Biak Numfor Regency

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Biak Numfor Regency
(Kabupaten Biak Numfor)
Regency
Motto: Memantapkan Kota Jasa Sebagai Jembatan Emas Biak Sejahtera di Masa Depan
Coordinates: 6°54′53.08″S 107°36′35.32″E / 6.9147444°S 107.6098111°E / -6.9147444; 107.6098111
Country  Indonesia
Province Papua
Capital Kota Biak
Area
 • Total 2,602 km2 (1,005 sq mi)
Elevation 768 m (2,520 ft)
Population (2014)
 • Total 156,023
 • Density 60/km2 (160/sq mi)
Website www.biakkab.go.id

Biak Numfor Regency is one of the regencies (kabupaten) in Papua province of Indonesia. It consists of a group of islands (the Biak Islands) at the northern entrance into Cenderawasih Bay, of which the principal ones are Biak and Numfor; the remaining large island within the group, Supiori Island, was split off to form a separate Supiori Regency on 8 January 2004.

Biak Numfor Regency covers an area of 2,602 sq.kms, and had a population of 126,798 at the 2010 Census;[1] the latest official estimate (as at January 2014) is 156,023. The administrative centre is the town (kota) of Biak, on the island of the same name.

Administrative Districts[edit]

The existing regency comprises nineteen districts (kecamatan), tabulated below with their populations at the 2010 Census:[2]

Numfor Island (comprising the first five districts listed above) is currently in the process of being split off to form a separate regency under proposals approved in 2014 by the Indonesian Government.

Diving sites[edit]

There are at least 12 diving sites in the Padaido archipelago, which comprises 30 islets, with its pristine water, wide sandy beaches and high biodiversity, about two hours from Biak town by speedboat. The visibility is well up to 30 metres, and a favourite site is the World War II preserved wreckage of a US Catalina seaplane, with anglefish, lionfish, damselfish and other smaller fishes swimming around the wreckage.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  2. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  3. ^ "Biak, the hidden paradise". August 31, 2013.