Papua, also known as Western New Guinea and formerly Irian Jaya, is the easternmost part of Indonesia. It comprises the western half of the island of New Guinea, the world’s largest and highest tropical island, while the eastern half is the independent country of Papua New Guinea.
- For other places with the same name, see Papua (disambiguation).
Papua retains many traditional cultures and is home to some of the richest biodiversity in the world. Lorentz National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest protected area in the Asia-Pacific region, ranges from Papua’s southwest coast to its central mountains.
Papua consists of the provinces of West Papua and Papua in Indonesia.
West Papua (Papua Barat)
- Bird’s Head Peninsula
- Asmat – home of the world-renowned Asmat woodcarvers
- Baliem Valley
- Bomberai Peninsula
- Doberai Peninsula
- 1 Jayapura – the capital and largest city
- 1 Sorong
- Timika – staging post for one of the world’s largest mines
- Wamena – gateway to the Baliem Valley