Attractions

Top Choice Island in Raja Ampat Islands

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 its …
Top Choice National 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 1,453,5…
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 Mich…
Island in Raja Ampat Islands

Pianynemo

Often referred to as Little Wayag, this scenic overlook offers striking views of the jagged Fam islands poking out of calm, turquoise waters. Getting here is relatively cheap, fast and simple compared to Wayag, as m…
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 Nove…
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 impass…
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 ecosyst…
Museum in Agats

Museum Kebudayaan dan Kemajuan Asmat

Has a fantastic collection of Asmat art and artefacts, from bis poles and skulls to full-body dance outfits, all split between this location (which still keeps regular hours), and a newer one on Jalan Yos Sudarso at…
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 none-too-subtle…
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 bathe, w…