Memory trip 22 days Papua, former Dutch New Guinea (sorry, description in Dutch)
On board Phinisi schooner Lady Denok you will take a 15-day cruise from Timika, past Kaimana, FakFak, Raja Ampat, Sorong and Manokwari to Biak. A remembrance evening will be organized in the former KLM hotel in Biak and from Biak you will fly to Sentani and Jayapura. Before the cruise, you can acclimatize for a few days at Sanur beach in Bali. The flights are operated by Garuda Indonesia.
The Lady Denok has 7 cabins, with a capacity for 12 travelers. The trip takes place with the participation of at least 10 people. When the trip is fully booked we consider organizing a second cruise in reverse order.
With 10 participants: € 8,900 per person
With 12 participants: € 7,900 per person
Single cabin surcharge: € 1.200
Master cabin surcharge: € 600
•All intercontinental and domestic flights
•Overnight stays including breakfast
•Lunches, dinners, snacks, coffee, tea, water and soft drinks on board the Lady Denok
•All transfers and excursions
•English speaking guide from arrival in Timika to departure from Jayapura
•Entrance fee for Misool and Raja Ampat
•tips and expenses of a personal nature
•travel and cancellation insurance (mandatory)
•booking costs and contribution Calamity Fund and SGR
•Extensive travel and cancellation insurance
When bad weather is expected, safety is preferable. If it is not possible to sail due to circumstances, the program can be deviated from. Any additional costs must then be paid on the spot.
Dag 1 flight Amsterdam-Denpasar
Dag 2 Arrival on Bali and transfer to hotel
Dag 3 Sanur - free day
Dag 4 Sanur - free day
Dag 5 Night flight to Timika, on board the Lady Denok, direction Kaimana
Vlucht Denpasar-Timika (Garuda)
Dag 6 Triton Bay and Bicari: Whale sharks, memories and birds of paradise
Dag 7 Memories at Kaimana
Dag 8 The Kiti Kiti waterfall
Dag 9 Visit Fak Fak and set sail for Misool
Dag 10 Snorkeling at Misool and on to central Raja Ampat
Dag 11 A day full of experience in Raja Ampat
Dag 12 Jefman, Doom and Sorong
Dag 13 Sorong sightseeing
Dag 14 Direction Manokwari, a full day at sea
Dag 15 Manokwari
Dag 16 Arrival in Biak, farewell to the Lady Denok and crew, NNG reunion
Dag 17 Biak islandtour
Dag 18 Merauke
Dag 19 Sentani: The McArthur monument and boat ride on the lake
Dag 20 Jayapura: the docks and beaches
Dag 21 Pulang kampung, back to home
Dag 22 Arrival Amsterdam
Mercure Sanur - Sanur
Superb resort built in Balinese style. In a beautiful garden, right on the beach and near the centre of Sanur. All rooms have AC, telephone, TV, bathroom, hairdryer, coffee and tea making facilities, minibar, safe, wifi and balcony or terrace. Number of rooms: 189 Facilities: Restaurant (Asian and European cuisine), 3 bars, swimming pool with children's pool, Spa, Tennis, volleyball, table tennis, bike rental, jogging track, darts, billiard, meeting room, gift shop, beauty salon, 24-hour room service, laundry service and wifi. Mercure Sanur has 2 wheelchair accessible rooms meer info more info Informations supplémentaires
Lady Denok - liveaboard
The Lady Denok is a 28 meter Phinisi schooner that was created and custom crafted by the Konjo who are the world-renowned master boat builders in Tana Beru, South Sulawesi. Her maiden voyage was in January 2016. She is equipped with the latest in marine technology and safety features. The Lady Denok is set up to give you the best live-aboard experience in this part of the world. From her stern to her bow she was designed to give the most comfortable accommodation attainable. She is ready to pamper 12 guests in her 7 cabins, all of which have ensuite private bathroom with portholes, potable hot and cold water and individually controlled air conditioning. This Lady is elegant in every way but don’t underestimate her power. She has a Yanmar 350 Horsepower Engine and is powered by 2x 33KVA Yanmar Generators. If you are ready to cruise what is considered the global epicenter of tropical marine biodiversity the Lady Denok is ready to give you an unforgettable experience of adventure in a plush and safe environment as you come and live a slice of heavenin the pristine islands of the Indonesia archipelago. For your safety and comfort, she is equipped with a state of art desalination system for your freshwater needs, be it your underwater cameras and device gear, drinking or hygienic purposes. Our certified and professionally trained crew are willing and able to ensure you a safe and comfortable voyage through indonesia’s tropical island paradise. And from the galley you will be catered to by our chef as he shows you his art to keep you healthy and strong throughout the cruise with delicious Indonesian, Asian and European cuisine. From May till September, the Lady will sail the waters around Komodo. In October sailt towards Papua to explore the great waters of Raja Ampat and sometimes tours to the Maluccas. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires
Asana Biak hotel
The former KLM hotel is within walking distance of the airport and was completely renovated in 2009. The hotel exudes a certain form of old-fashioned luxury and is located directly on the sea. The wings of the hotel are made of wood and therefore noisy. Every room has a terrace with a view of the sea. The Deluxe rooms are located right on the sea and are a lot quieter. There is a nice pool with nice loungers. The restaurant is worth a Michelin star. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires
Swiss Bel Merauke
No info available yet, new 4 * hotel. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires
Swissbell Jayapura is the first international 4* hotel, situated in the centre of the capital city of Papua. It has a Business centre, 4 meeting rooms, a ballroom, swimming pool, fitness centre, ‘Cartenz Swiss Café and a restaurant. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires
DenpasarDenpasar is the busy capital of Bali.
Besides some museums and the market there aren’t many tourist attractions in the capital, though you can do some great shopping for cheap prices.
SanurSanur is located directly on the Indian Ocean.
The beach of Sanur beach is protected by a reef at some 100 meters off shore, which means that the waves are much gentler than in Kuta.
Sanur is a quiet old fishing village with lots of hotels, restaurants and shops
Favourite restaurantMy own experience: Mades Restaurant, in the centre of Sanur. Delicious Balinese food and Indonesian dishes!
Mades Restaurant - Sanur
TimikaTimika is een snelgroeiende stad in de Indonesische provincie Papoea en is de hoofdstad van het regentschap Mimika. De stad ligt vlak bij het nationaal park Lorentz en de Grasbergmijn, de grootste goudmijn ter wereld. De naam Timika komt van het Nimy-volk uit het dorp Timika Pantai.
KaimanaKaimana is a pleasant little town with an atmosphere of bygone Dutch times. In 1962 the last Dutch soldiers left Kaimana, after the Netherlands had handed over New Guinea to the United Nations.
In the area you will find ancient petroglyphs in beautiful nature. These are best admired in Bicari Bay, half an hour by boat from Kaimana.
Nature around Sebakar bay is also unsurpassed. You will find colorful butterflies, orchids, coral reefs and birds of paradise.
Divers will of course go to the Triton Bay divers resort. The resort is located on Aiduma Island, about 2 hours by boat from Kaimana. The Triton bay has an underwater world that is comparable to that of Raja Ampat. Without mantas, yes, but with the whale sharks. More than 30 dive sites are now known in and around Triton Bay. You can choose 2 or 3 dives per day (total 10 or 15 dives).
Once a week the Triton Bay various visits to the whale sharks, within an hour by boat.
Various excursions can be made from the resort to, for example, the Karst islands, Sisir or Froma Jaya, where birds of paradise can be admired around sunrise and sunset.
Tourism is still in its infancy in Kaimana, but for those who do not expect luxury, Kaimana offers plenty of pleasant surprises. The best time for Kaimana and Triton Bay is from November to May.
Kaimana is not the easiest place to get to. Airlines regularly change their flight schedules. In 2020 there will be daily connections with Sorong and several times a week to Manokwari.
FakFakFak-Fak is a port town on the southern coast of the Onin peninsula, at the foot of the Fakfak Mountains, south of the Vogelkop peninsula in the province of West Papua. For tourists, Fak-Fak does not have much to offer. Actually only veterans and old residents of Dutch New Guinea come to the town. Incidentally, the fauna and flora in the Fakfak Mountains seems to be beautiful and untouched.
The city is situated on a rocky coast and forms a natural harbor. The city is connected to its hinterland by roads, but these roads lead to a dead end on the adjacent Bomberai peninsula. Fak-Fak airport has daily flights to Sorong and several times a week to Manokwari.
MisoolMisool is de verzamelnaam voor het eiland Misool en een archipel van kleine eilandjes in de buurt, in het zuiden van het duikersparadijs Raja Ampat. Het eiland ligt op ongeveer 4 tot 5 uur varen van Sorong.
Raja AmpatRaja Ampat is an archipelago in West Papua (former Irian Jaya) and consists of 610, mostly uninhabited islands. The four largest islands are Waigeo in the north, Salawati (southwest of Sorong), Batanta (north of Salawati) and Misool in the southwest. The name Raja Ampat is also based on these four islands and literally translated means "the four kings".
Raja Ampat is a relatively unknown area in Indonesia, but this destination is well known among divers. This is due to the wide range of various fish species and fantastic coral reefs, varying from hard to soft coral. But the islands themselves are also impressive. The Raja Ampat Islands have quiet lagoons with crystal white sand and water that varies from bright green to bright blue.
Diving is especially popular in the Dampier Strait. Here you will find numerous dive spots with an incredible amount of coral and fish. Cape Kri, Blue Magic and Manta Point are real eye-catchers.
Misool is also loved for its wide variety of fish and coral.
Raja Ampat is open all year round, but from mid-July to mid-September you are more likely to experience rain and high waves. Misool is closed between mid-June and mid-September.
Raja Ampat has dozens of dive resorts and homestays. The homestays often use local diving schools, such as the Arborek dive shop. The more luxurious diving resorts offer not only more comfort, but also more safety. Sorido Bay resort, Raja Ampat Biodiversity and Papua Explorers are our favorites in the Dampier Strait, Papua Paradise Eco resort off Batanta Island. The Scuba Republic is an excellent middle class resort.
A fast public ferry runs twice a day between Sorong and Waisai on Waigeo Island. Waigeo also has an airport with a daily flight to Sorong.
LiveaboardsLiveaboards usually offer weeklong dive cruises in northern Raja Ampat (Dampier Strait and the northern Wajag karst islands. Longer, often 10-day trips also cover the southern part around Misool. Most liveaboards operate Raja Ampat cruises between September and March April, then dock and sail in the waters around Komodo for the summer season.
Video Raja Ampat snorkel cruise
SorongSorong is the westernmost city on the island of New Guinea. The city is located on the Sele Strait of the Pacific Ocean on the Vogelkop Peninsula. It is the base for trips to the Raja Ampat Islands.
Two hours' drive south of Sorong is the rainforest in the Klasow valley with all kinds of strange birds. You will find different types of Paradise birds and the endemic Cassoway, a peacock or smaller ostrich species.
Sorong is the logistical center of the oil and gas industry around West Papua, which manifests itself in growing wealth and economic prosperity. The city has over 50,000 inhabitants, making it one of the larger cities of Papua. Most of the inhabitants are transmigrants from Sulawesi, Java and other islands.
Directly off the coast is the island of Jefman, which until 2012 had the airport of Sorong. The new airport has daily connections with Jakarta, Makassar, Manado, Ambon and several cities in Papua, among others.
Sites to seeThe city has a nice beach promenade and some historical buildings dating from the Dutch oil period. It’s a city full of contrasts. The following sights are close to the city:
Cape Cassuwary: 3 km from Sorong, beach with coralreefs;
Crocodile island, 500 metre out of the beach;
The island Kafiau;
The island Matan;
The hot springs of Klaijili, 60 km from Sorong;
A protected forest area, 15 km from Sorong;
Sorong is the most important gateway for trips to the nearby Raja Ampat-islands and the coralreefs of the Coral Triangle.
ManokwariAlthough smaller than Sorong, Manokwari is the capital of the West Papua province. The town with 130,000 inhabitants is located in the northeast of the so-called Vogelkop. Gunung Meja (the table mountain) is located almost against the town and is a protected nature reserve with a lot of jungle.
Manokwari is better known as a base to the Arfak mountains.
Rendani Airport has daily flights with Sorong, Jayapura, Makassar and Jakarta. Several times a week there are also flights to Nabire, Kaimana and Fak-Fak.
Sights to seePasar Puti Beach: you can ask every taxi driver to take you to this beautiful beach. It is just outside the centre of the city. Beautifully white with many trees that offer enough shadow. Little crabs run around joyfully. Don’t forget to bring your mask and snorkel. There is a beautiful piece of coral directly in front of beach. You can see wonderful fish here. At weekends it may be very busy on the beach because of the local people coming to Pasar Puti Beach. The rest of the week it is pleasantly quiet!
Japanese Monument: at a short distance into the mountains through the jungle you’ll arrive at the Japanese Monument. Some taxi drivers don’t want to go there because some parts of the road are in very bad condition. Once at the Monument you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful view over Manokwari.
Markets: Two markets are worth visiting. The first is the fish market at the fishing port. The fishermen leave early in the morning to catch the fish that’s sold on the market later. The best time to go to the market is at the end of the morning.
The second market where you can look around and enjoy the real Indonesia is the common market. Hundreds of stalls stand here together. Most of them covered. It’s hot here and after the rain also very damp. You can find anything here, vegetables, fruit, clothes, toys, souvenirs, etc... Don’t forget to bring your camera!
Snorkelling: On many places along the coast it is nice snorkelling. Also a good idea might be to rent a boat from a fisherman and tell him that you want to go to Lemon Beach. This is a small island in front of the coast of Manokwari and snorkelling is wonderful there. Negociate the price in advance to prevent problems.
Gunung Meja: The Table Mountain is called Gunung Meja in Indonesian and is situated near the centre. The mountain is perfect for walking through the jungle. It’ll be a serious trip so bring enough water. On the way you can enjoy the wonderful flora and fauna. You’ll see many birds and reptiles during your trip, so don’t forget to bring your camera as well!
BiakBiak is an island and place in Geelvink Bay, roughly between Sorong and Jayapura, in the north of Papua. The island of Biak was home to the Dutch army until 1963. Many naval camps and air bases are still in service, although the buildings are also used by local industry. Biak is therefore popular among Dutch New Guinea veterans.
Attractions include the Japanese cave, the tiny Binsari war museum and the beautiful coastal towns of Bosnik, Sambre, Urfu and Wari.
Off the coast are the 30 small Padaido coral islands, where it is excellent snorkeling and diving.
It is at least three hours by boat to the island of Yapen. Few tourists visit the island, at most to spot the birds of paradise. Since they only show themselves with sunrise and sunset, an overnight stay is necessary in a very basic homestay.
Biak has daily flight connections with Jakarta via Makassar, Nabire and Jayapura.
The former KLM hotel is now called Asana Biak. The wooden rooms are a bit outdated, but the stone suites are fine. The hotel has a PADI diving school.
SentaniSentani itself is a boring city with Jayapura airport.
Lake Sentani is located 5 kilometers from the airport. The vast lake is surrounded by the dense hills of Mount Gunung Cyclops.
The lake has several islands, some of which are inhabited by fishermen. You can make an island trip by motorized boat to Nelayan and Ayapo, among others. Besides the fishermen you will also find traditional art. Here you can buy painted barks, sago bowls and carvings from the locals. Every year, in the month of June, the Sentani lake festival is held.
The Tugu Mac Arthur, Mac Arthur monument is located where the general devised his strategies in World War II. The monument is not very much but offers one of the best views of Lake Sentani. You can reach the monument by renting a bemo. There is no public transport near the monument.
Several flights per day are operated from Sentani Airport, including to Jakarta, Makassar and Denpasar and to many small destinations in Papua, including the Baliem Valley.
JayapuraJayapura is the capital of the Papua province. Because of its location between mountains, the city is divided into different "pieces". You have the city itself with the old Kloofkamp district, and further in the area the "districts" Hamadi, Enterop, Kota Raja, Abepura, Dok2 to Dok9, APO (American Post Office).
Jayapura Airport is 25 kilometers away at Sentani Er. There are several flights a day, including to Jakarta, Makassar and Denpasar and to many small destinations in Papua, including the Baliem Valley.
HistoryThe city was founded as Hollandia after having determined the border between England and the Netherlands,that runs midway across the island New Guinea. The Dutch founded Merauke close to the border in the south and, as said, Hollandia in the north.This to restrain possible expansionism of the English.
Later, after that Dutch Nieuw Guinea was incorporated into Indonesia, the city was shortly named Soekarnopoera, and then renamed Jayapura.
During the Second World War the city was the headquarter of The American Army and several things remind of this. The district APO for example, which stands for American Post Office. Here was once the post office of the American army. The beach north of the city is called Base G. And on the hills you can still find aircraft wrecks.
Things to seeOn the way to Jayapura airport is Museum Negeri. In the museum you can learn a lot about the different tribes in Papua. There are beautiful objects on display.
Gedung Loka Budaya Museum is located on the grounds of Cendrawasih University in Abepura, a kind of suburb of Jayapura. The museum has a wonderful exhibition of objects from Irian Jaya. A large part comes from the Asmat area.
There are a few beautiful beaches close to Jayapura. Hamadi Beach, where Allied forces landed in WWII, is about 15 minutes from Jayapura by bemo. The beach is located near a busy inhabited area and is very busy. The Base G beach, which owes its name to Mac Arthur who had his headquarters here, is a nicer beach. This beach is also not far from Jayapura and can also be reached by bemo.
Lake Sentani is 40 kilometers from Jayapura, see Sentani.
MeraukeMerauke is Indonesia's easternmost city. It is located on the south coast of the island of New Guinea. It is a district in the eponymous regency Merauke in the southeast of the Indonesian province of Papua. There is little to see or experience for tourists in Merauke. The nearby Wasur National Park is an inaccessible, but beautiful nature reserve to spot strange birds.
Merauke airport has daily flights to Jayapura and Makassar and several weekly flights within Papua.