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Pictures of our Borneo-Sulawesi-Moluccas-Papua Trip -  in August 2017-May 2018
- Eighth part: Province of Papua Island of Yapen and continuing by ferry to the island of Biak and the province of West Papua
Moluccas (Central) Part 2 – Ambon and onwards by ferry to Serui on Yapen in Papua
Moluccas (Central) Part 1 – Seram and onwards by ferry to Ambon in Moluccas
West Papua Part 1 – on the western Bird's Head Peninsula from Sorong, ‚Trans Papua Road’ and onwards by ferry to Seram in Moluccas (Central)
North Moluccas Part 2 – Halmahera and onwards by ferry to Sorong in West Papua Part 1 (Irian Jaya) on western Bird's Head Peninsula
North Moluccas Part 1 – Ternate and Tidore and onwards by ferry to  Sofifi on Halmahera on North Moluccas
North Sulawesi Part 2 – Tomohon and surroundings to Tangkoko NP and onwards to Bitung with ferry to Ternate on North Moluccas
Sarawak-Kalimantan-North Sulawesi Part 1 – Miri via Kuching in Sarawak/Malaysia to Balikpapan in Kalimantan and continuing by ferry to Sulawesi
3rd Rejuvenation of our LandCruiser FJ60/1982 in Miri/Sarawak/East Malaysia from 2/6/2017
Myanmar (Burma) Part 3 – from Nyaungshwe at Inle Lake to Mandalay and Goteik viaduct
Myanmar (Burma) Part 2 – Bago (Pegu) - Shwenyaung at Inle Lake
Myanmar (Burma) Part 1 – from Yangon (Rangoon) to the 'Golden Rock' of Kyaiktiyo
Ukraine Part 3 – from Russia border at Kyaterinіvka to port city Odessa (29th container to Bintulu/Sarawak/East Malaysia)
Russia – from Kazakhstan (at Mikhaylovka) to Mongolia border (at Tashanta) and Ukraine border at Krupets August 21st to November 11th, 2016
Kazakhstan –  from Kyrgyzstan border at Korday to Russia border at Shemonaika – August 9th to 21st, 2016
Kyrgyzstan from Tajikistan border in Pamir to Kazakhstan border at Karkara June 27th to August 9th, 2016
Tajikistan Part 2 from Dushanbe to the Kyrgyzstan border June 19th to 27th, 2016
Tajikistan Part 1 from Uzbekistan border to Dushanbe May 31st to June 18th, 2016
Uzbekistan from Turkmenistan border in Dashoguz to Tajikistan border near Oybeck May 10th to 31st, 2016
Turkmenistan from Iran border at Bajgiran to Uzbekistan border near Khiva May 6th to 10th, 2016
Iran from the ferry port Bandar Abbas to Turkmenistan border near Ashgabat April 11th to May 6th, 2016
United Arab Emirates from Saudi Arabia border to Sharjah and the ferry to Iran January 12th to April 10th, 2016
Saudi Arabia from the ferry port Jeddah in transit to United Arab Emirates border January 9th to 12th, 2016
Sudan – from Ethiopia border to Suakin and the ferry to Saudi Arabia December 9th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016
Papua Part 2 – Biak and onwards by ferry to Manokwari in West Papua Part 2 (Irian Jaya) on eastern Bird's Head Peninsula
West Papua (Irian Jaya) Part 2 – on the eastern Bird's Head Peninsula from Manokwari, ‚Trans Papua Road’ and onwards by ferry to Makassar in South Sulawesi
South Sulawesi-Kalimantan-Sarawak Part 2 – Makassar in South Sulawesi by ferry to Batulicin in South Kalimantan and continuing via Kuching to Miri in Sarawak
Continuation of the 3rd Rejuvenation of our LandCruiser FJ60/1982 in Miri/Sarawak/East Malaysia from 2/6/2017 and again from 7/16/2018
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latest picture: March 31, 2018
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1298  The mountainous scenery of the island of
Yapen in the province Papua looks promising
when on 25.3.2018 our “KM Dobonsolo”
of the Pelni Line approaches it
1299  At the shore of the island of Yapen
a fisherman is heading to new fishing
grounds with his “catamaran”
1300  The sun is just setting when we call
at the port of Serui on the island of Yapen.
It is our 9th island in the 11th Indonesian
province of our current tour
1301  We docked at the port of Serui on the
island of Yapen. While we have to exercise
patience due to low tide until the ramp can
be lowered, Emil is chatting with the
responsible officer …..
1302  ….. about an hour later the ramp is lowered.
But there is a nasty surprise: Halfway down, it is
hauled up again. “Mission impossible!” – the water
level is still too low and the vessel cannot wait longer
for the high tide to come back. We'll have to
continue to the ship's final destination of Jayapura
and try our luck when returning
1303  On our “imposed Mini Cruise” from Serui
to Jayapura at the Papua New Guinea border the
passengers are mostly Papuans with their broad
noses and curly hair. For them, Liliana is always
a selfie subject (and vice versa)
1304  Our ferry “KM Dobonsolo” is berthing
for seven hours in the port of Jayapura. We are not
allowed to visit the city with its 200'000 people,
because we have no ticket to Jayapura
1305  Jayapura, lying at the semicircular
picturesque Yos Sudarso Bay, formerly
Humboldt Bay, offers a colorful sight
from the deck of our ferry
1306  The modern Swiss-Bel Hotel complex
sticks out as stark contrast to the peaceful
cityscape of Jayapura
1307  A Papuan mother with her child is gazing
from the deck of our “KM Dobonsolo” towards
the passing coastal strip near Jayapura
1308  Passengers enjoy the view to the calm blue
sea from the deck of our “KM Dobonsolo”
1309  A happy fellow traveler on
her way to new horizons
1310  The small fishing hamlet Kayo Pulau snuggles
at the head of an islet in the port of Jayapura
1311  A squid catcher on Jayapura’s northern coast
1312  With a speed of about 20 mph [32km]
(17¼ knots) we are heading for the second time
towards the mountainous island of Yapen. Do we
manage to unload our LandCruiser this time?
1313  A cemetery at a small forest clearing
along Yapen’s coast is the first sight on our
approach to Serui
1314  The small coastal strip at the foot of
a deeply forested hill provides barely space
for a few houses
1315  A glimpse from the deck of our “KM
Dobonsolo” towards the city center of Serui (ca.
30'000 people), the capital of the island of Yapen.
In the center the mosque “Agung Darussalam”
1316  3/26/2018, 4pm: View over the port of
Serui. New passengers are already flocking to
the ferry. The port exit for cars however is
still blocked by a ‘mobile’ container
1317  Lucky moment: The tide is right this
time to lower the ramp. Emil is disembarking our
LandCruiser from the ferry hull to the quay …..
1318  ….. where it is hardly recognizable
between the incredible crowd
1319  A police car paves our way for leaving
the port of Serui
1320  The golden white “Jemaat Ekklesia Serui”
of the Pentecostal church of Indonesia (Gereja
Pantekosta) is the jewel of Serui
1321  The Indonesian flag flutters at the port entry
of Serui. It's graphically identical with the one from
Monaco; only the ratio is different (id=2:3, mc=4:5)
1322  Monument of the evangelical Gospel
mission of Papua (GKI Gereja Kristen
Indonesia) in the city center of Serui
1323  Monument of Silas Papare, a Papuan
guerilla leader in 1945/46 from Netherlands
New Guinea at that time (= today Papua region,
formerly Irian Jaya)
1324  The Star of David shows that it must
be a Jewish monument. In the fight for
recognition the Papuans compare
themselves with Israel (see here)
1325  Serui’s market surprises with its big range of
vegetable, everything laid out neatly and attractively
1326  The lady vendor beams at us
behind her vegetable stall
1327  The mask vendor installed himself
between vegetable and fruit stalls
1328  The vendor adds some more pieces of
grated cabbage to his pyramids, topped with
some streaks of carrots
1329  “Look at my beautiful tomatoes”
1330  The vendor is preparing his
coconuts to be shredded
1331  Our LandCruiser is on a discovery tour
along the 20 miles [30km] long western coastal
road direction new airport “Stevanus Rumbewas”
1332  At a flat coastal strip near Ariepi
vegetables are planted at the edge of the forest.
The modest farmhouse is built of wood laths
1333  Intact nature: A biotope with crystal
clear water along the western coastal road
Splendid views over deep blue and turquoise shining bays. The viewpoints of the 20 miles [30km] long western island road
start about 2 miles [3km] west from the city center and continue approximately to mile 7 [km 11]
1337  Photo stop on the narrow winding western
island roller coaster road through the forest
1338  A jewel of a bay, surrounded
by tropical rain forest
1339  The beach past Aromarea, halfway to the
airport, impresses by its nativeness and cleanliness
1340  The 1½mile [2km] long access to the
quaint fishing village of Sarawandori at Mioka Bay,
a settlement partly on stilts, forks after
5 miles [8km] from Serui
1341  Children of the village of Sarawandori
are eying us amazed
1342  Where the access road to Mioka Bay
ends: The modest fishermen’s houses on stilts
in the coastal hamlet of Sarawandori
1343  View from Sarawandori Beach over
Yapen's Mioka Bay to the Cendrawasih Bay
1344  Turning point for our LandCruiser
at the Sarawandori Beach
1345  The Sarwandori Beach – a beautiful place
to relax. On weekends it might get busy
The ever changing amazing views to the sparkling bays on the western coastal road entice us to take pictures again and again
1349  View from the eastern coastal road
near the jetty of the village of Kabuena
1350  The shining red flowers of the New-Guinea
creeper (Mucuna bennettii) belong to the
rainforest plants
1351  The moth orchids of the genus
Phalaenopsis are always a pleasant surprise
1352  The jetty of the ASDP ferry “KMP
Masirei” to our next Papua island of Biak lies in
a quiet bay at Kabuena, a village around
4½ miles [7km] east of the main port of Serui
1353  The youngster on his palm tree stand
in Kabuena greets us with a lovely smile
1354  The mooring fishing boats at the
village of Kabuena spread a calm and
peaceful atmosphere
1355  At the departure port of our ferry
“KMP Masirei”, village women are selling drinks,
fruits, betelnuts and nondescript food
1356  Catering for fish lovers at the
ferry port of Kabuena
1357  Indefinable, but looking yummy.
Nonetheless we drop it
1358  Our ferry “KMP Masirei” (ASDP) at
the jetty of Kabuena. It will ship us during a
night ride to Biak, our second Papuan island
1359  Emil is maneuvering our LandCruiser
into the “KMP Masirei” where it will remain
the only vehicle to the island of Biak
1360  “Ticket Booth” for the crossing: Our
LandCruiser costs 500’000 rupees (USS$36).
Strangely the port wants to charge the same
amount for port fees (corruption!). With the
help of the captain (next to Emil) we can
reduce it to 200’000 rupees (US$14.50)
1361  The hull of “KMP Masirei” fills more and
more with passengers and their bulky belongings.
They make themselves comfortable on the
floor for the night
1362  On a stopover in Ureifaisei/Waropen on the
“mainland” of Papua, most passengers disembark
and only a few new ones come aboard giving us
some space to stretch out on the floor for the night
1363  The setting sun offers its unique spectacle
when our ferry leaves Ureifaisei/Waropen
on the “mainland” of Papua and heads
for the island of Biak
More websites from the "Borneo-Sulawesi-Moluccas-Papua" trip:
Part 1: Pictures from Sarawak-Kalimantan-North Sulawesi – Miri/Malaysia via Kuching and Balikpapan to North Sulawesi from August to October 2017
Part 2: Pictures from the second part of North Sulawesi – Tomohon and surroundings, Tangkoko NP in October 2017
Part 3: Pictures from the North Moluccas Part 1 – Ternate and Tidore in November/December 2017
Part 4: Pictures from the North Moluccas Part 2 – Halmahera in November/December 2017
Part 5: Pictures from West Papua Part 1 (Irian Jaya) – Sorong and westerly ‘Trans Papua Road’ in December 2017-February 2018
Part 6: Pictures from the Moluccas Part 1 (Central) – Seram in February 2018
Part 7: Pictures from the Moluccas Part 2 (Central) – Ambon in February/March 2018
Part 9: Pictures from Papua Part 2 – Biak in April 2018
Part 10: Pictures from West Papua Part 2 (Irian Jaya) – Manokwari and easterly ‘Trans Papua Road’ in April 2018
Part 11: Pictures from South Sulawesi-Kalimantan-Sarawak Part 2 South Sulawesi via Kalimantan to Kuching and Miri/Malaysia from May to July 2018
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