Papua Expeditions is based in the bustling regency town of Sorong, located on the northwestern tip of West Papua's Bird's Head Peninsula and gateway to the fabled Raja Ampat archipelago. Sorong is very conveniently bridged by direct air links with Indonesia's main entry points and by default our travels start out here.
Getting to Sorong
From the Indonesian capital Jakarta, Nam Air (a subsidiary of Sriwijaya Air) operates daily direct flights to Sorong while Express Air, Garuda Indonesia Airlines and Sriwijaya Air operate daily flights to Sorong via Ujung Pandang (Makassar) in southwestern Sulawesi. In addition, Lion Air flies daily to Sorong from Jakarta and Ujung Pandang via either Ambon in the southern Moluccas or Manado in northeastern Sulawesi. Finally, Garuda Indonesia Airlines operates daily flights to Sorong from Manado.
Indonesian time zones
Straddling the Equator for more than 5,000 km, Indonesia is the world's fourth largest geopolitical unit, and this vast country is being subdivided into three time zones: Western Indonesia Time corresponds to GMT+7 and comprises most of the Greater Sunda Islands (Sumatra, Java and Indonesian Borneo or Kalimantan), Central Indonesia Time corresponds to GMT+8 and contains the Sulawesi region, the island of Bali and the Lesser Sunda Islands, and finally Eastern Indonesia Time corresponds to GMT+9 and encompasses the Moluccas and West Papua. Thus at GMT+9 Sorong in West Papua is two hours ahead of the Indonesian capital Jakarta on the island of Java, and one hour ahead of Ujung Pandang/Makassar and Manado on the island of Sulawesi.
A travel permit, known as Surat Keterangan Jalan (SKJ) in Indonesian, remains compulsory to visit West Papua away from the regency town centers. We acquire this on your behalf when providing us upon arrival with two passport photos as well as two photocopies of the following pages in your international passport: the personal identification page, the page bearing your Indonesian immigration entry stamp, and, if applicable, the page bearing your Indonesian visa.
Traveling from West Papua to Papua New Guinea
Traveling from West Papua to adjacent Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a little time-consuming because there are no direct air links. However, it is possible to make use of the Skouw/Wutung land-crossing between Jayapura in West Papua and Vanimo in Papua New Guinea. From Vanimo it is possible to fly onward to other destinations in Papua New Guinea with PNG's national carrier, Air Niugini.
Browse the Express Air web site.
Browse the Garuda Indonesia Airlines web site.
Browse the Lion Air web site.
Browse the Sriwijaya Air web site.
Browse the Trigana Air web site.
Browse the Air Niugini web site.