Explore Papua's rich tribal traditions thousands of years age
The charm of Papua’s peoples, the resilience of its cultures and the grandeur of its dramatic landscapes and idyllic seascapes
This easternmost province of Indonesia (formerly known as West Irian Jaya) comprises the western half of the island of New Guinea, the world’s largest and highest tropical island. The eastern half of the island is the independent country of Papua New Guinea. Papua retains many traditional cultures and is home to some of the richest biodiversity in the world. Lorentz National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest protected area in the Asia-Pacific region. It ranges from Papua’s southwest coast to its central mountains. Tourism concentrates in two regions, one of them being the Asmat region in southwest Papua.
The dense forests of Papua are rich with an intricate mosaic of different tribal groups; there are approximately 255 indigenous groups in Papua alone, including some groups who have remained uncontacted. Each group has their own language, some unrelated to any other in the world, and most groups are made up of just a few hundred people. This huge diversity has contributed to approximately 25% of the world’s languages being spoken in New Guinea. This diversity has been created by the endlessly varied landscape Papua has to offer; from coastal areas to mountainous regions the environment has shaped the way of life and development of these groups.
The region is vast, covered in primary rainforest and swamp forest, and covers approximately 1.5 million hectares. Asmat is notable both for the rich and vibrant traditional tribal culture and art as well as its globally significant biodiversity. Given the terrain, all transportation between villages must take place by canoe with an outboard motor. The other region, with easier accessibility and much easier to travel within is the Baliem Valley, which is mostly occupied by the very friendly Dani Tribe. Travelers usually arrive in Wamena by flight from Bali via city of Jayapura.
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Baliem Valley and Raja Ampat Adventure
There is authentic-style and comfortable accommodation as a home base. This mean making the Baliem Valley adventure day trips enjoyable and very much endurable for almost any age. Even very close by the accommodation there are Dani hamlets to be found. Typical day trip excursions take you by boat, on foot crossing suspension bridges over rivers, as well as some portions by safari bus to the many Dani settlements and of course deep inside the lush rainforest. Get a glimpse into the unique culture of Papua’s Dani people. Trek through the Baliem valley to experience the tribe’s rich traditions, which have remained largely unchanged for centuries.
If you are looking one of the best diving and snorkeling spot in the world . Then Raja Ampat islands is the best for you. Raja Ampat translates into English as Four Kings. The name comes from a local mythology that tells about a woman who finds seven eggs. Four of the seven eggs hatch and become kings that occupy four of Raja Ampat biggest islands. These are Salawati, Batanta, Waigeo and Misool. Raja Ampat is a stunning archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands. These host thousands of species some of which are endemic to the region. It’s a relatively new regency which separated from Sorong Regency in 2004. It encompasses more than 40,000 km² of land and sea. This also contains Cenderawasih Bay, the largest marine national park in Indonesia. It is a part of the newly named West Papua (province) of Indonesia which was formerly Irian Jaya.
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Whether you’re looking for a city-centred hotel, a relaxing beachside getaway or anything in between, we’ve found the very best accommodation to suit your needs and included them in our list of preferred Papua hotels.