Even though it may seem to you that Indonesia is one of those places in the world that abound with the most diverse landscapes and treasures of nature and culture that much that you get the feeling that it is an endless place, Indonesia has its borders, and Papua New Guinea represents the best possible natural border that a country in this area can have.
Papua represents the eastern part of the second largest island in the world that is New Guinea. Although it does not belong to Indonesia as long as other islands and provinces do, Papua is a shining star of this country, offering some of the richest tribal traditions and customs through the centuries.
Here you will be able to witness the incredible harmony and mixture of rural and urban, traditional and modern, primeval and thriving. Food hunters with bows and arrows are literally sharing their settlements with food buyers using credit cards and visiting supermarkets… It may be difficult for you to believe it, but once you visit this impressive area, you will realize that it all actually seems really natural and normal.
Papua is also known as a place where road traveling is not really popular since the number of quality roads is pretty much insignificant. The most usual way of traveling through this area is by water transport, but people can also travel by air. Tourists that visit this part of New Guinea usually perceive it as another country, since it is significantly different than the other parts of the Indonesian territory. And honestly said, most of the inhabitants of this area with Melanesian origins, as well as the other ethnic groups different than Indonesians, would like this area to become a separate country.
Places to remember in Papua New Guinea
The easiest way for you to see and approach the magnificent lake of Sentani is to travel through Bandara Udara Sentani. This amazingly beautiful lake is positioned between Sentani and Jayapura and even though its beauty is not well used and there are no many things that you can do here, worshiping its dazzling surface in the midday sun is an impressive experience.
If you are approaching the lake from the Jayapura side, you will have to enjoy it during the drive, since there are no side places for you to stop and enjoy this treasure of nature.
Near the lake, you can find several pretty nice restaurants offering a lovely view. As we have already mentioned, tourist potential of this place is not really used, so here you’ll rather find local fishermen than excited tourists, and that makes it even more attractive for people who enjoy peaceful moments and tranquility that provides the clear water of Sentani.
Cenderawasih Bay National Park
If you have ever wondered why all of the tourists that visited this national park in Papua New Guinea cannot hide their excitement and nostalgia every time this place is mentioned, then you probably do not know that this place is a real paradise for all of the lovers of scuba diving and snorkeling.