Activities in Papua

About Papua

This island has beautiful scenic beaches, rivers and swamps that stretched between the forests, national and marine parks with diverse marine species and coral reefs. This is a place for those who are adventure and traditional culture lovers.

Getting Around

There are large airports like Frans Kaisepo in Biak, Sentani in Jayapura, Timika and Merauke, with regular flights from Jakarta, Surabaya, Makassar and others. There are smaller airport in smaller region that serve Twin Otter Cessna aircraft.
There are also sea ports in Jayapura, Biak, Yapen, Nabire, Merauke and Sorong for ships from Surabaya, Makassar, Kupang, Ambon, Jakarta, Balikpapan, Bitung, Ternate, Batam, Semarang, Bau-Bau and other regencies in Papua.

Get to know Papua

10 Most Amazing Travel Destinations in Papua

This easternmost island in Indonesia has a wealthy natural beauty that is second to none. The land and underwater nature and the paradise for everyone.

Lake Paniai

Lake Paniai

The lake is considered as one of the most beautiful in the world with a spectacular sunset view. You can see the silhouette of cliffs, birds fly low over the lake, and fishing boats on the shore.

Bosnik Beach

Bosnik Beach

This beautiful beach will make your camera dancing. Bosnik beach has a vast expanse of sand with clear blue water and row of palm trees form a natural beauty that is perfect for camera.

Rumberpon Island

Rumberpon Island

An island with coast lines along six kilometers, mangrove forests and beautiful grassland that is also the home to the deers. Activities that you can do here are diving, swimming, snorkeling and fishing.

Sawinggrai Village

Sawinggrai Village

A great place to see Cendrawasih, the typical bird of Papua in their natural habitat. Do not miss the unique moment where the male bird is dancing and showing off the beauty of it's feathers to attract the female bird.

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat

This is the most famous and beautiful diving destination in the world. There are four major islands, which are Waigeo, Misool, Salawati, Batanta and other small islands. As many as 75% of the world's marine species can be found here.

Cendrawasih Bay National Park

Cendrawasih Bay National Park

Another area that is widely known for the beautiful under water and the largest marine protected area in Indonesia. Various species of sea turtles, sharks, whales, and a unique cave with hot spring can be found in this magical place.

Sauwandarek Tourism Village

Sauwandarek Tourism Village

This village combines indigenous cultural tourism with natural beauty that will captivate visitors. You can snorkel and dive to enjoy the underwater beauty, and see the salty water Yenauwyau spring.

Baliem Valley

Baliem Valley

This beautiful valley situated at an altitude of about 1,600 meters above sea level, hence the air temperature is very cool. Festival Baliem is the annual event that presents exotic cultural show of Dani Tribe.

Lake Sentani

Lake Sentani

The beauty of this lake is also globaly known and difficult to describe in words. There are 21 islands at an altitude of 75 meters in this lake. You can enjoy a panoramic view of the lake to get around rent a boat, swimming and fishing.

Jayawijaya Peak

Jayawijaya Peak

Also known as the Carstensz Pyramid, this snowy mountain peak is included in the top seven target of mountaineers from different parts of the world. Laurentz Mountains National Park has a very beautiful panorama.

Tips for Planning Your Holiday to Papua

What are the activities that you can do in Papua?

  • Diving at Cendrawasih Bay National Park to meet with the whaleshark
  • Explore underwater cave with a depth of 100 feet in Tanjung Muagguar
  • Trekking at Wamena Highland
  • Snorkeling in Nusrowi Island, Rumberpon Island, Tanah Merah Bay
  • Family trip to Wari Beach
  • Paddle your canoe around Lake Sentani
  • Visit during Lake Sentani Festival in June or Baliem Festival in August each year
  • Climb to the top of Mount Ifar and see the breathtaking view of Lake Sentani
  • Hiking to snow-capped of Mount Jayawijaya (Carstensz Pyramid)
  • Visit the National Museum (Museum Negeri)
  • Experience the local life of several tribes and see mummy in Wamena

What food should you try in Papua?

  • Ikan bungkus (wrapped fish), aunu senebre, papeda (sago mixed with other food ingredients), sate ulat (kind of worm satay), udang selingkuh (shrimp)

What should you know about Papua?

  • Foreigners must obtain a travel permit, known as Surat Keterangan Jalan to get access into the interior of Papua. You can obtain it at major police stations, such as in Jayapura, Merauka, Timika, Biak, Nabire, Monokwari and other major cities.
  • The best time to visit Papua is between March - August.
  • Bring their own meals and snacks during trekking
  • Bring your own gear for diving or snorkelling
  • There are official taxis in some airports in Papua. Minibuses (called taxi there) and buses are also available in big cities in Papua. Make sure you agree to the bargained price before you get in.
  • There are also car and motorcycle rentals.
  • In some places, you can ride a pedi cab (becak)
  • To make your trip easier and convenient, it is advisable to take a tour or holiday package. An experience guide can tell you about Do’s and Don’ts in specific places.
  • There are several companies specializing in guiding climbers to the Jayawijaya
  • Bring anti malaria medicine
  • Price for things in Papua are higher than other regions in Indonesia