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Arfak mountains

Papua Bird's Head

We flew to Manokwari from Sentani. With the Cyclops Mountains to our right, the plane rose slowly into the air. We flew along the north coast, a long, unbroken stretch of beach and forest with not a settlement in sight. We passed the wide, muddy mouth of the Mamberamo. As we flew over Biak island, the coastline turned away into Cendrawasih (Bird of Paradise) Bay. Beautiful white-sand atolls bathed in clear blue water. We started our descent to Manokwari, slid under a mass of menacing black clouds and plopped onto the runway. It started to rain.

Fruit stand