Manokwari Travel Guide


Manokwari, an introduction


Manokwari, the capital of Papua Barat Province, is located on the northern coast of Papua. This city is known as the City of Fruit for the many fruits you can find. Manokwari has some beautiful spots visited by both domestic and international tourists.

Manokwari History

The name Manokwari is derived from Biak Numfor language which means old village. This city is known for its long history which started when two German missionaries, Carel Willem Ottow and Johann Gotlob Geisler arrived on 5 February 1855 to introduce Christianity to the local people. The missionaries made this city the oldest governed city in Papua. The anniversary of Manokwari is on November 8th, 1898 when the first government post was opened by the Dutch in Manokwari.

Manokwari on the map

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things to see

Things to see

For some history you can see the Japanese Monument which remembers the arrival of the Japanese army in Manokwari. You should also see the local tradition of calling fish using a whistle made of clams. If you want to see this unique tradition you can go to Bakaro Beach.

things to do

Things to do

You can go to Gunung Meja Forest for jungle trekking and enjoy the fresh air. The best place to fish is at Makabori Lake; which is simply filled by fishes. Or you can go to Maruni Beach if you prefer to fish in the sea.

Amban Beach is good for surfing as the waves are quite big and the sand is soft. Diving can be done at many places but Teluk Doreri (Doreri Bay) is a popular one as you can see several sunk Indonesian ships.

things to eat

Things to eat

A typical delicacy of Manokwari is papeda, also known as sagu porridge. Papeda is made from sagu flour and is eaten along with kuah kuning (yellow sauce) made from tuna mixed with turmeric and lime. You should also try the roasted fish of Manokwari. The last but not least is sagu lempeng. This dish is usually served as snack with coffee or tea.

Things to see and do near Manokwari

National Parks, Forests and Waterfalls

Airport at Manokwari

Manokwari is served by the Rendani Airport.

Flights for Manokwariare are served by the Rendani Airport (MKW). Manokwari can be accessed directly by airplanes as well as ships from several major cities in Indonesia such as Jakarta, Surabaya, Makassar, Manado and Jayapura. There are a few flights by Expressair: three weekly to Jayapura, Sorong, Makassar, Jakarta and Fak-Fak.

Entering the city from the airport

You can get a taxi to town on the road outside the airport for Rp. 40,000. Some public vans (Rp. 3,000) pass here too, bound for Terminal Wosi. From Wosi get another to Terminal Sanggeng on the western side of Teluk Sawaisu, then another (or walk) to Kota. Ojeks cost Rp. 10,000 to or from the airport.

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