Jayapura is the largest city and the capital of Papua. The city has long been a struggle for many parties because it is seen as having very promising potential. Flight tickets to Jayapura, although high in price, are always in great demand when the holidays comes. It is because people want to witness the beauty of the province which is located in the easternmost part of Indonesia.
Jayapura's main attraction is its natural beauty which is rarely touched by humans. Its local culture is very exotic, making many people happy to learn and familiarize themselves with it. Usually, people come to Jayapura to feel the total escape from the hectic world.
Tourists can enter Jayapura via Sentani Airport, which is about 40 km from the city center. This airport is the largest in Papua and becomes the main hub to reach inside of the Papua island. For this reason, anyone who wants to explore Papua needs to buy a plane ticket to Jayapura first.
Jayapura is the main door that ready to bring anyone enjoying an unexpected adventure in the Papus island. Tourist destinations that have always been the target of people in Jayapura are:
Location: Perbatasan Kota Jayapura dengan Kabupaten Jayapura.
Although Jayapura has many charming beaches, this lake has never lost its competitiveness. The largest lake in Papua is well-managed and has been a leading tourist attraction. The distance is only 50 meters from the center of the city makes anyone willing to pay a visit, whether to simply pamper their eyes with amazing panoramas or take a tour of the lake on a boat trip and culinary tour on the banks. Every mid-year, the Lake has festival which enlivens the area with cultural performances and Papua speciality culinary parties.
Location: Enggros, Wai Mhorock, Abepura, Jayapura.
This small bay in the middle of Yos Sudarso Bay is arguably a miniature of Raja Ampat. With an area of around 1,675 hectares, Youtefa Bay offers a stunning natural and cultural tourism park. Interesting activities here include recreation in Tanjung Kaswari and Hamadi Beach, familiarizing local history and culture on Mount Mher, Nampto and Yasuk Cemetery, and chatting with locals in Tobati and Enggros Tourism Villages. In addition, tourists here can meet the new Papua icon, the Holtekamp Bridge.
Location: Distrik Muara Tami
The Skouw village is interesting because its land boundary that separates Indonesia from Papua New Guinea. Located at the eastern end of Jayapura, this State Cross-Border Post (PLBN) features an interesting border gate. People often come here to take pictures. After observing this border village and taking pictures, tourists can stop by at Skouw Market to shop for a variety of unique items.
With its rich natural resources, Jayapura can be called a sea food champion. The most popular eating places in the city include:
Location: Jalan Koti, Numbai, Jayapura Selatan.
Open every day, 10:00 - 22:00 WIT.
This number 1 restaurant in Jayapura offers a variant of Asian and Western nuances. Its superior food is a variety of fresh seafood. Not just good food, this restaurant also provides a perfect atmosphere because of its location right on the edge of Lake Sentani. Tourists can pamper their stomach, tongue and their eyes at the same, having food with a view of the largest lake in Papua within a close distant.
Location: Jalan Abepura, Sentani, Asei Kecil, Sentani Timur.
Open every day, 09:00 - 19:00 WIT (Sunday is open at 11:00 - 17:00 WIT).
Although the restaurant offers a main menu of seafood, Yougwa Restaurant is often crowded by tourists who are curious to taste papeda and ikan kuah kuning. Here, visitors can enjoy typical Papua dishes while looking at the beautiful panorama of Lake Sentani. If you come here, try the phenomenal papaya vegetables.
Location: Dok V Atas, Jalan Kasuari nomor 2, Mandala, Jayapura Utara.
Open every day, 09:00 - 22:00 WIT (Sunday only opens 12:00).
Papua is famous for having very good local coffee. The most hits place to prove the pleasure of Papua coffee is here. Tourists are invited to sip the best coffee whose seeds are taken directly from the Wamena and Jayawijaya Mountains. Aside from coffee, there are various menus of snacks and main course foods that can be chosen to accompany. Pit’s Corner also sells various packaged coffee as Papua souvenirs.