Promoting Tourism Development in West Papua Coastal Communities

West Papua

Coastal areas are transitional between land areas and sea waters. West Papua has many coastal areas with superior potential to develop towards the sea.

They are starting from fisheries and seaweed cultivation to pearl shells and tourism.

Water Surfing Tourism at Abasi Beach

The capital of West Papua Province is Manokwari. The city is located along the coastline inside Dore Bay. There are many attractions around Manokwari.

One of them is Abasi Beach. This beach is located at the eastern end of Manokwari and is famous as a water-surfing.

Every year, from October to March, foreign tourists from various countries visit Abasi Beach to enjoy water surfing. They usually bring their surfboards.

At Abasi Beach Manokwari, residents own houses as places to stay for foreign tourists.

The house is simple, so that it can be categorize as a homestay. There is a resident who can speak English, which can help communication between foreign tourists.

Mubri Bay Sand Beach Tourism 

For travellers who like beach trips, they should try Mubri Bay, located in North Manokwari District.

Mubri Beach is a tourist destination that is still hidden but will open by the community of Ulayat rights owners.

Not surprisingly, Papua is one of the tourist warehouses in the country. The land of Papua always has exciting tourist destinations for local and foreign tourists to visit.

As well as marine tourism such as Raja Ampat, leatherback turtle tourism has been worldwide.

Besides, West Papua also has white sand tourism in downtown Manokwari and other million new places not yet widely known to tourists. One of them is a promising tourist attraction, Mubri Bay.

The beach has a reasonably high tourist destination and still holds a million attractive potentials that still need to be better manage by the local community.

The beach is plan to be open by indigenous people who own customary rights and made into a sand beach tourist spot.

Jeen Womon Beach in Tembrauw

The beauty of this West Papua tourist attraction is equal to the Raja Ampat tourist area. Jeen Womom Beach is one of the three areas that are the habitat of leatherback turtles worldwide.

The other two habitat areas are the third largest leatherback turtles in the world. On Jeen Womom Beach, throughout 2017,

There were 1,240 leatherback turtle nests found on the coast, quoted to World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) data.

The leatherback turtle’s characteristics are its large size with a back that reaches 1.2-4 meters.

Unlike other sea turtle species, the leatherback turtle does not have a hard carapace, and the shape of its back resembles a star fruit with sharp threads.

Interestingly, at Jeen Womom Beach, only female leatherback turtles are find.

Meanwhile, the leatherback turtles land in Tambrauw because the sand is soft, making it suitable for the giant turtles to lay their eggs.

The age of leatherback turtles that lay eggs in Jeen Womom is around 15-30 years.

Klawalu Sorong Mangrove Park

This tourist spot is called the first mangrove tourist park in Cendrawasih Earth. This tourist park can be reach by driving for about 17 minutes from Eduard Osok Airport Sorong.

Various activities can be done in this tourist park, including exploring the coastline by boat,

Enjoying the natural panorama from the viewing tower, walking along the colorful bridge, and taking photos at the spots that have been provided.

Klawalu Sorong Mangrove Park will also have a bicycle path currently under construction.

If you want to bring souvenirs before going home, tourists can buy creative economy products such as sinagi or sago-based crackers, telang flower tea, and nipah salt.

West Papua is not only home to Raja Ampat. The province has many coastal tourist destinations. Unfortunately, many of them have not optimally manage and promote.