Getting to and around Papua
Due to its remote location, Papua is best reached by air from many destinations throughout Indonesia. There are many flights from South of North Sulawesi, but it is also accessible from Baliem Valley (Grand Valley) . The international airport is Sentani Airport nestled between Lake Sentani and Mount Cyclops. One can also get into Papua by sea with Pelni boats which stop at Jaya Pura and Farfak.
From Sentani Airport head down to the capital, Jayapura which is about 18 miles from the airport by taxi or minivan. On arrival it is important to get a permission letter from the Jayapura Police Department in order to travel around Papua freely.
Getting around Papua would be mainly done by taxi or minivan, but in order to reach the main cities and cover longer distances the best bet would be by plane or motorized boat, though it is pretty expensive. However, mostly people just cover the smaller regions and town on foot as the areas are not too large. There is also the option of the motorbike taxi which operates until quite late at night. Hiking and trekking is also a good way to explore and discover what Papau is all about and a very popular way to get around.