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Youtefa Bay

Written by  Rahma
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When you travel to Papua, you have to visit Youtefa bay as a tourism destination which has been talked about recently amid the event of National Sports Fair XX Papua 2021. As a venue for rowing sports, Youtefa Bay spoils the athletes with stunning views. Besides offering stunning views, Youtefa Bay has many tourism spots, ranging from bays, headlands, lowland forests, mangroves to beautiful beaches. This tourism attraction can be accessed by motor vehicles from Jayapura City with a distance of about 20 to 30 minutes.

Youtefa Bay is a small bay in the Yos Sudarso Bay area. The area includes several traditional villages, namely Tobati, Enggros, and Nafri villages. The bay has a typical view of coral islands with an expanse of blue waters. One of the mainstay spots in Youtefa Bay is Lake Sentani which is ready to spoil tourists with beautiful views. Youtefa Bay has a 200-meter-long mangrove forest from the coastline. The  mangrove forest and trees can be 7 to 12 meters high, which make Youtefa Bay feel like being lush and cool. Besides, there are  amazing views of the beach, headland, and lowland forest.

Another spot which is also beautiful is Hamadi Beach which is two kilometers long. This beach will spoil tourists with views of the sky, blue sea water and beach waves. Besides the beautiful scenery, Hamadi Beach recorded an important history in the past. During the second World War, this beach became the center of defense of the allied troops in the Jayapura area. Thus, when you come to Hamadi Beach, you will find many objects of war relics, such as the wreckage of tanks to warships. Not far from Hamadi Beach, there is Mount Mher which is very beautiful. Mount Mher holds the legend of the origin of the Tobati and Enggros tribes. Afterwards,  there is Tanjung Kaswari, which is known for its cool and shady beaches with rows of beautiful cypress trees. All the natural beauty of Youtefa Bay is covered by the splendor of the Youtefa Bridge, which curves in red. This bridge crosses from Jayapura City, Hamadi Village to Muara Tami District. It was inaugurated in October 2019. This bridge is one of the icons of Jayapura City.

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