Schouten Eiladen, a dutch, was the first European who landed in Biak-Numfor Islands, then the name was used to call Biak-Numfor Islands in the Netherland Government time until the early of 1960. One opinion says that the name "œBiak" coming from a legend. The legend started when there's a battle between Burdam and Mandowen clan resulting Burdam clan leaving Biak island which was called as Warmambo Island at that time. They wanted to to go to a place far far away from Warmambo Island until it couldn't be seen anymore. But the fact was on their journey, they would always be able to see Warmambo Island everytime the looked back. This made them saying "œv'iak" or "œv'iak wer" which means reappear. The word "œv'iak" then was used by Burdam clan to mention Warmambo Island. As the time goes by, this word becoming Biak used until now.
Things to see
You can enjoy mild and beautiful nature accompanied by the sound of water flowing at Wafsarak Waterfall usually called as Warsa Waterfall. You can go to Amoi Settlement located in Biak Utara to see the blend of beautiful green hills and blue sea scenery. There's also Cendrawasih Museum for you to be able to see the beautiful architecture and some collections from World War II kept inside.
Things to do
Do you want to swim while enjoying the beautiful nature? You can go to Bosnik Beach located in Woniki village, on the eastern side of Biak Island. Goa Jepang (Japan Cave) which keeps many historical inheritances from World War II for at that time this place was used as stronghold for Japanese. There are also Padaido Islands and Wari Beach where you can dive and snorkel to see the beautiful underwater paradise at both places.
Things to eat
Singkong Marapean (Marapean Cassava) is one typical food of Biak. This food is made of cassave wrapped with banana leaves then burnt on top of smoulder stones. Another is Papeda made of sago cooked with hot water. There's also Japan Iyen. This food is made of boiled taro without spices. This food is usually served along with chili spiced fish.
Getting to Biak
Flying to Biak: Biak is served by Frans Kaisiepo International Airport. Frans Kaisiepo International Airport is located about 7 km east from Biak. A taxi into the city from Frans Kaisiepo International Airport would cost IDR 100.000. Read more about Frans Kaisiepo International Airport or look for flights to Biak