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Papua (Irian Jaya)

  • Puncak Jaya in the Sudirman range, Papua (Irian Jaya)
Puncak Jaya in the Sudirman range
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also known as:
West Papua
Priority: Midd
Location Type: Region
Indonesia's last frontier - the most easterly part of the vast Indonesian archipelago, this region covers the western half of the island of New Guinea, the world's largest tropical island. Travellers come to Papua to experience adventure - trekking in pristine rainforests, diving the worlds most diverse tropical reefs around Raja Ampat, and experiencing primitive tribes. Papua even has the highest mountain in Southeast Asia - Puncak Jaya, at 5030 metres!
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Wikipedia - West Papua (province)

West Papua province map
West Papua province

West Papua (Indonesian: Papua Barat) is a province of Indonesia covering the western peninsula of the island of New Guinea. It is the least-populous province of Indonesia and one of two situated in Indonesian New Guinea, with the province of Papua also lying to the east. Prior to 2007, the province was known as West Irian Jaya (Indonesian: Irian Jaya Barat). The region covers the Bird's Head (Doberai) and Bomberai peninsulas and the surrounding islands of Raja Ampat. ... read more

Wikitravel - Papua

Indonesia regions
Papua region

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. 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. ... read more

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