8 Reasons To Visit Papua (Irian Jaya)

5. Lorentz National Park


The Lorentz National Park is located in Indonesia’s Papua Province, along the ‘Pegunungan Mandala’ range which has the only permanent snowfields and glaciers in the region and whose Carstensz Pyramid (4884 m asl) is one of the world’s seven ultimate summits. The park itself is named after Hendrikus Albertus Lorentz, a Dutch explorer who passed through the area on his 1909–10 expedition, covers an area of 2.35 million hectares, making it the largest protected area in South-East Asia. It is the only protected area in the world to incorporate a continuous, intact transect from snowcap to tropical marine environment, including extensive lowland wetlands.

6. Danau Sentani (East Papua)


The magnificent Danau Sentani in itself makes a trip to Jayapura or Sentani, a small town 36 km off Jayapura. As you fly in, you will see the 9630 ha lake with its 19 islands and fishing villages such as Ayapo, full of wooden houses raised on stilts above the water. A boat trip is the best way to enjoy the lake and to visit some of the islands and villages. The most reliable way to find a boat trip is to arrange one from your place of stay.

7. Numfor Island (Central Papua)


a very undeveloped and uncommercialised island, halfway between Biak and Manokwari, with a seemingly endless selection of snorkelling and swimming opportunities. Pantai Asaibori and Pantai Pakreki are without question the best beaches on Pulau Numfor, while nearby, the island of Pulau Manem features some good sandy beaches, together with WWII wrecks and lots of birds.

8. Manokwari (West Papua)


based around the bay of Teluk Doreri and historically the very first missionary settlement in the whole of Papua. Manokwari is a relaxing place to explore Teluk Cendrawasih, with sightseeing opportunities ranging from wildlife trails within the beautiful Table Mountain Park (Taman Gunung Meja), to local landmarks, such as the Japanese Monument (Tugu Jepang) and the Japanese Cave (Gua Jepang). Nearby, the islands of Pulau Mansinam and Pulau Lemon offer sun, sand and snorkelling. Just 5 km / 3 miles to the east of Fak Fak, the Pantai Pasir Putih is another excellent beach, while to the north, the black sandy beach of Pantai Amban is regularly frequented by keen surfers.

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