East­ern­most Pa­pua is a jewel in the ar­chi­pel­ago’s crown.

Pa­pua’s largest lake is a breath-tak­ing jewel to be­hold for visi­tors.

The Jakarta Post - Magazine - - Contents - Words Marischka Pru­dence

East­ern In­done­sia’s Pa­pua prov­ince is re­garded by many ad­ven­ture seek­ers and na­ture lovers as a dream desti­na­tion. This half of the world’s sec­ond­largest is­land has plenty of cap­ti­vat­ing scenery, even when only glimpsed from the air­plane win­dow.

In north­east Pa­pua, not far from the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal Jaya­pura, there is a prime ex­am­ple of the scenery on of­fer - a par­tic­u­larly daz­zling site with blue wa­ter, bright white cloud, and lush green is­lands.

It is Sen­tani, Pa­pua’s largest lake cov­er­ing an area of 9,630 hectares, which ex­tends from the Borowai re­gion in the west to Waena, near Abepura, in the east.

Its scat­ter­ing of cur­va­ceous green is­lands adds to the mag­nif­i­cence of this al­ready stun­ning lake. Of the 21 is­lands, Asei Is­land is the most fa­mous, no­tably for the leather wood crafts pro­duced there and its lo­ca­tion near the Gapote quay area.

Only 50 kilo­me­ters from Jaya­pura city, Sen­tani is a great place to ab­sorb na­ture’s riches. There are plenty of small wooden boats ready to ferry lo­cal peo­ple or tourists from is­land to is­land.

Tourists only have to pay Rp 10,000 to cross from the quay to one of the is­lands; for an ex­tra Rp 10,000, visi­tors can be given the “short tour” in the heat of the sun, which en­hanced the wa­ter’s bril­liant color.

Here is the splen­dor of Sen­tanti in im­ages.

Orig­i­nally pub­lished on Jak­post. travel

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