What is the first tought if heard Jayapura? Far from Jakarta, city with no interesting place, primitive? Hehe totally wrong. Nowadays, Jayapura has airport which can be landed by Airbus A330. In April 2017, Garuda Indonesia plan to fly to Jayapura using Airbus A330. Sentani airport also required with airport bus (DAMRI), ready to pick up passenger heading for Jayapura City from 7 A.M. with one hour interval. It takes almost 90 minutes from Sentani to Jayapura. This airport bus departs from Jayapura from 4:30 A.M. So, it is enough time to catch the morning flight to Merauke, Biak, or Jakarta. Almost forgot, airport bus costs IDR 50.000. Cheaper from taxi that will cost around IDR 300.000.
Jayapura has numbers of hotels. In example Horison, Aston, Swisbell, and many more. The rate of deluxe room is around IDR 900.000/night. Jayapura also has the famous bookstore, Gramedia. Not so far from Gramedia, there is Mal Jayapura, the mall that also Jayapura XXI in there. IDR 50.000 for weekdays movie, and IDR 75.000 for weekends.
How about food? Jayapura has J.Co, KFC, Breadtalk, Solaria, Excelso cafe, and many more. In the afternoon there also street food around the GOR Jayapura, the seller almost all are moslem, so muslim traveler, dont worry if you want visit Jayapura.
Sightseeing? Dont sure about this one, but there is one called Mac Arthur highland, the place where Mac Arthur (US high rank soldier) was landed in order to attack Japan in World War II. Mac Arthur site is located within the area of military base. It is free entry, but have to open side window or helmet cover if passing by the gate. Mac Arthur site is only 30 minutes from Sentani Airport.
From Mac Arthur highland, can be seen Sentani Lake and Sentani Airport runway. It is breathtaking view that must be capture with wide lenses.
So there are short story about Jayapura, one of main gate in Eastern Indonesia. Have a nice day!