yos Sudarso services that died in battle against the Dutch in 1962 Arafuru Sea, within the framework of the liberation of West Irian operation. This monument is located at lmbi City Park, center of Jayapura.
Jayapura residents for a view of beauty and crystal clear water visit this beach. In addition to the beauty of a view, this beach is perfect for sunbathing and swimming. From this beach could see a group of islands and seas. Located 5 km from Center City and can travel approximately 15 Minutes.
99 Dok Beach
Located in front of the Office of the Governor of Papua with sea views set in the city of Jayapura, ports and small islands. Residents of the town of Jayapura frequently visit this beach day and night especially holiday. In addition to beauty parlors to see we can also eat a lot of different types of food sold along the coast.
Loka Budaya Museums
Loka Budaya Museums, collection of cultural objects owned by the Museum of Loka Budaya from all ethnic Papuans are consist of 1.885 ethnographic objects from kitchen equipment, equipment related to people livelihoods (equipment farming, hunting and fishing), clothing and body jewelry, war armories, pay tools, sacred objects, transport equipment and other art works such as bark paintings. The museum also displays various paintings from different ethnic motifs displayed on the Museum poles. The museum is located at Jalan Sentani, Abenpura, Jayapura, PO BOX 422, Tel. (0967) 581224, located approximately 18 km from the city of Jayapura and 25 kilometers from Sentani airport and is accessible by two wheel motor vehicles and four.
Base G Beach
Beautiful beach stretches along the Pacific Ocean. White sand and clear water make the beach ideal for swimming and sun bathing. In the World War II it serves as the base is G, the logistics center by the allies. This beach can be achieved with various types of vehicle approximately 15 (fifteen) minutes from City Center.
A cove with a very beautiful natural panorama. This bay surrounded by three village, namely Enggros, Tobati and Nafri that until now people still retain the original tradition and culture areas. Here you can research a variety of traditions such as the inaugural head of the village, houses on stilts, paddle boats and traditional dances. Located 8 km from the city center.
There is a central city of Jayapura. City sights and activities can be seen in daylight or night from Bhayangkara area, about 10 (Ten) minutes from the city center using motor vehicle.
Steel Frame Bridge along the 600 m, lies across the river Maro. Located 7 km from Center City.
Protected National Park area 413.810 ha. The park contain various kind of flora and fauna habitats, such as: Forest Savanna, Forest Jungle, thicket, Orchid, Swamp-marsh, lily, Lotus also animals such as kangaroos, deer, Pig, Crocodile, Lizard, Snake, Bird Cassowary, Pelikan, Kokaburas, Cenderawasih, Eagles, Herons, cockatoos, Crowned Pigeon, etc. Registered the currently hold 239 species and protected 164 species. Distance from the town of Merauke varied between 60 / 90 minutes depending on distance traveled.
There is an ant's house along the road toward the National Park Wasur. Ant house to be special because built by the ants for many years until it reaches 3-4 m. Musamus become a symbol for the community spirit of Merauke.
LB. Moerdani Monument
Built to commemorate the landing of the parachute mission led by LB. Moerdani to liberate West Irian on 4 June 1962 (Trikora). Located about 5 km from the town of Merauke.
Lampu Satu Beach
A beach with views of the sea is very wide and flat, other than to tour the coast is also where the fishermen find and sell fish. Located in Imbuti village, 4 km from the city.
Built on September 17 1969 to commemorate the victory of the people of Indonesia in a poll to determine areas of West Irian. Located in downtown Merauke.
100th Catholic Church Monument
Built to commemorate 100 years of the entry of the Catholic religion in Marauke. Located approximately 5 km from the city center.
Kembaran Sabang-Merauke Monument
Located in Indonesia and Papua New FrontierGuinea, about two hours from the City of Merauke.
Located on the border between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, approximately 500 m from Sabang-Merauke monument twins.
Built by the Government of Papua Province and the Province of Yamagata Japan, as a sign of peace and friendship on the occurrence of World War II. Many visited by Japanese tourists. Located at the center of town, can be reached by foot or by vehicle.
Located along coastal town of Sarmi approximately 200 Meters from Center City Sarmi, in addition to swim and enjoy the view of the sea, tourists can also take advantage of waves to surf on Sarmi coast waters.
A trip to this beach can be traveled by vehicles for about an hour west toward the town of Sarmi. This place was formerly used as a place for logging. Sound of waves and along the coast is an attraction and not owned by the other beaches.
Located about 10 km from Timika, is an area that was developed by the Government of Indonesia with PT. Freeport Indonesia in connection with gold and copper mining activities in the world. Inaugurated by President Soeharto on December 5, 1995. Here there are shopping malls, recreation centers, sports centers, places of worship, etc.
Where PT. Freeport’s Indonesian manages open-pit mining. Located approximately 20 km from Timika and can be reach using a special bus or truck.
Located right in front of Nabire Airport, symbolizing welcome Nabire community to the guests who came.
Lepas Landas Monument
The height of about 10 m is located n the city center, exactly in the crossing of PEPERA road and in front of Regents Office. This monument represents the 25-year National Development Plan number-two who want to take off in 1994.
Cenderawasih Sea Park
A beach with white sand and approximately 30 islands scattered. Content of this sea park is less over 130 species of corals with shapes and colors makes it developed as amazing underwater sights.
Located in the village Sanoba, Wahario, approximately 10 km east of the town of Nabire. This beach is visited by lots of tourists, especially on holiday. This white sandy beaches and clear water. It is suitable for swimming and soaking up the sun.
Kali Bumi Dam
Located in the Bumi village less than 20 km to the east side of Nabire. Can be reached by various kinds of vehicles. This place had river with a beautiful panorama of five large water DAM building. In addition to irrigation and power generation, dams are also developed as tourist attractions.
Nusi Island and Coast
This place has developed into the sea resorts, complete with lodging, restaurant and karaoke. There is also a speedboat if you want to cross to the Island Nusi. Nusi Beach can be reached by various kinds of vehicles, two and four-wheeled motor about two hours from the City of Nabire.
There are remaining wreckage of the Japanese army during World War II. Besides viewing the carcass plane we can also walk around the island of combing the beach while enjoying the natural scenery. Can take about 2.5 hours by using the speedboat from Nabire.
Baliem Valley Festival
Held by the tribes in Wamena on August 17 to welcome the big day defined as the Tourism Event Each Year in the Valley Baliem to Support the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Republic of Indonesia.
Bakar Batu Attractions
Is a Baliem community cultural tradition. In this event displayed traditional food for tourists because it is a reality of community life indigenous (Dani tribe) in Baliem Valley Region.
Panah Babi Attractions
Shows how to hunt by using the arrows. After the arrows ravin bound to be cooked / baked in the ground commonly called burn stone or in local language called 'SNI HELEP''.
This is a traditional village in Wamena with round houses and thatched walls are made from wood with no windows. Houses like this in the call honai in native languages.
First created by traditional manner by local communities with the cable materials are now modified with steel wire material. Is a pedestrian bridge to a community in northern Baliem River. This bridge is located in the Village Wesaput 2 km from the town of Wamena and can be achieved with two-or four-wheel vehicles and on foot. The length of the bridge is approximately 90 meters.
Is a man who had died and the corpse preserved mummies of this traditional herb has a historical and religious value because it comes from the head of a tribe or a War Leader. There are three Mummy can be seen among others:
1. Mummy aikima there are approximately 350 years at 3.8 km from Wamena Aikama
2. Mummy Jiwika located in the old 300th Jiwika 15.5 km from Wamena
3. Pumo Mummy, 250 Th ages are in Pumo / Wogi in Asologaima 32.6 km from Wamena.
Museum of Culture and Progress
Located about 2 km from the city center, there are all sorts of handicrafts, Asmat carvings, paintings, accessories, rowing equipment, musical instruments and animals are preserved.
Sentani district located in the Region with an area of 9360 ha with an altitude of 75 meters above sea level. It has a beautiful natural and interesting panorama with the township and the original distinctive residential population is located on the outskirts of lakes and islands in the middle of a lake houses. Road that connects between the house and land in the form of a wooden bridge.
General Douglas MacArthur Monument
Built on a hill by the Sentani tribe called Pelwai Mogho and is now known as Mount Ifar. This monument contains the value of history as a symbol of the United States together allies under the command of General Douglas Mac Arthur. Here the location of the headquarters of General Mac Arthur. From this place, lay the beautiful scenery overlooking the valley area with panoramic views of Lake Sentani backgrounds Nimboran Mountains.
Shallow River with rocks mountain in it and water so clear, flowing the rush is worth visiting as a place natural bath and recreation Sambi enjoy beautiful natural scenery. Damsari Times located 43 kilometers from Sentani.
The monument was established to commemorate the first time Protestant Christianity into Serui. Located 2 km from the city center and is within a range of vehicles or by foot.
Located west to Serui, consists of three islands, namely Pulau Karwati, Island Bawai, Nuwoti Island. Kuran islands can be reach within 3.2 hours from Serui using speedboat. The islands can be found in a variety of animals such as bats. Bird of Paradise, Eagles, etc.
Located in Kampung Mariadei can be reached by various kinds of vehicles about 15 minutes from downtown. Visited on holidays, especially when the sun began to set.
Located about half an hour from the Ansus Island, an uninhabited small island very beautiful.
Is a village on the water on the island of Ansus. Can be taken two hours by using the speedboat to the West Serui. Transportation between residents by using small boats. There are about 100 families, schools, hydroelectric power, the Church and the Port. On a monthly basis in December that left the natives always wander back to celebrate Christmas once held a''Festival Cege ", i.e. rowing festival that shows expertise to create and carve the boat, showing traditional dances and songs.
According to the Biak language. During World War II, This is called Cave of Japan because at that time Japanese soldiers used it as a logistic center and the center of hiding. Approximately 5000 Japanese soldiers caught and die in it due to a surprise attack allied troops. Many tourists visit the cave from foreign countries, mainly Japan. It is located in the Village District Sumberker Biak City. Approximately 15 minutes from Biak City and can be traveled by all vehicle types.
Monuments World War II
Built by the Japanese Government in the village of Parai by storing a number of the bones of the Japanese army killed in World War II. The location was chosen because in 1942-1944 this place is used as the Japanese Government Trade Center in addition to the base defense. To reach this monument takes approximately 15 minutes from the town of Biak.
Located about 5 km east of Biak City Centre. Visited by local communities, especially on holidays. This beach has very clear water and white sand.
Located approximately 15 km west of Biak town. Bay beach with very calm water is perfect to relax while enjoying the beauty of nature. Here lies the cabin as a place for vacation guests who want to stay and enjoy the natural scenery.