The Indonesian side of the island of New Guinea is called Papua. This wild island is covered in inaccessible tropical rainforest for the most part and is home to many diverse animal and bird species as well as indigenous tribes whose traditions have remained unchanged through time. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lorentz National Park, is the only protected area in the world to incorporate a continuous, intact transect from snowcap to tropical marine environment, including extensive lowland wetlands. Located at the meeting-point of two colliding continental plates, the area has a complex geology with ongoing mountain formation as well as major sculpting by glaciation. The area also contains fossil sites which provide evidence of the evolution of life on New Guinea, a high level of endemism and the highest level of biodiversity in the region.
Jayapura is the capital city and is the gateway to travelling around the area. There is plenty to do during your transit in the city including a boat tour on the beautiful Lake Sentani where nature meets culture or a visit to the Cendrawasih Museum for those more historically minded.
Many visitors travel to the highlands to experience the Dani tribe who live traditionally in the natural beauty of the Waimena Valley. This is truly a unique experience.
Off the west coast of Papua are the islands of the 4 Kings known as Raja Ampat. This is the centre of all marine biodiversity in the world and a must for divers and snorkelers. You can travel around the islands by liveaboard or stay in one of the resorts against the backdrop of the famous limestone karst formations in the area.