There are daily ferries between Sorong and Waisai (abaut 10 km northeast of Saonek), capital of the Raja Ampat district on the island of Waigeo. Ferries leave Sorong at 13.00 hrs and the journey takes between 1.5 to 2 hours. The return ferry from Waisai to Sorong leaves around 11.0 am. There are also speedboats for rent at Sorong (Rp....more
Make sure you change plenty of money before heading into the interior and stock up on 100 Rp notes. Rupiah can usually be obtained in Wewak from the Westpac Bank, although the exchange rate is not as good as in Indonesia. You can get rupiah in banks in Jayapura, Biak, Wamena, Sorong and probably other main towns and, for a reasonable rate, at the...more
Because of the movements of the 2 giant plates of the Pacific and Australian plate, Papua was posted between the two. An island with many mangrove swamps and famous for it as the largest of Indonesian islands.Just behind our house the swamps were the places where the danger spied. For little boys a paradise to explore, to fish and, I was so "happy"...more
Around the Island you can find many World War 'junk' like parts of the plane. There's a small museum near the entrance of Japanese cave, plenty cool WWII stuff.Biak had great strategic significance during World War II, when the Japanese occupied the island.The soldiers occupied three large rooms built inside the cave. The Japanese soldiers managed...more
Arumbai restaurant provides local and international taste. The restaurant is located just inside the hotel, its open for public. But do keep in mind that they have 'siesta break' at noon, from 14.00 - 17.00 Try the one the my favorite dish, Soup Kepala Ikan (fish soup). You can just imidietly smell the freshness of this soup!more
When you arrive at the airport, the guides are waiting for customers. Ask a few to come to the hotel and ask them about the trips and do some small talk, so you know about his English speaking (if needed), after that you can decide which one you want to hire. The hotel staff can also tell he is reliable or not.Our guide Kosman Kogoya was...more
We took the Pelni vessel LABOBAR from Jayapura with our intended destination being Surabaya. We booked a first class cabin (on account of the trip being 5 days long) at Rp. 6,000,000 for the whole trip which comes to app. USD 200 per night, twin share. Included were all the meals. A few warnings:Our cabin was absolutely filthy when we got in. In no...more
I am a frequent guest in this hotel although my house is only 5 minutes drive from the hotel. The...more
Wasur is the only place in Indonesia where you can go on a "safari" like in Africa. While most of Indonesia's wildlife are concealed in rainforest habitats, you can drive around Wasur (in the dry season) and watch lots of wildlife: Timor deer (introduced), Agile wallabies (smaller kangaroos), cockatoos, lories etc. If you are familiar with prices of pet cockatoos in the US or Europe, you will literally see tens of thousands of US Dollars flying by!
Taman Gunung Meja and Tugu Jepang (Japonese Monument) pleasant 3hour walk throu protacted forest, lots of birds, butterflies...
There are a few remote locations in Papua and the neighboring islands that have petroglyphs, however they are not all that easy to reach.Matuto petroglyphs are typically half man, half lizard. Not much is known of their cultural significance, but they are accepted to be the ancestors of heroes.If you get a knowledgeable local guide, they may be...more
Roads to and from Kaimana are long and few between.Boats frequent the harbor, but these are mostly fishing and trading ships.Most personnel will travel to Kaimana by air.The airport is about 20 minutes drive west of town along the coast.Departure fees are $2 per person.Express Air is the only airline that I know that services Kaimana. It has a...more
From Biak town heading north, there is a turnoff just out side the urban area to the “ Japanese “ Cave, or Goa Binsari.
The cave at Goa Binsari, used by the Japanese in their World War II defense..
The immediate Allied objective were the air fields at Mokmer, on June 7 1944 but the struggle continued unabated as the Japanese pouret heavy fire into the newly estabilished filed positions. It was another week before the airship could be used.
The final toll was 400 U.S soldiers killed and 7,400 Japanese, many whom commited ritual suicide when the realized their situation was hopless. Only 220 Japanese surrendered or were captured.
it's a paradise for all kind of us who love and like to travel, in this place you'll find what people called "the mumi" of chieftain from the tribe and also their culture that almost rarities things in this globe coz it's located in hinterland that's why people rarely come here but you don't have to worried about the transport it's so easy to get...more
The Lupa Lelah Club is the only restaurant in town, but don’t let that discourage you. It is definitely first class. Its main clientele are the western expiates that work at Grasberg, but the restaurant also offers both western and national items on the menu. It is also Moslem and Hindu friendly (taboo items are well marked). The restaurant tries...more