Baliem Valley & Raja Ampat

Combine the highlands of Papua with the islands of Raja Ampat

12 days/11 nights ● from Jayapura, Papua/ to Sorong, West Papua ● Private Tour ● 5 nights in The Baliem Valley Resort, 5 nights in Raja Ampat secret guesthouse ● Level of difficulty: None

This 12 days/ 11 nights tour to Papua and West Papua brings you to the Baliem Valley, home of the Dani and Lani tribes. You meet the Danis during private excursions. Surrounded by beautiful vegetation you pass through Dani hamlets, villages and fields. You attend a traditional pig festival, which is by far the most amazing experience of a trip to Papua. The second part of the trip you spend in Raja Ampat in a nice, secret guesthouse and explore the archipelago in selected day tours. Relaxation and snorkeling are of course also taken care of.

Price per person
from Jayapura, Papua/ to Sorong, West Papua

for minimum 2 guests
USD 3.250 Approx. EUR 3.010
  • PRIVATE TOUR

Day 1: Jayapura – Baliem Valley
Arrival in Jayapura, flight to Wamena, and transfer to The Baliem Valley Resort

When arriving at Jayapura airport, our manager Siprianus is here to welcome you and assist with the check-in for your direct onward flight to Wamena. At Wamena airport, you meet your local guide and your driver. On the way to The Baliem Valley Resort, we visit the market of Wamena. Here local Danis offer their agricultural products. Besides the very popular sweet potato, many other vegetables and fruits are offered. The market of Wamena is also the biggest trading place for the very sought-after wild boars. Once at The Baliem Valley Resort, you settle in your bungalow and, depending on the time of day, you can enjoy lunch or an afternoon coffee. Later, dinner is served in the restaurant.

Transportation: Flight time to Wamena: 30 minutes. 45 minutes of drive. Guide included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort. Meals: full board.

Day 2: Baliem Valley
Easy hiking in the southern Baliem Valley and encounter with the Dani people

Today we visit the southern Baliem Valley. We start our easy hike in the village of Sogogmo and we follow the mighty Baliem River. We cross suspension bridges, walk through Dani settlements, meet the locals and see them working in their terraced fields and wild sugar cane groves. For lunch, we enjoy a picnic with a magnificent view over the river and the narrow valley. We walk back on the other side of the river, passing more Dani fields and settlements, before we meet our driver again. In the late afternoon we are back at the Resort.

Transportation: 2 hours of drive. 4 hours hiking. Guide included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort. Meals: full board.

Double room
Hiking along the Baliem River

Day 3: Baliem Valley
Hike to a Dani salt water spring and visit of the famous Jiwika Mummy

Today we drive to the village of Jiwika where we meet local Dani women of the Dugum clan who escort us to their salt water spring. Together, we hike through a fairy-tale mountain rainforest to reach the hidden spring. Up there, they show us the old techniques of salt gathering. Then we all enjoy a picnic before hiking down to the village and admire the 300 years old mummyof the clan. Seated in the men’s house, it is still decorated with its godeka and hair ornaments. It is a popular place because such mummies are very rare and usually difficult to see. Return to the Resort in the afternoon.

Transportation: 2 hours of drive.  2 to 3 hours mountain hiking (+1000m). Guide included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort. Meals: full board.

mummy close-up
The mummy of Jiwika

Day 4: Baliem Valley
Excursion to Lake Habbema, the highest lake in all of Indonesia

After an early breakfast, we drive to Lake Habbema. The savannah-like landscape of the Baliem Valley gives way to fantastic mountain rainforests with monstrous tree ferns and screw pines, covered with moss, lichens and climbing plants. At 3.200 metres, Lake Habbema is located on a large high moor, surrounded by enchanting meadows full of dwarf cypresses, rhododendrons and many species of orchids. A very unique flora! The lake is historically of certain importance, as the first explorers used it to land with seaplanes and then trek towards the Baliem Valley. We enjoy a picnic by the lake and if the sun is shining, we have a spectacular view over the Trikora mountain summit. Then, we go for a walk along the lake and you can even go for a cold swim! We are back to the Resort in the afternoon.

Transportation: 5 hours of drive. 1-2 hours  walking. Guide included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort. Meals: full board.

During a pig festival
decorated dani man starting a fire
A Dani from the Baliem Valley starting a fire

Day 5: Baliem Valley
Traditional pig festival, an unforgettable experience

Today is a very special day! After breakfast, we get ready to participate in a pig feast which takes place in a traditional Dani village. Many decorated people from the Dani tribe take part in the festival. Such pig feasts with hot stones and earth pits are probably the most interesting part of a trip to New Guinea. It is difficult to describe what exactly is so unique about these festivals because there is just too much happening at once. You have to see and experience it yourself.  For lunch, there is a picnic but you can also eat the food from the traditional earth pit if you like. The freshly cooked pork and sweet potatoes are delicious! In the late afternoon, we return to the Resort.

The pig festival takes place in changing villages. Precise information on travel times cannot be provided. 1 hour walking. Guide included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort. Meals: full board.

Day 6: Baliem Valley – Jayapura – Sorong
Last day in the Baliem Valley and transfer to Sorong

After breakfast, you are transferred to Wamena airport for your flight to Sorong via Jayapura. Upon arrival in Sorong, our representative awaits you and transfers you to the Hotel SwissBel in Sorong town. The rest of the day is at leisure but your guide will be happy to show you the fish market for a simple but great dinner

Transportation: Flight time to Jayapura: 30 minutes. Flight time to Sorong: 2 hours. 1 hour of drive. Guide included. Accommodation: Hotel SwissBel Sorong. Meals: breakfast.

Day 7: Sorong – Raja Ampat
First day in the Raja Ampat archipelago

After breakfast your driver brings you to the town’s port. You board the ferry to Waisai on Waigeo Island, Raja Ampat. Upon your arrival 2 hours later, you are met by the boatman of your guesthouse who takes you to your accommodation in a small motorboat. Finally, you have arrived in paradise. On the horizon, on a deserted island, the bungalows of a charming boutique hotel built on stilts appear. This small, simple hotel was built with great attention to detail by a foreign couple. It is located on a deserted island and provides its guests with island romance and local delicacies.  You settle in and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Transportation: 10 minutes by car, 2 hours by ferry, 50 minutes by motor boat. With an English speaking local guide. Accommodation: boutique hotel in paradise. Meals: breakfast, lunch and/or dinner depending on arrival time.

Visit Raja Ampat and stay in this secret guesthouse
Your terrace in paradise

Day 8: Raja Ampat
Visit and snorkelling in Sawandarek village

After an excellent French breakfast, depart for a snorkelling excursion near the village of Sawandarek on Mansuar Island. For years, the residents have decided to stop fishing to protect the underwater wealth of their village. The result is remarkable and makes Sawandarek one of the best snorkelling sites in Raja Ampat. You will snorkel with barracudas, giant groupers, emperors, turtles, sharks, batfish and more. Visit the village and return to the boutique hotel.

Half day excursion. Boat captain and local guide included. Accommodation: boutique hotel in paradise. Meals: full board.

Day 9: Raja Ampat
Free day

You wake up in paradise. Enjoy your breakfast to the sound of birds and waves. The day is free. Put on your mask and fins and explore the underwater treasures that lie just a few meters from your bungalow. You’ll discover a coral wall that is home to fish, turtles and small, harmless blacktip sharks! Relax and enjoy the sunset at the end of the day before dinner is served. There will be fresh fish!

Accommodation: boutique hotel in paradise. Meals: full board.

Simple but cozy & comfortable
Bathroom in paradise. It is important...

Day 10: Raja Ampat
Excursion to Batanta Waterfall and snorkelling

Batanta is one of the largest islands in Raja Ampat and has beautiful waterfalls where you can swim. To reach them you will walk about 1 hour through the jungle and see many tropical birds and butterflies on the way. Picnic lunch on the edge of the waterfalls. On the way back to the hotel there is of course enough time for another snorkelling stop.

Half day excursion. Boat captain and local guide included. Accommodation: boutique hotel in paradise. Meals: Full board.

Discover Raja Ampat in daily excursions
Kalibiru River

Day 11: Raja Ampat
Excursion to Kalibiru River

Today you take a trip to the magical Kalibiru River. This beautiful turquoise river glows so brightly that it looks like it has underwater lighting. Due to the natural phenomenon of water and sunlight, the small channels of the river appear very pure blue and phosphorescent. You have time for a picnic lunch and, of course, a swim in the beautiful blue. Take another walk in the great surroundings before you take your boat back to the hotel. Wow.

Full day boat tour. Boat captain and local guide included. Accommodation: boutique hotel in paradise. Meals: full board.

Day 12: Raja Ampat – Sorong Airport
Last day in Raja Ampat

After breakfast, your boatman takes you to Waisai harbour. You board the ferry to Sorong where your driver will take you to Sorong Airport for your return flight, or to your hotel.

Transportation: 10 minutes by car, 2 hours by ferry, 50 minutes by motor boat. With English speaking local guide. Meals: breakfast.

PRICE & CONDITIONS

Baliem Valley & Raja Ampat ● 12 days/11 nights ● Private Tour
Price per person from Jayapura, Papua /to Sorong, West Papua
for 2 guests
USD 3.250 Approx. EUR 3.010
  • +USD 350 for single room
for 3-6 guests
USD 2.850 Approx. EUR 2.640
  • +USD 350 for single room
Single guest
On request
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For payment we accept USD, EUR, and IDR. Please let us know your preferred currency. We ask for a deposit of 15% of the tour price at the time of booking. The balance is due no later than 4 weeks before the start of the tour. Prices are subject to change. The final price will be quoted upon confirmation of the tour. Foreigners need a travel permit for Papua (“surat jalan”). We will take care of this permit before your arrival. For the permit we need a copy of your passports and passport photos. A list of equipment will be sent with the booking confirmation.

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