Papua still remains a destination where not many tourists come. People are very friendly and welcoming towards visitors and you will hear the words ‘mister, mister’ (regardless of your gender) here more often than in other parts of Indonesia. In the remote parts however, the people are more shy and have more astonished looks on their faces as they are wondering who you are.
For all our tours we include a local guide. A local guide knows the area the best and the people of the community personally. Some parts of Papua are unsafe to travel alone; therefore a local guide will always accompany you!
Occasionally, some local disturbance occurs making it impossible to visit a certain area. This is one of the reasons why you need to have a special travel permit to travel within Papua. We are well informed and kept up to date about the local situation. If an area is unsafe, police authorities will inform us about this and we will not organize any tours there. This rarely happens, but if the situation is out of control, we will adjust the route of your tour or in the worst case, cancel your trip. By far, the last one has never happened.
Please note: when you travel in Indonesia, you are bound to the laws of the country.
We recommend consulting the health service in your country 6 to 8 weeks before the departure in order to get yourself well informed on the possible health risks when traveling to Papua. Vaccinations for Hepatitis A, DTP and Typhoid as well as Malaria prophylaxis are strongly recommended. There is no prophylaxis against the Dengue fever so pre-caution is important. We recommend you to bring mosquito repellent with a high concentration of DEET from your home country. When traveling in Papua, you should cover your legs and arms with long clothing especially during sunrise and sunset. These are the times the moquitos are most active. You should also bring medication for travellers’ diarrhea. Medical care in Papua is moderate but not available when traveling to remote areas.