Sentani Lake in Jayapura City, Papua Province - Indonesia


Papua Province, there is the biggest lake of the region called Sentani. The location is near to Cyclops Mountains and it has been visited by tons of tourists, either from nearby regions or other countries. Not only it is famous for the grandiose size, the lake offers numerous natural attractions that scatter near to it. Plus, visitors can do many things including sightseeing, relaxation, photography, adventure, island hopping, etc. On top of that, tourists can learn the history and legend of the site! This explains why no one would overlook Sentani when visiting Papua Province in Indonesia.

The Nuance
In terms of size, Sentani Lake has the width about 9360 hectares! It also resides on 75 meters above the sea level. With these facts, the lake is definitely the biggest in Papua Province. Not to mention it features lots of natural attractions (especially 22 small islands). The water looks calm, but it is definitely deep. As for the fauna, the lake becomes the home of several species of fishes, especially “Hiu Gergaji” or Largetooth Sawfish. Other types of fishes like rainbows and snakehead murrels also live there, actually.

Exploring Sentani Lake
Before exploring the lake for its beauty, visitors should at least learn the history and other important information regarding the lake. In terms of name, “Sentani” means We Live Here Peacefully. The name was given in 1898 by a Christian pastor named BL Bin during his missionary task in Papua Province. When it comes to legend, Sentani Lake was the location where a giant dragon fell from the sky. It is said the dragon carried the ancestors of local tribes who live in this area!

Once learning those interesting stories regarding the lake, tourists can start exploring the site. First, they must find a boat and rent it to explore Sentani Lake or visit nearby small islands. The rent fee of the boat varies depending on the season, though. As an alternative, visitors can do other fun activities like swimming, fishing, diving, and canoeing. Thanks to calm and comfy water. These activities can be done safely by everyone. However, that doesn’t mean tourists can carelessly get in the water without preparation.

Another allure of Sentani Lake is the annual event called FDS or Sentani Lake Festival. During the event, tourists can enjoy numerous art performances, exhibitions, etc. Not to mention they have the chance to taste unique and delicious local foods offered by different tribes who live in Papua Province.

Nearby Attractions

  • Emfote Lake
  • Love Lake
  • Ikhwan Park
  • Teletubbies Hill
  • Patouw Pier
  • Kuning Pier
  • Khalkote Beach
  • Kali Jernih Natural Bath
  • Mc Arthur Hill
  • Nolokia Waterfall
  • Asei Island

How to Get There
It is easy to get to Sentani Lake. From Jakarta City, travelers can directly head to Papua Province by airplane. Their destination is Sentani Airport, and the flight may take about 8-9 hours. Once arriving at the airport, they can take a taxi or other local transportation service to visit the lake right away.

Where to Stay

  • Carvin Hotel
  • Surya Jaya Hotel
  • Sabang Land Hotel
  • Metta Star Sentani Hotel
  • Endnit Hotel
  • J-Five Hotel

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