“In view of its divine natural beauty, it seems that ‘The Paradise of Indonesia’ is the best name to refer to Papua.”
Papua is the dead end of your exploration in Indonesia. The beautiful and spacious region is the easternmost part of Indonesia which is directly adjacent to neighboring Papua New Guinea. The two areas share the world’s second biggest island New Guinea with Papua occupies three quarters of the island.
In view of its divine natural beauty, it seems that “The Paradise of Indonesia” is the best name to refer to Papua. Marine life and underwater beauty of the region are superb and unspoiled that people dub them as the most pristine throughout Indonesia. Its major rain-forest is a big draw for naturalists. The impenetrable jungle is full of endemic animals including the exotic birds of paradise (Cendrawasih), cassowaries and tree kangaroos.
A line of mountains with elevation of more than 4000 meters stretches along the northwest to the southeast part, making major area in Papua untouched places. The people live in thatched huts while continuously practicing traditional customs and lifestyle.
However, untouched doesn’t necessarily mean primitive, but simply remote. After the widespread of Christianity in Papua, most of the rural people wear modern clothes and have ditched grass-skirts and penis-gourds. A sense of untouched-primitive can be found, though, especially in some areas in southern region.
To enjoy the beauty of Papua unfortunately requires a lot of cash and time. Road connecting to each area is scarce due to its dramatic landscape. There are only two difficult options to travel any distance: by pricey airplane or slow water transportation. But those who possess all the points will definitely enjoy a journey of a life time.
Here are the highlights of Papua tourism: