Tourism of Indonesia
Ready to Go to Jayapura City
Planning to go on a tour or travelling, we definitely want a smooth trip, comfortable accommodation, cheap hotels, good food, cheap plane tickets, close to everywhere, and can rent a motorbike or car.
In Jayapura City, there is natural beauty and unique culture of the local community. There are many uniqueness, starting from the village (desa), sub-district (kecamatan), district (kabupaten) and provincial levels.
In Indonesia, each province has different and interesting characteristics. Each province has a different and unique culture and lifestyle.
Jayapura is the capital city of Papua Province with more than 100,000 population. The residents of this city come from many parts of Indonesia, so this is city has multicultural nuance.
Jayapura is located in East Papua and the starting point for many travelers wanting to make the adventurous journey into the interior of Papua.
The government is taking good care of the preservation of nature and maintaining the condition of the forest.
The environment is also well maintained.
Visiting Jayapura City, we will witness routine community activities in unique traditional cultures. And there are special dishes and food as part of culinary tours that are delicious and yummy.
In this place there are also regular events or activities held every year, both national and international.
Visitors come here to travel for all kinds of adventures. This is where you can begin your trek into the remote Baliem Valley, or conduct sustainable crocodile conservation study for your thesis, or prepare to capture the magic of Lake Sentani and its culture on camera.
On a lush hill stands a red-and-white communication tower which is the best place to to view the town. While this may not be the most exciting activity to do in Papua, it’s a good way to get your bearings and discover just how large is this region.
Jayapura is after all, only a gateway to your extraordinary journey into one of the largest islands on the planet.
Acting as the hub for travelers seeking to explore Papua and a hub to other parts of Indonesia, Jayapura is used to travelers and is always ready to welcome visitors.
This is the place to come and begin your exotic Papuan adventure, taking in the culture and the landscape of an untouched world.
For those who want to experience the pristine ocean and diverse marine life of this region, Tanah Merah Bay, located 60 kilometers from Jayapura is ideal for snorkeling.
This is also a great location for scuba diving with World War II shipwrecks to explore at reachable depths. You’ll have to bring your own gear with you.
Diving is also possible at Pasir Enam Bay, a few minutes from Jayapura by boat or an hour stroll along walkway from Angkasa II, an expatriate neighborhood.
The Museum Negeri and University of Cendrawasih Museum display a collection of unique Papuan artifacts and cultural items.
These museums exhibit artifacts from all over Papua as well as historical items from the Dutch colonial period. Souvenir stands here sell recent carvings and craft items. These museums are open from 8 am to 1 pm Monday through Friday.
Danau Sentani or Sentani Lake is a magnificent lake, covering over 96 square kilometers. This massive lake has 19 islands scattered within it as well as numerous fishing villages built on its edges.
The lake is especially beautiful at dawn and dusk so if you do visit here, don’t forget your camera.
Climb to the top of Mount Ifar and experience some breathtaking views of Danau Senantani. Here you can also visit the General McArthur Monument.
It is out of Sentani, a nicely paved road twists upward for around 6 kilometers. From this height, Lake Sentani is an astonishing view.
Legend has it that this was the spot where General Macarthur sat to contemplate his WW2 strategies. This was where the General came up with his island-hopping tactic as he gazed over the 22 islands below.
Take a relaxing paddle and canoe over Lake Sentani. The water here is very calm and dotted by no less than 24 island villages, rich with Sentani style crafts.
Crocodile farming is not an unusual occupation in Jayapura. Between Jayapura and Sentani, crocodile farms are home to crocs of all sizes used for conservation and breeding.
If you’re willing to indulge in an exotic taste, you can even try crocodile meat while you’re in Jayapura.
The Lake Sentani Cultural Festival is a major attraction in the region. The upcoming festival is from June 19-23, 2010 in Kalkote, Sentani.
During the festival, a staged war dance on boats provides a spectacular attraction for visitors. Several lake villages from all over Papua and Indonesia send representatives to participate in the show to display their skills and cultural similarities.
The journey to Jayapura City is now very easy. We can enter through various modes of transportation.
The condition of the infrastructure is getting better. Starting from highways, airports, trails, ports, bridges, stairs, even some places can be reached by toll roads.
Access to go to Jayapura City:
As a capital city of a vast province, Jayapura is well connected to many large cities in Indonesia by air and by sea.
If you are flying it is advisable to always double-check your flight details with your airline since there is a distressing tendency to overbook seats.
All flights land and take off at Sentani Airport, located around 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Jayapura.
Outside the airport, minibuses wait for passengers going to Jayapura. Prices vary widely so make sure you agree to a price before you get in.
Garuda flies to Biak, Makassar, Surabaya, and Jakarta daily. It also flies on selected days to Sorong, Menado, Denpasar Bali, and Ambon. More information is available at the Garuda office on Jalan Percetakan no. 2. Phone +62 967 21220
MAF (The Missionary Aviation Fellowship – Protestant) Office is located next to the Sentani air terminal. Its schedule is set based on the church’s requirements.
This airline provides services primarily for missionaries whose needs take priority. If you fly MAF, the airline will take into account your body weight, including your luggage.
MAF does run chartered flights into the interior of the island. To organize a chartered flight contact MAF two months before your date of departure, and then double check a couple of weeks before your arrival. The office is at harbor road, past the Bank of Indonesia. Call its representative at +62 967 21264.
AMA (The American Missionary Alliance) is the Roman Catholic version of MAF. Please call the officer at +62 967 21925. The office is located at Jalan Sam Ratulangi no. 3, P.O. Box 523, Jayapura.
Pelni Liners Office is located on Jalan Halmahera no. 1. Their telephone number is +62 967 21270. It has the Umsini, a 2,400-passenger German-built ship going to Jakarta and points between every 15 days. Five different classes are available in the ship. Please check the officer for current price list.
The town is small in size, so you can visit many places easily on foot. However, if you intend to visit Sentani and the beaches on the outskirts of town, it might be best to try public transport.
The public transport terminal is there just across the post office. Angkot (public minibus) is convenient and quite economical.
Chartered minibus (the taxi) is another option but requires bargaining skills. Again, be sure that to agree to a price before you depart.
We can visit by plane, car, ship, bus, motorcycle and bicycle. At some point, we can take the train. We can also walk freely.
In Jayapura City, as technology getting better. We can easily find locations for mini markets, shops (warung kedai), ATMs, Bank BRI BCA BNI Mandiri, BTPN Bank Nagari BJB, supermarkets, and restaurants. So we will not starve or lack the necessary items.
Suggestion before visiting Jayapura City:
Many visitors come to Jayapura to get their travel permit from the police station, the Surat Jalan, half-hour for the officers to finish the permit, during which time you can wait or go for a short stroll in the area.
Money can be changed in Expor-Impor Bank on Jalan Ahmad Yani. The bank will exchange your U.S. dollars, Australian dollars, Yen, Deutsche Marks, Pound Sterling, and Swiss Francs. TC is also accepted.
If you are planning on traveling further inland, remember to stock up on rupiah as the banks in other places of the region may offer expensive exchange rates.
In case of medical emergency, go to Puskesmas (community health clinic) on Jalan Ahmad Yani.
Eat only well-cooked food in the highlands when you are on overnight treks.
Newspapers like Newsweek, Time, and other English language newspapers are only available at Ayumas Irian Jaya Shop, across the street from the movie house on Jalan Irian.
If you are sick and need help, you can also visit clinics, drugstore pharmacies (apotek), practice doctors, hospitals, and health centers (puskesmas).
In this place we can also look for places of worship such as mosques, churches, and others.
Finding place to stay in Jayapura City is very easy. We can stay at homestays, hotels, inns, hostels and other places.
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Experience and Reviews
There are already many visitors have visited Jayapura City, there are many interesting stories that are told. Like feeling satisfied, happy, wanting to come again, sleep well, and almost no one is disappointed or complains to come here.
So, visitors will find out on how to find the best hotels, where is exactly located, why it is amazing, how much is the fare and rate, who are the people, whom to ask, and when is the best time to visit.
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