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'''Papua''' is an [[Indonesia]]n province. It occupies the eastern portion of [[Western New Guinea]].
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'''Papua''', also known as '''Western New Guinea''' and formerly '''Irian Jaya''', is the easternmost part of [[Indonesia]]. It comprises the western half of the island of [[New Guinea]], the world's largest and highest tropical island, while the eastern half is the independent country of [[Papua New Guinea]].
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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, ranges from Papua's southwest coast to its central mountains.
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{{disclaimerbox|This Wikitravel region covers the entire Indonesian half of the island of New Guinea, not just the Indonesian province of Papua.}}
  
 
==Regions==
 
==Regions==
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The Indonesian half of New Guinea has, somewhat controversially, been divided into two provinces since 2003.
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'''West Papua''' (''Papua Barat'')
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* [[Bird's Head Peninsula]]
  
* [[Asmat]]
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'''Papua'''
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* [[Asmat]] - home of the world-renowned Asmat woodcarvers
 
* [[Baliem Valley]]
 
* [[Baliem Valley]]
 
* [[Biak (island)|Biak]]
 
* [[Biak (island)|Biak]]
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* [[Baliem Valley]] - the home of the famous penis-gourded Dani warriors
 
* [[Baliem Valley]] - the home of the famous penis-gourded Dani warriors
* [[Asmat region]] - home of the world-renowned Asmat woodcarvers
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* [[Lorentz National Park]] - the largest national park in Asia
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* [[Raja Ampat]] - home of the world's richest reefs
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
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Originally a Dutch colony like the rest of Indonesia, '''West Papua''' held elections in 1959 and the elected council took office in 1961, in preparation for full independence. However, the Dutch handed the area over to a UN temporary administration, who in turned gave it over to Indonesia in 1963. The controversial plebiscite known as the '''Act of Free Choice''' , held in 1969, resulted in an improbable 100% vote in favor of joining Indonesia. The region, renamed first as '''Irian Barat''' (West Irian) and then '''Irian Jaya''' (Glorious Irian) has been under heavy Indonesian military control ever since, with the outgunned '''Free Papua Movement''' (''Operasi Papua Merdeka'' or ''OPM'') fighting for independence.
 
Originally a Dutch colony like the rest of Indonesia, '''West Papua''' held elections in 1959 and the elected council took office in 1961, in preparation for full independence. However, the Dutch handed the area over to a UN temporary administration, who in turned gave it over to Indonesia in 1963. The controversial plebiscite known as the '''Act of Free Choice''' , held in 1969, resulted in an improbable 100% vote in favor of joining Indonesia. The region, renamed first as '''Irian Barat''' (West Irian) and then '''Irian Jaya''' (Glorious Irian) has been under heavy Indonesian military control ever since, with the outgunned '''Free Papua Movement''' (''Operasi Papua Merdeka'' or ''OPM'') fighting for independence.
  
The name Papua was restored in 2000 in a sop to the nationalists. A controversial decision to divide the province into three parts was met with violent riots and remains stalled in legal confusion.
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The name '''Papua''' was restored in 2000 in a sop to the nationalists. The province was split into two in 2003 in a highly controversial move, with the Bird's Head Peninsula and surrounding islands becoming '''West Papua''' (''Papua Barat'').  A further split, to create a third '''Central Papua''' province, was abandoned due to fierce opposition.
  
 
===Culture===
 
===Culture===
  
 
Comprising the western half of the island of New Guinea, the world's largest and highest tropical island, Papua is incredibly diverse and different from the rest of Indonesia (or, for that matter, anywhere else in the world). Despite of a population of under three million, Papua is home to over 250 languages and retains many traditional cultures that were until very recently "still in the Stone Age". Cannibalism and headhunting were practiced in some areas until the 1970s or later.
 
Comprising the western half of the island of New Guinea, the world's largest and highest tropical island, Papua is incredibly diverse and different from the rest of Indonesia (or, for that matter, anywhere else in the world). Despite of a population of under three million, Papua is home to over 250 languages and retains many traditional cultures that were until very recently "still in the Stone Age". Cannibalism and headhunting were practiced in some areas until the 1970s or later.
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===Terrain and ecology===
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A vital tropical rainforest with the tallest tropical trees and vast biodiversity, Papua's known forest fauna includes marsupials (including possums, wallabies, tree-kangaroos, cuscuses), other mammals (including the endangered Long-beaked Echidna), many bird species (including birds of paradise, cassowaries, parrots, cockatoos), the world's longest lizards (Papua monitor) and the world's largest butterflies. The island has an estimated ''16,000'' species of plant, 124 genera of which are endemic.
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The extensive waterways and wetlands of Papua are also home to salt and freshwater crocodile
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Large parts of the equatorial glacier fields in the highlands remain largely unexplored. Protected areas within Papua province include the [[Lorentz National Park]], a [[UNESCO World Heritage Site]], and the [[Wasur National Park]], a RAMSAR wetland of international importance.
  
 
==Talk==
 
==Talk==
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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'''Travel permits''' (''surat jalan'') are required for all travel in Papua beyond the main coastal towns.  The list changes randomly, but [[Jayapura]] and [[Biak]] are generally permit-free, and [[Sentani]], [[Manokwari]] and [[Sorong]] are usually fine.  Permits are mostly easily acquired in [[Jayapura]] and [[Biak]], where they're usually obtainable in one day, although they are usually available at the other non-permit towns as well.  Two passport photos and a token administration fee (Rp. 5000 or so) are required.
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The permit must list ''all'' the places you're planning to visit, no changes allowed, unless you get a new one in a main town.  Whenever you arrive in a new town in Papua, you have to get your permit stamped at the police station.  Make lots of copies, you'll need them for hotels and such.
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Despite the claims of some embassies to the contrary, no permits are required for travel ''to'' Papua.  It's best not to mention Papua at all when applying for a visa.
  
 
===By plane===
 
===By plane===
  
Nearly all travellers arrive by plane. The main gateways are [[Biak]], [[Manokwari]] and [[Jayapura]], although there are also limited flights to [[Fakfak]] and [[Sorong]]. Only Garuda has direct flights from [[Jakarta]] to capital [[Jayapura]]; all other carriers, including Air Efata, Batavia Air and Lion Air, fly circuitous routes with stops at intermediate cities like [[Makassar]] (Ujung Panjang).
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Nearly all travellers arrive by plane. The main gateways are [[Biak]], [[Manokwari]] and [[Jayapura]], although there are also limited flights to [[Fakfak]], [[Sorong]] and [[Timika]]. Only Garuda has direct flights from [[Jakarta]] to capital [[Jayapura]]; all other carriers, including Merpati, Batavia Air and Lion Air, fly circuitous routes with stops at intermediate cities like [[Denpasar]] (Bali) [[Makassar]] (Ujung Panjang).
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*'''Susi Air''' [http://www.susiair.com] to local destinations across Papua. +62 811 211 3080
  
Pelni boats also stop at Jaypura and Farfak , amoungst other destinations. This is a relaxing and interesting way to arrive if you have the time.
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===By boat===
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Pelni boats also stop at Jayapura and Farfak , amoungst other destinations. This is a relaxing and interesting way to arrive if you have the time.
  
There are no buses to the Papuan Border. Car or motorbike hire for some of the distance is required.
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===By land===
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The only land border crossing between Papua and Papua New Guinea open to foreigners is on the north coast between [[Jayapura]] and [[Vanimo]] (PNG). There is no public transport across, so car or motorbike hire for some of the distance is required.  Advance visas are required.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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Papua's main cities are not connected by road, and flying is the only practical option for covering longer distances.  Boat charter for river travel is surprisingly expensive, the price going from US$50/day for a simple canoe to a whopping US$500/day (incl. gas) for a motorized outboard.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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Native Papuan food usually consists of boar with tubers such as sweet potato.
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
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==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
  
The '''Free Papua Movement''' (''Operasi Papua Merdeka'' or ''OPM'') continues to operate throughout Papua and all of Papua's major cities have seen violently suppressed riots. The OPM has also kidnapped Western hostages on two occasions, although their targets are mining company employees and Indonesian security personnel, not tourists. Travel permits (''surat jalan'') are required for travel beyond the major cities; they can be obtained at [[Jayapura]] and [[Biak]]. Some parts are off-limits to all visitors and journalists of any stripe are not welcome.
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The '''Free Papua Movement''' (''Operasi Papua Merdeka'' or ''OPM'') continues to operate throughout Papua and all of Papua's major cities have seen violently suppressed riots. The OPM has also kidnapped Western hostages on two occasions, although their targets are mining company employees and Indonesian security personnel, not tourists.  
  
 
Large '''saltwater crocodiles''' can be encountered in all low-lying waterways and beaches.
 
Large '''saltwater crocodiles''' can be encountered in all low-lying waterways and beaches.
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Revision as of 01:17, 17 July 2012

Papua, also known as Western New Guinea and formerly Irian Jaya, is the easternmost part of Indonesia. It comprises the western half of the island of New Guinea, the world's largest and highest tropical island, while the eastern half is the independent country of Papua New Guinea.

For other places with the same name, see Papua (disambiguation).

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, ranges from Papua's southwest coast to its central mountains.

This Wikitravel region covers the entire Indonesian half of the island of New Guinea, not just the Indonesian province of Papua.


Contents

Regions

The Indonesian half of New Guinea has, somewhat controversially, been divided into two provinces since 2003.

West Papua (Papua Barat)

Papua

Cities

Other destinations

Understand

History

Originally a Dutch colony like the rest of Indonesia, West Papua held elections in 1959 and the elected council took office in 1961, in preparation for full independence. However, the Dutch handed the area over to a UN temporary administration, who in turned gave it over to Indonesia in 1963. The controversial plebiscite known as the Act of Free Choice , held in 1969, resulted in an improbable 100% vote in favor of joining Indonesia. The region, renamed first as Irian Barat (West Irian) and then Irian Jaya (Glorious Irian) has been under heavy Indonesian military control ever since, with the outgunned Free Papua Movement (Operasi Papua Merdeka or OPM) fighting for independence.

The name Papua was restored in 2000 in a sop to the nationalists. The province was split into two in 2003 in a highly controversial move, with the Bird's Head Peninsula and surrounding islands becoming West Papua (Papua Barat). A further split, to create a third Central Papua province, was abandoned due to fierce opposition.

Culture

Comprising the western half of the island of New Guinea, the world's largest and highest tropical island, Papua is incredibly diverse and different from the rest of Indonesia (or, for that matter, anywhere else in the world). Despite of a population of under three million, Papua is home to over 250 languages and retains many traditional cultures that were until very recently "still in the Stone Age". Cannibalism and headhunting were practiced in some areas until the 1970s or later.

Terrain and ecology

A vital tropical rainforest with the tallest tropical trees and vast biodiversity, Papua's known forest fauna includes marsupials (including possums, wallabies, tree-kangaroos, cuscuses), other mammals (including the endangered Long-beaked Echidna), many bird species (including birds of paradise, cassowaries, parrots, cockatoos), the world's longest lizards (Papua monitor) and the world's largest butterflies. The island has an estimated 16,000 species of plant, 124 genera of which are endemic.

The extensive waterways and wetlands of Papua are also home to salt and freshwater crocodile

Large parts of the equatorial glacier fields in the highlands remain largely unexplored. Protected areas within Papua province include the Lorentz National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Wasur National Park, a RAMSAR wetland of international importance.

Talk

Get in

Travel permits (surat jalan) are required for all travel in Papua beyond the main coastal towns. The list changes randomly, but Jayapura and Biak are generally permit-free, and Sentani, Manokwari and Sorong are usually fine. Permits are mostly easily acquired in Jayapura and Biak, where they're usually obtainable in one day, although they are usually available at the other non-permit towns as well. Two passport photos and a token administration fee (Rp. 5000 or so) are required.

The permit must list all the places you're planning to visit, no changes allowed, unless you get a new one in a main town. Whenever you arrive in a new town in Papua, you have to get your permit stamped at the police station. Make lots of copies, you'll need them for hotels and such.

Despite the claims of some embassies to the contrary, no permits are required for travel to Papua. It's best not to mention Papua at all when applying for a visa.

By plane

Nearly all travellers arrive by plane. The main gateways are Biak, Manokwari and Jayapura, although there are also limited flights to Fakfak, Sorong and Timika. Only Garuda has direct flights from Jakarta to capital Jayapura; all other carriers, including Merpati, Batavia Air and Lion Air, fly circuitous routes with stops at intermediate cities like Denpasar (Bali) Makassar (Ujung Panjang).

  • Susi Air [1] to local destinations across Papua. +62 811 211 3080

By boat

Pelni boats also stop at Jayapura and Farfak , amoungst other destinations. This is a relaxing and interesting way to arrive if you have the time.

By land

The only land border crossing between Papua and Papua New Guinea open to foreigners is on the north coast between Jayapura and Vanimo (PNG). There is no public transport across, so car or motorbike hire for some of the distance is required. Advance visas are required.

Get around

Papua's main cities are not connected by road, and flying is the only practical option for covering longer distances. Boat charter for river travel is surprisingly expensive, the price going from US$50/day for a simple canoe to a whopping US$500/day (incl. gas) for a motorized outboard.

See

Itineraries

Do

Wear a koteka - the traditional Dani dress for men.

Eat

Native Papuan food usually consists of boar with tubers such as sweet potato.

Drink

Stay safe

The Free Papua Movement (Operasi Papua Merdeka or OPM) continues to operate throughout Papua and all of Papua's major cities have seen violently suppressed riots. The OPM has also kidnapped Western hostages on two occasions, although their targets are mining company employees and Indonesian security personnel, not tourists.

Large saltwater crocodiles can be encountered in all low-lying waterways and beaches.

Malaria is endemic to the province. Precautions are highly recommended.

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