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.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Symbol of Eternal

Blyth's hornbill is the symbol of eternal love. If one of them dies, the one that lives will fly alone for the rest of his or her life.
A couple of Blyth's hornbill was flying in the sky - Photo by Charles Roring

You could see Blyth's hornbill if you go birdwatching in the rainforest of Klasow valley of Sorong regency - West Papua. Contact E-mail: peace4wp@gmail.com

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Rainforest Tour in Sorong Regency of West Papua

Sorong regency is the entrance gate in West Papua for visitors who want to go to Raja Ampat islands- the most popular destination in the world for scuba divers. Sorong itself is located on the mainland New Guinea. Unfortunately, very little information about tourist attraction on the mainland of this regency is available on the internet. Geographically Sorong is surrounded by mountains and lowland areas.
Klasow Valley
There is a valley in Sorong regency that is called Klasow. Lowland tropical rainforest that covers the valley is the natural habitat of various species of tropical plants, insects, birds, and mammals of New Guinea. Some terrestrial orchids can be found in the jungle of the valley too. Its flat land is suitable for visitors who are interested in hiking, birdwatching and exploring the ecosystem of rainforest.
Jungle Walk in the lowland forest
Wake up early in the morning and start walking along the banks of the river or footpaths to see the wild animals that live in the lowland forest of Klasow valley.  Because animals  and plants depend on water we could see birds, butterflies and some reptiles while we walk. Night walk is also recommended if want to see nocturnal animals such as cuscus possum, bandicoot and kangaroo.

Birdwatching
Bring a bridge camera with telephoto lens such as Nikon Coolpix P600 or a D-SLR Camera with 600 mm lens if you want to take pictures of birds. Sulphur crested cockatoo, Blyth's hornbill, Kingfishers and pigeons live in the forest of Klasow valley. Blyth's hornbill like to eat wild nutmeg fruits in the jungle whereas cockatoos can easily be recognized by their loud shrieking sounds in the middle of peaceful atmosphere of the forest.


Where is Klasow valley?
Klasow valley is located in the east of Sorong city. There is a village in the valley. Its name is Malakutuk. Look at the following map.

How to get there?
It is easy to go to Klasow valley.
  • Fly from your country to Jakarta and then 
  • Take a domestic flight to Sorong city (Garuda Indonesia, Sriwijaya, Express Air and Lion Air have got regular flights to Sorong city every week)
  • When you have arrived in Sorong, please, contact Nico Nauw (a local contact person) who can arrange your trip to Klasow valley). Nico Nauw can be contacted by calling or sending text message to his cell phone: +6282399985681.
Duration of the rainforest tour
You could choose to stay for 1 or 2 nights in the jungle of the valley to explore the wildlife of New Guinea. Because there is no hotels in the jungle, be prepared to stay in tents or camps that are prepared by the local people. You plan to stay longer, make sure that you buy enough food from Sorong city.

What you need to bring or prepare
Wear water shoes or jungle boots
Buy a small bottle of insect repellent lotion and apply it all over your body.
Bring extra batteries for your camera
Buy enough food and drinking water if you plan to stay longer

Logging versus Sustainable Tourism
We promote rainforest tour to Klasow valley of Sorong regency to reduce and to stop selective logging operations and to empower the indigenous Papuan people to take up sustainable development and eco-tourism for improving their quality of life. Because the indigenous Papuan people who live in the valley are still new to and in the very early stages of developing their eco-tourism program, be more tolerant for their lack of experience and professionalism when serving you as their guests.

If you still need more information, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to: peace4wp@gmail.com

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