About Boven Digoel in Papua Province


Papua Province has lots of interesting places to visit, especially during holidays. One of the most recommended regions to explore is called Boven Digoel Regency. The capital is Tanah Merah City and the region is known for history. In terms of name, “Boven” derives from the Dutch Language, which means “above”. The region is considered new, so not many outsiders and tourists recognize it. Despite the fact, visitors would have a nice experience when spending a vacation there. After all, tourists can enjoy several things during the visit. These include learning history, visiting historical sites, photography, and much more!

The Nuance
Boven Digoel doesn’t have sophisticated facilities and accommodations, so tourists should not expect much comfort there. However, the region offers a unique nuance for tourists to enjoy. The accessibility is considered nice, as well. It is neighboring to Mappi and Asmat Regency. What is more? For the information, the region features various landscapes including mountains, plains, hills, and swamps. Thus, the region is suitable for exploration and adventure! Also, it emits a colonial ambiance due to the presence of reminisces of Dutch architecture!

Exploring Boven Digoel
In terms of size, Boven Digoel is quite vast, so tourists can enjoy exploration to their heart’s content. Visitors would reach swampy areas and pass through lush forests during the exploration later. Not to mention the region is quite secluded and doesn’t have nice roads. Even during rains, most roads become muddy and difficult to use. For a more comfortable exploration, in this case, it is recommended to hire a local guide who can find the right road to take later.

Aside from adventure, tourists often come to Boven Digoel for its history. According to the locals, the region was once used by the Dutch to exile national figures back then. These include M. Hatta, Sayuti Melik, Chalid Salim, and much more! Tourists can simply talk to the locals or guide for further information later. As for tourist site, the most famous one perhaps is the Boven Digoel Camp. This old and abandoned prison indeed offers an interesting history. Aside from that, the building is good enough to be an object for photography.

What is more? Those who visit Boven Digoel can find some nice natural attractions to explore, too. The region even features some beautiful stunning waterfalls. What tourists need is good information regarding the location of these places. Once again, it is recommended to come with a local guide in order to explore the region efficiently later.

Nearby Attractions

  • Tanah Merah
  • Penjara Tua

How to Get There
It would take some time in order to reach Boven Digoel Regency, without a doubt. Have no worries. Everyone can get there fast by airplane. The first destination is Jayapura City (Sentani Airport). From Jakarta, a flight from Soekarno – Hatta International Airport to Sentani may take around 5 hours and 15 minutes. From Sentani, they can take an ATR plane and head to Tanah Merah Airport at Boven Digoel. This flight usually takes around 1 hour or more depending on the weather.

Where to Stay

  • Susteran Oksibil Guesthouse
  • Permata Hotel


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