The Jakarta Post
The mesmerizing view of Lake Sentani in Jayapura, Papua. (Shutterstock/File)
Home to a breathtaking landscape and underwater vistas, Papua remains a destination that one longs to visit, particularly adventure-seekers.
Famous for its Raja Ampat, Papua is also home to other fascinating destinations that even low-budget travelers can afford.
The city of Jayapura, for instance, about 25 kilometers from Sentani airport, has many places worthy of a visit, as reported by kompas.com.
The largest lake in Papua, Lake Sentani is so big that it has 21 islets in it.
The lake is easy to reach and visitors can opt to enjoy its beauty by navigating it using a tourist boat.
In a bid to attract visitors, the site hosts the Lake Sentani Festival every year, usually at mid-year, when visitors can enjoy varied cuisine and knickknacks from Papua, as well as many cultural performances.
Bukit Jokowi (Jokowi Hill) can be found at the Skyline climb in Jayapura. As can be guessed, the name was inspired by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.
Relaxing on the hill while drinking young coconut ice is a popular activity there. The owner of the beverage stall is the one who named the place "Bukit Jokowi", following a visit by the President.
Except for a glass of young coconut ice, travelers do not need to pay for anything to marvel at the beauty of Youtefa Bay.
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Situated near Sentani airport, the waterfall can be reached by hiking along a mountain trail for 20 minutes.
Despite the quite challenging trek, the trip is made worthwhile by the magnificent view of the surrounding forest on the mountain slope, the boulders and crystal clear water of the waterfall.
And the best thing is, there's no entry fee to visit the waterfall.
Originally named Lake Imfote, the place is popular among locals as "Danau Love" or "Telaga Cinta" (Lake Love) due to its heart-shaped lake.
Besides enjoying the view from the side of the lake, one can also marvel at the vast meadow surrounding it while eating papeda (Papuan sago congee).
Entrance to the site is not free but quite affordable at about Rp 40,000 (US$2.90), including parking fee. (kes)