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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 31, 2012
Papua and Sulawesi Itinerary -- Is it ok?  (1 Answer)

Hello VTers

My wife and I are considering making a two week trip to Sulawesi and Papua.
Could you let me know your thoughts on the itinerary below...don't hold always have great insight and ideas... Thanks.

Day 01

Arrival at Hasanuddin Airport Makassar. Set out for a drive to Tanjung Bira. On the way visit Bissappu waterfall in Bantaeng. At Tana Beru see Traditional Perahu construction.

Day 02
Island trip (Liukang Island or Ara Island) depends to the weather, using local boat. Then back to Bira.

Day 03
Transfer to Sengkang. Visit the museum of Andi Mapasissi then go to catch the sunset over the Lake Tempe. Cross the lake by motorized canoe and visit the fisherman families who do live on the floating villages.

Day 04
Visit silk factory, then transfer to Tana Toraja via Palopo. In the afternoon arrival in Rantepao.

Day 05
Exploring Toraja. Visit Lemo to see rows of Tau Tau statues and the hanging graves. Onwards to Suaya to discover the secret of the Baby Tree. Also visiting today Londa, to see an ancient grave where the deceased are entombed. At Kete Kesu one of the oldest Torajan villages see Tongkonan, and old rice barns.

Day 06
Trip to Batutumonga enjoying views over Rantepao and surrounding valleys. Walk along the rice fields and the daily Torajan live. Also visiting Pallawa, Sa’dan.

Day 07
Transfer back to Makassar. A coffee-stop at Puncak Lakawan to enjoy the view. Lunch at a seafood restaurant in Pare-Pare. Go to hotel.

Day 08
City Tour of Makassar, visiting the Old Dutch Fortress Rotterdam and Paotere Anchorage the Buginese boat harbor. Onwards transfer directly to Hasanuddin Airport Makassar to catch flight.

Arrival at Jayapura airport, then to Wamena. After arrival explore the area and Napua Hills with its panoramic view of the valley, Wesaput village and its traditional hanging bridge, some Dani villages and a traditional market.

Drive in 35 minutes to Sogokmo village and start to have a day trek for about 4-5 hours through Dani sweet potatoes gardens until we get to Kurima the sub-district. Then heading back to Sogokmo where the cars pick us up to Wamena.

Drive to Western part of Baliem Valley to exploring the way of life of Lani people. Before we do a short trekking to Lani villages, see local market first at Kimbim. Then proceed to Pyramid. Then drive back.

DAY 12 : WAMENA - JIWIKA (Pig Feast and Dance) - WAMENA
Drive 30 minutes to Jiwika in the Northern part of Baliem valley to see the 250 years old Mummy. Then walk 10 minutes to village of Anemoigi to view the Dani Mock battle and Pig feast. Then visit the Mili Mountain to see how the Dani women make a salt in the traditional way.

Flight back to Jayapura. Sightseeing tour including Mac Arthur 2nd World War monument, Sentani lake by long boat to visit Assey and Ayapo villages how the Sentani tribe make the bark painting. Visit he Anthropology museum then Hamadi market & Jayapura city.

DAY 14 : JAYAPURA - Home

Any opinions? Is it ok? We are missing the Koroway tree people cause my wife is not a mosquito bug person and the trip is a bit too adventurous. Is this itinerary advisable...any good???

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 11, 2010
Charter flight booking advice for Papua wanted (AMA, etc)  (4 Answers)


I live in Jakarta and speak some Indonesian.
I have some questions about the best way to book flights in Papua.

Regarding charter flights from Wamena to other airstrips in Papua province via AMA (or other airlines that do charters).
a) I think the most reliable way is to charter an entire plane. But I've also heard that if there are extra seats that no Papuan person is taking, then a tourist/foreigner can "charter" those individual seats. Is this true? If it is, I assume that it is very unreliable to do so, because I would guess that such available seats are rare and unpredictable, and it is unclear to me whether they can even be booked in advance or if it would always be like a "standby".

b) How do you actually book a charter with AMA, etc? Can I do it myself? Or do people recommend using a guide/agent/broker to do it?
Can it be done over the phone or only in person?

c) Is it possible to pay AMA via bank transfer, or only cash?

d) How far in advance can/should this be booked?

e) Can anyone share the prices that they paid for specific routes?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 10, 2010
Possible worries about security in Sulawesi and Papua for independent travel?  (7 Answers)

Hi to all!
The security situation in Sulawesi and Papua according to various governmental travel advice offices, is terrible and almost make you not want to go, while travellers have reported a better situation.
If anybody has a good idea about how things are going this period, I would be greatfull to know
My plan is to travel around about a week in each island, solo and budget, so with public transport as much as possible (hoping it is possible), and stay at simple places, which might expose a backpacker to some more possible danger, instead of staying in expensive hotels with security, private transport etc, which is not my case.
I'm thinking also to enter overland from Indonesian Papua to P. New Guinea, but governmental advice from western countries, try to keep travellers away, too!
Many thanks guys

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 17, 2009
Western Papua Travel on the cheap from 14-19th August  (2 Answers)

Hi all,

I am planning a 5 day trip to western papua from 14-19th August, realised all package tours are very expensive. Could anyone guide me on how do it on the cheap, want to see the tribes in baliem valley?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 15, 2009
Native tribes, local markets, trecking etc during first week of November - anyone to join?  (1 Answer)

I am planning to stay on a liveaboard from Nov 9th on, cruising around Raja Ampat for diving, leaving from Sorong. The week before I would like to travel around Papua, focus on native tribes, local markets and trecking; no focus on bird watching ;o)
Bookable trips are mostly private tours starting from 2 PAX, thus I am looking for somebody to join. Anybody interested?
I am 38 years, female and German. email: [email]

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 07, 2009
! Baliem in West Papua, anyone to travel together?  (1 Answer)

! Baliem in West Papua, anyone to travel together?
I am planing to trek about 10 days in Baliem Valley in the highland of West Papua. Would anyone wanna join me? I am reaching there on 27th April.

email me at: stephen.x.zhang at

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 27, 2008
west papua trek  (2 Answers)

I am trying to arrange a trekking trip to the Yali area of West Papua in October/November 2009 for about 14 days. Most of the sites I have looked at require a minimum or 2 or 4 travellers and as I am on my own I'm looking for anyone else who might be interested to get in touch. Aiming to meet up in Jakarta/Jayapura.

Chris Wiper, male, Scotland

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 16, 2008
Papua in September  (4 Answers)

I am planning a trip to Papua (and Toraja, because the flight from Jakarta makes a stop in Makassar anyway).
I have heard that it's not the safest place for a solo-female traveler, so I am looking for travel partner(s).
Since I only have a week to spend in Papua, my main destination is Baliem Valley. Helpful information are highly appreciated!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 18, 2008
travelling alone  (3 Answers)

Does anybody have experience or advise about travelling in Papua as a woman, alone... Is this safe?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 24, 2008
Woman traveling alone in Baliem Valley in July  (2 Answers)

Hello! I am hoping to spend two and half weeks in the Baliem Valley area starting July 13 or so, would anyone like to join me on a trek? Also, do you have any suggestions on specific guides, locations to visit, and safety for solo women travelers?

Thanks so much!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 24, 2008
Info about this adventure  (7 Answers)

I am really setting my goals to visit Irian Jaya (landing in Jayapura and exploring scenery round Wamena) but I would appreciate your help.

First I wonder does anybody has a contact of good guide? I would love to do 4-5 day trek into the mysterious area of Papua province. Antimalaric pills are strongly recommended but there I wonder again which one are the strongest and best (I would really like to avoid health problems during my stay there).

If you have any addition information about this area please let me know. I am planning of going there round 15th on June this year for few weeks. Truly hope to experience something new, friendly and most adventure. Beside trekking round Wamena I will do scubadiving round Manado and then return home.

Thanks for any help. Enjoy, Glorija

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 15, 2008
Oz to Jayapura  (1 Answer)

does anybody know if it is possible to fly from Brisbane or Cairns to Jayapura? I am wanting to do this trip soon. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 03, 2007
Papua  (1 Answer)

Anyone know how long it takes to get from Wamena to Dekai in Papua or vice versa?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 14, 2007
Flights to Jayapura  (3 Answers)

I arrive in Jakarta on June 16th and need to fly to Jayapura on the same day or early the next morning. I know Garuda, Merpati and Batavia all fly to Jayapura, but will it be possible to buy my ticket as soon as I arrive in Jakarta or should I book it in advance?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 05, 2007
Senggo - Merauke flights?  (2 Answers)

Another question - I have heard rumours of fairly regular flights between Senggo and Merauke - does anyone know whether this is correct, and if so how much it costs and when it departs?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 02, 2007
Periplus Adventure Guide  (2 Answers)

Yet another - does anyone know where I can get hold of a copy of the most recent Periplus guide to West Papua/Irian Jaya? or does anyone have one they want to sell?
Thanks again

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 23, 2007
Surat Jalan  (1 Answer)

Does anyone know exactly what the process is for getting the surat jalan for Papua? what is required, where does one have to go, how long does it take and how much does it cost? thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 19, 2007
Bahasa / Javanese?  (2 Answers)

Papuans that speak Indonesian, do they usually speak Javanese or Bahasa? Am learning Bahasa for my upcoming visit to Papua but suddenly realised it may well not be what people actually speak!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 12, 2007
From Indonesia to Oz by boat ?

In a couple of weeks a friend and me will be travelling through Indonesia and possibly Irian Jaya. We were thinking about taking a boat to go to Cape Horn Australia and preferably to Weipa. Our destination afterwards is Cairns. Has anybody has experiences with it? We don't mind working on a boat/cargo. Is it maybe a better plan to cross the border with Papua New Guinea and take a boat from there to Cairns? We're not looking for expensive flight tickets.

In general, anybody worked before for shipping compagnies going from Indonesia to Cairns?

I'm sure some travellers already did it before and I want to know about there experiences.

Thanks a lot!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 18, 2006
Info on hospitals and car hire.  (1 Answer)

I'm looking for information on hospitals and medical care in Irian Jaya/West Papua. Any info about any medical care facilities available in the region would be of help.

Also, any info on the availability of car hire in this region would be greatly appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 23, 2006
Malaria risk - is it high in Papua's mountains?  (3 Answers)

I would have thought that the risk decreases with increasing altitude. And that most of the treks out of Wamena do reach high altitudes..Can you advise? What altitudes would we typically be expected to sleep overnight at, if trekking out of Wamena?

As a side question, how much do these treks typically cost per person per day?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 15, 2006
Jayapura - Wamena flight?  (5 Answers)

Hello everyone

Want to go to Jayapura but as far as I can see there is no flight to Wamena from Jayapura where finally I want to reach to the Bailem valley. Anyone have any idea please? Or any other way to reach there rather than flying?

Thank you very much


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 09, 2006
Trekkin in southen Baliem to visit Dani.  (3 Answers)

A group of five people want to trek in southern Baliem to visit Dani. We want to organize trek by ourself (agencies very expensive). We have about 11 days in West Papua. Do anybody have experience on it? How did you feel about guides and porters in Wamena?

Thanks very much,

Mila and Asier

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 26, 2006
How to get there the cheapest


I hope Im posting this the right place. I was just wondering if somebody konw if there is some ferry-lines from for instant Darwin to New Guinea and then maybe other ferry- or boattrips to Bali?

Thanks! :o)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 25, 2005
surf at all

looking to travel from indonesia, through the spice islands of seram, kei islands. i have heard of surf in northern parts or morotai? loooking at swell directions, is there any surf in northern beachs/reefs of papua? thanks for your help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 16, 2004
irian jaya  (2 Answers)

aloha has anyone ever been there and more important has anyone ever hiked there? me and my friend are trying to deside whether to include a hike on that island mahalo karin

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