Irian Jaya : Main City
Jayapura is the capital and the biggest city of this easternmost province.
It is a neat and pleasant city, built on the slope of a hill overlooking
the bay. There are some places that you can visit around the city. The
Irian Jaya Museum, offers exhibits on a great variety of traditional
equipements, historical and archeological relics, art artifacts and artists'
tools, ceramics and pottery, as well as a collection of books in the museum's
library.Abepura (between Jayapura and Sentani), is the best place
for ethnographic pieces and Asmat arts from Rockefeller Foundation.
A short trip from Jayapura, Lake Sentani is one of the biggest
lakes and still virtually untouched by tourism. The people who call the
shores of this magnificent lake home still live in a traditional manner,
and are renowned for their woodworking and pottery. You can cross to the
Apayo island, where the local people make bark paintings. The crocodile
farm is also a popular destination for tourists Irian Jaya souvenirs
are sold in the Hamadi market.
Wamena is the regency's capital of Baliem
, it is 45 minutes flight from Jayapura and it is the only town in the
valley. In this small town , you'll view extraordinary mixture of culture
and customes - of Dani tribesmen, Minangs, Javanese, Ambonese. Wamena's
market, bustling with farmers selling produce, it the town's premier attraction.
There are statues of Dani warriors here, penis gourds pointing proudly
upward. This town is a Dani's handicrafts marketing center. Restaurant
here are run by Javanese and Sumatrans.
Wamena is surrounded by native villages of the Dani. Nearest
villages may be reached on foot are Wauma, Sinatma, where the rope
hanging bridge is and Wesaput. More interesting villages, away from
Wamena, are Aikima, Suroba amd Jiwika.These villages may all be visited
in one day. At Sopahima, Jiwika neighborhood a preserved 250 years
old mummy can be seen.
Sorong is a big Pertamina oil and timber base, it lies at
the western tip of the Bird's Head. Doom Island, just 20 minutes away
across the Sorong Harbour is a nice place to visit. There's a trail aound
it, an hour's walk through villages and a graveyard. Explore
Pulau Salawati, one of the closest island, is home to the bird of
paradise and the giant sea turtle
Biak is also known as "city of coral". Biak was once the hoem
base for both Japanese and Allied Force during WW II. Beside .There are
over 40 islands around Biak, offering the beauty of sea garden, the most
well known are the Padaido and
Insubabi Islands There are some good beaches on this Island, the most
popular of which are Bosnik on the east coast, about 26 km from
the town which is good for swimming and skydiving. It is popular with
its beautiful white-sand beach with palm rees from here you can see the
17 islands of the Owi group to the southeast. Near Bosnik is a bird park
featuring birds from Irian Jaya, including the bird of paradise.
On the north coast,40 km from Biak, the Bay of Korim is surrounded
by rocks and jungle, where one can watch young men dive for pearls. Near
Korim visit the Goa Nippon (Javanese
cave), where human skeleton are displayed. Supiori Island, just north
of Biak, has a wilderness reserve and traditional villages where visitors
Located on the south coast of Irian Jaya between the Baliem Valley in
the north east and the Asmat region in the south east, the town of Timika
was initially built to support the mining operations of PT Freeport Indonesia.
Timika is serviced by an international airport just five kilometers from
the town which caters to commercial and private air traffic. There are
regular flightsto and from Jayapura on the north coast, Denpasar - Bali
and from Makassar in Sulawesi, connecting to Jakarta.
Please note that all visitors must have a valid
travel document (surat jalan) for travel in Irian Jaya.
The lowland area from Timika to the coast is inhabited
by the Kamoro Tribe. Famous for their wood carvings and dance,
the culture of the Komoro is kept alive in the Kamoro Cultural Center
where visitor can see at first hand the sills required to create their
highly original works of art.
The additional attraction of one of the most spectacularly
located course in the world - a Par 72, 18 hole championship golf course,
designed by Coore & Crenshaw, make Timika a rare combination, an adventure
destination with world class facilities.
The people who live in Timika come from all over Indonesia
and offer a lively selection of food, goods, languages, and culture. A
visit to the local Komoro Art Center to see the making of local
handicrafts and woodcarving, river canoeing, jungle walks, bird watching,
and fishing trips can be arranged .
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