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Travel Guide Asia Indonesia West Papua Biak

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Introduction

Biak is a small island located in Cenderawasih Bay near the northern coast of Papua, an Indonesian province, and is just northwest of New Guinea. Biak is the largest island in its small archipelago, and has many atolls, reefs, and corals. The largest population centre is at Kota Biak (Biak City) on the south coast. The rest of the island is thinly populated with small villages.

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Sights and Activities

There are many beautiful beaches in Biak Island. You can visit Parai beach, Yendidori beach, Adoki beach, Wardo beach etc. There is a World War II monument in Biak, a museum with a cave. The cave was a hiding place for a Japanese soldier. On the way to Bosnik you can find a bird park. The collection includes cendrawasih (the bird of paradise), kasuari (cassowary) and mambruk (the original bird from Biak).

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Getting There

By Plane

Biak's Frans Kaisiepo Airport is a transit airport for Papua. You can reach Biak by using national airlines like Garuda Indonesia, Merpati Airlines, and Air Efata.

By Boat

You can use PT Pelni's passenger ships from Surabaya or Makassar.

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Sleep

There are a couple of fairly good hotels in Biak city.

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