Biak Numfor Regency

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Biak Numfor Regency
Kabupaten Biak Numfor
Regency
Official seal of Biak Numfor Regency
Seal
Motto(s): Indonesian: Memantapkan Kota Jasa Sebagai Jembatan Emas Biak Sejahtera di Masa Depan
Biak Numfor Regency is located in Western New Guinea
Biak Numfor Regency
Biak Numfor Regency
Biak Numfor Regency is located in Indonesia
Biak Numfor Regency
Biak Numfor Regency
Biak Numfor Regency (Indonesia)
Coordinates: 1°10.17′S 136°5.24′E / 1.16950°S 136.08733°E / -1.16950; 136.08733Coordinates: 1°10.17′S 136°5.24′E / 1.16950°S 136.08733°E / -1.16950; 136.08733
Country  Indonesia
Province Papua
Capital Biak
Government
 • Regent Thomas A.E. Ondi
 • Vice Regent Herry A. Naap
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)
Time zone Indonesia Eastern Time (UTC+9)
Area code (+62) 981
Website www.biakkab.go.id

Biak Numfor Regency is one of the regencies (kabupaten) in Papua Province of Western New Guinea in northeastern Indonesia.

Geography[edit]

The regency consists of the southern group of the Schouten Islands archipelago at the northern entrance into Cenderawasih Bay. The principal ones are Biak and Numfor islands. The remaining large island within the Schouten Islands group, Supiori Island, was split off to form the separate Supiori Regency on 8 January 2004.

Biak Numfor Regency covers an area of 2,602 km2. and had a population of 126,798 at the 2010 Census;[1] the latest official estimate (as at January 2014) is 156,023. The regency's 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.