A Fresh Look at the Best of Eastern Indonesia

Fak-Fak Kids (Image courtesy of Arif Lukman)

Traveljunkieindonesia.com – The trail that time forgot. Two Months, Papua to Flores. This 3000km off-the-radar adventure takes in the picturesque islands around Papua’s Kota Biak before heading to the sublime Danau Sentani and the beguiling Baliem Valley. Maluku’s Pulau Ambon and Banda Island provide a change of scene before the route heads south to West Timor and Flores.

Papua is the launching pad for this route, starting at Kota Biak. A relaxed and pleasant town, Biak is most useful as a base for trips to the beauty beyond. Pack a tent and make for the exquisite reefs and beaches of the Padaido Islands and the unspoilt, ethereal Pulau Numfor.

Next on the itinerary is a quick plane ride from Kota Biak to Jayapura. But you’ll only be stopping long enough to charter a boat to visit the magnificent Danau Sentani, a 96.5-sq-km lake with 19 islands.

Back on dry land the route heads inland to the beautiful Baliem Valley, rich in culture and dramatic mountain scenery. From here the truly intrepid (and wealthy) can embark on an expedition into the pristine but seemingly impenetrable Asmat region.

Heading further afield requires a flight to Fak-Fak before another flight or a ferry to Kota Ambon on Maluku’s Pulau Ambon. Dose up on urban comfort and culture, then take a ferry or plane to the crystalline seas, multicoloured reefs and empty beaches of the Banda Islands.

After indulging in sun and isolation, pack your gear up and board a Pelni ferry for Kupang in West Timor. Visit villages in the surrounding areas, then jump over to Rote for relaxed coastal vibes. For a perfect ending, make your way to Flores, a rugged volcanic island with fishing villages, thriving culture and dramatic terrain.

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