Saturday, February 21, 2015

Snorkeling in Mansinam Island

Do you plan to go to Manokwari? Don't forget to visit the nearby Mansinam island. It takes only around ten minutes by "water taxi"  from Ketapang Boat Station to Mansinam.
White sandy beach near Doreri Guesthouse of Mansinam Island

Coral Reef Environment and Shipwrecks
Bring your snorkeling gear if you want to see the rich marine environment of the coral reef that thrive along the coast of the island. Surgeon fish, damsel fish, butterfly fish, parrotfish, anemone fish, are some of the tropical fish that you could see when you enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving in the island.
Table coral, mushroom coral and leather coral can be seen thriving in the waters around mansinam.There are  several shipwrecks on the bottom of the sea which can be seen by scuba divers.

Make sure that you do not stand on the coral and tease the marine animals.


Accommodation in Mansinam Island
If you want to spend several days exploring Mansinam island, you could stay at Doreri Guesthouse that is located on the southeastern side of the island just a minute walk to the beach.
Doreri Guesthouse in Mansinam Island
The standard rates
Overnight stay Rp. 500,000 per room per night for 2 people or approximately 40 US dollars.
Pick up service from the airport Rp. 150,000 or approx. 12 US dollars
Boat rent Rp. 500,000 per day
Bicycle rent Rp. 75,000 per day or approx. 6 US dollars
Snorkeling mask Rp. 50,000 or approx. 4 US dollars
If you want to travel in Manokwari city and its surrounding areas, you could also rent motorcycle or car from Doreri Guesthouse with the following rates:
Motorcycle Rp. 100,000 per day
Car Rp. 500,000 per day

Jogging and Nature Walk
Early in the morning, you could begin your day by jogging or walking along the concrete road that circles the island. Most part of Mansinam is still covered with tropical rainforest.

Birdwatching
If you are an avid birders, bring your telephoto camera to take pictures of kingfishers, frigate birds and other water birds that live in the island.

Butterfly and Insect Watching
Butterflies, Beetles,grasshoppers and other tropical Insects can easily be spotted in the branches and twigs of flower plants and shrubs throughout the island.

If you are interested in visiting and staying in Mansinam island, please, send text message to Salomina Rumadas +6281284333345 or contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com.
This article is written by Charles Roring

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Hiking and Birdwatching in Sorong of West Papua

Klasow valley in Sorong regency is a new destination for tourists who want to explore the biodiversity of West Papua's rainforest. The valley is the natural habitat of birds, reptiles, insects, mammals and marsupials.
Birddwatching
Tropical birds of New Guinea that thrive in lowland rainforest can be seen in the valley. Shining flycatcher (Myagra alecto), Sulphur crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita), Pinon Imperial Pigion (Ducula pinon), Goliath Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus), Western crowned pigeon (Goura cristata), Blyth's hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus) and Lesser birds of paradise (Paradisaea minora) are some of the many birds of New Guinea that visitors can watch while walking through the forest.

Hiking through the rainforest of Klasow valley is easy because the land is flat.
What you need to bring:
  • Buy food such as instant noodle, biscuits, bread, canned fish, and some bottles of mineral waters from Sorong city that you can quickly prepare and consume.
  • Water shoes or trekking shoes and long sleeve clothing that will protect you from insect bites when you sleep.
  • Sleeping bags
  • Torch
  • Insect repellent lotion. Apply it on your skin, and the clothes that cover your body, including areas over your neck, armpits, chest, crotch and ankle. This is very important to protect you from tiny insects that can go through your clothes and bite your skin. 
  • Bring binoculars or digital camera with super telephoto lens if you want to take pictures of the animals that live in the jungle.
  • Extra batteries for your camera.


Itinerary of Rainforest Tour:
Day 1
Transfer from Sorong city to Klasow valley. You will stay in a basecamp in the jungle. Birding can be done directly along a small river. Local guides will accompany you to have a night walk in the jungle to find glowing mushrooms or wallaby. Sometimes Papuan frogmouth calls near the camp. If local guides hear them they could call to the bird to come closer to the camp.

Day 2
Early in the morning, after breakfast, you will leave your camp to walk deeper into the jungle to explore its biodiversity. Deer, porcupine, wild pigs and wallaby live in the jungle of the valley. At night, after dinner, local guide can accompany you to find cuscus possum that usually comes out at night to find food or to mate.
Day 3
This is your last birding day, the easiest way to explore the forest is to walk around the forest through old logging tracks that are located near the village. Birds usually come to villagers' garden to find grains such as corn, peanuts and green beans. In the afternoon 4WD pick up truck will transfer you back to Sorong city.

Costs:
On the average, for 3 days/ 2 nights hiking and bird or wildlife watching tour in Klasow valley the costs are described below:
  • The costs include transportation by 4WD pick-up truck between Sorong and Klasow valley (return) which is 2 million rupiahs, 
  • Local guides 3 people (600 thousand rupiahs per day), and
  • Contribution to land owners Rp. 50.000/ tourist/ day
Cost does not include accommodation in hotel in Sorong city, travel insurance, air fare to Sorong and other personal expenses.

Klasow valley is located in the west of Sorong city. Visitors need to rent a 4WD Pick-up truck to reach the valley. Nico Nauw - local guide from Sorong (cell phone: +6282399985681) can arrange your hiking and birdwatching trip to the valley.
You could also contact me if you want a more customized trips and different itinerary. Just send an email to: peace4wp@gmail.com. I will be happy to arrange your trip to Klasow valley and other parts of West Papua. written by Charles Roring.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Cruise Ships Visit Manokwari

Motor vessel Oceanic Discoverer visited Mansinam island of Manokwari twice this month. It was the second ship that entered Dore bay this year. The first one was Caledonian Sky. As the capital of West Papua province, Manokwari regency is the center of government administration in the bird's head region of New Guinea. The arrival of tourists in this town will attract the attention of the local government.
Cruise Ship Oceanic Discoverer in the waters of Manokwari
According to the plan of Cruise Asia, bigger cruise ship will visit Manokwari in 2015. We expect Coral Princess to come on 6 February 2015 when the guests will be able to watch Cultural Parade that are attended by tens of thousands of participants who come from all corners of New Guinea and several regencies in Indonesia.


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