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Papua (Irian Jaya)

Getting there & away

Most visitors fly straight to Jayapura through Biak and/or Makassar (Sulawesi) for a connection to Wamena in the Baliem Valley, but there are a number of other interesting ways to enter Papua. You could fly to Port Moresby (capital of PNG), and on to Vanimo before chartering a boat or crossing on foot to Jayapura; take a Pelni liner to Timika or Merauke and fly to Jayapura; take a boat or plane between Sorong or Fak-Fak and other Indonesian islands; or take a boat and/or plane along the north coast to Jayapura, stopping at Manokwari, Biak, Nabire and/or Serui.

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Boat

Several Pelni liners, notably the Tatamailau, Ciremai, Doro Londa and Nggapulu, link the north and south coasts of Papua with Maluku, Sulawesi and Java every two or four weeks.

A few Perintis boats regularly link the north coast of Papua with Sulawesi and northern Maluku, and connect the south coast of Papua with southeast Maluku.

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Air

Unless you have lots of time, flying is the best way to get to and around Papua. Merpati Nusantara Airlines regularly links Papua’s main regional centres (Sorong, Biak and Jayapura) with major cities elsewhere in Indonesia, such as Makassar and Jakarta. Garuda Indonesia airlines also links Biak and Jayapura with western Indonesia.

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