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).

This Wikivoyage region covers the entire Indonesian half of the island of New Guinea, not just the Indonesian province of Papua.

WARNING: There has been political tension and regular violent occurrences in the province of Papua since October 2011.
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(Information last updated Jun 2018)

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.

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Map of Papua

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
  • Biak
  • Bomberai Peninsula
  • Doberai Peninsula
  • Mimika
  • Paniai
  • Southeast
  • Yapen
  • Biak
  • Fakfak
  • -2.5333333333333140.716666666671 Jayapura – the capital and largest city
  • Manokwari
  • Merauke
  • -0.86666666666667131.251 Sorong
  • Timika – staging post for one of the world’s largest mines
  • Wamena – gateway to the Baliem Valley

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