West Papua forms the western half of the large island widely known as New Guinea. Administratively part of Indonesia, West Papua is officially known as Irian Jaya.
To experience West Papua is to embark on a voyage into one of humanity’s deepest mysteries. This far-away and little known island lies like a curled infant in the lap of Mother Nature.
West Papua is home to the most ethnologically primitive cultures on Earth. No less than 25% of the world’s languages are spoken here and obviously you will find a vast display of tribes and tribal customs. These are people largely unaffected by the strictures of the modern world as we know it; a race adapted to daily life solely through their basic survival elements.
The land of the Papuans is home to an incredibly diverse, rich and unique flora and fauna. No less than 85% of the island is covered
by rainforest, much if it primary and untouched by man. Other prevailing ecosystems include steamy mangrove forest and savannah right through to alpine highlands with snow-capped mountains. Wildlife abounds and includes some of the most interesting creatures known to man. This also holds true with the magical beauty of West Papua’s coastal underwater world, which hosts some truly amazing coral reefs.
Our singular appreciation and understanding of this island not only allows you the opportunity to visit and appreciate this most primitive of lands, but we also present you with the opportunity to experience and explore a completely unique human reality which can deepen your own
sense of being and purpose. Root cultures such as those found in Papua hold an appreciation of deep earth secrets that can be shared only through direct experience. These are humans intrinsically interwoven with the natural fabric of their environment.
Many parts of West Papua still remain largely unexplored by peering, inquisitive western eyes and minds. For example, it has only been around 60 years since the outside world fell upon the tribes that inhabit the Baliem Valley in West Papua. The Korowai tribes were only discovered 25 years ago and other areas remain completely unexplored.
There remains a tremendous gap between those of us raised in western society and the most primitive people still alive on earth. If you are an individual who enjoys the exploration of this mysterious human condition you would certainly find a visit to West Papua immensely rewarding. Equally, if you simply enjoy and appreciate environments totally different from your own, then West Papua is surely for you.
Treks into most mainland areas require an arrival by flight into the Lake Sentani area located close to the West Papuan capital city of Jayapura. This region is a beautifully dramatic introduction to Papua. A huge wall of vegetation called the Cyclops sits majestically above Lake Sentani and makes for a stunning backdrop to the clear waters.
The best way to see the Lake and adjacent areas is by motorised canoe.
This transportation allows you uninterrupted perspectives of the area access to
visit the small fishing village built on stilts over the lake. Fishermen have been
plying their traditional trade here for many generations.
Lake Sentani is a famous primitive arts centre. Bark paintings, sago bowls and
small-carved items are amongst the local handicrafts found here. Our guides are
also a private collector of primitive Papuan art and therefore we have
the depth of knowledge and connections to ensure that you pay
the right price and that all items purchased are genuine.
The port city of Jayapura sits on the coast and has a population of around 250,000 including many people from other parts of the Indonesian archipelago. It is not
an unattractive city and you will find museums, hotels, an assortment of restaurants,
banks and markets for shopping. From Jayapura it is easy to take guided overnight
treks to primitive villages and it is a 45-minute flight to Wamena,
the main town of the famed Baliem Valley.