Papua, also known as Western New Guinea and formerly Irian Jaya, is the easternmost part of . It comprises the western half of the island of , the world's largest and highest tropical island, while the eastern half is the independent country of .

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The is a region in central . Surrounded by mountains as high as 3,000 meters and practically isolated from much of the island, this valley hosts some of the traditional cultures of Papua.

is the capital and largest city in , .

is a group of islands on the western tip of in , famous for its diving experience.


The region is an area of southwest province of , located on the western half of the island of .

is the main city on the island of , off the northwest coast of , .

is the largest city of West Papua province, on the western tip of the Bird's Head Peninsula in , .


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