West Papua is the most western province of Indonesia, occupying half of the entire Papua island itself (the other half is made up of Papua New Guinea). Originally a tribal island, there are still very remote and unique local communities with fascinating ways of life including highland hunting villages and agricultural ethnic groups. There are also sublime landscapes to be explored, with thick jungle, soaring peaks and coastal paths that offer something for all abilities. Flora and fauna of a dizzying array and some fantastic beaches, surfing and snorkelling complete the full circle of natural wonders on this island. There is also a fascinating history here with a fusion of the traditional ethnic tribes and their influence from European colonial missionaries and various military administrators.