Papua is the largest province in Indonesia with its capital city of Jayapura. And by having the largest area, surely there will be more travel destinations in Papua. But if you need to get the best of it, I’d like to help you in this post.
Papua is also known as the Indonesia’s easternmost island where millions of its beauty have not been discovered yet. There are many of the forests in here and many of the environments are still clean and well reserved. One of the iconic and most well known animal in Papua called as Cassowary. You can find and meet the animal even in the settlements but most likely will be easier at the remote areas where people and nature along with other living things in it coexist very well.
Best travel destinations in Papua
Papua itself offering us to enjoy the beauty of nature in almost any tour packages it has. Although many of the region capitals have been developing various type of travel packages, somehow not to choose to be at outdoor is a difficult thing not to do.
In addition to its abundant natural wealth, Papua is also blessed with a variety of cultures. There are many tribes here with a variety of diverse customs. So, it will be a complete package if you can be there someday. But before that, let me tell you about some of the best travel destinations in Papua so you can plan your visit for later.
1. Raja Ampat (the Four Kings)
Raja Ampat is the most popular destination you will mostly to hear from many of the medias. Many travellers have been there both domestic and foreign tourists especially for diving and enjoy the archipelagic nuance of Papua.
In fact, according to a report from The Nature Conservancy, there are about 75% of the world’s marine species found in the depths of Raja Ampat waters.
2. Teluk Cenderawasih National Park
Teluk Cenderawasih is also becomes the largest national park in Indonesia that is established in 2002 ago. The area of the national park is 14,535 km² and nearly 90% are territorial waters. It is located at different province where is at West Papua.
There are around 196 types of mollusks and 209 types of fish that you can see in the depths of its underwater. Besides that, there is also an island called Mioswaar Island which has a cave with hot water source contain with sulfur that you can use for taking a bath.
3. Lake Sentani
Lake Sentani is the largest lake of Intan Jaya region and there are at least 21 islands that adorn the lake with a height of 75 meters above sea level which is very beautiful for you to visit.
Wait! the islands in the lake? Sounds adventurous, right? That’s what makes this lake as one of the best travel destinations in papua.
4. Wondiwoy Nature Reserve
If you want to do trekking while enjoy the beautiful hills and mountain view in Papua, you can come to Wondiwoy Nature Reserve. This spot is about 5 km from the city of Manokwari.
And there will be 147 species of flora and fauna in Wondiwoy Nature Reserve that will accompany your journey to enjoy the nature.
5. Rumberpon Island
Rumberpon Island is also located at the West Papua province, more precisely located in Teluk Wondama (Wondama Bay) that will takes around 5 hours by boat from Manokwari. There is one destination that is very famous here, namely Pantai Pasir Panjang (Pasir Panjang beach or the long sandy beach), which has a coastline of 6 km long.
There are some of the activities you can do at there such as swimming, snorkeling, diving, and also fishing. But if you want, you can also decide to visit the mangrove forest on the other side of the island.
Those are 5 best travel destinations in Papua you can visit for the next travel. Each of the destinations doesn’t represent that one is better than the other. Simply just my own personal preference and it may can represent you as well.