Saturday, December 2, 2017

Snorkeling at Paradisea beach of Waigeo island

I visited Raja Ampat a few days ago to enjoy snorkeling and birding at Paradisea beach. It was located in the southern coast of Waigeo island approximately 35 minutes ride from Port of Waisai. The beach was an ideal site for anybody who was a nature lover. Coconut trees, catappa trees provided shade along the white sandy beach.
Raja Ampat sea
The crystal clear blue water of the beach and the coral reef of the area were the natural habitat of hundreds of species of tropical fish. Some of them were the Moorish Idol, Butterflyfish, Anemonefish, Striped Surgeonfish, and Diagonal Sweetlips.
Reef fosh in Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat has been famous around the world as one of the best destinations for scuba divers and snorkelers. If you are interested in Snorkeling and Birding in Raja Ampat, please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or whatsapp: +6281332245180

Friday, December 1, 2017

Birding and Snorkeling at Paradisea Beach of Raja Ampat

I have just finished a birding and snorkeling trip in Raja Ampat today. I visited a place in southern area of Waigeo called Paradisea beach. Although I only spent 2 days there, my birding experience was very nice. I saw Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, Eclectus Parrot, Palm Cockatoo, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Rufous Bellied Kookaburra, Willie Wagtail, Spangled Drongo, Common Brush Turkey, Yellow-faced Myna, Blyth's Hornbill, Little Tern, Red Bird of Paradise and a lot more.
Female Red Bird of Paradise ( Paradisaea rubra
Pinon Imperial Pigeon in Raja Ampat
The waters of Paradisea beach is also rich of healthy coral reef and tropical fish. I enjoyed snorkeling in the morning and I saw a lot of species of fish including Parrotfish, Butterflyfish, Striped Surgeonfish,and Grouper.
Unfortunately, my underwater camera was broken a few years ago. So, I could not take pictures of the fish and its beautiful marine environment.
Paradisea beach of Raja Ampat
Paradisea beach is located approximately 30 minutes ride to the south of Waigeo island from the harbor of Waisai. It is very potential destination for visitors who like birding and snorkeling. I frequently visit Raja Ampat but it was my first experience of birding and snorkeling at paradisea beach. I like the place very much. If you are interested in snorkeling and birding in Raja Ampat and need me as your private guide, please, contact me (Charles Roring) e-mail to: peace4wp@gmail.com or send text message to my whatsapp: +6281332245180.
Don't forget to bring your snorkeling gear, underwater camera, binoculars and spotting scope.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Ornithoptera tithonus

Birdwing Butterfly Ornithoptera tithonus
Birds are not the only animals that attract my attention. When I guide tourists in the forest or at the beach, I like to take pictures of everything from beautiful lanscape to paradise birds and butterflies. Last week, I guided 3 French visitors in Arfak range. I saw several species of birdwing butterflies that were eating the nectar of flowers. Here is the picture of Ornithoptera tithonus that was feeding on the nectar of New Guinea impatient flowers. His wings were mostly decorated with black, green and yellow colours. For the female butterflies, their wings have got black, white and yellow colours. The best time to observe butterflies is during dry season, such as in September, October and November.
Snake in the forest of Arfak range
In addition to butterflies and birds, visitors may see other animals such as snakes, and cuscus possum, soa-soa lizards during their trip in Arfak range. I personally saw a snake two months ago when I went camping in lower montane forest of Arfak mountains. I did not know whether it was a venomous one or not. So, when I took a picture of the reptile, I kept a safe distance from it.
Arfak range has been a famous destination in Manokwari for birding and wildlife watching.