West Papua

West Papua 2017-03-27T05:25:00+00:00

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West Papua

West Papua is a land of contrasts, with some of the impenetrable jungles in the world and snowcapped mountain peaks towering over glacial lakes. Papua is Indonesia’s largest and most eastern province and covers the western half of the world’s second largest island. It is a land of exceptional natural grandeur, with beautiful scenic beaches, immense stretches of marshlands, cool grassy meadows and powerful rivers carving gorges through dense primeval forests. The most heavily populated and cultivated parts of the island are the Paniai Lakes district and Baliem valley to the east.

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Unique Experiences

We’ve created some unique experience for your travelers. These are excursions that will give a traveler that special moment in their holiday. Think off: a perfect white beach all to yourself, a special evening with locals or a walk in just that undiscovered area of a major city.

Raja Ampat is known for its unspoiled natural landscape, and marine ecology. You find amazing jungle with spectacular bird life, and beautiful underwater biodiversity. You will stay in the center of Raja Ampat Marine Park at Waigeo Island.  From here daily islands tour can be undertaken.
In Kabui Bay, you find the unique limestone karst structure which are so nice to photograph. In Kabui bay you find Genez cave where you can snorkel, and which is only visible at low tide.  The hike to one of the rocks give you a good view of Kabui bay from above.

Another unique experience is to snorkel with the Manta rays, which can be best done at the cleaning station of Manta sandy.
A must see for bird watchers is an early morning hike to the location where one can see the Red bird of Paradise dancing at Sunrise hour. It is as well a good chance to see Hornbills, Eclectus parrot and other bird species.  Another specie of Bird of Paradise is the Wilson Bird. This little colorful bird cleans neatly the area for the female. It needs absolute silence and hiding behind a set up hide to be able to see it. It takes some effort but it is absolutely gorgeous.

Inspiring Tours

Inspiring tours are tours we’ve created to give you insight in the tours we offer in our destinations.  From our most favorite tours to our less common traveled paths. Creating the perfect tour for your travelers is a path we gladly walk with you. Contact us now and one of our travel experts will get back to you.

Day 1: Jakarta – Jayapura

Arrival Jakarta evening flight to Jayapura.

Day 2: Arrival Jayapura

Early in the morning you will decent into Sentani Airport Jayapura. The airport approach is amazing, flying into the fast Cyclops Mountain ranges, crossing the Humboldt Bay before your final decent and touchdown at Sentani Airport Jayapura is a wonderful welcome scene to Papua. The overnight stay is at a hotel which is not far located from the airport, it is in close range.

Sentani lies about 40 km outside of Jayapura, during the Dutch colonial time Jayapura was known as Hollandia. Jayapura is the provincial capital of Papua. When Papua became a part of Indonesia in
the mid 60’s last century the town was named Sukarnapura and after a while they changed it into Kota Baru. At the end of the 60’s the town was renamed into Jayapura which means City of victory. In the streets of Jayapura you will easily meet and see communities from all over Indonesia. Many Papuan tribes are famous for their way of making beautiful woodcarving, speers, shields, masks, baskets, etc, etc. You can see examples of these woodcarvings when visiting the Anthropological museum of the Universities Cenderawasih in Abepura.

Day 3: Jayapura – Kali Biru – Jayapura

Today you have the opportunity to go on an excursion to Kali Biru (Blue River). Kali Biru village lies roughly 100 km West from Jayapura and about 60 km West from our hotel in Sentani. Kali Biru situated at the feet of the Cyclops Plateau, a fast mountain range that surrounds Jayapura. Clear,
sparkling, and pure mountain water from the Cyclops mountain finds it way to lower areas,
Kali Biru is a nice place to fresh your self up, swim, sunbath or just relax. Another possibility is to go downtown. Jayapura is located about 40 km East from our hotel in Sentani. The town boosts out a noisy atmosphere in comparing what will be seen elsewhere in the Baliem Valley. Jayapura harbour and the fish market at Hamadi market offers you sights and sounds and a nice welcome to a unique part of Indonesia.

Day 4: Jayapura – Baliem Valley

Once the airplane takes off, and climbs to an acceptable flight level you will set course to the highland territory of New Guinea. The Cyclops mountains will slowly fade away and other more serious mountains: “Van Rees Mountains” will appear. After touchdown at Wamena airport you will be in different world. At 1600 metres above sea level lies the Baliem Valley that spreads out South.

The valley it self is populated mainly by Dani, Lani and Yali tribes. Your first contact with the Baliem people will probably made by the locals at the airport. The Papuan tribes who have settled themselves here for more than 4000 years are the most indigenous Papuans and are closely related to their brothers South from the Torres Straight the Aboriginals.

As soon as you recovered from all your impressions after seeing so many different views, looks, sounds and sights you will have the rest of the day to explore the busy crowdie markets, make an orientation trip by becak bike through the streets of Wamena or sit back and relax at your hotel room.

Day 5-13: trekking Baliem Valley

Trekking Baliem Valley. Today you will start with an eight day trekking experience through the Southern part of the Baliem Valley the habitat of the Dani tribe. This particular of the Baliem is the habitat of the Dani tribe and the further we go; we also meet, and see the other tribes that are living in the Baliem, the Lani and Yali tribes. The journey/trekking will mainly lead you to fast mountains ranges located South East and South West from Wamena. The average height we reach during this journey/trekking lies around 2000 metres.
The routes and paths that we follow along this journey/trekking are along style abysses, you must have no fear of heights. Walking through the Baliem Valley can be extremely tough, a good physical condition, is needed, it can be extremely difficult for participants who not have practised in walking under semi alpine conditions. Steep hills, elevations and bad weather conditions can make the journey more complicated. The journey is tough, but the price you pay is worth to go for. The further you go the more remote it will be and more primitive it gets. Mountains and hills that you will see on your journey/track, in and around the Baliem Valley are cultivated. The way of ultivating is from a very high standard. Every part of land has been used well, and has irrigation canals as well.

The local people you meet on your journey are friendly, a warm welcome will awaits you while entering villages, children will surround you and will focus on to you or they just throw you happy faces and overwhelm you with a nice smile. At the end of each day wood will be the energy source to make dinner above wood fire. Meals are simple but nutritious. There is not so many variety for food during your journey/trekking through the Baliem Valley but after a full day of walking uphill and downhill you will eventually eat everything. Pigs are important for most of the Papuans, nowadays it is used as a wedding gift, or it can be used for ceremonies, such as the barapen pig ceremony which are held for every possible event that happens. We will off course try to arrange a barapen pig ceremony for the participant of this journey/trekking.

Day 14: Daliem Valley – Wamena

Today you will be going back to civilisation, back to the starting point at Sogokmo taxi terminal from where cars will pick you up and you will be cruising back to your hotel where you can treat yourself with a warm hot shower. The night will await you with a comfortable bed, different than your air pressured matres used during your eleven day journey/trekking.

Day 15: Wamena – Biak Island

After a warm hug, a tight handshake to those who made our trip to the Baliem possible: porters, cook, and guide we will fly to Biak via Jayapura. The baliem valley slides away as you are heading North. The 40 minute flight will end at Sentani airport where you will be transit. The flight time to Biak is roughly 50 minutes, shortly before landing you will see The Padaido Archipelago. A chain of atolls that lies east of Biak, the view from above the airplane is amazingly breathtaking.
Biak Island is different. It is quieter than Jayapura, less hectic than Wamena, and cleaner than both cities. Biak has everything, a crowdie noisy market, a fish market that offers plenty of fish caught just a few hours ago, a huge mall, internet facility, ATM access, and French fries and hamburgers, it all can be found at Biak. Beaches along the North Coast have spectacular sights to offer, the strong
Pacific winds from the East are blowing the waves that collapse against the volcanic beaches high into the sky. The inland of Biak North West, has a Nat. Park where you can spot with some luck the, Regina Bird of Paradise. Biak has some stunning beaches; Parai Beach not far from Biak City is easy to go and has free access. The beach is clean, filed with white sand and surrounded with palm trees, drop-off lies 25 metres offshore and the underwater scenic beauty makes it worth to get your snorkelling gear.

Day 16 – 20: Biak Island

We drive to the coastal city of Wardo to start our 5 day boat trip trough some wonderful nature. We’ll visit the Bounty Island of Rani, Yenggarbun, Sowek, a pile-fishermen’s village and Supiori. Most Islands has no electricity and we will sleep in a simple Guest Houses, on the beach or with the Village head family (Bupati) Ingredients: White sandy beaches, waiving palm trees, excellent swimming, fishing, BBQ’s , jungle walks, river trips and snorkelling. The last day we stay another night in Biak.

Day 21: Biak Island – Jayapura – Jakarta

Flight to Jakarta

You will stay in the center of Raja Ampat Marine Park at Kri Island. The resort is a Dive Resort, and thus activities are focused around diving, but if you enjoy snorkeling then you will find here great opportunities too just from the shore or the Jetty. The best dive sites are most within 1 to 15 minutes from the jetty. The accommodation is down to earth, located above the sea, in local material made cottages with shared bathroom and cooled by fan. For more upgraded rooms, please contact us.  If you take a walk on land just from the resort you can find great Flora and fauna.  Cuscuses or even a Tree Kangaroo. Birdlife is rich, with the typical eastern Islands kind of birds such as Lorikeets, Parrots and Kookaburras. But for the Red Bird of Paradise you will need to go to the neighboring island of Waigeo.  Possible tours to enjoy from the resort are Snorkeling or diving together with Manta Rays. This is surely an unique experience and can be enjoyed in a tour to Manta Sandy.  Or visit Hidden bay, a mangrove system of interconnected water channels and lakes.  Hidden bay is great above and below the water and is located about 1, 5 hour boat ride from Kri. The famous lime stone setting can be enjoyed from a stunning view point on one of the rocks.  A must see for bird watchers is an early morning hike to the location where one can see the Red bird of Paradise dancing. It is as well a good chance to see Hornbills, Eclectus parrot and other bird species.

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