Stone Age sanctuary
Papua is most famous for its turquoise waters, and marine wonders. 70% of the known coral species on the planet are found only in Papua. Many of the fish and crustacean species in these waters are also unique to Papua. Comprising of 600 islands, the Raja Ampat archipelago is a marvel. If you want long white sand beaches with beautiful coral reefs and crystal clear water, then look no further on the world map. If you love wilderness, you will find vast expanses of tropical rainforest here.
You will also find the highest point between the Himalayas and the Andes, rising to almost 5000 metres above sea level and covered in snow. In terms of culture, you can see the fantastic tribal dances of the Dani in the rugged Baliem Valley and perhaps come face-to-face the 250-year-old mummy there. Or you can witness a mock battle and participate in a traditional pig feast. Ancient cave paintings, Asmat tribal art and more treasures can be found in one of the last great untouched spots left in Indonesia and, indeed, possibly the world.
Stone Age sanctuary
The Raja Ampat archipelago consists of some 600 Islands and islets that straddle the equator in the area off the “Birds Head”, the extreme northern tip of Papua.
Literally translated Raja Ampat means ‘the Four Kings’ and the name dates back to the time that the islands were ruled from the North Moluccan sultanates of Ternate and Tidore.
Wayag Island is one of the islands within the Raja Ampat district in the province of West Papua. The island is known for its beautiful atolls and amazing underwater life covering a total area of 155,000 hectares, about 383,013.3 acres.
The Dani are one of the most well-known ethnic groups in Papua, due to the relatively numerous tourists who visit the Baliem Valley area where they predominate. "Ndani" is the name given to the Baliem Valley people by the Moni people, and, while they don't call themselves Dani.
Lake Sentani is a tropical, shallow, and at low-altitude open lake located at the northeast extremity of the Jayapura Regency in the Indonesian province of Papua, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the provincial capital, Jayapura City.