Papua Travel

True development starts with passionate initiatives by Papuans themselves.

About is an initiative of the Community Based Ecotourism Network to support local Papuans by promoting their activities in tourism.

Ecotourism network

To promote and develop ecotourism in a sustainable and effective way, in 2010 the Community Based Ecotourism Network was initiated.

Preserve biodiversity

The wide variety of wildlife, tropical forests and marine ecosystems of West Papua attracts tourists from all over the world.

Sustainable development

For tourism to give a positive contribution to nature conservation, the development of tourism in West Papua needs to be planned and managed with extreme care.

Fair Tourism

The Community Based Ecotourism Network focuses on the principles of Fair Tourism

We strongly believe that true development starts with passionate initiatives by Papuans themselves. By working together we unite our strengths to maximize the benefit of small scale tourism for local people and for the conservation of the environment and traditional Papuan Culture.

So we encourage local ecotourism initiatives that:

  • are small scale

  • improve the well-being of local people

  • conserve the environment

  • support traditional Papuan culture

Meet Our Network


Sustainable Development Papua Barat

The Foundation for a Sustainable Development in Papua Barat (SDSP) was founded from private initiative in 1995 and is a Dutch NGO run completely by volunteers.

SDSP supports projects sprung from local initiatives in West Papua – whilst preserving their own identity and culture – that contribute to a sustainable society in which health care, education, agriculture, housing and nature conservation are organized in an effective manner.


West Papua Guides Association

Most of the Papuan based network partners are represented in the Regional Leadership Council (DPD) of the Indonesian Guides Association (HPI) of West Papua Province. The aim of DPD HPI is to support and promote tourism in West Papua i.e. by certification of tourist guides in the Arfak Mountains, Raja Ampat, Sorong, Tambrauw, Kaimana and Manokwari.


Local people benefit

The Raja Ampat Micro Tourism project is determined to let local papuan people benefit from their own efforts.

Their website is dedicated to a local initiative, whereby the local papuan people offer their homestays to the daring traveller. They do this in a unique form: the package deal. The package deal means that your trip to R.A., your stay there, and all the trips you make there, are organised for you, from the moment you arrive in Sorong, untill the moment you return to Sorong. On their website a lot of useful tips can also be found.


Guide and blogger

Charles is an experienced guide that organizes eco-tours for visitors who want to experience trekking, camping, wildlife and birdwatching in the tropical jungle of Sorong regency, the Tambrauw mountains, snorkeling tours in Raja Ampat, whaleshark watching in Kaimana or customized trips to the Koroway tribe.

Charles also writes blogs on his website to promote eco-tourism and share his experiences travelling through beautiful West Papua.

Shita Prativi

Birding Eco Tour Guide

Valentina Shita Prativi of Magnificus Expeditions, linked to her renowned Papua Bird Club, uses the power of ecotourism to fuel the conservation of the forests and birds and the development of rural communities of West Papua, Indonesia.

Your tour with Magnificus Expeditions directly benefits the forests, birds, and communities of Papua.


Bird Guide

Zeth is a highly experienced, self-trained bird guide who has led bird watching tours in the Arfak Mountains since 1994 and has worked with, among others, Sir David Attenborough.

His profound and abundant knowledge of the wildlife of his home region has established his reputation as the most reliable and successful guide in the Arfak area.

Send Zeth a SMS message


Customized package tours

TravelPapua is a Dutch-Papuan run Tour Operator specialised in customized packaged tours in any part of Papua and West Papua Province. Their mission is to preserve the culture and nature of Papua through out travelling. Working directly with local Papuan guides and communities is their top priority.


Conservation International

Protecting Marine Environments

In 2004, Conservation International forged an unprecedented collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, the World Wide Fund for Nature and numerous local partners to sustainably manage coastal and marine resources in the Bird’s Head Seascape.

In Bird’s Head Seascape, CI is working to protect the coral reefs and mangroves — the life support system of the Indonesian region of West Papua.

The Nature Conservancy

Protecting nature. Preserving life.

The Nature Conservancy has been actively working with local government, communities and other partners like World Wildlife Fund and Conservation International toward Raja Ampat’s protection for the past decade.

Their main goal: to ensure the archipelago remains one of the world’s most biodiverse regions while sustaining the valuable natural resources Raja Ampat’s people need to keep their livelihoods.

RARCC conservation

Research and Conservation Center

RARCC stands for Raja Ampat Research and Conservation Center and has been taking the initiative introducing conservation and community related projects in the Raja Ampat since 1993.

Since RARCC was established, they have formed close working relationships with Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, WWF and some of the local NGO’s. They take initiative in conservation and strive to create alternatives among others in the form of sustainable marine tourism industry initiatives.

Stay Raja Ampat

Website portal

Stay Raja Ampat is a non-commercial, not-for-profit website created to help travellers and locals in Raja Ampat.

Staying in Raja Ampat accommodation that is owned and operated by local people provides a unique cultural experience at an affordable price. You’ll be supporting the local economy and empowering the traditional owners of Raja Ampat in their efforts to preserve both their environment and their way of life.