Rawa Biru Lake in Merauke Regency, Papua Province
Located in Wasur National Park of Merauke Regency, a beautiful Rawa Biru Lake awaits tourists. As the name suggests, the lake resides in Rawa Biru Village. The locals or villagers take advantage of the lake as their source of fresh water, in fact. In terms of tourism, the lake is good enough to be an object for photography and comfy enough to be a place for relaxation. The accessibility is considered easy, as long as tourists come during the hot season. On the other hand, the route becomes muddy. So, what about the nuance?
Once arriving at Rawa Biru Lake, tourists may see a big beautiful and serene puddle of water. The size is about 95 Ha! The ecosystem is amphibious and this lake highly depends on the season. For example, it turns to a midstream during the rainy season and becomes a shallow lake during the hot season. Some dead trees are seen on the surface of the lake and there is a small wooden pier! One thing, tourists won’t find facilities on the site. Plus, the site is not shady, so it becomes too hot at noon. Therefore, it is recommended to come either in the afternoon or morning.
Exploring Rawa Biru Lake
The best thing to do in Rawa Biru Lake is definitely fishing. The best time to enjoy the activity is only during the rainy season, though. Despite the difficulty, the lake offers two famous species of fishes to visitors. These are Barramundi and Arowana. First, they can rest at a villager’s house for the preparation. Next, they need to acquire permission from the locals for fishing. No one is allowed to fish illegally in that area, after all.
Arowana fishes usually swim under bushy swamp sugar canes. Thus, tourists should choose the right spot to catch some. For the best result, it is recommended to join the locals who also enjoy fishing in Rawa Biru Lake. These people are both experienced and well-informed regarding the best fishing spots! Well, for those who don’t like swimming, they can enjoy relaxation instead. In this case, the best spot is definitely on the wooden pier. Watching the lake and enjoying the nuance are rejuvenating indeed.
Even a trip to Rawa Biru Lake gives a distinct satisfaction to tourists. Along the way to the site, tourists may see lots of big green trees and hear songs of local birds like yellow-crested cockatoos and parrots. Not to mention they may meet the locals who live in that area. These people live traditionally and have been taking advantage of the lake to satisfy their water necessities.
- Wasur National Park
- Onggaya Beach
- 0 Km Monument
- Murdani Monument
How to Get There
From Jakarta City or the capital of Indonesia, tourists can take an airplane at Soekarno – Hatta International Airport and head to Merauke Regency right away. This flight may take around 6 hours and 45 minutes. It can even be less during good weather. Once arriving at Mopah Airport, tourists can directly head to Rawa Biru Village by local transportation service. This trip would take around 1 hour and 30 minutes, actually.
Where to Stay
- Pada Elo Hotel