Kokas, McClure Gulf, Indonesia

Kokas is a small village located in the McClure Gulf, Fak Fak Province, West Papua, Indonesia. It is home to approximately 500 Muslim West Papuans. Evidence of Japanese occupation during WWII, such as wartime bunkers, remain on the beaches of Kokas.

Kokas is known for its ancient rock drawings. These drawings on canyons locally known as Tapuraran, were made using natural materials in red color, similar to human blood. Therefore, the local community often calls them blood paintings. Designs show hand stencils, fish, birds, angled boomerang-like objects, and depictions of mixed animal-human figures.

Things to See & Do

* Kokas village
* Cultural performance
* Papuan rock art

General information

Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Rupiah (IDR)
Language – Indonesian
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Population - 500 approx
Land Area - 38,474 km2 (Fak-Fak Regency)
Time - GMT plus seven hours
International Country Telephone Code – +62

Travel Links - The main gateways to West Papua are Biak, Manokwari and Jayapura, although there are also limited flights to Fakfak, Sorong and Timika. Only Garuda has direct flights from Jakarta to capital Jayapura; all other carriers, including Merpati, Batavia Air and Lion Air, fly circuitous routes with stops at intermediate cities like Denpasar (Bali) Makassar (Ujung Panjang).

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