West Papua is a province of Indonesia, located at the western end of the island of New Guinea. It includes the Raja Ampat archipelago with over 1500 islands. West Papua has an area of 140000 kmĀ² and a population of 880000 inhabitants. Only a bit over 51% of the population is of Papuan origin; the remainder consists of people coming from other parts of Indonesia.
Geographically West Papua includes a mountain range with 3000m high peaks in the north and extensive plains in the south; at the western end are the islands of the Raja Ampat archipelago.
West Papua has been settled since prehistoric times. The Europeans arrived first at the beginning of the 16th century, when the Portuguese and the Spanish first explored the region. The Dutch arrived in the 17th century and initially recognised the Sultan of Tidore as the ruler of New Guinea. Soon after that however the Dutch incorporated West Papua into the Dutch east Indies.
How to get to West Papua
The primary access point through which visitors reach West Papua is the city of Sorong, which has an own airport. Another airport is in Manokwari, the regional capital
At the moment hotels are concentrated in the areas most visited by tourists, i.e. primarily in Raja Ampat and the major cities. Most hotels are bookable via the international booking portals.
01 Jetty 02 Bay 03 Mangroves 04 Plankway 05 Sea rocks at low tide
06 Wooden staircase to viewpoint 07 Wooden staircase to viewpoint 08 View of bays and islets from viewpoint
09 Panoramic view of islands 10 Bay 11 View of bays and islets from viewpoint
12 Bay 13 Rainforest 14 Rainforest 15 Rainforest 16 Shops near jetty
17 Jetty 18 Sea stack 19 View of bays and islets from viewpoint
20 Panoramic view of islands 21 Pianemo island 22 Rocks and bays 23 Rocks and bays
24 Panoramic view of islands 25 Coral bay 26 Bay 27 Coral bay
28 Coral bay 29 Rock path to viewpoint 30 Rock path to viewpoint
01 Waigeo bay
02 Doberai Eco resort 03 Doberai Eco resort
04 Forest-covered islet 05 Forest-covered islet 06 Rainforest on Gam island 07 Rainforest on Gam island 08 Rainforest on Gam island
09 Rainforest on Gam island 10 Rainforest on Gam island 11 Rainforest on Gam island 12 Rainforest on Gam island
13 Beach on Mansuar island 14 Mansuar island 15 Mansuar island jetty 16 Mansuar island
17 Mansuar island 18 Kri island
19 Mansuar island jetty 20 Kri island sand strip
21 Kri island homestay 22 Kri island village 23 Kri island
24 Kri island
25 Kri island
26 Kri and Mansuar islands 27 Kri island
28 Kri and Mansuar islands 01 People on Waigeo ferry
02 Ferry in Waisai harbour 03 Boar
04 Waigeo resort jetty 05 Waigeo resort jetty 06 Three men in Waisai 07 Agung Waisai mosque
08 Beach street 09 Beach street 10 Gate to Waisai beach 11 Boats on Waisai river 12 Waisai river
13 Waisai river 14 Boats on Waisai river 15 Waisai food market 16 Waisai food market 17 Waisai food market
18 Waisai tourist boat harbour 19 Coastal road 20 Ferry in Waisai harbour 21 Ferries in Waisai harbour
01 Airport 02 Sorong mall 03 Bank Papua
04 Ahmad Yani street 05 Ahmad Yani street 06 Ahmad Yani street 07 Emaus catholic church
08 Tropical rainforest 09 Raya Al-Akbar Sorong mosque
10 Ferry harbour
11 Water village
12 Ferry street 13 Airport departure hall 14 Airport departure hall
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