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Jayapura

The city of Jayapura is often the first stop for travellers to Papua, and as testament to its remoteness many of the visiting westerners are thought to be either mine workers or missionaries. Although the wilds of Papua are a quick trail away the city itself provides visitors with reasons to stay. Beautiful beaches and bays stretch below thick jungle hills. Some of these contain remnants of WWII landing crafts and it is said that some of the caves in the area retain Japanese skeletons from the war. The nicest swimming beach is Base G with aqua water and a palmed shoreline. Nightly arrays of seafood tents are erected where eaters can pick their favourite fish to barbecue. The mix of Indonesian immigrants and Papuan locals get along well here despite being somewhat locked in conflict elsewhere in Papua. The city is deeply religious and a normal greeting often asks visitors to describe their faith. This also means there is a general lack of nightlife, although one pool hall serves expensive beer and offers free karaoke. There are a number of mid-range hotels and the posh Swiss-Belhotel for the high-class. Papua New Guinea is a gunshot away and visas and transport can be arranged in Jayapura.