Pesta Kumbili in Boven Digoel Regency, Papua Province


Who doesn’t love agro-tourism? Well, spending a vacation in nature along with villagers would be a distinct experience for everyone. The most important thing is the destination, actually. Here is the reference. Tourists can choose Boven Digoel Regency in Papua Province. Aside from the historical value, the region has interesting cultures and other things to enjoy. For instance, there is Pesta Kumbili. This local party indeed becomes a great allure for tourists. For the information, Kumbili is the locals’ daily food. The plant belongs to the tuber family, which is similar to cassavas. People who live in Boven Digoel (especially local tribes) often include this in numerous events and ceremonies. Not to mention tourists are allowed to join the events and try some!

About Pesta Kumbili
Boven Digoel Regency has abundant numbers of Kumbili plantations. No wonder, the locals are able to cultivate lots of the product. This also explains why they include it in almost all local ceremonies and events. After all, Kumbili has become a staple food for generations. What about Pesta Kumbili? In terms of name, “Pesta” means a party. The locals would gather at a special time in order to cook and eat this delicious food together. The nuance is definitely rousing, so tourists can get a good time during the event.

Joining Pesta Kumbili
It is true that tourists and outsiders are allowed to join Pesta Kumbili in Boven Digoel Regency or other parts of Papua Province. However, there are several considerations. The most important thing is related to time or schedule. In order to find the information, tourists can talk to their guide or villagers beforehand, so don’t worry. The next important consideration is about the place or location. The party can be done officially or on regular days, actually. Once again, tourists must find out the details first.

During the event, the locals would collect the products and cook them traditionally. Tourists are allowed to join the process as long as they don’t cause a disturbance! Once the foods are ready, the feast begins! Everyone can eat some and conduct chatting while doing so. For foreigners, it is recommended to come with a local guide who can talk to villagers easily, in this case. As for photography, visitors are allowed to take photos too!

What is next? Aside from joining Pesta Kumbili and enjoying the feast, tourists have the chance to learn more information regarding the food. The most interesting one is related to the cultivation process. There are two types, which are white and red Kumbili, in fact. The red is sweet while the white one is mostly plain. Thus, it is recommended to taste them all later.

Nearby Attractions

  • Boven Digoel Camp
  • Owi Island

How to Get There
In order to join Pesta Kumbili, tourists must go to Boven Digoel Regency. Well, they can drop by in Jayapura City first by airplane. For instance, a flight from Jakarta City (Soekarno – Hatta International Airport) to Sentani Airport would take around 5 hours and 15 minutes. From Sentani, the next destination is Tanah Merah Airport at Boven Digoel. It can be done by an OTR plane and the flight may take around 1 hour.

Where to Stay

  • Honai Hotel
  • Tanah Merah Hotel
  • Susteran Oksibil Hotel
  • Idaman Hotel


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