Indonesia is a hidden paradise for travelers, both local and foreign. Beaches and the beautiful mountain views in various parts of Indonesia is the popular tourist destination in the world. The large number of foreign tourists who started arriving at our various local tourist destinations made the local people start to participate in the building of infrastructure that makes new tourists destinations that will make the traveler feel comfortable. One of Indonesia’s regional charm is Papua, which since 2003 has been divided into 2 provinces, namely Papua And West Papua.
The Tourist Destination In West Papua
As a province that located to the west of The island of Papua, this province has many interesting natural and cultural attractions. Lakes, beaches, mountains, and the nature reserves are sights that we can find in this province. This province is also a place that has many beaches which is also one of the most beautiful beaches not only in Indonesia but also in the world.
In Manokwari, there was a Japanese monument which was a warning for the landing of Japanese soldiers for the first time in Manokwari. There is also a uniques tradition of the surrounding population, namely calling the fish using whistles from coral. This tradition is still carried out on Bakaro Beach which is located on the north coast of Manokwari. One of the typical dishes of Manokwari and also West Papua is papeda, or often also referred to as sago porridge. Papeda made from sago flour that usually eaten as a substitute for rice and served with fish and yellow sauce made with cob and traditional spices. For snacks, we can try the plate sago which is usually served with coffee or tea.
There are many natural attractions and the various types of water tourism that can be seen around the Manokwari area. One of them is the Arfak mountain range which is a protected nature reserve, the local people want to make this place as one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Arfak mountain is the highest point in West Papua, with a height reaching 2,940 meters above the sea level. From the top of the Arfak Mountains, we can see the sights of Manokwari city. From this point, we may also see the mountain peaks covered with the snow in winter. Although we can be accompanied by the tour guide, we need to implement the regulation to climbing the mountain.
In this mountain, there are also twin lakes. According to the local stories, the twin lakes were formed from the love story of two people who perpetuated themselves into the two lakes. In each lake, it is also said that there are dragons which male and female. Therefore, based on the story of the existence of the two dragons, the local people believe that the twins lake also has male and female. The local people named the lake with Anggi Ginji and Anggi Gita.
Wondiwoy Nature Reserve
this place is very suitable for you those who want to take a walk or trekking calmly while enjoying the scenery, not just relax on the beach. This Wondiwoy Nature Reserve is the right place for those of us who like to take walk in nature and enjoy the fresh air not too far from the city of Manokwari, the Wondiwoy Mountain Reserve has more than 145 species of fauna and flora. From that nature reserve, we can also enjoy the stunning views of the Cendrawasih Bay and the Wandamen Bay, although it is difficult to achieve, because we have to board a Cessba aircraft to reach the center of this nature reserve, but the scenery and diversity of flora and fauna is worthed to take the journey.
Raja Ampat is the most popular place in West Papua. I believe that all the people in the world were heard about the beauty of Raja Ampat. Raja Ampat was originally a unit with Sorong Regency until it becomes the Raja Ampat district in 2004. The islands with beautiful underwater views are known to many local and foreign tourists and included as one of the world’s heritage sites with the most beautiful scenery in the world. One of the highlights of Raja Ampat island is its prehistoric heritage that located in Misool cluster.