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Jakarta Post

Finding Fakfak

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 20 2012   /  10:23 am

“You can eat dinner in Jakarta and breakfast in Fakfak,” Tourism and Creative Economy Deputy Minister Sapta Nirwandar said on a number of occasions during festivities for Fakfak’s 112th birthday.

Stressing that the journey to the quiet regency in West Papua is rather straightforward, with a late night flight from Jakarta and quick transit in Ambon allowing visitors to arrive by 9 a.m., the deputy minister was testing a possible catchphrase for Fakfak tourism while simultaneously revealing his passion for food, a passion that was certainly gratified in an area known for its nutmeg, varieties of sweet potatoes and bountiful seas.

Located along a scenic coastline dotted with emerald islets, Fakfak regency’s tiny capital city of the same name was hosting a week of celebrations from Nov. 10 to 16 to promote tourism and the area’s culture, an event that was the first o...