- 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Jayapura is the capital and largest city in Papua, Indonesia. It is situated on the island of New Guinea on a slope overlooking the bay. The city has been known in the past as Hollandia (1910-1962), Kota Baru (1962-1963), and even Sukarnopura (1963-1968). Among ethnic Papuans, it is also known as Port Numbai, the former name before the arrival of immigrants. The literal meaning of Jayapura is ‘City of Victory’. The reason for that name is that Suharto, the second president of Indonesia, wanted to mention his victories while fighting Operation Trikora against the Netherlands during Indonesia’s struggle against colonialism. In 1942, the northern part of Dutch New Guinea was occupied by Japanese forces. The area served as General Douglas MacArthur’s headquarters until the conquest of the Philippines in 1945. In 1945, the Dutch made Hollandia the capital of Netherlands New Guinea. The city retained the name of Jayapura when Indonesia took control. As Jayapura is in a very remote and isolated part of the world, resources (transportation and guides) are scarce and may not be of the standards you are used to - patience and understanding is essential.
Papua, West New Guinea or formerly Irian Jaya, is a land of apocalypse, where the earth dances, the mountains speak, the doors of the spirit open, and men are shaken by obscure trances. Experience the culture, customs, beautiful scenery, and warm and friendly Papua people during your visit.
From the port embark non- air-conditioned local transportation for your tour of Jayapura and surroundings. A 30-minute drive brings you to Lake Sentani jetty where you then board a local style wooden boat for a one-hour journey on the tranquil waters of Lake Santani. Upon reaching Assey Village, a traditional tribal village, be welcomed by a traditional cultural performance and see local carvings and bark paintings. Re-embark the local boat for the 30-minute return cruise to the jetty.
Discover the vast collection of Papauan artifacts and tribal art at the Loka Budaya Museum. Some of the exhibitions were funded by donations from the philanthropic Rockefeller family, in commemoration of Michael Rockefeller who disappeared in 1961 during an art-collecting expedition to the Asmat region of Papua.