Friday, October 14, 2016

Snorkeling and Sightseeing Tour in Kaimana

Iris Strait of Kaimana regency - West Papua
Snorkeling and Sightseeing Trip in Triton bay of Kaimana regency of West Papua privince - Indonesia 
Please, understand that this is not a scuba-diving trip

Duration: 5 days/ 4 nights
Availability: Nov, Dec, January, Feb, March, April, May, June
Destination: Kaimana Town, Namatota, Triton bay, Iris Strait
Participants: at least 4 to 6 people
Prices: 6.5 million rupiahs/ person (approximately 451 Euro/ person)
Contact : Please contact me, Charles Roring, by email to: or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180
Price includes: pick up from airport, food, boat rent, boat driver and his assistants, accommodation at simple guesthouse, donation to local land owners that we visit, tour guide.
Price excludes: snorkeling gear, additional mainland trips that you request before or after the Triton bay tour, entrance tag paid to the Department of Culture and Tourism of Kaimana regency 500,000 rupiahs per tourist
Location of Triton bay in Kaimana
How to get there?
Flights to Kaimana town are served by Wings Air from Manokwari, Ambon and Sorong. I suggest that you book a flight by Lion Air from Jakarta to Ambon or Sorong in order to have a connecting flight to Kaimana.

Kaimana is a small town located in the southern region of West Papua province. It is the capital of Kaimana regency. It is the gateway to enter Triton bay. Most of its land is still covered by tropical rainforest which is the natural habitat of various species of animals such as soa-soa lizards, cuscus possum, pigeons, birds of paradise, parrots, and birdwing butterflies. Triton bay is one of the richest marine environments in the world with more than one thousand species of reef fishes, hundreds of hard corals, and tens of mantis shrimp. Visitors who go to Kaimana can enjoy snorkeling over pristine coral reefs to see parrotfish, cardinalfish, puffers, groupers, wrasses, whalesharks, and a lot of other fish and marine animals.
Please, consider this itinerary as a reference, it can be modified depending on the weather and your own preference.

White sandy beach in Triton Bay of Kaimana

Day 1
Arrive in Kaimana town
Getting Travel Permit (Surat Jalan) from Police Station
Transfer to Namatota island
Check in at the guesthouse
Village tour
Swimming/ snorkeling
Day 2 
Snorkeling to watch whaleshark (first attempt) between Cape Bitsyari and Namatota island
A visit to rock art wall on the mainland opposite to Namatote island.
Traveling around the islands and coastal areas near Namatota
Day 3 
Second attempt for watching whaleshark if the first attempt is not successful A visit to a lot of small islands between Mauwara island and mainland, Samisarom, Sangin island, Boinus islands Sightseeing boat trip, beach walk, and snorkeling
Day 4
Trip to mainland in the inner area of Triton bay
A visit to Lobo village
Visiting islands and beaches in the bay
Nurusumi island
Iris strait Sightseeing boat trip, beach walk, and snorkeling
Day 5
A sightseeing boat trip, swimming and snorkeling to areas between Arkasi and Maimai
Return to Kaimana
Transfer to hotel or airport

End of Trip

  • Scan or take picture of your passports and photographs and send them to me by email prior to your arrival in Kaimana
  • Bring your own snorkeling gear (mask, snorkels, fins), watershoes, flip-flop
  • Clothing that is suitable for tropical climate such as t-shirts, swimsuit for swimming and snorkeling in a lot of the white sandy beach and coral reef areas of the islands and bays.
  • Bring sun-block, and insect repellent
  • If you want to watch birds, wild animals in the forest, bring binoculars
  • Bring underwater camera with extra batteries and memory cards if you want to take pictures of the coral reef and fish. Torch for night walk at the beach to find turtles laying eggs.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Snorkeling Tour in Mansinam island of Manokwari

Manokwari is a nice recommended destination for tourists who want to enjoy snorkeling in affordable price.
White sand beach in Mansinam island
As a tour guide I frequently organize snorkeling tours for visitors who want to see coral reef and marine fish in Manokwari. There are a lot of snorkeling sites that can be seen by tourists. One of them is Mansinam island. Coral reef extends from reef-flat to drop off in the southern coast of the island. The length of the coral reef is approximately 2 kilometers. It is a nice spot for snorkeling.
Doreri Guesthouse in Mansinam island

There is a guesthouse at the back of the island with 28 bedrooms. The guesthouse is only a stone's throw away from the beach. So, visitors will need less then 1 minute to walk to the beach.
Standard Rate:
Overnight stay 550,000 rupiahs per night

Marine Bio-diversity
The coral reef reef of Mansinam island is the natural habitat of a lot of species of fish including striped surgeonfish, convict surgeonfish, parrotfish, moorish idol, damselfish, boxfish, butterflyfish, pink anemonefish, pipefish, and grouper. There are also Christmas tree worm, sea-cucumber, blue seastar, sea urchin, and various kinds of sea-shells that can be found at the beach of Mansinam.
At the beach, visitors could see crabs running on the sand and birds such as kingfisher, frigatebird, and starlings flying in the sky or perching on the branch of a tree.
Coconut, baringtonia asiatica, catappa and beach hibiscus cover the island.
Coral reef and tropical fish of Mansinam
Other Ecotourism Activities
In addition to swimming, snorkeling and free diving, visitors who stay in Mansinam island can also enjoy hiking in the jungle of the island, butterfly watching, jogging, and village walk.
As a tourist guide, I can organize snorkeling trips from Mansinam island to other coral reef areas in Manokwari waters. I also offer hiking tour in the jungle for visitors who want to see the ecosystem of tropical rainforest. During the rainforest tour, visitors will be able to see birds, butterflies and swim in a river.

How to get there?
It is relatively easy to come here.
Fly from your country to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia)
Fly from Jakarta to Manokwari city (the capital of Papua Barat province)
I will be happy to meet you at the airport and organoze your transfer to Mansinam island

Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: or send text message to my cell phone +6281332245180

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Traveling along the Coast of Tambrauw Regency

I have just completed a trip in Tambrauw regency where I guided 5 Dutch tourists. We traveled by a small passenger-cargo ship KM Kasuari Pasifik 3. We left Manokwari at night and arrived in Sausapor town two days later. While in Tambrauw, we enjoyed snorkeling, and had walking tour around the small town to see its natural beauty. 

We also spent one night waiting for mother turtles to lay eggs at Wawei beach but we did not see any of them. However, we saw green frog, large beach crab and snake. I already told the tourists that what we were doing was trying to watch turtles in nature and not in a zoo. So, the probability to see turtles was 0% to 100%.

Visitors can go fishing, meet Papuan people in their daily life, swim or enjoy snorkeling at the beach or walk around one of those villages and go back to the ship for their next adventure. Ticket price is 50,000 rupiahs (approximately 3 Euros) per person. It takes 3 days for the ship to sail from Manokwari to Sorong.
PELNI Ship KM Kasuari Pasifik 3 carries passengers and cargoes along the north coast of West Papua particularly in Tambrauw regency. It visits Manokwari, Saukorem, Imbuan, Waibem, Wau, Warmandi, Saubeba, Kwor, Opmare, Werur, Sausapor and Sorong. It anchors for 2 to 3 hours at every village. During that period, villagers come to the ship by their motorized boats. They bring coconuts, bananas, cassava, taro, and deer, goats, pigs and other agricultural produce which will be sold in Sorong or Manokwari city. Tourists can go to the beach by the same boats and return to the ship again before she leaves for another village. MV Kasuari Pasifik III sails between Sorong and Manokwari four times a month.
Since the ticket price is so cheap, tourists will have extra money to buy fruits, food and souvenirs at the villages that they visit. By doing this, visitors have directly supported the economic livelihood of local Papuan people. 
On the average, the ship carries approximately 100 passengers on every trip. Every passenger gets a bed to sleep. However, during school holiday season, and Christmas time, the number of passengers it carries is between 200 to 250 people. Visitors, upon advanced arrangement by a tourist guide, can rent rooms that are used by ship crews. The cost is 700,000 rupiahs (approx. 48 Euros) per room for the whole trip. The capacity of the room is 2 to 4 people depending on the number of bags which they carry. 
Don't forget to bring snorkeling set, or fishing gear, and action camera such as go pro or underwater camera if you want to have an adventure trip in Tambrauw.
If you are interested in traveling along the coast of Tambrauw regency and need me as your private guide, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: