Top ChoiceIsland in Raja Ampat Islands

Wayag

Wayag

These small, uninhabited and incredibly picturesque islands, 30km beyond Waigeo, feature heavily in Raja Ampat promotional material. It’s mainly liveaboards that dive here, but Wayag also attracts nondivers for...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Nabire

Taman Nasional Teluk Cenderawasih

After fishermen set out wooden platforms to lure fish in the '90s, some unexpectedly large ones began showing up. Whale sharks! In 2002, this special habitat became Indonesia's largest marine park, a whopping...

Museum in Jayapura

Museum Loka Budaya

Cenderawasih University’s cultural museum contains a fascinating range of Papuan artefacts including the best collection of Asmat carvings and ‘devil-dance’ costumes outside Agats, most of which was selected by...

Island in Raja Ampat Islands

Pianynemo

Often referred to as Little Wayag, this scenic overlook offers the famous striking views of the jagged Fam Islands poking out of calm, turquoise waters. Getting here is relatively cheap, fast and simple compared...

National Park in Southern Papua

Wasur National Park

The 4130-sq-km Wasur National Park, stretching between Merauke and the PNG border, will fascinate anyone with an interest in birds and marsupials. But come in the later part of the dry season (mid-July to early...

Cave in Pulau Biak

Goa Jepang

The Japanese Cave, 4km northeast of Kota Biak, was used as a base and hideout in WWII by thousands of Japanese soldiers. A tunnel from it is said to lead 3km to the coast at Parai, but an earthquake made it...

Museum in Agats

Museum Kebudayaan dan Kemajuan Asmat

This museum has a fantastic collection of Asmat art and artefacts, from bis poles and skulls to full-body dance outfits. The collection is split between this location (which still keeps regular hours), and a...

Lake in Wamena

Danau Habbema

This lovely lake, 30km west of Wamena as the crow flies, sits amid alpine grasslands at 3400m altitude, with dramatic, snow-capped mountains in view (4750m Gunung Trikora rises to the south). The fascinating...

Island in Manokwari

Pulau Mansinam

Two German missionaries settled on Mansinam Island off Manokwari in 1855 and became the first to spread Christianity in Papua. The picturesque, rainforest-covered island is home to a small village, a...

Beach in Jayapura

Pantai Base G

Base G beach is nearly 3km long, sandy, clean and lined with wooden picnic platforms. The best beach easily accessible from Jayapura, it is usually near-empty, except on Sunday when locals come in droves to...

Beach in Bosnik

Pantai Segara Indah

The finest stretch of beach is Pantai Segara Indah at the eastern end, where there's powdery sand, tall coconut palms and a string of relaxing gazebos. It’s quiet on weekdays and a lively scene on the weekends,...

Historic Site in Jiwika

Wimontok Mabel Mummy

The celebrated mummy is kept at the tiny settlement of Sumpaima, 300m north of Jiwika along the main road from the main village entrance (look for the black ‘Mummy’ sign). Wimontok Mabel was a powerful...

Area in Jiwika

Air Garam

At Iluwe, 1½ hours up a steep path from Jiwika, is Air Garam, a group of saltwater wells. Villagers soak sections of banana trunk in the water, then dry and burn them and use the resulting ashes as salt. Village...

Cave in Wosilimo

Gua Wikuda

In Wosilimo, a 45-minute drive northwest from Wamena, Gua Wikuda is said to be several kilometres long, with an underground river that reaches Danau Anegerak. It's possible to visit the first hundred metres of...

Beach in Bosnik

Pantai Anggopi

A short drive east of Bosnik, you'll come up on a sign for Anggopi Beach that points to a footpath. it leads down some stairs and spits you out on an incredibly idyllic and mostly deserted white-sand beach....

Island in Danau Sentani

Pulau Asei

Asei is the main centre for Sentani bark paintings. Originally done only on bark clothing for women of the chiefs’ families, bark paintings are now a Sentani art form. To reach Asei, take a taksi (5000Rp) to...

Historic Site in Northeastern Baliem Valley

Werapak Elosak Mummy

About 8km from Wamena, nondescript Aikima is famous for its Werapak Elosak mummy, the (supposedly) 300-year-old corpse of a great chief, which was preserved (by smoking) to retain some of his power for the...

Beach in Manokwari

Pantai Pasir Putih

About 5km southeast of town, this 600m curve of clean white sand and clear water is good for swimming, and snorkelling if you have your own gear. It’s generally quiet – except on the weekends when half of...

Archaeological Site in Danau Sentani

Situs Megalitik Tutari

On the right as you enter the village of Doyo Lama, 6km west of Sentani, you’ll see the entrance to Situs Megalitik Tutari. This mysterious hillside site comprises various arrangements of rocks and stones, and...

Monument in Sentani

Tugu MacArthur

For breathtaking views of Danau Sentani, head up to the MacArthur monument on Gunung Ifar. This was where General Douglas MacArthur set up his headquarters after his US forces took Jayapura (then called...