The tidal swampland of Papua’s south cost are of the best known, tangle of mangrove line the shore and inland from the river, the vegetation is so thick as to be almost penetrable. Only the riverbanks are habitable. This is the land of Asmat, now World famous for their spectacular wood carvings and previously notorious as head hunters and cannibals.

Visiting the Asmat region around Agats requires hiring a dug-out canoe with the guide and sleeping at night on bark floor of a JEU – the long raised men’s hut that serve as an architectural and cultural center of Asmat villages.