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Traveling to Tropical City of Manokwari

Updated on November 26, 2011

Manokwari the capital of West Papua province

Do you plan to travel this summer? Which place or city will you be visiting? If you haven't decided yet, then I will suggest you to choose Manokwari as your next destination. Manokwari is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is the capital of West Papua province in the Republic of Indonesia. Manokwari is located on the northern part of Papua island. The island consists of two territories. The eastern half is the independent state of Papua New Guinea whereas the western half is the territory of Indonesia. If you are still confused about its exact location on the world map, I recommend that you read this web-page: Where is Manokwari? and How to get there? It is not difficult to reach this town. Take an international flight from your country to one of the major cities in Indonesia such as Jakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar or Manado. After that, take a domestic flight to Manokwari served by Batavia Air, Sriwijaya Air, Express Air or Lion Air. You can find information about the airlines in their respective websites.

Manokwari city as seen from Mansinam island
Manokwari city as seen from Mansinam island
Manokwari city as seen from Dorey bay in the afternoon
Manokwari city as seen from Dorey bay in the afternoon
Seafarers and wooden boats in Manokwari city of West Papua, the Republic of Indonesia
Seafarers and wooden boats in Manokwari city of West Papua, the Republic of Indonesia

Manokwari as tourist destination

Manokwari stretches along the Dorey bay near the equator. That's why it is a tropical city. Sun shines all year round. There are three islands in the bay Raimuti, Lemon and Mansinam. The former is the smallest and the latter is the largest. These islands have been visited by tourists from around the world. They go there to enjoy hiking, bird watching or snorkeling and scuba diving.

During World War II, Manokwari witnessed fierced battles between the US forces and the Japanese forces. US planes bombed and sank some Japanese ships which have now become the most favorite shipwreck diving site in Indonesia.

Papua, where the city is located, is the second largest island in the world after Greenland. It is still mostly covered by tropical rainforest that supply fresh oxygen that we, the dwellers of the Earth, breath every day. Near the city, just fifteen minutes walking from the downtown lies Table Mountain. It is at the north of the city. Tourists who are nature lovers can go hiking inside the mountain to enjoy various species of exotic plants, beautiful tropical flowers and insects. If you want to watch birds, you should bring binoculars with you. The best time for butterfly watching and bird watching in the Table Mountain is in the morning at around 10 A.M.

If you prefer more challenging trails, then I will suggest you to go to Arfak Mountains which is a two hour ride from the city. There you can spend three days to one month trekking along the hills and valleys of the mountains. The local Papuan villagers will be happy to host you as their guests and accompany you during your stays in the mountains.

While you are in Manokwari, you can choose a wide variety of accommodation from in losmen, hostels for budget travellers or backpackers to four star hotels. The living expenses in Manokwari is similar to the living expenses in other towns in West Papua or in Indonesia.

If you still need more information or if you need a travel guide while visiting Manokwari city and its surrounding, please, do not hesitate to contact me as your tourist guide at lroring@yahoo.com or via my cell phone +6281332245180. I will be happy to answer your questions, arrange your trip in Manokwari and escort you around the city and its surrounding areas.

I hope that you will consider Manokwari city in West Papua province of Indonesia as your next travel destination this summer.

Children were playing at the beach of Mansinam island of Manokwari
Children were playing at the beach of Mansinam island of Manokwari
Coral reef and ornamental fish in one of the islands in Manokwari of West Papua, the Republic of Indonesia
Coral reef and ornamental fish in one of the islands in Manokwari of West Papua, the Republic of Indonesia

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      IndoVillas 

      7 years ago

      Nice hub! This place is starting to gain popularity among travelers because of it's natural beauty.

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