Papua is a beautiful part of Indonesia full of tribal traditions that span thousands of years. The roads are limited so people often travel by air or water. It is an amazing place to get up close with tribes and appreciate the local way of life. A great stop off destination during your stay are the Raja Ampat Islands, fast earning a reputation as one of Indonesia’s hottest new travel destinations. This remote cluster of islands has breath taking scenery, idyllic beaches and an underwater environment second to none. Dubbed the ‘Amazon of the world’s reefs’ Raja Ampat is located in the famed Coral Triangle, said to be among the planet’s most biodiverse marine ecosystems. The archipelago constitutes four major islands and 1000's of islets and limestone karst outcrops covered with rainforest vegetation. Dotted amid temperate aquamarine seas teeming with life. it is home to a staggering 75% of the world’s coral species (some found nowhere else on earth) as well as myriad other ocean creatures - including manta rays, sea horses, turtles, dugongs and an array of tropical fish.
Airport: Wamena Airport.
Local Language: up to 1,100 languages are spoken in this country.
Fun Fact: Papua is one of the few places left in the world where local tribes still wear traditional attire.
If you like things stripped back to the basics and want an adventure then this is a great place to go. Papua provides culture, stunning views and fantastic hikes. Papua will give you a sense of appreciation for the beauty of nature and the simpler things in life.
Baliem Valley Festival- August
This 3 day festival is a rare chance to learn first hand about the local tribal traditions. The festival carries out a mock war and tribes travel from afar to meet up. Each tribe wears different attire. The festival also contains a pig feast, traditional costumes and Dani music. There are also pig races, spear throwing and archery competitions. There are a lot of tourists with cameras which can sometimes take away from the atmosphere a little, but it is well worth a visit.
Pig Feasts and Warrior dances- All year round
Pig Feasts and warrior dances can be performed all year round in Anemangi by the Dani tribe. Just ask and we can add it on to your tour. Its a great chance to watch local traditions and spend time with such an interesting group of people.
Rainfall and temperature is fairly consistent all year round. Temperatures average 25°C . April to December are great months for exploring and hiking. October to March has great diving conditions especially on the Raja Ampat Islands. The big festival in Baliem is held in August, so is very crowded and prices are increased.