West Papua is a gorgeous tropical paradise, with palmy beaches of snow-white sand, exotic coral reefs, and lush vegetation.
There are rugged mountains and rolling hills, such as these around Lake Sentani.
Most people live in villages (kampung-kampung) in remote areas.
Some live high above the jungle floor, in tree houses or houses on stilts.
These people are often fierce, proud warriors who follow the way of life their ancestors experienced for thousands of years. A fair number of them are cannibals (or ex-cannibals, more recently), such as the famous Asmat of the south coast.