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20 Best Things to Do in Manokwari West Papua, Indonesia

by Yoga Adi

Papua is a pearl in the west side of Indonesia. Known for its natural beauty, Papua is the most demanded for natural tourism in Indonesia. In here, the exotic animals also exist. Making it the little paradise of the world. That’s why, many people come searching for its “treasure”. Beside that, mostly the attractions will cost nothing, so it would be a perfect place to spend time.

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So, what places you can find in here? What are those exotic places? What are the places included in the list of things to do in Manokwari West Papua Indonesia? Lets check it all the things to do in Manokwari below:

1. Bakaro Beach

The charm of West Papua Tourism stretches all over its beaches. One that attracts domestic and foreign tourists is Bakaro Beach in Manokwari District, West Papua. This beach is the same as the beaches in Papua which has white sand, clear water of blue and green. Bakaro Beach is 3 km to the White Sand Beach. Bakaro Beach is a very crowded beach visited by foreign visitors because this island looks very exotic with the scenery.

To reach to this beach, you can use four-wheeled vehicles and two-wheeled vehicles. On this beach, you can do activities such as fishing, swimming and enjoying the beautiful beaches. Formerly this beach is an uninhabited beach until finally Bakaro Village community opened the bushland and found the beach that has this natural beauty. Visiting Bakaro Beach will be a special thing for you, because before you get to the coastal beaches you will be taken walking along the green village of Bakaro Village and beautiful in every eye. Its definitely a good place to visit.

  • Entry ticket : Free!
  • Opening hours : No opening hours

2. Maruni Beach

Maruni beach with black sand charm and pebbles has unrivaled natural beauty. Clear water, black sand beaches shimmering like black diamonds if exposed to sunlight adds to the natural beauty of Maruni Beach. In addition, at this beach location you can do activities such as fishing, exploring Maruni marine area using the boat to swim to enjoy the beauty of Maruni under the sea.

Maruni beach is one of the beaches in the Papua region precisely in the area of ​​Manokwari the capital of West Papua. This beach can be reached either by four-wheeled vehicles or two wheels, where the journey that you have to travel is about 20 km from the center of Manokwari itself. What a good place, right?

  • Entry ticket : Free!
  • Opening hours : No opening hours

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3. Amban Beach

Amban Beach is one of the attractions in the form of beach located in Amban Village, Manokwari District, West Papua Province. This beach has a nature that is still beautiful because it has not been widely known by the tourists. The natural scenery on this beach is very exotic and will make everyone feels at home.

Although Amban Beach has black sand, but the charm of this beach is not inferior to other white sand beaches. The length of Amban Beach is about one kilometer and directly opposite the Pacific Ocean. This beach has a wave with a height of up to two meters and is suitable for surfing. But if you want to try to conquer the waves on this beach, you must bring your  own surfing equipment because there is no rental facility here. But after all, its a great place to visit.

  • Entry ticket : No entry ticket
  • Opening hours : Opens every time

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4. Yen Bebay Beach

This beach with white sand is one of the most visited tourist attractions. The uniqueness of this beach that you will not find on other beaches is the source of fresh water coming out of the rocks. Not only that, in addition to the stretch of white sand, this beach also has a stretch of coral rock that can be used for diving activities.

This beach is the most visited tourist attraction by the people of Manokwari. Why? Because Beach of Yen Bebai has some uniqueness that is rarely owned by other beaches. The uniqueness is that this beach has a source of ‘fresh water’ that flows swiftly and the water is very cool. The next uniqueness is that this beach has two kinds of speciality; Beach with beautiful white sand; As well as beache with beautiful expanses of coral reefs. So you can go dive (diving), swim, sunbathing, even you can feel the cool ground water coming out of the rock, you can enjoy everything on this beach, really good place.

  • Entry ticket : Free!
  • Opening hours : No opening hours

5. Mount Wondiwoy Reservation

Wondiwoy Mountains Nature Reserve is a great place for those of us who like to walk in nature and enjoy the fresh air. Not too far from the city, located 5 kilometers from Manokwari city, Wondiwoy Wonders Nature Reserve has 147 species of flora and fauna.

From nature reserves, we can also enjoy scenic views of Cendrawasih Bay and Wandamen Bay. Although to reach it is quite difficult, that is because we have to board a Cessna aircraft to reach the middle of this nature reserve, but the scenery and diversity of flora and fauna contained in it is comparable to the journey we take.

  • Entry ticket : For about Rp10.000,- to RP20.000,-
  • Opening hours : Opens from 07.00-17.00

6. Mount Meja

Taman Wisata Alam (TWA) The Meja Mountain is located in Manokwari city center of West Papua. This Nature Park has a major function for tourism and nature recreation, protection of life support system and development of diversity of plants, animals and uniqueness available in nature. In this place you can do fun activities such as trekking, hiking and other activities.

You will be pampered with view of the tropical forest flora which is very diverse and has a very natural beauty. This place is believed to have hundreds of species of trees, dozens of species of shrub, and as well as herbs. Such a good place.

  • Entry ticket : Rp5.000,-
  • Opening hours : Best to visit in the morning and afternoon (No opening hours)

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7. Mount Arfak

Arfak Mountains is the highest point in West Papua Province. These mountains are located on the northwest side of the Bird’s Head Peninsula. These mountains are popular areas for climbing and are part of Arfak Mountain. From the summit, Manokwari City can be seen.

The summit of the Arfak Mountains is temperate and dry with extreme heat, dry summer temperatures averaging below 95 ° F and light, humid wet temperatures averaging above 38 ° F. During the wet season, the tip of the iceberg usually exists and can sometimes be up to 33 ° F occasionally. Sometimes snow can fall at the top, but not every year.

The average amount of rain per year is about 45 inches. This mountain is part of the Arfak Mountains Nature Reserve, which is 680 square kilometers (260 sq mi) is a protected area that protects the Ecoregional Rainforest section of the Montane Vogelkop. This mountain is also the highest point in the metropolitan area of ​​Manokwari. So if you have hiking hobby, this is a great place to try.

  • Entry ticket : No entry ticket (Its free!)
  • Opening hours : Opens every time

8. Anggi Lake

Lake Anggi consisting of two large lakes is located in the nature reserve area of ​​Arfak mountains and located at an altitude of approximately 2,950 meters above sea level. To reach this Arfak tribe area, it takes about 3-4 hours journey by car with 4 wheel drive.

Must be with an off-road car because the road terrain to this place does have a fairly high level of difficulty. The dirt road with large boulders and rushing rivers that must be crossed into the situation faced when heading to Anggi lake.

Even not infrequently, the travelers who go to this lake will encounter landslides and hampered for several hours until the landslide can be overcome. Therefore, the usual off-road drivers passing this road will not leave when the rainy weather is less friendly. A little risky, but very beautiful.

  • Entry ticket : No admission ticket (but the cost to go there is about Rp350.000,-)
  • Opening hours : Opens every time

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9. Doreri Bay

The underwater world around Doreri Bay contains shipwrecks, is one of the best sites for shipwrecks in Indonesia. At Doreri Bay There are 3 small islands of Mansinam Island, Lemon Island, and Raimuti Island near Arfai Beach, which still has a collection of unique and beautiful coral reefs.

It is estimated there are more than 20 shipwrecks located there, but which can be seen clearly is 6. Like White Sand Wreck a type of naval patrol boat with a length of between 13-22 m, Pillbox Wreck a kind of cargo ship of ammunition carriers with a length of between 9-16 m, Cross Wreck patrol boat type, Mupi Wreck, Shinwa Maru a kind of cargo ship. Because of the unique yet wonderful underwater world in it, Doreri Bay made it to the list of 13 things to do in Manokwari West Papua Indonesia.

  • Entry ticket : Its free to visit it
  • Opening hours : The underwater world itself doesn’t have opening hours

10. Prafi Dam

Prafi Dam is located in Prafi District which is an artificial dam of the Ministry of Public Works, Directorate General of Water Resources through the Papua River Region. Throughout the journey, visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of the mountains and valleys which very beautiful. Fatigue visitors will be treated after getting to the Dam Prafi . Because not only describes the natural beauty around the dam, but also as a place to remove fatigue. Visitors are also allowed to bathe in this dam and take pictures with beautiful natural mountains and river backgrounds.

After tired of enjoying the beauty of the dam, visitors can rest for a moment by enjoying the food at Warung Sabar Menanti with 30 minutes travel time from the location of the dam. This stall in Prafi District presents a menu of grilled chicken with a variety of sambal and lalapan. Really nice place.

  • Entry ticket : Only Rp1.500,-
  • Opening hours : No opening hours

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11. Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat Islands Indonesia are a series of four adjacent island clusters located in the western part of the Bird’s Head (Vogelkoop) of Papua Island. Administratively, this cluster is under Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua Province. This islands are now the destination of divers who are interested in the beauty of underwater scenery. Four groups of islands are named according to the four largest islands, namely Waigeo Island, Misool Island, Salawati Island, and Batanta Island.

Raja Ampat Islands is a very potential place to serve as a tourist attraction, especially diving tours. The waters of the Raja Ampat Islands according to various sources, is one of the 10 best waters for diving sites around the world. In fact, it may also be recognized as number one for the completeness of underwater flora and fauna at this time. What a great place.

  • Entry ticket : About Rp1.500.000,-
  • Opening hours : No exact opening hours (You can come here any time you want, but keep looking at the boat departing schedule)

12. Cendrawasih Bay National Park

Cenderawasih Bay National Park, Wondama has been very popular among underwater nature lovers, especially lovers of diving activities. This place is the largest marine national park in Indonesia which 89.8% of its territory is the territorial waters of the oceans. Noted there are about 209 species of fish that inhabit this area. Among them are butterflyfish, angelfish, damselfish, parrotfish, rabbitfish, and anemonefish.

In addition, there are four types of turtles that often land in this national park that is hawksbill, green turtles, turtles and leatherback turtles. Even dugongs (dugongs), blue whales, coconut shells, dolphins and sharks are often seen in the waters of Cendrawasih Bay National Park. In addition to marine tourism, in this place there is also a natural cave which is a relic of ancient times, hot water source containing sulfur without salinity in Misowaar Island, water cave in Tanjung Mangguar. What a paradise.

  • Entry ticket : Rp15.000,- for domestic tourist, Rp 25.000,0 for foreign
  • Opening hours : Opens from 07.00-16.00

13. Tapurarang

The last spot in the 13 Things to Do in Manokwari West Papua Indonesia is Tapurarang. Tapurarang Site is an archaeological site that has the object of painting in the form of palms, eyes, soles of feet, dolphins, lizards, plants, leaves, human faces, to boomerang. Their paintings look ordinary, but describes the daily life of human beings. Their painting technique was quite unique. The image is made like spray. The ink is red and yellow. Then there is a patch of paint on the edge of each image. Because the color is similar to human blood, the local people call it a blood hand painting.

This painting can certainly have been there since very long, but the color is still maintained until today. This ancient site holds an unfolded mystery with a prehistoric painting that is on the rocks of a steep cliff. Its an unique place you must visit!

  • Entry ticket : Free!
  • Opening hours : Opens every time

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Other Wonderful Attractions in Manokwari

You can also visit these places to explore all of the great things to do in Manokwari West Papua, Indonesia.

14. Ayamaru Lake – Another wonderful lake to visit. Hidden in the west side of Papua

15. Anemun Waterfall – Beautiful waterfall which located in the West Papua

16. Pantai Kanoda – Another good beach in Manokwari

17. Tembok berlin – An unique spot to enjoy the sunset, while enjoying the sea food.

18. Kabori Lake – Great lake to visit in Manokwari

19. Mansinam Island – Perfect place for vacation with the whole family

20. Mubran Kaironi – A beautiful beach and also place for conservation, totally worth a visit.

That’s it, several the attractions in Manokwari, West Papua Indonesia. Actually, there’s more things to do in there, you can explore it and i want you to find it yourself, and make a great experience of it, careful not to get lost though. Make a very nice memory of it, and please keep the environment clean, to make the beauty of those places still maintained. Enjoy your holiday in Indonesia and have a great day!

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