A ‘Beautiful’ Road to Bintang Mountains of Papua

goodmorningpapua.com – For you who want to go to the Bintang Mountains in Papua, you should first know how the conditions are there and how much budget you need to prepare. Pengunungan Bintang Regency is one of the regions producing quality and natural Arabica coffee in Papua.

An access to and from the Bintang Mountains Regency in Papua can only be reached by air transportation. Therefore, it is important to know how the terrain and the plane fare are to get there.

Hari Suroto, an owner of the “Day Bersama” coffee label, which uses arabica coffee from the Bintang Mountains Regency, Papua, said the Bintang Mountains is a district in the easternmost central highlands of Papua. “Directly adjacent to the Western Province in Papua New Guinea,” said Hari, Thursday, March 10, 2022.

Coffee from the Bintang Mountains Regency of Papua has a distinctive taste and strong aroma. During the Dutch colonial period, Papuan coffee was exported to Europe. This coffee is called Moanemani coffee because it was grown by the Mee Tribe.

Regarding air transportation to and from the Papua Mountains Regency, Hari Suroto explained, there are ATR type aircraft that serve flights from Sentani Airport to Oksibil Airport, the capital of the Bintang Mountains Regency. Meanwhile, from Oksibil Airport or Sentani Airport to isolated and scattered districts in the Bintang Mountains Regency using a small Cessna type airplane.

  • Airfare from Sentani Airport, Jayapura to Okbibab District IDR 1.9 million
  • Airfare from Okbibab District to Sentani Airport, Jayapura IDR 1.2 million
  • Airfare from Oksibil Airport to Okbibab District IDR 800 thousand
  • Airfare from Okbibab District to Oksibil Airport IDR 800 thousand

Small plane charter from Sentani Airport to Abmisibil airport in Okbibab District Rp 35 million for a Cessna Caravan type aircraft with nine seats

“There is no cell phone signal in Okbibab District,” said Hari Suroto. “There is only satellite wifi with a rental fee of IDR 80 thousand per ten minutes.”

Besides carrying passengers, this pioneering aircraft also functions as a cargo plane that is chartered to transport basic goods from Sentani, Jayapura Regency, Papua. With the difficulty of the terrain and the mode of transportation to and from the Bintang Mountains Regency, Papua, I’m curious how much the cost of basic commodities there.

Need to know, the rate of food delivery from Sentani Airport to Okbibab District is Rp. 26 thousand per kilogram. Here are some prices for basic commodities in the Bintang Mountains Regency:

  • Noodle is IDR 10 thousand per pack
  • Rice is IDR 50 thousand per kilogram
  • Gasoline is IDR 60 thousand per liter
  • Sugar is IDR 50 thousand per kilogram
  • Cooking oil is IDR 60-70 thousand per liter
  • 1.5 liter bottled water is for IDR 45 thousand

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