There are interesting things about the word "Biak". Biak city residents gave the name of the town stands to "Bila Ingat Akan Kembali = If you Remember you Will Return".
When we spent a week in this city, it stands there is some truth. How does almost all the places in the town of Biak, Biak Numfor, Papua, providing memories that will not be forgotten.
Although the newly developed, naturally Biak Numfor already has its own tourist attraction. The beauty of coral reefs, tour history, the archipelago that presents amazed, until an interesting natural attractions.
However, coming to Biak not mean without preparation. Understand and know the ins and outs of the island who had been a witness of World War II, at least will help you to enjoy the natural beauty of Biak.
Here are some tips if you plan to visit to Biak.
How to Biak?
The best transportation to reach Biak is the plane. The main consideration is the efficiency of time. There are three airlines serving the route from Jakarta to Biak. By plane from Jakarta, you would transit once in Makassar. It takes about 4.5 hours, but due to time zone differences, so if you leave at 9 pm, you will arrive at Biak about half-past five in the morning.
In other words one day have you spent on the trip. It is recommended not to use this weekend as the choice of time to come to Biak. Minimal redeeming the long weekend, or if you want to settle for enjoying the Biak, take time off work or take advantage of school holidays.
Do not get confused about the inn, because when you're out the door of an airport hotel called Aerotel Irian you can find. The hotel is nice and has a fairly complete facilities (wifi, swimming pool, until breakfast) per night with a price of about Rp 480,000. If you want to find other accommodation, you can try a number of hotels in the city as Mapia Hotel in Jalan Ahmad Yani and Nirmala Beach Hotel on Jalan Raya Sorido.
The city center is on Jalan Imam Bonjol. Along the road you will find a supermarket, bank, restaurants, up market. You can use a taxi to pay Rp 5,000 for the purpose in the city is much closer, it could also pay Rp 3,000 if using public transportation. You can rent a car by paying Rp 500,000 per day with no driver.
A number of attractions can be found in Biak city, such as Goa Binsari the Japanese soldiers hiding place during World War II. It takes About a 30 minute drive from the city to arrive at the site. Then the Bird Park and Orchid in Bosnik Road, about 1 hour drive from the town of Biak Biak to the East. You can use taxi services by paying 100,000. Not far from this place you can find Bosnik market, where on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday is market day and you can buy fresh fish.
Do not forget to visit Niagara Wafsarak in North Biak. High waterfall about 8 meters presents the beauty and tranquility in the middle harmonic trees. You can enjoy the cool green water in the natural pool which is right under the waterfall. For fans of underwater tours, Biak one dive reference. Padaido archipelago is one of the dive site with dozens of points that offer the beauty of coral reefs and diverse species of fish.
One interesting point dive around the island Rurbas, then at Catalina bomber crash site owned by the allies. You can contact the hotel management where you stay or can be directly to the Department of Tourism in Biak Numfor. Tourism Office provides information, dive equipment, guides to accommodation for diving.
Not complete if it does not bring a souvenir from Biak town. However, unfortunately in Biak town there is only one souvenir place, namely at the Art Shop Iriani Jalan Imam Bonjol. Here you can get various kinds of souvenirs, like key chains typical of Papua from Rp 5,000 to Rp 7,500, sculptures ranging from Rp 45,000 to Rp 60,000, the price of socks from 60,000 to Rp 70,000 to Rp 95.000 per batik cloth square meters .
Do not forget the bread Aru. Bakery that has existed since the Dutch colonial era provides the bread and cakes as souvenirs. Roll rolls and sweet bread roll may be an option at a price of Rp 40,000 and Rp 10,000. There is also Nastar with Rp 3,000 per piece.
If you come in the months as they are now, then be prepared for hot weather in Biak. Advised to carry bottled water to avoid dehydration. Also do not forget to eat, as can be ascertained energy will be drained every time you walk in the sights, especially at very minimal tourist stalls that sell food.