Papua, located in Indonesia’s easternmost area, boasts outstanding natural beauty wrapped in particular cultural traditions. As Indonesia’s biggest island, it’s hardly unexpected that Papua boasts a plethora of natural attractions.
In addition to the island’s beauty and beaches, Papua has numerous natural attractions such as lakes, hills, and waterfalls that are ready to welcome us while on vacation to Papua. So, what are the natural tourism options in Papua?
Here are 5 popular natural tourist destinations in Papua that must be visited:
Raja Ampat Islands
Even if you have never visited this lovely tourist attraction, you may be familiar with it. The Raja Ampat Islands are well-known among both domestic and international tourists. The Raja Ampat Islands are one of four island groups found in the western part of Papua Island. Raja Ampat is made up of four big islands: Waigeo, Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and the smaller islands that surround them.
Well this place is also included in the 10 best places to dive in the world. Therefore, Raja Ampat is really suitable for those of you who want to explore the beauty of the underwater world. There are approximately 450 types of beautiful coral reefs, 700 types of mollusks, up to 1500 species of sea turtles. Among the many types of fish in Raja Ampat, the Eviota king fish is the endemic fish in Raja Ampat. The best time to dive is in October-November, because in these months the water conditions are very clear so you can more clearly see the underwater biota.
Cendrawasih Bay National Park
The Cendrawasih National Park area is well-known for the rich flora and fauna that live in that place. Almost 90% of the area is water. The diversity of fauna includes 200 species of coral reefs, 196 species of molluscs, 209 species of fish, 37 species of birds, 5 species of reptiles, and 3 species of mammals. Water covers over 90% of the land area. There are 200 species of coral reefs, 196 species of mollusks, 209 species of fish, 37 species of birds, 5 species of reptiles, and 3 species of mammals among the fauna.
There are other small islands as well, including Yoop Island, Numfor Island, and Mioswaar Island. Even though this is a government protected area, you can still visit it to see the ecosystem’s richness. There is also a cave with hot springs. For this reason, many foreign tourists stop by here to enjoy the natural beauty of Cendrawasih Bay.
Lake Sentani is another popular natural tourism site in Papua. The lake, which is located on the slopes of the Cycloop natural reserve at a height of 75 meters above sea level, is so lovely that tourists who visit might feel comfortable due to the impression of a nice fresh air.
Tourists can enjoy the splendor of Lake Sentani from the top of Teletubies Hill in addition to riding a boat around the lake. The shimmering water of Lake Sentani can be seen from the top of this hill, which is very beautiful.
Paniai Lake is located in the Central Mountains of Papua’s Paniai Regency. Lake Paniai covers an area of 14,500 hectares and is surrounded by unusually chilly air due to its altitude of 1,700 meters above sea level.
The natural beauty of the area around the lake has been properly preserved. Lake Paniai boasts pure blue water that is home to a variety of fish and freshwater biota. Because of the cliffs that surround Lake Paniai, the sunset view in the afternoon looks like a wonderful picture.
Discussing the wealth of marine tourism in Papua is indeed endless, one of which is Harlem Beach. Storing stunning natural beauty, it’s no wonder that Harlem Beach is predicted to be a small paradise in Papua.
Located in Jayapura Regency, Papua, Harlem Beach has beautiful natural scenery like a painting. The sea water at Harlem Beach is very clear, making it easier for tourists to see the underwater beauty from the beach. Furthermore, the beauty of the sunset adds to the good atmosphere.
So, where do you want to go on your Papua vacation?