Sentani welcomes every guest who comes to Jayapura, the capital of Papua. Before your landing at Sentani airport, your plane will fly low over the world most beautiful Lake Sentani. Locals born and live in tribes growing their unique traditions and culture around the lake. An international festival regularly held and becomes an enjoyable feast of fascinating cultures.
Lake Sentani is located in Sentani, Jayapura regency, Papua, becoming largest one in Papua. It’s very accessible because it’s located near Sentani Airport. The lake’s beauty knows no season. Visiting the lake during the festival or not, are equally cool. Khalkotte is the best spot to enjoy the lake. It’s already managed as a tourist attraction. Here, at Khalkotte, the Lake Sentani Festival held every year.
Stay for a few nights in Sentani is truly recommended so that you have a chance to see in depth people’s daily life of Sentani . You will feel like home. Besides of friendly people, there are plenty of local cuisines you can taste one by one.
The Sacred Tifa Sacred at Yobeh Village
There are 24 indigenous villages around Lake Sentani with their magical stories and sacred objects. The Sacred Tifa of Yobeh Village is one of them. The village keeps a 200 years old tifa made of human skin that can sound itself. When it sounds out, it’s a sign that there’s a villager died.
Sago Making at Abar Village
In Abar Village, you can see the process of sago making. You even can get involved in it. Sago tree is split and taken for its certain parts, then pounded until smooth and poured with water. It results in sago flour that is the food source of Papuans.
Have A Try for Sentani’s Culinary
Papeda and Yellow Fish Soup belong to Papua and Eastern Indonesia. When you have the dishes at a stall at the side of Lake Sentani, the story must go differently. Papeda or sago textured like glue. You have to learn how to eat it from the local population for the first time. Papeda served with cork yellow soup whose the fish taken from Lake Sentani really make a perfect dish.
Don’t forget to taste matoa, Papuan local fruit. It looks like longan, but not too watery and tastes sweet. Matoa sold on the roadside or at the traditional market.
Jumping into Lake Sentani
Since you’ve passed long way to be here, it’s such a miss to not try the lake’s water. Over there, local children swim freely and their mothers smoke while swimming. Why don’t you come to join?
Papuan women are accustomed to weaving their frizzy hair in various different patterns starting from the root to the tip. Ask them for helping you have that kind of woven hair. They will gladly make over your hair appearance.
Asei Market becomes the tourists destination to buy Papuan typical souvenirs, such as Papuan loincloth, women’s accessories, and many kinds of handicrafts. The Asei are skilled in making paintings on bark by using natural dyes. Motives of Papuan drums and equestrian legends are most widely drawn on the paintings which is very special and difficult to find elsewhere . The price varies from 5,000 to millions of rupiah depending large and the complexity of its manufacture.
You can also go to the stalls at Hamadi Market as a second choice to buy souvenirs. The market is outside Sentani, precisely in Jayapura. Bark paintings, sheathes, loincloths, noken-Papuan woven bag, accessories, key chains, hats, spears, sculptures, bags and other handicrafts of Papua, of course, in varying prices.
MacArthur hill located in Ifar Mountains’ area, close to Sentani Airport. This hill has recorded a part of the stories of World War II. Gen. Douglas MacArthur took his armies to build their defense base on the hill to face the Japanese Army. Arthur Hill backgrounded with Cyclops Mountains and overlook Lake Sentani. Come over here to see the sunset that pleases you with an incredible view.
Arthur Hill currently belongs to Regional Military Commander Cendrawasih XVII. It’s required to register your visit and submit your identity card. Kindly be prepared to crawl to the top. You have to pass through the winding and uphill road flanked by ravines.